Dead or Alive 5

Common Sense Media says

Fast-fighting game with violence and sexual overtones.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

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

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.

Violence

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.

Sex

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").

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Serious privacy and safety concerns. Dead or Alive 5 can be played online against others and supports real-time voice communication via headset microphone (both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions). This might concern parents, as their kids might be speaking to strangers or hearing profanity and other inappropriate language.

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).

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

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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?

QUALITY
 

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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Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Tecmo
Release date:October 2, 2012
Genre:Fighting
Topics:Dinosaurs, Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:M for Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Violence (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Parent Written byShugocharafan88 January 7, 2013
AGE
2
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

yeah china daisuki

Staraptor's fave game. Very educational.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent Written byCommonSenseReviewer October 7, 2013
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

Dead or Alive 5 is carnal, but there's more depth to it than it may let on initially.

The Dead or Alive series has always been sexual, and one of the main appeals has always been for the player to unlock costumes which show more of the feminine character's skin and their exaggerated body features. This is an ignoble pursuit, I agree, but that's not all there is to Dead or Alive 5. It is a martial arts fighting game (with each character representing a different martial art), where blocking counters strikes, grabbing counters blocking, and striking counters grabbing. It's very well balanced and takes skill to succeed in. However, this has been the core gameplay mechanic for the other four entries, and 5 really doesn't do a whole lot different than the other four games. DOA5 may feel like just a visual update to mechanics that already work, but it's still worthwhile if you're looking for a good martial arts fighter and you can stomach it's unfortunate oversexualization. It's relatively tame compared to other M-Rated games so an older teen might be able to pull this off, but it still pushes boundaries.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Adult Written byceelowegreen September 3, 2014
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Well duh it's not for kids but ok for teens.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use

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