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So Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja return once more with a 2012 game they seemingly can't get over. Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, is the third updated version of the original title, after Dead or Alive 5 Plus and Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate. But now, with Last Round, the Xbox One and PS4 get to join in on the madness with a few small additions to boot.

But the question remains Dead or Alive fans, is this title worth spending your precious $40 on in a year teeming with titles like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Bloodborne, The Witcher 3, The Order: 1886 and Batman: Arkham Knight to name a few? Let's take a look!

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Review on Xbox One & PS4!

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

When Dead or Alive 5 was initially released in 2012, the game was praised for its visuals, character models, destructive environments, interactive stages, tiered levels and ultimately fluid and satisfying combat system. Now in 2015, we've seen some great additions to the fighting game genre over the years, but even still, DOA5: Last Round manages to stand on its own merits against more modern competition.

In terms of updates, there isn't a whole lot in this new package, but one element is certainly visible from its outcome: the visuals. The new Soft Engine has revamped the physics in Dead Or Alive 5, and though the video below may show that they've focused on one area in particular, the whole game features minor improvements in various areas.

The movements of the characters and their clothing and hair is noticeably improved, while their interactions with water and environmental objects are less noticeable in terms of updates. However, on the PS4 and Xbox One, the game really does shine. DOA5's environments glisten and fight animations are bursting with colour and style. It feels and looks fantastic to nail any punch against your opponent.

In terms of content, Last Round features everything that came in the Ultimate edition of the game, with a few new "outfits" (if they can be called that) and hair styles to customise the characters with. This is nowhere near a draw for me in terms of weighing the options for whether or not to buy Dead or Alive 5: Last Stand, but for some it will be a nice little addition.

Dead or Alive 5
Dead or Alive 5

Last Round retains all 32 characters featured in Ultimate, including the four guest characters from the Virtua Fighter series and the three characters who were first appeared in the arcade version then as DLC, along with over 300 costumes for them. In addition, the game adds at least two new characters, bringing back the original Dead or Alive game's boss Raidou to life and introducing a new female character named Honoka (for whom there has been a sizeable amount of controversy).

On the Xbox One and PS4 the title runs at a smooth 1080p at 60FPS, one of the few titles to stay true to its dictum. But all in all, for those you've played Dead or Alive 5 before, or certainly the ultimate edition, I see no reason to spend such a large sum of money to return to this world with slightly updated graphics and a few more skimpy costumes.

Dead or Alive 5
Dead or Alive 5

But if you're looking for a fighting game that gleams on your new console and feels great to play and are new to DOA, then Dead or Alive 5: Last Stand is sure to give you a great experience in every department of its production.

Dead or Alive 5: Last Stand will release for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC on February 17th in North America (though the PS3 edition will be delayed until the 24th).


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