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Dead or Alive 5 receives 36/40 review score in Famitsu magazine

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • September 20, 2012 at 8:23 a.m. PDT
Dead or Alive 5 receives 36/40 review score in Famitsu magazine Noting that the characters have gotten cuter and there's a lot of 'depth' to the replay mode, as it allows you to take photos from any angle, Famitsu magazine in Japan gave Team Ninja's latest effort, Dead or Alive 5, a 36 out of 40 review score.

They also happened to mention the gameplay, too.

Dead or Alive 5 (9/9/9/9, 36 points out of 40): Team Ninja's latest fares about as well as you'd expect, and Famitsu's reviewers certainly know what readers are expecting. "I like how the characters have gotten cuter," one begins, "along with the rest of the graphics. It can be hard to keep up with the speed-oriented battles, but the more time you put into it, the more reward you get out of it. The sheer depth of replay mode, which lets you take photos from pretty much any angle you can think of, is astounding."

"The presence of holds allows you to turn the tables on the battle even while being attacked," began another editor who wasn't so smitten by all the sexy characters. "All the explosions and mayhem you can cause in each stage is impressive, too. I get the feeling you don't have as many moves at your disposal as other 3D games these days, but in terms of preserving gameplay balance, you could say that there isn't a needlessly huge amount."

Here's how other recent major fighting game titles have stacked up in Famitsu magazine.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 — 39/40
Persona 4: Arena — 36/40
Dead or Alive 5 — 36/40
Super Street Fighter 4 — 35/40
Street Fighter X Tekken (PS3) — 35/40
Street Fighter 4 — 34/40
Street Fighter X Tekken (360) — 34/40
Marvel vs. Capcom 3 — 33/40
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 — 33/40

3DS SSF4 — 34/40
Vita UMvC3 — 31/40

Source: Polygon, tip from an anonymous reader.

Comments

Lyn said on September 20, 2012 at 8:27 a.m.

Awesome.

Wouldn't expect any less.

#1
wBENDERw said on September 20, 2012 at 8:34 a.m.

pumped!!!!

#2
Timic83 said on September 20, 2012 at 8:40 a.m.

"a lot of 'depth' to the replay mode, as it allows you to take photos from any angle"

banned in sweden/australia

#3
Chris_IWS said on September 20, 2012 at 8:48 a.m.

Tecmo must have spent a lot for that score.

#4
Xykes said on September 20, 2012 at 8:55 a.m.

" I get the feeling you don't have as many moves at your disposal as other 3D games these days, but in terms of preserving gameplay balance, you could say that there isn't a needlessly huge amount"

Games like Tekken have needlessly long movelists that have nearly 20 years worth of copy/pasted animations. Lots of moves in the Tekken movelist are worthless.

If DOA has fewer moves, the moves they have are probably much more useful.

Cramming in more =/= better.

#5
anthonygamer said on September 20, 2012 at 9:02 a.m.

Oh shi- the first score is in. Time for the hate. Kappa

#6
Deceptimike said on September 20, 2012 at 9:09 a.m.

I had a feeling this game would get a good score. At this rate, it looks like I'm going to be jumping back and forth from DOA to TTT2 quite often. 5 more days!

#7
BlankaBeast said on September 20, 2012 at 9:27 a.m.

I like DOA.

#8
BurningVigor said on September 20, 2012 at 9:43 a.m.

Two things that DOA was always better than Tekken.

Smoother and Tighter movement. Tekken always feels like you're trapped on a grid. It's something that Tekken should of evolved away from by now.

Smaller cast with a smaller movelist.

One thing I've always disliked about Tekken is having to memorize 100+ moves for 50+ chars. Knowing what high mid low and how to break such and such throw. How the strings connect and all the frame data that comes along with it.

When a fighter becomes like that, I just don't care anymore.

#9
Kenshiro said on September 20, 2012 at 9:56 a.m.

