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Dead or Alive 5 Last Round is missing features on PC

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A couple of weeks ago, Andy reported on some worrying signs regarding the PC port of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round. The game is due out later today, and—based on Team Ninja's own documentation—it seems the concern is warranted.

Perhaps the biggest omission is the game's online mode, which will be part of the PC version—just not for launch. "Currently the game only supports offline play," explains an official FAQ. "Online gameplay is planned to be added at a later date."

Team Ninja's Steam specification page goes a step further, suggesting that online play could take up to three months. That page also categorises the game's graphical effects as "equivalent to PS3 version". Shadows, meanwhile, are equivalent to the PS4 version. How generous.

The Soft Engine is also missing from the Steam specification list. That, if you don't know, is the engine designed to make skin look softer on PS4 and Xbox One. (Dead or Alive 5 is a very serious fighting game, don'cha know.) If all that wasn't enough, two stages—The Danger Zone and The Crimson—are also missing from the Steam version. Because reasons.

Also absent: Steam achievements, cloud saving and, bizarrely, controller vibration.

Finally, as pointed out by this Steam forum post, there's Dead or Alive 5 Last Round's manual. It points out that players with certain characters in their Steam profile name may encounter problems saving their data. Also, if a player's ID is changed, they may have problems saving or loading their data.

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round is designed to be the definitive edition of the boob-heavy pummel-'em-up. Based on the current evidence, the PC version is falling short of that mark.

Ta, Eurogamer.

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.