Dead or Alive 5 has new gamplay footage featuring Ryu Hayabusa’s revenge

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.

Oct 7, 2011


  • suicidali - October 7, 2011 2:43 a.m.

    Hm, to me it looked as if some of the more cinematic parts of the fighting had... QTEs! *dun dun duuunnn*
  • samsneeze - October 7, 2011 2:18 a.m.

    Wind effects? Dragon Ball Z blasts? Slower pacing? It's like Team Ninja is trying to ruin everything they get their hands on. First it was Metroid, then Ninja Gaiden, and now it's Dead or Alive 5. And for some reason, people believe everything has been better post Itagaki, the dolts.
  • flabslapper - October 7, 2011 4:59 a.m.

    Though the environment since DOA2 could always be used to a person's advantage, I agree that though this looks very cool and cinematic, that it may almost be TOO much, that it might take away from the actual fighting and be too distracting, or even worse this could become boring because every fight would be about 'who could punch the person into the exploding car first' instead of what the games used to be about, which was counters and ogling breasts lol And on that note let me say I am happy about them focusing on the gameplay rather than the women, I've said this a thousand times but the DOA ladies should always be desert, not the main course
  • el_kazzanova - October 7, 2011 12:37 a.m.

    i dont even like tekken or DOA but this looks good, though i worry it might be more about using stage than actually fighting
  • UsernameLoser - October 7, 2011 3:11 p.m.

    No one asked you about tekken, though.
  • planetheads - October 6, 2011 10:36 p.m.

    this looks great!form what i see.i have always liked DOA over tekken.

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