You don't have to memorize 100 moves. If you ever thought that was the case you're a damned idiot.

Tekken characters move freely and have a forward/backdash as well as a sidestep/side scrolling movements.

People still can't stop lying about Tekken.

#10
ya_boy said on September 20, 2012 at 9:57 a.m.

@#4
The truth.
For being the 5th game this game has a cut down cast and is still the same fan service crap fest it was always known as. Just look at the review, an in depth replay?
They probably spent more time working on that mode for perverts than they did making this a proper fighting game.

#11
Kenshiro said on September 20, 2012 at 9:58 a.m.

Who in the hell complains about a large cast that is relatively balanced?

GTFOH, you sound scrubtastic.

#12
icejohn said on September 20, 2012 at 10:19 a.m.

Feels good knowing that i will proudly be playing the top 3 games on that list for a loong time.
@9
Lets not start war please...its apples and oranges.

After all if these guys can play nice(sorta of).
https://twitter.com/mattboch/status/2...

why can't we all?

@11
Oh gawd when did you get back.

#13
BurningVigor said on September 20, 2012 at 10:22 a.m.

@10
Man if you seriously can't tell the movement difference in Tekken compared to VF or DOA you're retarded.

Tekken feels like a grid, try moving in VF and you'll feel a huge difference.

You have to memorize a ton of moves and strings in Tekken if you want to have any sort of defense. Not to mention how to even break throws correctly.

If you like playing fighters like that, then go for it. I don't like 3d fighters in general because of that, but DOA is more fun compared to Tekken to me because of those reasons.

#14
irc_mocpac said on September 20, 2012 at 10:38 a.m.

@14

If feels like you're on a grid because you're not good at movement. Any good Tekken player knows how fast pace the movement is once you actually know how to move correctly.

And what is this about tons of move? You don't even have to memorize 100 plus moves for every character because most people don't even use more than 15 (others 20) in a battle.. you're over exaggerating.

#15
RedEther said on September 20, 2012 at 10:41 a.m.

The game seems shaping up well great score overall and guys take the Tekken discussion in the TT2 articles.

#16
Rhaznor said on September 20, 2012 at 11:02 a.m.

What is it with people always talking about Tekken in DoA news? If you like Tekken so much GTFO of here and go play it. It's out.

Obviously a lot of people prefer DoA and we're at a right spot to say what we like about it. Don't like DoA? Fine.

Why do you click on these DoA news on the main page to troll us? Do you have that much free time?

I don't go on Tekken topics to say how it's the most boring fighting game series of all time. I don't feel the need to bash something I don't like. Why do you?

Fighting game fans should work and respect each other in a giant community. We shoudln't act like sworn enemies. We all like the same 'style' of games at the end of the day.

:)

#17
irc_mocpac said on September 20, 2012 at 11:07 a.m.

@17

I don't dislike DOA, and I plan on getting it in the future. DOA fans like to bring up Tekken because they feel like there's some type of rivalry out there. Weird. It's obvious that DOA fans have been trolling Tekken threads for awhile now.

#18
Kenshiro said on September 20, 2012 at 11:09 a.m.

#14

Spoken like a true scrub. You can move freely in Tekken. There's no amount of garbage from you that is going to change that.

I knew it was only a matter of time before some tool bag would undoubtedly bring up TTT2.

Your favorite game got a good score, but apparently that isn't enough for you.

#19
Kenshiro said on September 20, 2012 at 11:10 a.m.

#18 Gets it.

Wow it's always DoA fans and how much the "better" the contrast is between their franchise and Tekken.

#20
Rhaznor said on September 20, 2012 at 11:16 a.m.

I don't get it. Why bash other fighting games, even if you hate it? I respect Tekken (and every fighting game out there) because of how much good it does for the genre as a whole. If TTT2 does well and attracts more people in the FGC, that's awesome! Same with DoA5 and any fighting game out there. Let's wish every fighting game the best. It's better for everyone of us.

