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The fighting game genre has seen a renaissance in the last two years, with sequels to many popular fighting game franchises, such as Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and Marvel Vs. Capcom, being released. It should be no surprise then that the Dead or Alive series, with its last console entry being Dead or Alive 4 in 2005, is returning with Dead or Alive 5. The fifth entry in the series, seeing release on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, brings the popular series to a new generation with updated graphics and a character roster featuring each character that has been in the series to date.

The basics of Dead or Alive 5 remain unchanged; the game is still a 3D fighter relying more on hand-to-hand combat and less on special moves like flaming uppercuts and fireballs. In past Dead or Alive games, the environment played a large part in a battle, with characters being able to be knocked off the edge of a ring or thrown into an electrified fence. This remains true in Dead or Alive 5, except now the arenas change as you battle in them. For example, fences can be broken which then allows you to throw a character off the arena. However, to counter this, a new system is being implemented which allows you to re-enter the arena when thrown over the edge. Dead or Alive 5 is as much about being aware of your surroundings as it is about the fight.

Dead or Alive 5 also welcomes Akira from the Virtua Fighter series, in a special partnership between Sega and Tecmo. Akira plays exactly as he does in the Virtua Fighter series; Virtua Fighter fans will feel right at home when using him. Akira won’t be the last Virtua Fighter character in the series either, as Tecmo has hinted at others joining the fight.

Dead or Alive 5 is set to release sometime in September of 2012. Dead or Alive fans, Virtua Fighter fans and fans of the fighting game genre will definitely want to try out Dead or Alive 5 when it releases.

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