With a huge line-up of 24 characters to choose from, no one can complain about the variety of brawlers on offer. They’re all competing in the fifth DOATEC tournament for different reasons, and you’ll have to pay close attention to the Story mode to keep track of their motives, personalities and relationships to one another. There are more plot twists and tangled webs here than in your average soap opera episode!
Of the 24 brawlers, Mila and Rig are brand new. Mila is an up-and-coming fighter with one eye on taking on her idol, retired wrestler Bass Armstrong. Rig is an offshore oil platform foreman with no memory of his real name or his family. There are also five unlockable characters, including the elderly and still dangerous Gen Fu and the powerful, inhuman Alpha-152.
Best of all are the guest appearances of Akira Yuki, Sarah Bryant and Pai Chan, whose names will be familiar to fans of the Virtua Fighter series. They’re the three remaining unlockable characters and slot seamlessly into DEAD OR ALIVE 5’s lethal line-up. Fight fans will get a real buzz from this surprising but hugely welcome crossover between the two series.