TGS 2011: Dead or Alive 5 revealed with first gameplay footage

Ohaiyo gozimasu from Tokyo. We just returned from Team Ninja’s Unmask event in Shibuya, where the developer dropped a pile of new info on us. After showing off their upcoming Ninja Gaiden 3, the event seemed to be drawing to a close, but then Team Ninja said they had a new game to show, one that’s synonymous with the developer. After asking everyone to shut off their cameras, they played a pre-Alpha, early in development build of Dead or Alive 5.

When they showed the game in action, with Ninja Gaiden star Ryu Hayabusa facing off against Hayate, our first impression of the action was just how much was going on. Cinematic, dynamic set pieces accompanied many of the attacks, and the devs defined it as “fighting entertainment.” It looked cool the first time we saw it, though we do wonder just how varied each stage will be with those elements, as we don’t want to play a stage for the 30th time to see a car explode in the exact same way.

Vigilant viewers may have noticed that trailer was missing one of DoA’s most well-known components: the attractive leading ladies of the roster. Well don’t fret pervs, as the key art for the fighting game makes sure you know that sexy girls haven’t been forgotten. Hope you weren’t too worried. The title is planned for a 2012 release on 360 and PS3.

Sep 14, 2011


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  • Corsair89 - September 14, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    I'm so glad to see that DoA has gotten out of it's masturbation sim rut and back into fighting. Looks like booting Itagaki has been nothing but beneficial for the series. So far, they've shown nothing but class for DoA5. I wonder how long before they ruin it with mass sex appeal.
  • samsneeze - September 14, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    I don't think Itagaki had anything to do with the series being in a "masturbation rut" Itagaki wanted the series to go back on track while still working for the company, but they thought it would be better to capitalize on the game's sex appeal. This was just another driving factor to cause Itagaki to leave. And to say that everything is better now that he is gone would be false considering the only thing noticeable different with the series are the unnecessary wind effects and dynamic camera. Everything else was in place long before he left. Even Dimensions' story was just an expansion on the previous games.
  • marioman50 - September 15, 2011 8:31 a.m.

    Ooh, sweaty Hitomi, lol
  • samsneeze - September 15, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    I'm pretty sure that's Kasumi given the red-orange color of her hair and the fact that she has always be the series' leading lady.
  • Fro4show - September 14, 2011 6:42 p.m.

    I don't mind the ridiculous boobage as long as the fighting is good. I don't exactly prefer it because it's just kind of odd after you get over the whole "WOW!" factor, but I don't mind it. They have perfected perpetual motion.
  • ahadian - September 14, 2011 6:30 p.m.

    Whoa, classy poster, Team Ninja. And here I though DOA is boobs fighting with great mechanic.. No seriously, the poster's awesome. And here I'm a Tekken fan, and 80% loathe DOA. But Tekken's posters is all about stuffing as many fighters on the cover with explosions. Not that it's bad, but this is more personal and, well, cool. And I bet if Itagaki's still in Team Ninja, the camera would pan much lower.
  • fullmetallegend - September 14, 2011 3:11 p.m.

    I've always liked the Dead Or Alive series and think the fighting mechanics are great. Just because it actually has attractive female fighters in it instead of bland ones, like say, Tekken, people think it's just a boob fest. It's like the original creator said. If you get to create your own characters, why make them ugly, why not make them attractive? ...ok, the short obsession with boob physics was a little much.
  • DeathbyFira - September 14, 2011 1:46 p.m.

    YEAY cant wait to get this love the doa ladies and am a huge Jan Lee player also ^^
  • soranamineforever - September 14, 2011 12:58 p.m.

    PS3, you say? I may actually take a look at the series now. Other than the looks I've already taken, if you know what I mean. Which you do.
  • TheHalfanese - September 14, 2011 12:47 p.m.

    Ohayou gozaimasu*
  • GamesRadarCarolynGudmundson - September 14, 2011 2:59 p.m.

    wwwwwww~ he's trying! =P
  • illathanyouu - September 14, 2011 11:52 a.m.

    definitely lookin out for this
  • samsneeze - September 14, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    It's about damn time. Hell yes!! My only real complaint is the wooshyness of the characters now. I mean, I why do they need to give off wind effects all of a sudden?
  • Errrrbo - September 14, 2011 9:31 a.m.

    Dead or Alive 4 had great fighting mechanics.
  • DirkSteele1 - September 14, 2011 8:51 a.m.

    A trailer and poster for a new Dead or Alive game and no sign of a boob anywhere? Well almost. Are Team Ninja growing up and hoping that great fighting mechanics rather than polygons in attractive arrangements will sell the game?
  • codystovall - September 14, 2011 8:55 a.m.

    Well Tomonobu Itagaki left the co., so maybe thats it. Either that or they think any showing of flesh would count as spoilers.
  • samsneeze - September 14, 2011 10:14 a.m.

    Implying that the game didn't already have those. I think most people who review the game only focus on that and such the series has grown to have a bad rap despite it being one of the better 3D fighters out there or fighter period.
  • codystovall - September 14, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    Doa is my favorite fighting series along with smash bros. Doa 4 was my first 360 game. Mind=Blown
  • whywai - September 14, 2011 8:29 a.m.

    About time! Bring me the ladies please :D
  • n00b - September 14, 2011 8:15 a.m.

    so it looks like an action movie its cool doa's been one of my guilty pleasures so Im glad for a new release. but dang there sure are a lot of fighting games coming out

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