Game: Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate Developer: Team Ninja Publisher: Tecmo Koei
Release Date: Out Now Available On: PS3/360 Version Played: PS3
Dead or Alive 5 goes from laughable to bizarre, and the storyline never seems to make sense, nor be taken seriously. After the success of Mortal Kombat, I had hoped that fighting games COULD tell a semi-coherent story, yet, here we are with Dead or Alive 5. The prospect of the Dead or Alive Tournament is what groups the characters together, told out of chronological order, with sideplots and strangely confusing jumps from one event to the next, while the ongoing threat of clones and Alpha-152 occupies Kasumi and co. Old favorites return, such as father-daughter combo Bass and Tina Armstrong, or my personal favorite, Ryu Hayabusa, and it’s impressive to note how recognizable they have become. That said, the story is a complete wash, and I blew through the 70 stages in record time.
Despite producer Yosuke Hayashi’s promise to tone down the sexuality, it remains blatant here. Sex sells, it really does, but I’m starting to feel uncomfortable with the unrealistic presentation of the women (and men) in this game series. It’s juvenile and it’s AIMED at a younger audience, and its giving them unrealistic expectations of how real women should be. It’s an almost pornographic nature and it’s a shame that this series is 100% selling this, and its clear that they have no notion to change. Maybe I’m just causing a storm for no reason or maybe I’m just trying to up my word count, but I believe that a better message could be sent to gamers. I noticed how when they did alpha testing that players requested even larger proportions of breasts, but maybe I’m thinking they should test outside of Japan…