After some brief time away from the Dead or Alive series I was pleasantly surprised by the evolution of the series as well as the new martial arts disciplines on display including MMA (Mila) and Taekwondo(Rig).
Smooth and fluid animation along with enhanced graphics
Sweat and dirt add realism to the combat.
8-way directional movement allows for varied attacks and does not look unnatural
Danger modes (environmental hazards) add to the strategy and are visually impressive. They can be turned off of course.
Easily accessible by new players with a quick learning curve.
Story mode is a cut scene laden jumbled mess.
The counter attack system can at times be frustrating.
Input lag during online matches affects matches tremendously. If you have a full connection and fight someone with two bars the lag becomes unbearable.
Players being nickel and dimed to get costumes with some well above five bucks