Don’t let the colorful cast of mostly female, wardrobe-challenged fighters fool you: Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is a fluid, fast, accessible brawler with some serious fighting mechanics under its hood. The latest and deepest title in the popular series, this game is a fighting game fan’s paradise.
You can purchase Dead or Alive 5: Last Round for $39.99 in the GeForce NOW store. This price includes instant, and unlimited, streaming access on SHIELD, and a digital download key you can use on Steam to install a local copy of the game.
Note: The game is rated M, for Mature, by the Entertainment Software Rating Board and is not recommended for players under the age of 18.
The first full game in the Dead or Alive series to be offered on PC, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round takes everything served up in Dead or Alive Ultimate and adds a couple new fighters (Raidou, the boss from the first Dead or Alive, and a new female fighter, Honoka), several new fighting locations, scads of new costumes to unlock and a significant visual overhaul. The result is the most feature-packed and graphically impressive fighting game in the series.
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round’s fighting mechanics are based on four core moves: punches, kicks, throws and holds. Each is mapped to a different action button, and employ what is known in the genre as the “Rock, Paper, Scissors” system. So, each of the four moves is weighted to beat, or lose to, the others. The timing and/or length of button presses also make a difference, and can mean your punch lands while your opponent’s misses the mark.
This fighting game employs some nice visual touches as well, such as perspiration that gets heavier on your character as they exert energy in a match. And characters will get dirty when they hit the ground, adding to the realism.
Add a stable of 34 fighters, each with unique variations on the core moves, and 24 fighting stages to choose from, and Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is brimming with gameplay subtleties that make it one of those simple-to-play, hard-to-master types of fighting games that fans enjoy.
As noted above, Raidou comes back from the dead as an evil, undead ninja cyborg that steals other fighter’s techniques. Honoka, the second of the two new characters, is an 18-year old Japanese schoolgirl with a mysterious power we won’t spoil here. The rest of the character options include a variety of ninjas, assassins, roughnecks and wrestlers – each with unique moves for you to master.
And, while Dead or Alive 5: Last Round’s solo experience is as rich as its stable of characters, fighting games are even more to play against your friends, which you can do locally with GeForce NOW’s multi-controller support for 2 to 4 players. So this means you can play with up to three of your pals, making for some epic brawls.
To play, navigate to the GeForce NOW menu within SHIELD Hub on your SHIELD Android TV, portable or tablet. You’ll find Dead or Alive 5: Last Round in the Buy & Play Instantly category.
GeForce NOW is the world’s first cloud-gaming service capable of streaming PC games at up to 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. Members enjoy access to a library of 70-plus games they can play on-demand, plus the option to purchase new games and play them instantly. Membership is free for the first three months, then just $7.99 per month.
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