The ESRB Knows Dead Or Alive Too Well

The ESRB Knows Dead Or Alive Too Well

Japanese fighting game Dead or Alive features a bevy of curvy ladies punching and kicking each other in the face. For years now, the DoA‘s have been talking up two things: Fighting game mechanics and boob physics.

So when the Entertainment Software Rating Board had a crack at the latest DoA, Dead or Alive 5, it sure hit all the high notes: Here’s the memorable bits:

Most female fighters are dressed in revealing outfits (large amounts of cleavage); their breasts sometimes jiggle while standing or fighting. Some bikini-style costumes (with thin strips of cloth) barely cover fighters’ bodies, exposing large amounts of breasts/buttocks; one hologram-like figure appears to be nude-though her reflective skin obscures any discernible details (i.e., nipples or genitalia). In Photo mode, players can zoom in on fighters’ cleavage or underwear as they pose for the camera. Some scenes are coupled with sexual innuendo (e.g., “Pleasure me,” “Enough with the foreplay.”).

Dead or Alive is rated “M” for “Mature”. So is this ESRB rating description.

Dead or Alive 5 [ESRB Thanks, mr_raccoon!]


  • Gotta have the full experience right? Playing DOA: ‘Beach Volleyball’ on the old xbox was hilarious. The game was made with the photo mode in mind.

  • Does the rating board have to ruin everything! Games like this do. This shit all in the spirit of good fun and to look at massive animated titties!

  • Sounds like an Australian ‘R’ rating, cleavage, flesh, oh my. Our teenagers will devolve into a pack of nymphomaniacs! Oh you know of ‘The Internet’? Carry on then.

    • I think you’re forgetting DoA Dimensions. . .

      Given what the ESRB have said I’d say anyone who wants this game better pick it up at launch, if this gets the same level of attention that DoAD did I think it wouldn’t be surprising if the game gets banned, that considering it doesn’t get RC’d to begin with. . .

      • Dimensions wasn’t banned. It was taken of the shelf because it was initially rated PG, got some media attention then was re-rated to M. Had to be sent back to put new stickers on the ratings. Theres no way this one will be banned.

  • I see more cleavage and bare flesh on 16 year olds walking through the bloody shopping centre each weekend, whats the issue here?

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