Kenneth Richardson at DS writes:"The fighting genre has really picked up its stride recently. Both old franchises and entirely new properties are dropping right and left, and this is the best time to be fighting fan since the nineties. The Dead or Alive series sits near the very top of my list of my favorite fighting games.
Its controls are remarkably simple, yet this never detracts from the exciting mind games that take place in the complex, high level play. True series fans have been primarily satiated over the last five, almost six years (we’re talking Xbox 360 launch) by Dead or Alive 4. The game is still played frequently by a dedicated fan base."