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Dead or Alive 5: Prima's Official Game Guide (Prima Official Game Guides) Paperback – 28 Sep 2012

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Games; Pap/Pstr edition (28 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307895904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307895905
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Brown on 11 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback
UPDATE: Following the release of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (PS3) with its extensive training mode and new characters/moves this guide is probably not the best suited for that game, just the original DoA5 - even with all the great advice online (GameFAQs in particular) this guide was a very worthy resource none the less.

A few nice touches come with this guide, not least a 16 month poster/calendar for the rest of this and next year, its just the reveal image of Kazumi in a swimsuit again (it IS Dead or Alive after all) Also there is some decent concept artwork laid throughout the guide, surprisingly some of it isn't even in the collectors editions official art book so its a nice touch, but baffling as that art book could have done with more.


This guide details what unlockables there are and how to get them, its brief and it gets to the point so rather useful but its nothing that can't easily be found online. It doesn't go into detail regarding trophies though, but no guide ever seems to anyway.


This is one of two areas I find this guide falters slightly, it tells you what to do during story fights, it tells you what moves and good tactics for every character but it does not tell you HOW to do everything. You are told how to beat story missions but it only guides you in how to beat the bonus mission, not just to clear the fight which in some peoples cases (like mine 'cause I suck at this game) would be more relevant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin on 16 Oct. 2012
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Paget on 28 Feb. 2013
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i liked the book tells you all you need to know and what costumes can be unlocked good price aswell
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
DOA Bible :) 2 Oct. 2012
By Hiryu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I usually get strategy guides for the extra art or content, but since I already got the collector's edition of the game, I was surprised to actually use the guide for learning strategies for my Lei Fang against online players. I've been with DOA since the first one and have moderately been competitive.

I forced myself to be a more balanced player with some of my favorite characters, especially Lei Fang. With other fighting games, I usually button mash because I don't like combo memorization. I admired others who can use quick reflexes and execute intricate combos in these games. It's only in DOA, that I understood how to do some combos because of their tutorials. DOA5 has become more technical than previous installments, but the controls have evolved into a more fluid and tighter play to compensate for the increased move set.

That being said, I found this strategy guide very helpful in improving my game. I am starting to understand frame data and applying stuns to achieve combos I learned from my own gameplay. My combos are what I discovered during training mode AND online play. Getting feedback from this guide made me fine tune my arsenal.

I always considered myself a rookie when it comes to even my beloved DOA and fave fighters like Soul Calibur. Yet, I like the idea of fighting in a 3D plane, instead of 2D ones like SFIV, MVC3, or BlazeBlue (my other faves). Being able to sidestep to avoid attacks is crucial in martial arts, such as kendo and boxing, as well as spacing and baiting your opponent. I also like that DOA has a variety of throws and holds, which was hard to learn, but satisfying to "master".

I still consider myself a beginner, but with this guide, I developed a comfort zone for how I fight in my next online encounter. I like to adapt to my opponents, but having a book like this one helped me cut the time on my own research and solidify my own experiments with certain strategies.

I wouldn't apply this book to unlock the higher difficulty settings in the game. The AI is too fast for beginners to form an enjoyable strategy. For that, I would practice my reflexes and find the fastest way to beat a mindless, yet brutal computer.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to play versus with friends or online play. Hopefully, it can improve your gaming experience. I can proudly say, "I'm a fighter" because of it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Thorough Ride Through the Crazy World of Dead or Alive 5! 11 Oct. 2012
By kenshiro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you buy DOA5, you NEED this guide. Navigating the few forums that are dedicated to the Dead or Alive franchise can be a pain. They are nowhere near as easy to navigate as Shoryuken dot com (I'm primarily a Street Fighter guy).

I have been a fan of the DOA games since DOA2 Ultimate on the original Xbox came out. I wouldn't say I'm an expert at them, but I thoroughly enjoy the series for what it does like Virtua Fighter, and what it does differently...being able to block attacks with both a VF style "Hold" button OR using the Street Fighter traditional back/downback has made the series a joy for me.

