Dead or Alive Ultimate (Xbox) by Tecmo Inc.

Dead or Alive Ultimate (Xbox) by Tecmo Inc. Box Art

Xbox 360 backwards Compatible

Release Date
October 28, 2004.

Average Overall Score:
9.50 / 10

DOA is back, and this time Tecmo went to the archives and present us with an upgraded version of DOA2 and a direct port of DOA1. Cleary the centerpiece of this game is the new and much improved DOA2, so I\'ll be referring to that one in the review. At the core you\'ll find the same game as DOA3."

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User Reviews

Score: 95
Overall User Average: 9.40 / 10 (95.0%)
Gameplay User Average: 9.60 / 10
Graphics User Average: 10.00 / 10
Sound User Average: 9.20 / 10
Date reviewed: July 5, 2005.

Overall: Team Ninja hits the mark again with a stunning rerelease of DOA1 and 2. While it isn't perfect, DOA2U is the best fighter I've played on the xbox to date. Both games were packaged together like the GTA collection that was released a while back, and it suffered the same problems.. Hardly anybody plays the older game! Only the really hardcore fans can be found playing DOA1 online, while many haven't even touched it.
Gameplay: The gameplay in DOA2U is enough to appease any fan of the DOA franchise. It has most of the winning elements that xbox gamers grew to love in DOA3. The gameplay is quick and engaging, as well as ridiculously addictive.

One thing that I felt was missing from DOA2U was a set of more in-depth instructions in the sparring mode for beginners. While it still is a good place to start and learn the moves, it left out a few core gameplay elements and left this newbie a bit confused. "Danger reach" is hard to figure out the first time.

DOA1U (obviously) seems a lot slower and clunkier than DOA2U, and as a result it hardly gets any attention. Why would anyone but the most die-hard fans bother to play a legacy game when there's a faster, deeper, and better-looking version right in front of them?
Graphics: Every game that Team Ninja has produced for the xbox looks simply stunning. The environments are the best yet, I never get tired of seeing the simulated sunshine on the meticulously detailed water and grass. Not to mention the character detail! Scores of different outfits make every match interesting.

DOA1u had sharper graphics than ever before, but they didn't refurbish it in the same way they did with DOA2u.
Sound: Cool music and full japanese voiceovers are what I'd come to expect from my experience with DOA3, but I was hoping we'd be able to use custom soundtracks in this one! Especially since the last DOA Game (Xtreme beach volleyball) allowed us to use custom tracks. I was a bit disappointed by that, it would have been sweet.. but it's no that big a deal I guess.
Suggestions: More in-depth sparring or training mode for beginners! Not everyone picking up the game is a seasoned pro!

Custom soundtracks please!!

Downloadable content perhaps?

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: June 27, 2005.

Overall: Even it's jsut rehauled version of DOA 2, it's still got my time. Mostly in this one is just you have a great itro CG movie plus a tons of costumes for every character in the game.
Gameplay: Well similar with DOA 3 with some little improvements, but now when you complete the game with each character, there are only cut-scenes from the start to finish. Since you can unlock the boss and Hitomi, you have a grand total of 15 characters to choose. Each one has his own martial arts and techniques of fighting. Yes, counter-attack really are the fantastic move that really pay off to mastered it, since you can deal great damage to your opponent when he just button-mashing. This will teach him that he must learn to fight not to press randomly to win.
Graphics: The visual is improved over DOA 3, except for the DOA1 which it's just emulated from Sega Saturn version. More costumes means more visual that really impressed every audience.
Sound: The music are great in each stage plus the sound effects really match each punch, kick, throw, counter-attack, wall blow, etc.
Suggestions: DOA 4 is coming, thank you once again Tecmo and Team Ninja. I will always support cause you make great game and really the way we wanted. :)

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: June 25, 2005.

Overall: Okay you know the score. Pick you favorite characters and fight, fight, fight! Having never owned a Dreamcast I never got to play the previous versions of the series but DOA3 was one of the main reasons I bought an xbox so I was completely thrilled when this game came out. Plus the fact that you can go online and play makes it even more perfect. IMO everything Team Ninja produces is gold.
Gameplay: More characters, more costumes, more moves, improved graphics, and MP via xbox live. It doesnt get much better than this. Gamplay remains the same as the previous versions but now you have the ability to perform counter attacks which gives the fighting a wholenew layer of difficulty and realism. Playing against a skilled player online is like trying to square off against Pai Mei in Kill Bill. You might think your good but when you go up against someone who's mastered all these moves you'll feel like Uma Thurman. Oh yeah you also get a whole other game. Doa 1 which is cool if you wanna fight oldskool.
Graphics: Perfect. Enivornments are super interactive and spectacularly detailed as are all the characters and their outfits. Plus it's pretty awesome to go online and discover a costume that you may not have ever seen. It's a real incentive to keep playing single player and unlock all the costumes.
Sound: Everything sounds great even the fight music rocks (and I hate heavy metal!) but thats how good the game is. The fighting sounds are awesome and what you've come to expect from the DOA series. Overall great.
Suggestions: Excellent job fellas. Cant wait for DOA 4 and xbox 360.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

The Jackal
Date reviewed: December 5, 2004.

