I don’t know if I have lived under a rock for the last several years but apparently Dead or Alive is a thing. I had no idea that there was a Dead or Alive 1 or even 2 through 5. While browsing through some games, I found Dead or Alive 5: Last Round on my NVIDIA SHIELD in the GeForce Now catalog. I started playing the game expecting a Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat type of game. I was not disappointed. The fighting in the game is awesome and extremely well done. The backgrounds and the animations are smooth and beautiful. The graphics are next to none!
I did have one problem with the game and that was the emphasis it put on the female anatomy. I’m not a prude and I don’t have any issues with games featuring beautiful women. Dead or Alive 5: Last Round features 34 playable characters with 13 of them being male. Of those 21 female characters, almost none of them were wearing a full set of clothes. After the fact, I found out that Dead or Alive actually comes with its own Breast Physics Engine. As you can imagine it has one purpose, to animate the women’s breasts.
Fortunately, there were costumes for several of the women that were more modest and didn’t leave me feeling like I couldn’t play with my kids or wife in the room. Despite the focus on the women and their lack of clothing, I found the game was quite enjoyable and insanely fun. There are many levels to play in with the majority of them being interactive. There are a variety of attacks available with mild to devastating results. Some of the moves defy the laws of physics, but most of them kept mostly within the realms of believability. As you fight for dominance the fighters lose their hats and their clothes, they get dirty and more!
I don’t often play video games, and when I do, it isn’t for long. I had a friend that was visiting from out-of-town. For the first time in years, I found myself playing a video game for more than a half hour. Joe and I played for a good hour or two before we had to call it quits. I would like to say that we quit because I was beating Joe every round, but the truth is that he beat me more than I beat him. We both had a blast, there were many high fives, fist bumps with cheering and booing going back and forth.
At the end of the game, we came to the same conclusion, the game was definitely a fun game that we would love to play again. Yet, It requires a certain level of maturity and definitely deserves the M rating. I won’t play it with my son or my wife, but Joe and I will probably be duking it out again in the future. If we play as one of the female characters we will make sure that they are wearing more clothes than the default costumes.
If you want to try the game you can get it for the NVIDIA SHIELD on GeForce Now for $39.99.
GeForce Now Link: Dead or Alive 5: Last Round
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Launch Trailer: Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Launch Trailer