STAFF REVIEW of Dead or Alive 3 (Xbox)

Wednesday, March 5, 2003.
by Yellowlab

Dead or Alive 3 Box art DOA3 was one of the first games I bought with my Xbox (late 2001), and is not only still the best fighting game on the Xbox, but is among the best fighters for any console, ever. This has everything you can ask for in a fighter. Very diverse characters, an excellent fighting engine, beautiful graphics, awesome arenas (with break through walls and interactive items), various modes, great sounds, and terrific FMV ending sequences. Add in the fact that Tecmo/Team Ninja gave out free updates with additional costumes (on the OXM bonus disks), and it just gets better and better. One of my favorite modes is the 2 player tag team mode. There are specific characters that team up together (like Tina and Bass) and do some pretty cool moves in tag battle mode. The ending FMV scenes are perhaps the best quality I've ever seen. I only have one very minor gripe, and that is the final boss, Omega. I generally don't like boss battles anyways, but this one was a little cheap. The overall bottom line is that is one of the best fighters ever, and DOA3 along with Halo are the two games that completely sold me on the Xbox, and I have barely touched my PS2 since.

DOA3 shines in the gameplay category. It's both terrific for button mashers and also incredibly deep for the hardcore gamers. There are an incredible amount of moves for each character and each character has a very distinct fighting style. So, it's the perfect balance for newbies and hardcore gamers.

Wowza! This one looks fantastic. It supports 16:9 HDTV's and looks terrific on mine. The characters look tremendous, and the arenas are very, very nice.

The sound is perfect. Nice hits and "slams". It'll give your sub woofer a work out. Not a big fan of Aerosmith, but it could have been worse. Overall very good sounds!

Can't wait for DOA4!!!!

Overall: 10.0 / 10
Gameplay: 10.0 / 10
Visuals: 10.0 / 10
Sound: 10.0 / 10


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