Mr. Dawson's guide shows his love for this game series. He's detailed and meticulous...even showing the subtle differences in the stages and what effects each one offers.

The guide includes frame data for the aspiring tourney players out there as well.

Strategies are rich and deep for each and every character, and the guide is based on the latest patch.

Hit the "Add to Cart" button, NOW.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
DOA5 Prima Guide 28 Oct. 2012
By Justy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As a gamer who enjoys technicalities in fighting games, I must say reading frame data is quite enjoyable. Yeah, enjoyable. I find the game more rewarding understanding the basic fundamentals for the characters of my choosing. This guide provides tips, tricks and a bit of strategy for every character. If anyone who wants to learn how to punish random button mashers, I'd recommend picking this up for some rewarding giggles!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The guide is to die for...and go to heaven 1 Jan. 2013
By MAN O'WAR - Published on Amazon.com
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This guide is beautiful and not only because of the Femme Fatales. Okay so it's largely because of the femme fatales, but hey, it wouldn't be DOA without them, would it? Anyway, the book starts off with Mila welcoming you with her signature win pose followed by the art used for the "I am a Fighter" slogan.
DOA fans, especially newbies or novices, will be greeted well with the impact DOA4 had left seven years ago and where the fifth installment kicks off (pun intended) with a whole new set of moves to bring to the ring. See, you can teach old veterans new tricks and even they will have to relearn certain things that had been altered to this game on a grand scale. The introduction includes a chapter guideline that summarizes each of the 8 chapters with a page sample so you know what to expect from each chapter in general .
This is where the guide shines and surpasses DOA4's guide: The basics are well detailed starting with the attack buttons, the 8-way movement like the "soul calibur series" illustrated in a computer keypad fashion with arrows corresponding to the 8 directions, and the unique all-important rock, paper, scissors triangle system. The basic tools (old and new) are not only explained in detail but also have pictures, vis-a-vis what tech rolling in DOA looks like when performed properly. The stage profiles are well informative with whether each has a danger zone or not and how to utilize each stage's elements to ensure your victory over your opponent. Character knowledge features biography, age (the age of certain girls that were identified as "N/A" are now revealed but if you research japanese sites you already know how old these girls were; The DOA5 takes off 2 years after the events DOA4, meaning all characters are now 2 years older), all of the costumes per character are shown visually except for the DLC ones, character overview, strategies, combo samples, and command list with frame data; not to mention, the three guest stars of the VF series. Beginner, novice, and intermediate fans from both series will enjoy and feel right at home with this user friendly guide.
The book concludes with an exclusive interview with the director addressing the inspirations, limits, why Leon is the only character that didn't make it to the game, issues, expectations, and "as(s)pirations" of DOA5 (pardon the pun). For a little fan service, the guide has a 2013 calendar showcasing the kunoichi temptress in her two piece bikini outfit giving you another reason why it's good to be alive in 2013. Damn, this guide's got everything; as another reviewer (Hiryu) called it, "DOA Bible" and he's right.
This is the best DOA guide to date and a worthy edition to your collection.
Informative and helpful, but may be irrelevant once DoA5 Ultimate is released 30 July 2013
By T-Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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For those interested in Dead or Alive 5 or who would want to get better at it, buy this guide as it has what you need. It has character info, how to play them, unlockables for costumes, achievement/trophies, etc., frame data for experienced players, a detailed move list, some character art, and a Q&A with the director of the game all neatly organized, except that the costume unlock and achievement/trophy guide have the wrong page number on the table of contents. It even comes with a poster calendar of the DoA franchise's poster girl, Kasumi, in a pink bikini.


As a dude who is interested in the franchise and is willing to improve online, the guide had all that I needed and much more. It was detailed and done professionally and thanks to the guide, I was able to gain some insight on my main, Kokoro.


This guide is really good and if you're interested in Dead or Alive 5 right now, then get it, although heed my warning: It will become irrelevant for Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate as the developer plans on editing the game play to the update a little bit, so buy if you want to get your feet wet into the series.

Grade: A-
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