'Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate'
Sony PlayStation 3 (Xbox 360)
ESRB rating: Mature
Review rating: 4.0 stars
Fighting games were all the rage at the turn of the century, and "Dead or Alive" was one of the more popular titles. Last year the series was resurrected with the release of "DOA5," and now an incremental update with additional features is available in the form of "DOA5 Ultimate." However, there aren't enough new features to justify a purchase for anyone who owns "DOA5."
"DOA5" changed the look of its pugilists from a classic Japanese anime style to one that's more realistic. This update follows suit, and also adds five new characters to the mix. Two familiar faces from past games include Leon, the Italian mercenary and Ein, who is a female karate specialist. Two new fighters from the "Ninja Gaiden" series, Rachel and Momiji, join the roster, and newcomer Jacky Bryant lays the smack down with Jeet Kune Do.
Too bad these new characters aren't included in the story mode. Oddly enough, anyone who defeated "DOA5" will notice that the story mode is completed when they fire up this updated version. At least the in-depth tutorial mode from the PS Vita game, "DOA5 ," is included. It removes the tutorial from the story mode so players can play whichever mode they choose.
Five fantastic-looking new stages, two of which are from "DOA3," make their appearance. Also new is the Power Launcher maneuver that launches opponents in the air so players can juggle them "Tekken"-style. More subtle additions include new combo attacks for some characters and a more stable net code for smooth online fighting. Lastly, all of the download-only costumes released since "DOA5" are included.
I highly recommend "Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate" for those who don't have "DOA5," but buying both games seems like a waste of money.'Sanctum 2'