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Dead or Alive 5 reviews begin: the wank bank starts to dry up

Tuesday, 25th September 2012 13:34 GMT By Dave Cook

Dead or Alive 5 is out this week on PS3 and Xbox 360. Team Ninja’s brawler has been appraised in a score-based fashion by all of the regular outlets.

That means reviews. Get them all below.

Eurogamer – 7/10
OXM – 7/10
Videogamer – 7/10
Nerd Reactor – C+
CVG – 8.1/10
NowGamer – 7.4
Gamespot – 7.5/10
God Is A Geek – 8/10
Edge - 6/10

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  1. inside-360.de

    Beat em Ups in current form are not interesting… Why not develope with rpg elements + action adventure elements…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ps3fanboy

    i think i pass…. this is getting old like the that mario guy.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. rubicante

    @inside-360.de, the whole point of them is that you just fight one opponent(preferably a human one) in the arena. How could RPG and adventure elements fit in to a one on one battle?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. The_Red

    @1
    WTF!? Why not just make an RPG then? That’s the whole point of fighters / beat em ups as #4.

    Plus there are a lot of great and critically acclaimed fighters in that current form. SSF4, MK9, BlazBlue and SFxT are all great and interesting games that stick to the old formula.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. inside-360.de

    @4: I try to explain…

    You start as a nobody, your skills are very low. With fights and training you can level up or get new abilities. A good story would be also a good idea :) Action Adventure Elements: Another idea is, that your character has quests and you walk through a dangerous world, if an enemy comes, the screen changes and you will fight against him like in normally beat em up… maybe you can take a lot of things as a weapon, a crowbar and so on…

    @5: my opinion – you opinion

    #5 2 years ago
  6. The_Red

    @6
    While I respect your opinion, what you explained is just a singleplayer / RPG mode that some brawlers like Soul Calibur and WWE games have tried it. That’s all a separate mode. Even MK D had some of those features during its story but that’s it.
    Now if you’re talking about having those features (Upgradable powers) and such during online matches like a PVP battle, then I don’t think any fighter fan will touch. The whole point of these games is about a perfectly balanced roster of characters that allow players to make super fast decisions.

    Fighters / Brawlers are all about competitive match between 2 players. Maybe it’s my opinion but it’s based on the birth of the genre during the arcade days. Heck, I know a lot of fighter fans even count the frames for most of character moves and attacks because they want to test their reflexes, not statics / numbers like a MMORPG.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Patashnik

    There’s a good reason for one on one fighters having not having RPG upgrade style system.

    If a fighting game has any hope of being taken seriously it has to be well balanced.

    That’s hard enough as it is, but throw RPG style variables and customisation into the mix and you’ll have a fighter that’s virtually impossible to balance and deemed ‘broken’ the moment it’s played with any degree of seriousness.

    Look at Street Fighter X Tekken – balancing wise the game is an absolute joke. That’s what you get for throwing gems into the mix.

    Personally, I want a one on one fighter that’s been carefully, expertly crafted – not one that throws in some XP levelling system as a gimmick.

    And anyway, there are more than enough decent fighters out there right now – especially if you look at the better 2D offerings out there like BlazBlue, SkullGirls, KoF 13, Arcana Heart, Persona Arena etc.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. YoungZer0

    @6: Shaolin for the PSX.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. xino

    i guess it’s an average score:/

    not as big as Mortal Kombat:/

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Ireland Michael

    The general verdict, if we ignore the arbitrary scores for a moment, seems to be that the combat itself has seen a number of solid new additions and improvements, but it lacks in actual gameplay content, which has always been a problem for the series, honest. Whether this is worth purchasing will depend entirely on how much you enjoy fighting games and if you have other friends to enjoy it with.

    For me this is pretty much a must-buy, but it’s definitely not worth it if you’re not interested in competitive play.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. j1015

    Destructoid

    Final Verdict:
    8.5

    Great: 8.5s are very impressive efforts in their *genre* with a few noticeable problems holding them back. Won’t astound the most discerning players, but is worth everyone’s time and cash.

    #11 2 years ago