We shouldn't be divided in small groups. We should be a huge crowd on the same side.

#21
Rahavic said on September 20, 2012 at 11:29 a.m.

#17
"...I don't go on Tekken topics to say how it's the most boring fighting game series of all time. I don't feel the need to bash something I don't like. Why do you?"

lmao bashes Tekken while making it seem as an example on how he doesn't bash Tekken, well played sir.

#22
leapoffaithfighter said on September 20, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.

@ 21

so very true, the fgc will die if the dlc thing isn't solved and we all can't stop whining over which fighting game is better lol

#23
Cleckley said on September 20, 2012 at 11:31 a.m.

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#24
maxs2d2ace said on September 20, 2012 at 11:37 a.m.

@18

yea thats pretty much that. i mean look up at the comments and look who is starting bashing tekken first. its member like BurningVigor, and Xykes that bring up tekken everytime they feel doa is being challenged. like post #13 posted, there is nothing wrong with friendly rivalry.

its sad really. i love all fighting games and i think both games are awesome but yall need some serious help.

#25
SJFox said on September 20, 2012 at 11:47 a.m.

#17 Rhaznor said 39 minutes ago

"What is it with people always talking about Tekken in DoA news? If you like Tekken so much GTFO of here and go play it. It's out."

Yet the first mention of tekken:

#5 Xykes said 2 hours, 45 minutes ago

"Games like Tekken have needlessly long movelists that have nearly 20 years worth of copy/pasted animations. Lots of moves in the Tekken movelist are worthless.

If DOA has fewer moves, the moves they have are probably much more useful.

Cramming in more =/= better."

So basically you're telling DOA fans to GTFO of their own article?

#26
nealis95 said on September 20, 2012 at noon

Seriously? All this fighting? I love both games a lot! I don't think this is something that should be fought over. I do believe that doa has some better qualities, just like tekken has some better qualities. If you want to talk doa then stay here, but if your here to bash it or complain about it, then just leave. With your negative commments, your only gonna start a fight.

Anyways, i really happy with the score :) I LOVE this game so much, it is my favorite video game and to been within in a few more days is really exciting. Still having so much fun with ttt2 :D

#27
Rhaznor said on September 20, 2012 at 12:04 p.m.

Yeah SJFox.

Now I guess we could focus back on the subject of the said article. A good review for the game. I'm very glad but I don't get why they needed to mention the Replay Mode in the review.

I want some Story and 2vs2 analysis. How many costumes per characters are there? How is the fighting itself this time around? How are the fighting mechanics themselves at a higher level? Is there a lot of missing characters from past games?

Etc

#28
KenV said on September 20, 2012 at 12:04 p.m.

I like Tekken. I like DoA. I like P4A. I like SF4AE. I like Mortal Kombat. I like Marvel. I like KI. i like Clay Fighters. I like CvS2.

They all have their own strengths and weaknesses. I may not be proficient at all or any of them for that matter, but I find enjoyment in the simple competitive nature of any and all fighting games. Instead of taking our personal opinions and using them to bash other games, people should realize that fighting games are different in almost every aspect (except for the common goal of beating your opponent), and not every game will cater to your tastes.

This may be a completely pointless post, but I just don't see the point in arguing about 2 different games, when we should just be enjoying the fact that the games were even created and released.

#29
Lyn said on September 20, 2012 at 12:18 p.m.

This is Eventhubs.

No one wins. Everyone's reputation just slowly diminishes after every post.

Why does MvC3 and Umvc3 have the same score? They didn't review anything else between those 8 months?

#30
SgtKonus said on September 20, 2012 at 12:26 p.m.

Both games are great! But the VF and DOA fans have so much animosity toward Tekken its interesting.

It like how KOF players crap on SSFAE:2012 just to feel cool. The inferiority complex mindset is rampant through the FGC.

#31
superepicbaws said on September 20, 2012 at 12:44 p.m.

