'Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate' Steps Up Its Game For The Next Round Of The DOA Tournament

September 6, 2013

If you couldn’t get enough of last year's Dead or Alive 5, Tecmo Koei and Team Ninja have joined forces, once again, to bring the "Ultimate" DOA experience home to fans on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate packs more stages, characters, and balanced gameplay into the core experience of DOA 5 making an it an even better package, and as well as the perfect time to step into the ring and see if you have what it takes in the Dead or Alive tournament.

Developer: Team Ninja
Publisher: Tecmo Koei

In the constant search to perfect their game, Team Ninja, are revisiting Dead or Alive 5 again, to offer up the most complete, balanced, and robust DOA experience ever released on consoles. Ultimate also marks the ninth DOA fighting game release for Tecmo (now Tecmo Koei), so they probably know what they're doing at this point.

This release is an updated, and maxed out version of 2012's Dead or Alive 5. Ultimate includes many of the updates that were added into the Vita's Dead or Alive 5 Plus, and adds five additional fighters, updated stages, and a improved online experience that includes the introduction of two-on-two tag battles. The new characters include two combatants from Ninja Gaiden (Rachel and Momiji), a couple returning DOA fighters (Ein and Leon), and one new one from Sega's Virtua Fighter series (Jacky Bryant). Ultimate features a ton of new unlockables, including a total of 231 costumes, and new dynamic 3D stages where players can trigger Danger Zones as part of the battle. When you add in the extensive online experience where you can test your fighting skills against players from around the world, Ultimate proves to be the complete package for any DOA fan.

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is out now on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for $39.99. If you'd like to grab it digitally, you can pick it up on the PSN for the same price. Or, if you'd like to go an entirely different route, you can pick up a free-to-play version of the game, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters, on PSN which will give you a taste of DOA 5 and all of its modes, with the option to download more characters and stages if you'd like. At the very least, it's a great way to check out the game, and see if you're into it, before making a full purchase.

DOA continues to be one of the most enjoyable and accessible fighting games on the market, whether you're a seasoned fighting veteran, or a button-mashing newbie, and Ultimate helps drive that home. With all of the additional content and work that Team Ninja have poured into the game, Ultimate looks like the definitive DOA 5 release, and is so packed with content that it should keep you satisfied up until Tecmo Koei get around to announcing Dead or Alive 6, because, c'mon, you know that's going to happen.