We all play Dead or Alive for the deep and sophisticated fighting mechanics, right? No seriously, ever since Namco began tarting up the female roster in the Soul Calibur games, Team Ninja’s legendary “jiggle physics” no longer exclusively belongs to the series. Now’s the time for Tecmo to actually get down to making a decent fighting game rather than depending on sex appeal to launch their efforts.
They found success making Dead or Alive 3 and Dead or Alive 4 a golden standard for 3D fighting games, but veteran developer Mr. Sunglasses Tomonobu Itagaki is no longer working on the series. Since quitting Tecmo after a dispute over unpaid bonuses, newcomer Yosuke Hayashi has taken up the heavy task of satisfying the fighting game crowd’s sky-high expectations.
To add insult to injury, Team Ninja also fell flat on its face this year with their other big release Ninja Gaiden 3 taking a severe beating by critics. Fans are worried about their popular fighting franchise taking a nosedive without its leader, as well.
Not to worry. Trailers and fan reactions have all painted a positive picture of Dead or Alive 5 so far. The latest shows off Tag Team mode, a match style where sucker punching an enemy from behind is apparently a viable tactic. Combo-heavy fluid action has always defined Dead or Alive beyond the sexy heroines, and if a healthy balance of the two makes a decent Dead or Alive game, then Dead or Alive 5 has it where it counts.
Plus, the trailer marks the return of Tina, Jann Lee, and…sigh…Leifang. <3
Dead or Alive 5 will be released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 25th.