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.
So I went and did it. Even though I said that I would only go with one system this console generation, I ended up getting each of the big three’s consoles (PS4, Wii U and Xbox One) Each system has it’s selling points, usually games that are only for that system or has a link to an older version on the previous console. With the Xbox One, it wasn’t so much Halo 5, but the fact that all previous DLC for Rock Band are transferable to Rock Band 4. I have a ton of those. So I got the XB1 without the Kinect.
I’ve had played on the XB1 before. When I was working abroad, I had the chance to log into one and play some games. Like PS4, your account from the previous console (in this case, the Xbox Live account) is transferable. You keep your Gamer score, Gamer tag and even your Avatar. You can create a new profile picture with your Avatar, and customize it with the Avatar items you bought/earned. Unfortunately, the Avatar shop has yet to make it into XB1.
The interface is not so different from the 360. Because Microsoft was so hell-bent on getting everybody to use the Kinect, it is similar to the Windows 8/ Windows Metro GUI. I don’t have one for my XB1, but I did have it for the 360 so I assume it works in a similar fashion. The interface is divided into 5 sections: Pins, where you can pin shortcuts to your favorite apps, much like in Windows 8; Home, where you launch your games and apps from; Friends, where you see your Xbox friends, who’s online, what everyone’s been playing and who ahead in their Gamer Score; What’s One; showcasing Xbox media videos, popular Xbox Twitch broadcasts and the popular movies on the Xbox Video service, and Store, where you buy games, add-ons, movies & TV apps, etc.
It is the games that make the console in the end and the XB1 has it fair share. I’ve played NBA2K15, Shadow over Mordor, Warrior’s Orochi and Halo: The Master Chief Collection and they all look great. Microsoft has the support of all the major third-party companies and will have some exclusives, like the next Tomb Raider game. With Halo 5 out next month and Gears of War getting re-released, there sure to be some old favorite returning to the XB1.
Now, I do have an issue with the fact your games are installed to the hard drive. Back when the system was first announced, they touted that you could take your games to a friends XB1 through your Live account, provided your friend had the internet speed and bandwidth to download a 22 GB game in the time you are there. They also promised Game Sharing, in which you could link up to 10 Live accounts to your copy of the game.. But this would mean you could trade in XB1 games and the public didn’t like that. So Microsoft remove that feature, but the installation of the game remains.
In my experience, the installation of the game takes a long time. Like a few hours. You pretty much cannot do anything on your XB1 during this. It is even longer than installing games on a PC from a disc. I really don’t know why it takes so long. Rare Replay (a collection of older games made by Rare studios) took the least amount, an hour an a half, but that was only the older games and videos. The ports of Perfect Dark and Conker’s Bad Fur Day were downloads which can take a while if you have crappy internet like me (Thanks, Bell!). You still need the disc to play the game after that! If the game requires an update, you cannot play it at all until it is finished, unlike on the PS4.
Hard Drive space is also an issue. With the games installing on your 500 GB hard Drive (newer ones have 1 TB), you run out of room quickly. Unlike the PS4, upgrading your hard drive is more difficult and will void your warranty. However, you can use an external hard drive as well and load you games onto it. You can them go into options and have the games load up from that drive.
Like the PS4, the XB1 has ways to share your gaming experience. You can capture or live stream or live stream your gameplay on Twitch, or post it to Twitter from your console. XB1 also allows you to take screen shots, and post them to Twitter or upload it to your One Drive (Microsoft’s cloud storage). The screen shot mode is a recent feature and it takes a bit to get used to. It seems more like an after thought, unlike the PS4 with its Share button.
One thimg Microsoft did get right is including media connectivity with your PC. You can stream movies and music fro your PC as well as use pictures from there as backgrounds. You cannot, however save music to your XB1 for custom soundtracks/entrances (for the WWE games), but I hope they could change that. It also plays Blu-Ray, but you need a free app from the Store to do so.
Another advantage is Backwards compatibility. The XB1 is getting the ability to play older Xbox 360 games, both digital and on disc through emulation downloaded for each game. We have see this through the Rare Replay versions of the Perfect Dark games and Viva Pinata. Time will tell which games you’re able to play, but I’m sure most AAA games will be on that list.
The Xbox One is a great console that was mired by bad luck in the PR leading up to the release and Microsoft deciding what people want without asking what they want. Microsoft envisioned an entertainment hub; gamers wanted a gaming platform. Some of these ideas might work well, and one day, Microsoft will be commended on it’s forward thinking. But people were worried about privacy and didn’t want Microsoft tracking what they watch or the Kinect watching them even when they are not on the XB1. That probably cost them some early adopters.
In the end, I think the Xbox One will do well. Games will drive the sales of the console. I’m sure there will be an increase of XB1 purchases around the time that Halo 5 comes out.. In this console generation, Both Sony and Microsoft are in good positions, but I think Sony has the edge. I will buy most of my games for PS4, mostly I like to play them right away, not after three hours of installation. If Microsoft can fix that issue, it might be different