Dead or Alive 5

Dead or Alive 5

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  • Release: Q4 2012
  • Platforms: PS3/360
  • Genre: Fighting
  • Developer: Team Ninja
  • Publisher: Tecmo Koei

Those unfamiliar with the Dead or Alive series are (rightfully) of the opnion that it exists mainly as a vehicle for mammary physics. The more sensible onlookers know it for what it is: a fighting game series with unique charms and ideas.Dead or Alive 5 will be the first entry created without the input of series creator Tomonobu Itagaki. I’ts been almost seven years since Dead or Alive 4 which launched in 2005 as an Xbox 360 launch title. This is also the first time the series appears on Playstation 3.

The beautiful female characters will punch and kick each other until something exlodes. There are dudes too, like a ninja (of the Gaiden variety), a Bruce Lee clone, and a spandex-wearing African-American DJ. The cast has been redesigned from the ground up with more realistic proportions in mind. Gone is the “doll” aesthetic that has given the series its stiff mennequin look. Characters will now sweat, show their exhaustion visually, and their clothing will get scuffed during brawls.

The “entertainment” part comes via the new Power Blows: a single-button charged attack that, when successful, triggers an over-the-shoulder camera and slow-motion. During this. you can pivot your view and aim at the background. which lights up as you select a target. When you tap an attack button again. you send your opponent flying where you were looking. Walls break and glass shatters, but now you can also trigger dramatic changes to the battlefield such ascausing the entire half-built skyscraper you’re fighting on to collapse to the street below.

Much is being kept under wraps such as the cast list, how destructible environments are, fighting system changes, and so on. It’s been confirmed, however, that Akira Yuki from Virtua Fighter will appear as a playable guest character.

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