It's a known fact that Famitu's scores have been getting higher and higher every year, when it was once a very strict reviewer. In particular, Famitsu is very heavily bisased toward Japanese made games. It is possible that this game is still very good, but there is something quite artificial about their modern reviews. Scores for videogames are universally too high right now, with 7 being the average, and any good game getting an 8 or 9. It has not always been this way, I personally think this problem got worse around the time the xbox 360 came out.

#32
joyoza said on September 20, 2012 at 12:51 p.m.

I kind of disliked Tekken myself because of how slow the walking speed felt. Its still a pretty fun game none the less. I am a die hard SF fan and have only played DOA2 and that was decent. Im just looking forward to seeing some booby's bouncing around for a change :) Cheers! hurry the hell up Tuesday....

#33
Snipeclips said on September 20, 2012 at 1:24 p.m.

This is so f*cking dumb. Most of you give a damn about one's opinions. I can also say Tekken has less consistent movement, but then again, I'll get bashed for no apparent reason. So yeah, dumb*sses.

#34
Duggs26 said on September 20, 2012 at 1:42 p.m.

Might actually buy this game. Haven't played DOA since DOA2 but ehhh should be good.

And I'll probably regret saying this but... Fair play, DOA fans always bash Tekken in the Tekken articles so don't get all defensive now. This is EventHubs, people have different opinions and some like to express it more than others. That's just how it is.

#35
fgclolz said on September 20, 2012 at 1:59 p.m.

Since when did fighting games turn into political parties/religions?

#36
trainingdummy said on September 20, 2012 at 2:01 p.m.

Stay classy, FGC.

Rhazor nailed it.

#37
GodPride said on September 20, 2012 at 2:08 p.m.

To the one who said the movement in Tekken feel grid-like:

Apparently, you got to do some advance korean crab movement to get a decent pacing going in Tekken. Lol

#38
Bank said on September 20, 2012 at 2:09 p.m.

@#5 No, not a single move in Tekken is for nothing, the difference is, very few know what the actual use for the move is. Also yeah DOA5 looks great 0.0

#39
JesseRobles said on September 20, 2012 at 2:09 p.m.

Dem top 3 fighters <3

#40
Bank said on September 20, 2012 at 2:15 p.m.

@#17 calm down, the ones STARTING the tekken discusson are DOA fans=/ So if you wanna say gtfo say it to your peers. The only thing actually being bashed here is Tekken so enough with the contradicting yourself thing.

#41
HooliganComboFTW said on September 20, 2012 at 2:27 p.m.

OK since half the people here comments have nothing to do with the article...

First off its Famitsu so regardless if this game got a low or high score it would not influence my purchasing decision. However, its nice that it DID get a relatively high score for the people who DO care about these reviews as a form of reference. So whatever nothing to complain about

#42
GodPride said on September 20, 2012 at 2:31 p.m.

@39
Not even Street Fighter can escape not having moves that are useless. And unlike pseudo 3D fighters, there isn't an abundance of moves in that series.

#43
Galletano said on September 20, 2012 at 2:31 p.m.

This generation only had very few bad fighters, I love playing most of those games. The game looks amazing I really want to try Rig.

To the DOA fans: Some people like other games better than this one, they still like DOA, but if you hate on their favorite game, that people will hate this game, and that mean less sales. As a fan of this game you don't want DOA to do poorly.

#44
Snipeclips said on September 20, 2012 at 2:45 p.m.

@35

Might be so, but the reverse is no different either. Almost every DOA article I see has haters on it and trolls who don't know what they're saying. Makes me sad to look at them as idiots.

#45
Nukka said on September 20, 2012 at 3:19 p.m.

Wow I'm speechless this got better than SSF4, that is some BS

#46
kara said on September 20, 2012 at 4:47 p.m.

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#47
BurningVigor said on September 20, 2012 at 4:52 p.m.

@46
Famitsu is full of anime loving nerds.

