STAFF REVIEW of Dead or Alive 3 (Xbox)

Monday, November 26, 2001.
by maneatingcow

Dead or Alive 3 Box art An amazing fighting game. Team Ninja has improved the fighting engine greatly from the DOA2 series. Offering 3+ new characters to play as, as well as new arenas, new battle modes, and improved graphics, DOA3 is by far one of the best fighting games of it's time.

The game offers a Story mode, which allows you to fight through a number of fighters in story themed battles. Although easy to beat (if you DO NOT count the final boss... CHEAP), the Story mode rewards the player with ending cinematics that look too good to be true.

The tag battle mode has been altered to make it easier for beginners to get into the action. Some veterans at the DOA series may dislike the new tag mode, as it makes performing certain throws a tedious task.

Survival Mode is the same as the past games from the DOA series. You face against as many opponents you can defeat without loosing all of your life. After defeating an opponent, you gain some of your life back. Who said that fighting games weren?t fair :)

Time attack mode is just the same as story mode, but with no story :) The objective is to fight through your opponents as quickly as you can. Even some secrets will be unlocked if you are quick enough....

Exercise mode is perfect for the beginners, and allowed me to practice up on the old Mugen-To. Exercise lets you run through all of your character's moves by simply pressing the buttons that appear on screen. It is perfect for those who want to get a little more skill with their favorite character.

If there is one game that has had lots of hype around its graphics, it?s DOA3. People were concerned that the many images floating around the net were nothing but high-res images that would look nothing like the real in game graphics. They could NOT have been so wrong. With graphics rivaling that of reality, DOA3 has some of the best graphics EVER seen in a game.

The characters are extremely well detailed, so detailed in fact that you can see the individual bumps in the fabric used to make the costumes. The characters retain their Anime-Inspired looks from the past games, but it does not hinder the game in the least.

The stages are EXTREMELY large. The details in e stages are so amazing that it is hard to believe that they could have been made in such short time (11 months). The amount of detail they contain and the sizes of the levels could only have appeared on the Xbox, and it sets a benchmark that I hope other game makers will attempt to meet/top.

The sound in this game is excellent. The individual sounds of the characters attacking each other as well as the voices help to make the game more realistic. The sounds of each stage (including the amazing sounds of the beach level) also help to set the realism of the game.

My only gripe with the game's sound is the inclusion of 3 Aerosmith songs (Of which I have only heard 2 of in the game). The intro song "Nine Lives" is quite annoying, with Stephen Tyler doing an imitation "Cat Wail" that sounds more like a cat being run over by an old Buick. I do not count the music against DOA3, for it only appears in the credits and the intro, the latter of which can be easily skipped.

One thing that would make this game better is the inclusion of some more secrets. This may be remedied, however, because the Japanese version is said to include some new stuff to the game (not much is known yet). The US version will be upgradeable to the Japanese version so we can use the new features. The only other thing I would like to see added is ONLINE PLAY. I would love to fight some other people around the world :)

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


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