Format: PS3, Xbox 360
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Publisher: Tecmo Koei
Developer: Team NINJA
ESRB Rating: M
Dead or Alive is now two games into the series without Tomonobu Itagaki. Last year saw the release of the dream fighter, Dead or Alive Dimensions, on Nintendo 3DS. This year, Tecmo Koei sandwiches Dead or Alive 5 between two distinct versions of Ninja Gaiden 3. DOA5 continues the exploits of enigmatic mega-corporation DOATEC and the novela-style storylines of the fighters. Along the way, we pick up four new characters to the series. Gameplay is zippier at no loss to content and unlockables. The graphics receive a boost. Of course, all consideration is due to the fact that DOA4 and DOA5 bookend a seven year history of the Xbox 360. To say the least, "jiggle motion" is in tact. So, gamers with a more prurient interest will remained entertained.