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Team Ninja Says Goodbye To The Dead or Alive Franchise

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

The Dead or Alive franchise has been a staple fighting game franchise since the days of the PlayStation 1 but after two-plus decades, Team Ninja is finally saying goodbye to the series that put them on the map

Fans learned that DOA would be put on ice thanks to an announcement made via special video presentation that was shown after the finale of the Dead or Alive 5 Battle Royale Tournament. Developers had mentioned on social media that an announcement was imminent, with fans expected a possible DOA 6 teaser – only to have their hopes crushed.

Director of Dead or Alive 5, Yohei Shimboru, had this to say about the discontinuation of DOA:

“We created so much downloadable content that the sheer amount would be worthy of the Guinness Book of World Records, .. However, it is time to stop what we are doing for now and look into the future, which means we may not be around for some time… but we are very much looking forward to seeing you again someday. And I hope you will maintain your love for Dead or Alive and keep on fighting!” 

PlayStation 1 fighting fans got their first fix of DOA in November of ‘96 with the sequel, DOA2 releasing in early 2000 on Dreamcast and PS2. DOA 5, the latest iteration was released in 2012 on last generation consoles before being ported to the PlayStation Vita as DOA 5: Plus.  Team Ninja took the game free to play with the release of Dead or Alive 5: The Last Round which saw a physical release with all characters and story content unlocked. Free to play players could get a limited selection of fighters with the option to purchase extras for $5 USD. In total, over a thousand pieces of DLC were released, which must be some sort of record.



Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate | Review

Posted on September 9, 2013 by Jason Fayta

Version tested: PlayStation 3

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (hereafter Ultimate) is an expanded edition of Dead or Alive 5, arriving just under a year from its predecessor’s release. New stages and characters, along with new modes and system tweaks, define the “ultimate” package, but the simultaneous release of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters, a free-to-play version of Ultimate, may be the version that gets newcomers into the series.Read More


Dead or Alive 5 Plus | Review

Posted on March 24, 2013 by Jason Fayta

The PlayStation Vita is starting to become a portable utopia for fighting fans. Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken, Mortal Kombat, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend, and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale already grace the system, and if you include the games available from the PSP’s library, such a Tekken 6 and Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max, you have a line-up of titles that should appease the most ardent of fighting fans.

Dead or Alive 5 Plus (hereafter DOA5+), Team Ninja’s portable installment of Dead or Alive 5, has a lot of competition, and with the aforementioned ports all ranging from good to excellent, a lot to live up to as well. Overall, the port delivers, bringing almost the entire console experience to the PlayStation Vita.Read More


Dead or Alive 5 Plus Announced for Vita

Posted on December 3, 2012 by Jason Bassett

If you wanted to get more and more of those beautiful women that will kick you into next wednesday, well, we have your fix. Dead or Alive 5 PLUS has been officially announced for the Playstation Vita. The announcement was made on Youtube by the head of Team Ninja: Yosuke Hayashi.

While Hayashi didn’t give away too much, he did mention that players will be able to play on the go and that there will be more to look forward to. A tentative release date has been set for “an early stage next year”, so while there is nothing concrete other than the fact that Dead or Alive 5 is coming to the Vita, it’s still pretty promising.

You can check out the video after the break.Read More


Dead or Alive 5 | Review

Posted on October 1, 2012 by Jason Fayta

Version tested:  PlayStation 3

Dead or Alive 5 (hereafter DOA5) is now available on consoles, almost seven years after the previous installment, and it doubles as the series’ debut on PlayStation 3. You have to go all the way back to the year 2000 when Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore graced the PlayStation 2 for the last entry on Sony’s hardware. But before I get too far into the review, I want to talk a little about the father of Dead or Alive, Tomonobu Itagaki.

Tomonobu Itagaki, creator and former lead of Team Ninja, unceremoniously resigned from Tecmo (now Tecmo Koei) several years ago. An outspoken developer and studio lead, his games were known for their uncompromising difficulty, impeccable gameplay, voluptuous ladies, and badass ninja. It’s difficult to go wrong with such an excellent mix. Since his departure, the quality of Team Ninja’s output has been questionable at best, with its strongest effort being the Ninja Gaiden 2 remix, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2.  Read More


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