A game with cute girls with boobs, bikini, and replay function where you can zoom into anything you want will make them happy.

Basically if a game is Japanese with Anime inspired style, it'll score well on Famitsu. Fanservice goes a long way with them also.

#48
URAlsr said on September 20, 2012 at 5:11 p.m.

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#49
Atemu69 said on September 20, 2012 at 5:51 p.m.

I'm not one to give a f**k about a Famitsu rating; It's Japanese, they're not going to focus on the game mechanics as much as "oo pantsu!". I pre-ordered the CE of this but I'm not quite sure on it. No reliable reviews yet(all I've found are some brits who pirated the game and know f**k-all about fighters and biased DoA fan ratings). I'm hoping it doesn't flop though. Any Tekken players that have played the game are probably the reliable reviewers in my eyes cos that's my scene. So far, visuals(health bar, graphics and the like) the life bar is a 3/10. It's 2002 as hell. The graphics are stunning, though. As usual, the game seems more for tits and such more than the actual fighting mechanics which is depressing. Eventhubs, I can't wait for your review cos I can't pick up my copy until noon EST anyway. And #11 is making the most valid statements, cheers to you, mate.

#50
BloodBurger said on September 20, 2012 at 5:57 p.m.

The movelists aren't smaller. They're actually bigger. Expect the truth on Monday.

#51
Snipeclips said on September 20, 2012 at 6:36 p.m.

@48

I would like to believe that the game you're referring to is DOA, and it may so be, but I can also see this as TTT2. Like how you contradict yourself there.

#52
icejohn said on September 20, 2012 at 6:45 p.m.

@51
looking forward to it.

#53
illness690 said on September 20, 2012 at 6:51 p.m.

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#54
illness690 said on September 20, 2012 at 6:56 p.m.

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#55
Snipeclips said on September 20, 2012 at 7:16 p.m.

@54

Really? C'mon, perverts? At least you're not referring to basically everyone who is gonna buy it, or else it be meaningless.

#56
illness690 said on September 20, 2012 at 7:22 p.m.

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#57
crispylinks77 said on September 20, 2012 at 9:21 p.m.

I think everyone here should take a step back and shut the f*ck up.

#58
JoelMaster64 said on September 21, 2012 at 1:46 a.m.

The only reason I stopped playing 4 was its broken ranked player lobbies. I plan on playing the god awful shaite out of this game... not for the jiggling jubblies(doesn't hurt it tho), but for the psychological perfection of the battle system. Rock/Paper/Scissors Gameplay at its finest. And as for the "casuals" who get it just for the eye candy, it is our duty to own them bad enough to get them quitting 3 months after its release. Viva la DOA!!!

#59
Jandro83 said on September 21, 2012 at 6:47 a.m.

I agree with BurningVigor, I tried to get back into Tekken with TTT2, but it's so damn annoying. I love Tekken cast and story, but gameplay is just absurd. They've barely evolved, one thing I've always hated is the fact that the window to get hit while already on the ground is always open. To me that's just not fair play in any fighting game. As for the grid part it's true, forward and back walking is slow as hell and side stepping is completely useless in Tekken. As far as 3D fighters are concerned I will stick to VF and DOA. Trading in TTT2 for this on Tuesday cause frankly I got sick of Tekken and it's gimmicks.

#60
Jandro83 said on September 21, 2012 at 6:51 a.m.

@55

Memorable soundtrack? Pfft only 3D fighters with memorable soundtracks have been VF2 and Soul Calibur series, mainly cause they're the only 3D fighters with actual catchy character specific themes. I don't remember any Tekken or DOA character having their own theme.

#61
drunkendan said on September 21, 2012 at 7:53 a.m.

