|System: Xbox One, PS4*|
|Dev: Team Ninja|
|Pub: Tecmo Koei|
|Release: February 17, 2015|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Violence|
On the downside that’s basically all you are getting in this upgrade. If you haven’t been keeping up with the other Dead or Alive 5 versions like Plus and Ultimate, then you are actually getting a lot as you’ll pick up every new character that premiered both on disc and as DLC in those iterations. However, if you have been a Dead or Alive 5 faithful, then these fighters and two new stages are really all you are getting.
The mode suite is basically exactly the same. You still have local multiplayer, score attack, survival modes, online play, and an incredible training mode. I still applaud Tecmo Koei for putting so much thought into its tutorials and training options, but this isn’t anything we haven’t seen in previous releases.
The one thing I am most disappointed in is a lack of any real update to the game’s story mode. We have a ton of new characters to play with now through all the Dead or Alive 5 updates, and the story mode hasn’t changed one bit. Even a couple side stories would have been nice. It just feels like something should have been included other than just the characters and stages.
Honestly, if there is anything that you should purchase Dead or Alive 5: Last Round for, it’s the graphics. It looks far, far better than previous iterations of the game did on the PS3 and PS Vita. Of course, this only applies to the current-generation versions of the game. While last-generation versions of the game are not out yet, I cannot believe that they would look any different from what we have already seen.
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is a hard game to review, because honestly it’s a good game. However, it’s only a good game because of everything that Dead or Alive 5, Dead or Alive 5: Plus, and Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate did. If you want to upgrade to a next-generation version of this fun fighter, go ahead. If you really really want two new characters, go for it. But if you are looking for something truly new and different, you are unfortunately looking in the wrong place. I would like to say that Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is the definitive version of the game, and if it were the last version of the game to come out it would be, but there’s nothing to say that Koei Tecmo won’t release Dead or Alive 5: Super Mega Ultra Deluxe Edition a year from now, no matter how many times we hear this is the last one.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: February 19, 2015