Overall: Overall the game is good. I dont like how they eliminated some characters which were in DOA3. They should have added them to DOA2. But the game is an improvement from DOA3 overall but online the lag is TERRIBLE... which hurts the game a lot.
Gameplay: It's a good game. The story in the beginning is cool but i can't stand how short and dumb the final videos in this game are when you beat it. But the actual gameplay is good. Nice variation of moves, easy to control, lots of combos to learn, they made countering harded in this game which is VERY good. It was rediculously easy in DOA3 and very frustrating.
Graphics: Visually they really did improve the game from how good DOA3 looked. The environments are big for a fighting game and very well done. Theres tons of costumes in this game as well which is awesome to have.
Sound: Sounds very nice. The interactive sounds you can cause by damaging the environment is pretty neat and just adds that touch the game needs.

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 90 %

Dead or Alive Ultimate News

You Versus Itagaki
Have you ever thought to yourself, I'm so good at this game I can beat the guy who made it? Well, here's your chance to show and prove. DOA: Ultimate and Itagaki are calling you out.

DOAU Worldwide Tournament
The ultimate online fighting game is now the focus for the ultimate online global tournament. Dead or Alive: Ultimate online fighting tournament will start this month!

Xbox DOAU TV Campaign Begins
Dead or Alive Ultimate begins airing television commercial promoting the upcoming title.

Dead Or Alive: Ultimate Ships
The ultimate online fighter plans to reign supreme as it ships to stores today

Dead or Alive Ultimate Screens
A few screens from Team Ninja’s newest installment in the Dead or Alive series.

Dead Or Alive: Ultimate Has Gone Gold
Dead or Alive Ultimate Has Gone Gold Tecmo¹s highly anticipated online fighting game has goes gold and is set to hit store shelves in late October.

DOAU Controllers Coming Soon
Tecmo and NubyTech have announced their plans to release "The Girls Of Dead Or Alive Ultimate" line of custom designed controllers.

DOA:U Xbox Bundle Hitting Japan
Tecmo and Microsoft announced they will release a limited edition "Kasumi Chan Blue" Xbox bundle in Japan on October 7th, details inside.

Get A Behind The Scenes Look At DOAU
G4TechTV will be airing a special episode of Icons, titled The History Of Dead or Alive, it will also take a behind the scenes sneak peek at Dead or Alive Ultimate.

Japanese Date Set For DOAU
Tecmo has announced it will release Dead or Alive Ultimate in Japan on October 7th.

Amazing New Dead Or Alive Ultimate Screens
Team Ninja never lets us down with the amazing graphics they have in their games. Dead Or Alive: Ultimate will be no different. Catch a glimpse of these most amazing screens!

DOA Ultimate In October?
Tecmo hasn’t confirmed anything yet but the official Xbox website for Dead Or Alive Ultimate has been updated to show an October 2004 release.

Dead Or Alive Ultimate Delayed
Tecmo announced that Dead or Alive Ultimate has been delayed from being released this month.

Pre-Order DOAU and Get A Dollie
The Dead or Alive Ultimate deal you can’t afford to miss! The first 250 lucky people to pre-order Dead or Alive Ultimate at Tecmo’s online store will receive a special edition Kasumi doll.

DOA Online Renamed Again?
Tecmo changes the title of its upcoming Xbox Live-enhanced DOA collection.

New DOA Ultimate Screens
Tecmo has sent along three (3) brand new screenshots of Dead or Alive Ultimate, check'em out!

Dead or Alive Online Renamed
Dead Or Alive Online is no more, at least according to US retailers. Don’t worry, this online compilation of sorts is still coming; it’s just that, in America, the game will apparently now be known as Dead Or Alive Ultimate Collection v.1.

DOA Online Character Outfits Displayed
Although some may have seen these images in recent issues of magazines these versions are slightly clearer and of a larger size. For those that can’t get enough I guess.

Dead or Alive Online Screens
We got a good amount of DOA Online screens for everyone. Check them out!

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