#5
Doa is only two years younger then Tekken. welp someone has not played Tekken. They actually do update their animations. That being said if you want to talk about copy and pasting..OH HOHOHOHO you now you $%#$@& up! Animation wise until now DOA has been using the same(and from what I have seen most still are) Heck some were lifted from Virtua Fighter. Also from DOA 2 till DOA 4 They have been using the same models for characters(something the new Team Ninja actually admitted) All they did from the dreamcast till the 360 release of DOA 4 was adding what are called lightmaps to the old models and adding rigging to the old model's hair. That is why every girl with long flowing hair(aka most of the girls) looked like they had pool noodles for hair.

@55
Soul Calibur, while it has better gameplay then DOA is basically the same in terms of, LOOKIT THE ANIME GIRLS AND THEIR BOOBIES(though they did tone it down a bit in 5)

#62
xTh3xBusinessx said on September 21, 2012 at 7:57 a.m.

@60

.....So from most of what you said, all I got was "I don't know how to correctly tech" etc. And then we have the whole "sidestepping is completely useless". Ya see, its statements like this as to why this site is called "EventScrubs". As a true hardcore fighter fan, I love just about all of them but obviously some more than others. But the reasons I've seen on this thread for the Tekken bashing sound like free scrubs who want to jump in and press buttons.

Yes, you can do that in DOA but not Tekken. Personally, Im always going to love the more technical fighters over the more casual ones. And don't any biased DOA fan boy come in here and say "DOA is a strong,competitive, technical fighter because umm....we all saw the producer himself say that DOA5 is not meant to be competitive. Famitsu did a horrible job in rating the game since the "replay mode" is the key feature.

And once again #60, character specific themes make the OST? Some people on here...if that's the case then why has Tekken always been praised for its music with the exception of T6 ost because that was horrible. Oh and I didn't know that Tekken had more gimmicks than a game strictly built with gimmicks in mind...just sayin -_- Still pickin up DOA to support the FGC but the deepness was just never there with DOA.

#63
illness690 said on September 21, 2012 at 8:10 a.m.

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#64
Jandro83 said on September 21, 2012 at 10:27 a.m.

#63

First of my favorite 3D fighter is and always has been VF, I do know my technical stuff. I'm not the only one here who says side stepping is useless in Tekken, cause it is. Play VF, now THAT'S how side stepping should work. People bash DOA's competitiveness for no reason cause hey it is based on VF. Same basics, faster paced with universal counter system, that's it. As for the Rock/Paper/Scissors dispute, don't be hypocrites cause every fighting game is a rock/paper/scissors, they all involve the "which move beats out which" issue. As far a Tekken or DOA music being "memorable" I bet people go to a Video Game Music concert and if they play Tekken or DOA tunes, less than 10% of the audience will get them unlike other games. Getting good reviews for music =/= them being memorable, I never said the music was "bad".

#65
Jandro83 said on September 21, 2012 at 10:33 a.m.

Oh and #63 as for tech recovering, the point of a tech recover is to provide some aid to the player to get up and not receive further punishment. Give the player some kind of reset to be able to fight back, in Tekken even if you tech roll, the animations take time and a lot of frames and there are no invincible frames like other fighters, so you can still keep getting hit which IMO is not fair play.

#66
irc_mocpac said on September 21, 2012 at 10:51 a.m.

@65

"I do know my technical stuff. I'm not the only one here who says side stepping is useless in Tekken"

Anyone who says sidestepping is useless doesn't know what they're talking about. If it was useless, no one would be using it. People who know how to push attacks, use it all the time.

"As for the grid part it's true, forward and back walking is slow as hell and side stepping is completely useless in Tekken."

You're not bashdash canceling or forward/wave dashing. That's your major problem right there.

#67
Jandro83 said on September 21, 2012 at 10:55 a.m.

Sorry, but for me VF and DOA will always be the superior 3D fighters in terms of gameplay.

#68
irc_mocpac said on September 21, 2012 at 11:14 a.m.

Well if you're going to bash a fighter, at least know the mechanics of the game first.. People are going to point out your ignorance or think you're trolling.

#69
kdash420 said on September 25, 2012 at 12:48 a.m.

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