The Dead or Alive series has always had a faithful fanbase. At the same time, though, it’s been derided by an equally faithful base of “You can’t like what I don’t like” gamers. Whether it be for the bouncy boobs, over-sexualized spinoffs, or a fighting system deemed as being not competition-worthy, Dead or Alive has never been taken very seriously by the majority of gamers or by fighting game fans. But things change, and unfortunately for the haters, Dead or Alive 5 is incredibly fun, easy to play yet deep enough for competitive play, well-balanced, looks and plays smoother than most 3D fighters, and doesn’t take itself so seriously as to be pretentious. It does exactly what it intends to do, and does it well. By sheer entertainment value alone, DOA5 wins our award.