Dead or Alive 5

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fast-fighting game with violence and sexual overtones.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value

Dead or Alive 5 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive Messages

This is a fighting game, so it doesn't have a positive message. None of the fighters seems to get seriously hurt -- and there's no blood or gore -- but it's still a game about inflicting damage on someone else. Plus, women in this game dress sexually suggestively, and the camera zooms in on cleavage, buttocks, and legs -- which can send the wrong message to boys about objectifying women.


Positive Role Models & Representations

The game stars many male and female characters, but there is no main protagonist -- and thus no good or bad role model. That said, the characters are here to fight, so many would argue they aren't good role models for kids, anyway. Plus the women are dressed provocatively.

Ease of Play

Dead or Alive 5 isn't too difficult to pick up and play, but it's one of those games that's easy to control but difficult to master. An online dojo attempts to show you various moves, but it's too bad it doesn't teach you the strengths and weaknesses of each character. Some patience might be required to get ahold of more advanced moves.


Although there is no blood or gore, this is a fighting game. Players can punch and kick, use melee weapons (such as a sword), projectile weapons (such as throwing stars), and some magic. Players sound like they're in pain and fall down when defeated.


Sexier than most other fighting games, Dead or Alive 5 has a large cast of female fighters, most of whom wear very revealing clothes that show off large amounts of cleavage, buttocks, and long legs. The camera often zooms in on these body parts, and breasts jiggle when the fighter moves. A photo mode lets players take control of the camera to zoom in on body parts. A hologram of a female in the game appears to be nude, though private parts can be seen. There also is some suggestive dialogue (for example, "Enough with the foreplay already" or "Pleasure me").

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dead or Alive 5 is a fighting game that has a lot of violence, including the use of weapons and finishing moves. The women are dressed suggestively and utter sexual innuendoes, and players can zoom in on body parts to take pictures of these half-dressed characters (including poses of them in their underwear).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGautaman August 10, 2014

Only bad if you think the body is dirty and wrong and teach your kids thus.

Let me start off by saying that besides what's rated as "partial nudity" and "sexual themes" (neither of which are even at an M level)... Continue reading
Adult Written byNutterbutter061... September 24, 2019

Doa and self exploration

Look if you have a kid in middle school and you’ve told them how baby’s are made and the self pleasure is normal this is a must buy my 13 year old cant stop loo... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 April 3, 2020

A fighting game with mild/partial nudity that you shouldn't be concerned about

DOA 5 is a beat em up game (fighting game) that is Japanese based with a large variety of characters. Violence is frequent but too me is pretty moderate. There... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byTallonk December 4, 2019

A gamer for perverts

I'm sorry if a mom or dad, sister, brother that is reading this but to be honest I think this game is more on the perverted side because the developers pur... Continue reading

What's it about?

As with past games in this series and the cringe-worthy Dead or Alive feature film, DEAD OR ALIVE 5 features a number of sexy female and male fighters, along with some guest characters from Sega's Virtua Fighter series. There's frantic hand-to-hand combat (as well as weapons, magic, and deadly finishing moves) and interactive environments that also change during the match. Visually speaking, this game offers high-definition graphics, including realistic-looking and smoothly animated fighters (that even sweat while they fight), facial expressions, and clothing that flows according to physics. The game also has numerous solo and multiplayer modes, including Internet-enabled matches and tournaments.

Is it any good?

Dead or Alive 5 is a fun and fast fighting game -- just like its predecessors -- but with more realistic characters and environments than ever before. On that note, be aware that most female fighters dress suggestively, usually showing off ample cleavage or partially covered buttocks. Unfortunately, in Camera mode, players can snap pictures of these scantily clad females, including having the option to zoom in on underwear, cleavage, and so on.

Along with a few single-player modes and recommended head-to-head fighting that can be played in front of the same television, the game offers online matches, tournaments, and a global leaderboard to compare your performance with others. Although the online dojo could do a better job to help you practice your moves, Dead or Alive 5 is overall a very good pick for fighting-game fans -- although it has more than its share of overly sexy eye candy.

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