Dead or Alive 5 delivers a major kick for players new and old with the combination of with its signature fighting style and MMA fighting techniques. Visually striking scenes from around the world blended with a hard-hitting cast puts players in the roles of the cast of Dead or Alive fighters once again. In DoA 5, stages act not only as visual backdrops to accompany a fight but instead play to a fighter's strengths. As a fight progresses, the backdrop will change and interact with players. Skilled fighters will be able to utilize these dynamic stages to execute hard hitting blows, pitting their opponents against new obstacles creating a unique experience that will leave you breathless.
With each battle executing a new level of involvedness, the fighters themselves have become more complex in their design. In Dead or Alive 5 players will be able to feel more involved in the action as they see their fighters sweat as they exert more energy. Players can also kick up the competition in online multiplayer modes where fighters must learn to utilize their strength and weaknesses to K.O. challengers.
TRIANGLE SYSTEMDo a lot of damage in one move. Fights in Dead or Alive are based on a triangle system: strikes beat throws, throws beat holds, and holds beat strikes. When you land an attack of one type that beats another type, like landing a strike when an opponent tries to throw, that attack becomes a Hi Counter attack and does even more damage.
BLOCKBUSTER STAGESDon’t just watch the blockbuster action, cause it. Use the new Power Blow move to knock your opponent into the series’ signature Danger Zones to cause major damage and mayhem or send them off a cliff to try for even more damage! Danger Zones can range from basic walls to blockbuster explosions and careening cars. Some stages also have Danger Zones within the floors as well.
CRITICAL SYSTEMYou can put the enemy into a Critical Stun state by landing specific moves. Characters in this state are unable to block, but can still perform holds. If you strike your opponent while they are in a Critical Stun state, you can prolong the amount of time they remain stunned. If you land a specific strike that takes you over the damage limit of a Critical Combo, then you can cause a Critical Burst. This will leave your opponent completely defenseless, so it's the perfect chance to land juggling combos, Power Blows and other high-impact moves.
MOVE LISTIn addition to the View Move List option within the Pause Menu that shows you how to perform each of the regular moves, you can also refer to the handy on-screen Move List during battles. Additionally, you can check things like damage inflicted and frame data via Move Details.
PHOTO MODEWithin Watch Mode, not only can you watch matches between computer-controlled opponents or replays of your own matches, but you can also take photographs during the match from a position and angle of your choosing with a fully controllable camera. Photographs you take can be viewed later in the Album Mode.