Dead or Alive 5 Last Round

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fast fighter has lots of sexy imagery, minor game additions.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Sexual overtones and objectification, fighting, violence -- not a great message for young players.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Has a large roster of male and female characters, but no main protagonist. The characters are here to fight, and women are dressed provacatively, so not the best role models here.

Ease of Play

You can “button mash” to win a few rounds, but to advance through the game, players will need to master each character's moves and counter attacks from enemies. The fast-paced play brings a learning curve, as well.


Your goal is to defeat your opponent with punches, kicks, holds, weapons, some magic attacks. No blood or gore, but it’s possible to knock out enemies. Men can fight women, fighters cry out in pain, the camera zooms in for finishing moves. Cutscenes show violent scenes as well.


Provocatively-dressed female fighters --almost all have large breasts that jiggle when the fighter moves. Some outfits show mostly exposed breasts, with only the nipples barely covered. Gamers can zoom in on a female’s buttocks or breasts, and take a photo (screenshot) of it.


Some suggestive dialogue (e.g. “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 Last round is a fighting game that features realistic looking HD graphics, which counters the fantasy based, over the top action expected from most fighters. There isn’t any blood or gore in this game, but players can also use weapons along with their fists and kicks to knock out enemies. Women are clearly objectified in this game, frequently depicted as half-naked or wearing very skimpy outfits, with breasts that jiggle with every movement. Players have the ability to zoom in and take “photos” of body parts in action. There are some suggestive comments that characters make in cutscenes, such as “Enough with the foreplay already” or “Pleasure me.” Finally, online multiplayer is unmoderated, exposing players to potentially unwelcome comments.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRealReview007 June 26, 2020

A 3D Fighting Game for Mature Minds

Dead or Alive: Last Round is one of the many fighting games that started in 3d. Along Virtua Fighters and the Tekken franchise. Each of them started in the mid... Continue reading
Adult Written byBounceMaster December 31, 2017

not gory at all

the violence is pretty tame for a fighting game, but yes all the girl's boobs bounce but that's gravity for you. some outfits do show the girls in an... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 12, 2021

Dude, it's not even THAT bad

So have been playing DOA5 for two years, (ever since i was eight) and even though there is nudity, it s an amazing game, and I have already ordered the sixth g... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous February 21, 2021

Good role models and not gory!

So I am ten years old, but I have been playing this game since I was eight. Before you say it is an innapropriate game, it's actually not! It's good f... Continue reading

What's it about?

DEAD OR ALIVE 5 LAST ROUND is an update of the original game released in 2012, and includes even sharper graphics, now in HD quality, along with new content such as extra fighters, stages and previously released downloadable content (DLC). The familiar Dead or Alive (“DOA”) gameplay remains the same: chose a male or female character, and by utilizing their skillset – a series of punches, kicks, throws, and some bonus attacks (including weapons and magic) -- defeat the opponent you’re pitted against. The fighters in the game are balanced against each other, so you’ll learn which moves work best on specific characters, whether you’re playing against the game’s computer controller fighters or against a friend  -- think of it as a violent rendition of rock-paper-scissors.

Is it any good?

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round is the best version of an already stellar fighting game – but just don’t expect it to be much different than other versions of the DOA game it’s based on. In other words, if you already own another version of Dead or Alive 5, such as Ultimate, there’s no need to buy Last Round. Newcomers to the franchise should also be aware that many of its (mostly female) characters dress and move very provocatively. The fast action, multiple fighters and interactive environments are complimented by greatly improved graphics, bonus fighters and extra locations (though not many of the new characters are memorable, including a bland schoolgirl named Honoka). Some players are also complaining about various bugs that cause the game to freeze or crash altogether – which will be fixed in a downloadable “patch,” apparently.

Along with a few single-player modes and head-to-head fighting in front of the same television, the game offers online matches, tournaments, and a global leaderboard to compare your performance with others. Dead or Alive 5 Last Round might not be ideal for younger players but mature fighting game fans will no doubt have a blast playing it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of media violence. Should parents be worried about the fighting in this title, or is it simply part of the game (and the genre itself)? Do parents mind that men can beat up women in this game or is it ok because women can also fight men – and win?

  • Talk about the role of women in this fighting game. Does it objectify women? Are female characters turned into sexual objects because of the game's focus on breast size, skimpy outfits, and zooming in on body parts?


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