on 16 October 2012
As a massive fan of the Dead or Alive series and DoA5 on the Xbox 360, I decided to splash out and get this game guide. Unfortunately it turned out to be a real disappointment. It seems as if not much effort went into putting this thing together.
You would expect most official guides from Prima to feature loads of art from the game, detailed bios/info on all the characters/environments, easy to follow hints and tips etc etc. Well, not here! Most of what you get is page after page of difficult to understand data chart followed by wall after wall of text. This might be good for the very serious, competitive, and highly technical players, but for someone like me who plays for fun, it's no use and incredibly dull. Another thing I noticed was that the content page index is printed wrong so finding the info you need is made that little bit harder!
The art in this guide is a mixture of the occasional small, thumbnail sized screenshot with some REALLY bizarre looking hand drawn art. I'm not sure who drew the artwork but it's almost as if they'd never played the game before and were just going off rough descriptions of the characters.
I was expecting to get a full break-down of all the available character costumes, collectables and achievements. Instead what I got were about 4 pages at the very back of the guide with really generic copy/paste lists of the achievements/costumes and no supporting pictures or tips on the best ways to unlock them.
Maybe I'm being a bit harsh, but as a fan of the series I was really disappointed with this guide. You can easily find more useful and easy to follow info for free on most DoA fan sites! I can't recommend this guide and at a cost of £10 I'd say it's very overpriced. The fold out poster/calendar in the back was nice, though.