Suffering from some of the same issues that have plagued other fighting games that made the leap to the Vita, DOA5 Plus is an enjoyable if slightly flawed game that is nonetheless still worth checking out. Maintaining the same brisk and intense combat the series is known for, the only downsides to the arrival of DOA on the Vita comes in the form of visuals that are a bit uneven and the lack of any compelling or noteworthy bonus content. Even with the game being a direct port of an almost year old game, DOA5 Plus is still a solid effort that will likely be enjoyed by longtime fans and those new to the franchise.
+ Combat has made the perfect transition to the Vita.
+ Online play is smooth when it comes to match performance.
+ Having all the stages and characters unlocked from the start is nice.
+ Characters, at least some of them, look quite good in the game.
- Graphics are uneven when it comes to character models and quality of the levels.
- Touch Fight mode was a complete waste of time and effort to put in the game.
- Online matchmaking can be a tad slow at times.
- The lack of major bonus content is disappointing.
Once believed to be in a position similar to the early days of the PlayStation 3, the feeling that the PlayStation Vita doesn’t have any games is slowly beginning to fade away. To most of us it’s apparent that the Vita does have some interesting games to play, but on the surface it may appear to some gamers that the console is a bit light when it comes to compelling or simply diverse software. Things have indeed started off slow for the Vita, as is always the case with any hardware in the early days, but the momentum is beginning to pick up with the release of Dead or Alive 5 Pl