Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

Accessible yet deep, this is the definitive version of the lascivious fighter - but Xbox One owners should beware a buggy release.

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The PC version of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launches on Steam without key features

The PC version of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launches on Steam without key features

Effects are from PS3 version. Two stages missing. No online multiplayer.

The PC version of fighting game Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launches today on Steam without a number of key features.

In its announcement, publisher Koei Tecmo pointed to the PC version's support for resolutions up to 4K as well as antialiasing compatibility.

But the PC version does not include online multiplayer. This is expected to arrive in the form of a patch "within three months following the game's release", Koei Tecmo said. Until then, the game is discounted 10 per cent. It costs £26.99, down from £29.99.

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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round review

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Despite its deliciously swift tempo, straightforward controls, lavish high play complexities and matches that can flip on a single misread lunge, Dead or Alive has always struggled to match the fame and recognition enjoyed by its rivals on merit alone. It is a middleweight in a world of heavyweights and therefore must seek attention through other means. A launch in peaceful February for this, the final iteration of Dead or Alive 5, is just one of the ways publisher Tecmo hopes to generate interest in the game. Then there's the extravagant number of characters, hundreds upon hundreds of costumes, play-modes and, of course, those headline-grasping breasts.

This review is based on our experiences playing retail code for PS4. There have been reported issues with the Xbox One version, which were covered earlier this week by Digital Foundry.

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Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Dead or Alive 5 Last Round

Boasting two extra characters, new stages, and a variety of additional costumes, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is the definitive version of Tecmo's divisive fighting game. Available across current and last-generation consoles, the title is remastered for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One using the extra power on offer to deliver 1080p60 gameplay - a clear leap above the variable framebuffer and slightly wobbly frame-rates present on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. While there's some confusion surrounding the actual release of the full game, the Core Fighters version is available now on PS4, PS3 and Xbox One, allowing us to get some hands-on time with the title.

In terms of the actual remastering, we're looking at a pleasant enough, if somewhat workman-like effort. As expected, the jump to native 1080p allows for smaller details and distant scenery to resolve with more clarity, with the game boasting a crisp appearance that complements the clinical anime art style the series is known for. There are minor visual improvements here and there, but by and large, the move to a fixed full HD resolution is the most obvious boost to overall image quality. However, a complete lack of anti-aliasing is unexpected and disappointing, leading to some shimmering around more detailed parts of the environment.

Given the massive leap in GPU power available on the current-gen systems, we find it hard to be believe that Tecmo didn't have enough rendering time left over to at least implement a low-cost AA solution - such as SMAA, or even FXAA - into the mix. In the past, the developer has been ahead of the curve, with Dead or Alive 4 on the 360 using 2x MSAA while running natively at 720p60, but we're not seeing the same drive towards taking advantage of the hardware here.

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PS4 exclusive The Order: 1886 number one in UK chart

PS4 exclusive The Order: 1886 number one in UK chart

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round in at 27.

Sony's PlayStation 4 exclusive The Order entered the UK all-formats chart in first place.

Sony's previous UK number one was Naughty Dog's The Last of Us: Remastered, which came out for PS4 in August 2014.

The release of Ready at Dawn's The Order beats out Activision's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which is second. Last week's number one, Turtle Rock's Evolve, falls to third.

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Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launches with plenty of issues

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launches with plenty of issues

UPDATE: PS4 edition out tomorrow, but PS3 version delayed.

UPDATE 24/02/15 11.05am: Sony has explained that the PlayStation 3 version of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round will take a little while longer to appear on the PlayStation Store.

The game's PS4 edition will arrive tomorrow as previously promised, however:

"We are pleased to confirm that Dead or Alive Last Round for PlayStation 4 will be available on PlayStation Store from Wednesday," a Sony UK spokesperson told Eurogamer. "We will provide an update for the PlayStation 3 version shortly. We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

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Dead or Alive 5 Last Round confirmed for PC

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round confirmed for PC

Out on Steam alongside console versions.

The Dead or Alive series makes its debut on PC with Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, due out next year.

Team Ninja's fighting game is in development for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, as well as PC. The PC version will release via Steam alongside the console versions on 20th February 2015.

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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round release date announced

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round release date announced

Free-to-play Core Fighters version also revealed.

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round will arrive in Europe on 20th February 2015 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, publisher Tecmo Koei has confirmed.

A free trial version of the fighting game, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Core Fighters will also be available on new-gen consoles.

In Core Fighters, PS4 owners will be able to play as Ayane, Hayate, Kasumi and Ryu in "almost every game mode" for free, and then expand their game by individually purchasing additional fighters and features.

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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round announced for PS4 and Xbox One

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round announced for PS4 and Xbox One

UPDATE: European release and pricing confirmed, DLC transferrable.

UPDATE #2 2/9/14 3.45pm: Dead or Alive 5: Last Round has now been officially announced for Europe by publisher Koei Tecmo.

The game will arrive here during spring 2015 priced £34.99 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and £24.99 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Last-gen versions will only be released digitally, while editions for the newer consoles will also get a physical release.

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