When it comes to fighters you hear the likes of Street Fighter,Tekken and Soul Calibur but nothing of DOA. The series is all about fast paced combat and combos. The character roster is acceptable with some returning faces and some new ones but the game play has hardly changed since number 4. Modes have been stripped down to its basics. There is a story mode,Vs Mode Arcade, Time Attack, Survival and finally a training mode where you can hone your skills against Ai. Then there's online mode which to be honest is far from perfect, it could take ages to find someone in Ranked/Simple Matches, not to mention the unbearable lag if you only have standard dsl.
Basically If you're looking for a fighter that is quick and easy buy it. It's one of the easier and less thinkingmans type of fighting game.