Dead or Alive 5 Last Round Review – Let’s Bounce Towards Next-Gen!

Tecmo Koei released the latest update for Dead or Alive 5, aptly called Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, to consoles and PC back in February. It’s the first time the DoA franchise has appeared on next-gen systems like the PS4 and Xbox One so it begs to be asked: did they do a good job of it? This feature focuses mainly on the PlayStation 4 version of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round and how it compares to the PS3 version.

When one mentions Dead or Alive, one immediately thinks of the term “fanservice”. Dead or Alive 5 Last Round is more than that though, Beneath all the fanservice is a solid fighter which has been constantly tweaked by Tecmo Koei based off fan input.

Gameplay-wise, there’s not much difference between the PS4 and PS3 versions of the game, but there’s a bit of an improvement in the aesthetics department thanks to having almost-constant 60fps matches all throughout. Last Round has also employed advanced “bounce physics” which is very noticeable when using characters like Tina and Honoka.

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Netplay has been hit and miss, especially prior to patch 1.02. There’s a bit of input lag involved, but it’s something that can be easily adjusted to once a player has immersed themselves for some time in online play. Of course, one also needs to factor one’s own internet service as well.

One of the things that I really liked was the fact that Tecmo Koei allowed previous bought DLC to be accessible to those upgrading to the next-gen version of Last Round. They also introduced a new code in patch 1.02 which unlocks all costumes in-game.

Just press all 4 shoulder buttons in the Options menu to unlock all these costumes- no need to do that 100 win Survival mode challenge!

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All in all, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round PS4 is a solid release, despite not pushing the PlayStation 4 to its full capabilities. It’s good enough to quench the thirst of your fighting game drought until the other titles arrive, like Mortal Kombat X, so if you’re a fighting game aficionado, definitely get it.

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