Dead or Alive 5 Plus Review
Dead or Alive 5 Plus Box Art
System: PS Vita
Dev: Team Ninja
Pub: Tecmo Koei
Release: March 19, 2013
Players: 1 (2+ Online)
Screen Resolution: 544p Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Violence

The last big addition to DOA5+ is the ability to customize your music, and, I have to admit, it’s pretty cool. You can customize your music either by character or by stage, creating a sort of perfect fantasy soundtrack for your personal game. It’s a small addition, but a nice one nonetheless, and it certainly helps to keep the game’s music from getting repetitive on long trips which might see you burning away hours and hours of gameplay at once.

Dead or Alive 5 Plus Screenshot

Unfortunately, that’s about all there is of note in DOA5+. Story mode is essentially the same. Versus mode is essentially the same (though you have to connect to the Internet). Time Attack and Survival are all intact. Heck, even the graphics of the game don’t change much in the PS Vita version, which is really impressive considering this is a port from a PS3 game. If Tag Battles or YouTube Uploads were your favorite aspects of DOA5, then DOA5+ might not be your thing, as these are left out of the portable version. However, I don’t know anyone in the casual or competitive community for which that would be the case.


In as few words as possible, DOA5+ is a near-perfect port of DOA5 for the Vita. If you want to play DOA5 on the go, then by all means pick it up. The game has a few extra bells and whistles, but none of them are worth buying a portable copy for if you weren’t looking to buy one already.

Angelo M. D’Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: March 20, 2013

PS3-caliber graphics on the Vita. Impressive!
The Vita’s controls are a little uncomfortable, but they don’t differ in any profound way.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
It’s the same music and voice acting from the console version.
Play Value
The two versions are almost entirely identical. I wouldn’t buy both, but neither is really better than the other.
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Expanded tutorial and training mode.
  • Touch Battle mode utilizes the Vita’s touchscreen.
  • Complete music customization suite.

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