Dead or Alive 5 Combo Footage Featuring Hayabusa, Christie And Hitomi

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Still in the process of balancing the game, Team Ninja have released one final balance combo test footage video from Dead or Alive 5. This one features Hitomi, Hayabusa, Christie, Bayman and La Mariposa. You can watch it below:

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Here are the latest comments from director, Yohei Sihmbori, about the game as of this footage:


“Some of the balance is still kind of iffy, but we tried our best. I was told we could only use characters that we’ve announced already, so this is it for now. Hayabusa has some non-combo stuff too. If you just watch combo videos, then you’ll notice a difference between characters that are good with combos and those that aren’t.


“But DOA5 isn’t just about combos. It’s about the number of followups, types of followups, how safe you are after guard, how fast a move’s startup is, reach, OHs, specific holds, Criticals, hold damage, throw damage, and on and on. It’s about bringing those out in each character in a different way, and making each character unique.


“You have to play to really understand this, though. I wish more people could get their hands on the game before launch, but at least we can put out these videos and a few lucky people can try the game out at special events.”


Shimbori’s comment makes it sound like there are still characters to be revealed for the game. Dead or Alive 5 will be released on September 25th in North America.

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