Going to Japan for Tokyo Game Show this year was a dream
come true in many ways, and that includes going to an event ostensibly for
Ninja Gaiden 3 then being treated to the surprise reveal of Dead or Alive 5.
Certainly we all knew Team Ninja hadn’t made its last DoA, but it was nice to
see the series still exists even after the less than nice exit of series
mastermind Tomonobu Itagaki. The first impression we got was that DoA was
refocusing on action after years of favoring scantily clad beauties. Now Tecmo
Koei has released the full footage of the game they showed that night, not just
the first half put on the net the night of the announcement. Even if you saw it
the first vid, watch on to see Ninja Gaiden star Ryu Hayabusa exact some
revenge in round 2.
For “Pre-Alpha” footage, the fighting looks pretty good,
with exploding cars, dropping girders and even some Ninpo thrown in for good
measure, so maybe this can help get the series back on track. We don’t want to
say Dead or Alive became a joke, but it had unquestionably given in to its sleazier
side with so much emphasis on panties and boob jiggling instead of, you know,
punching and kicking people. Though the Team Ninja reps reassured us that they
hadn’t forgotten about the ladies, we hope the use of two male fighters and
focusing on the action is a sign that the devs at least want to balance out the
franchise’s more lascivious practices.