Did the Dead or Alive girls just get hotter or lose their anime innocence?

Times have changed for Tecmo, and since the departure of series founder Itagaki, Dead or Alive (DOA) has taken a step forwards into a new realm. Team Ninja were perhaps criticised in the past for keeping their defined anime art style in DOA 4, especially as other fighting game series’ were moving towards more realistic looking combatants. However, it’s now 2012 and DOA 4 is perhaps quite ancient by today’s standards. We’re now presented with the delights of a new game with an entirely fresh look that’s been a long time coming for those not so keen on the “cute” looking renditions the series has had since the first arcade game way back when.

The character artists have lavished much effort on new definitions of characters who  have retained their looks for many years, and created more humanized imagery in the process.  However, do the girls look better or worse? Do they lose some of their charm, or is the more detailed approach a step in the right direction?  This largely depends on whether you’re a fan of anime or not, but there’s no denying, regardless of any political correctness gone awry, Team Ninja aren’t pulling any punches.

Dead or Alive 5 releases on the 28th September 2012.


Old Tina.


New Tina.


Written by: Rob Cram

Rob Cram has hundreds of video game reviews, thousands of articles under his belt with years of experience in gaming and tech. He aims to remain fair and free from publisher/developer influence. With his extensive knowledge, feels his gaming opinions are valid and worth sharing. Agreement with his views are entirely optional. He might have a bias towards cyberpunk.

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  1. cusman September 16, 2012 |

    I think the new art style is a clear improvement over what they had in DoA 4. They have managed to improve without changing the feel of any of those characters.

    This is a very hard thing to achieve and they have done a great job at it.

  2. todd September 16, 2012 |

    They are trying to appeal more to American taste on how woman look. They are leaving the anime look and I don’t like that. If any one can look at past games like the first street fighter and first resident evil. The people in those games where based on American style. As they grew into fame they started drifting away from American style to having anime looking characters later on. Now this is a tactic that they will use to get some casuals to pick up the game because some might not be into anime style. I have the 3DS DoA and very mad about the hardcore part to it. Nintendo said that the 3DS is for hardcore, but when they had edited DoA 3D photo gallery to the camera aspect on not being able to take pic’s of the girl any way you want made the game watered down. Japan totally gets all the real hardcore game while we Americans suffer with watered downed games. I know I’m not alone in this and if the WiiU is going to be the same by lying to the hardcore then I’ll be selling it back and wont continue to support Nintendo any more and will move on to the other companies to give my money to.

  3. boby September 17, 2012 |

    Is it just me, or they all seem to have a smaller head in relation to their bodies? They remind me of Bayoneta’s tiny head.

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