Even if the characters break a sweat in Dead or Alive 5, the casual gamer doesn’t have to.
As soon as the disc slides into the game console, and the opening screen loads, it will ask you whether you are a casual gamer, or serious.
That accommodation is a great way to reach out to more gamers. On top of that, the basic controls of punch, kick, throw and block allow gamers an easier way to learn the patterns of a particular fighter.
Most of the cast of Dead or Alive returns, including mainstays Kasumi, Ayane, Ryu, Hayate, Tina, Zack, Bass and Helena.
Added to the cast are two newbies, Mila and Rig. And yes, Rig is Canadian. Only the second Canadian to make a major fighting game roster.
Sega’s Virtua Fighter also crosses over into the DOATEC storylines, with Akira Yuki, Sarah Bryant and Pai Chan available to players as they progress through the story mode.
The cheesecake factor is still there but it doesn’t take away from the fighting. The interactivity of the stages, the added sweat and water details and the cross-platform release are all pluses. Still the online accessibility is still lagging as it takes a lengthy amount of time to find someone to scrap against.
But that could be attributed to the hardcore fighters panning this game in favour of Tekken Tag Tournament 2.