MasonicGamer: The Dead or Alive series got it’s start way back in 1996 and has since developed a reputation not for it’s gameplay but rather for it’s portrayal of women. Up until Dead or Alive arrived on the scene, gaming was making it’s first baby steps in regards to leading females protagonists with sex appeal such as the ever popular Lara Croft. Whilst the sex appeal in Tomb Raider was limited to art assets featured in magazines ads (unless you like low polygon triangular breasts), the Dead or Alive series made the whole game centered around it.
Dead or Alive 2 was arguably the game that put the series on everyone’s radar, yes the breast physics were as over the top as ever but at least it had something it could call it’s own, interactive environments in a traditional one on one fighter. Since then Dead or Alive has played it extremely safe with little changing in between each iteration. It’s certainly not broke but what was once exciting in 2000, may no longer hold up as well in 2013 so how does Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate fair up?