Rehashes of Fighting Games are not new. How many versions of Street Fighter 2 were there before Capcom released Street Fighter 3?. Usually they refine the fighting mechanics, add new stages, characters and costumes and add a adjective like “Super” to the front or a subtitles like “Third Strike”. Koei Tecmo is following this convention with the Dead or Alive series with Last Round.
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is a fighting game developed by Team Ninja and published by Koei Tecmo. It is the fourth iteration of Dead or Alive 5, counting Dead or Alive 5 Plus for PS Vita. The games is available as a free to play Core Fighter version with 4 playable fighters with the option to buy the rest or as a full game with all 34 playable characters. It is available for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. This review is on the PS4 version.
The main game is the same as the previous versions, with an arcade mode tag battles, story mode, etc. The Story Mode does not include any of the additional characters from Ultimate or Last Round. You still can save replays and take pictures in game (in addition to the Share function.) These are saved on your PS4 hard drive.
The main draw of Last Round is the additional characters and features from the previous versions. From DOA5+ are the Private Paradise clips, where the DOA girls play on a beach on Zach Island for your viewing pleasure. From Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, you get 7 more characters; Jacky Bryant (from Virtua Figters, Momoji and Rachel from the Ninja Gaiden series, classic DOA characters Leon and Ein , Phase 4, the Kasumi clone from the Story Mode, Nyotengu, a female tengu (Japanese demon) and Marie Rose, a young girl who’s bucks the trend of all the females having big breasts.
Last Round adds two more characters to the roster. From the original Dead or Alive returns Raidou, Ayane’s father, now resurrected as a cyborg. Also debuting is Honoka, another busty 18-year old girl (it says so on her official bio) who seems to borrow from various fighting styles for her moves. There are new stages as well such as a beach at night during fireworks and Loreli Castle decked out for Halloween. Then there are the costumes.
Previous versions had DLC costumes. Those for the original cast from the first DOA 5 and DOA5+ (cheerleader outfit, Hot Getaway) are mostly included as unlockable costumes. DLC for DOA5 Ultimate are transferable or can be bought individually, in sets or in one shot for $92. New DLC are grouped in seasons, which there has been 2 so far. and include Ninja costumes, Christmas and Halloween costume for most characters as well as more bikinis, sexy nurse outfits, a Bath and Bed set and others for most of the female characters. Of course, this being a Dead or Alive game, most of the female costumes are sexy and/or skimpy.
Some costumes have a special feature on the PS4 and XB1 versions. Outfits from the Senran Kagura set can be damaged if hit by a critical hit. The outfits will be torn and remain that way for the duration of the fight, Other themed outfit sets feature this (Deception 4 and Costumes by Tamiki Wakaki set) with more to be added, I’m sure.
All this DLC can be pricy. To get both seasons, plus all the Ultimate DLC Honoka’s cheer leader Christmas and swimwear, and all four new girls Hot Getaway movies, it will cost you close to $400. It seems excessive, but none of this DLC is essential and you can pick and choose what you want. Buying the Season pass net you an exclusive costume each (angel outfit for Marie Rose for Season 1, and Secret Agent Honoka for Season 2) but, as long as you buy the full game, you have the complete game, with most characters having at least 6 unlockable outfits.
If you only have a last gen console and have one of the previous games, this is an easy pass. If you have a PS4/XBOne, this is a great fighter for your console. With the DLC continuing into the next year and with a new character and level coming in Spring 2016, there is enough to keep it fresh, exciting and sexy.