Excerpt: Dead or Alive Ultimate is a compilation of the first two DOA games. The game consists of two discs ? Dead or Alive 1 Ultimate, and Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate. On the first disc, you will find the original Sega Saturn version of DOA in all its glory, with new online modes. The beef of the game, however, is found in the second disc, which contains a fully revamped version of Dead or Alive 2, with improved gameplay, graphics, sound, and whole slew of other new stuff.
Conclusion: There simply aren’t many videogames that have been able to fully realize the capabilities of a superhero, let alone provide an entertaining experience in the process. Most games (even the last Spider-Man game) do a few things right, but fall short. Spider-Man 2 may be the first videogame that succeeds in allowing grown men to finally live out their fantasy of being a true superhero.
Conclusion: The word masterpiece doesn’t get mentioned too often in videogame reviews, but it does seem to pop up every now and then. Not surprisingly, Ninja Gaiden was considered a masterpiece to some, especially with its recent booster pack additions. The extreme difficulty of Team Ninja games, combined with jaw-dropping visuals and technically sound gameplay programming is what makes them so special.
Excerpt: Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a man can - with a few jumps here and there and maybe a bit of web-slinging. This was the case, at least, in older gaming iterations of Spidey's adventures. It would seem that thankfully this is no more, with the movie tie-in Spiderman 2 revealing new levels of freedom and opening up the real super powers that the arachnid super-bloke has at his disposal.
Excerpt: It's sometimes hard to take Tecmo's Dead or Alive games seriously. Treading a fine line between videogame and lingerie catalogue, they run the constant risk of sliding into self-parody. It's hard to argue that a game features a balanced and elegant fighting system when you're distracted by two giant free-roaming pairs of breasts swinging around on screen.
Excerpt: They all blend into each other generally, don’t they’ One has realistic blood, another has tag battles in abundance and another has spine-tearing fatalities. The situation with the beat-’em-up genre is a million miles away from the way things were in the late nineties. Fewer titles are appearing on the shelves, and truly good ones are fewer still.
Excerpt: From Tecmo comes another title in their big-selling Dead or Alive series. However this is not Dead or Alive 4, or even a revised version of DOA3, it’s a re-release of two games, the original Dead or Alive for SEGA Saturn, and Dead or Alive 2, released on Dreamcast and PS2 in 2000, so they can now be played on the Xbox.
Excerpt: Having recently released the newest Ninja Gaiden game on the X-Box, and with two scheduled Spring releases in the Dead or Alive series alone, I thought I’d have been severely mistaken to have expected anything but the best from Team Ninja. Of course, on closer inspection, I was wrong. Graphically, I was let down by the remastered Dead or Alive 1. In fact, Dead or Alive 1 left me more than a little wanting.
Conclusion: There’s no doubt that Crystal D should be praised for their first venture into the FPS genre as Project: Snowblind is a rock-solid debut. The single-player campaign is as intense as we’ve ever played on the Xbox, although it doesn’t last too long (anywhere from 7-10 hours depending on your skill level).
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: While the button-mashing tolerant A.I. of both games forces them to remain stuck somewhere between the shallow and deep ends of the fighting spectrum, there's no boubt that they're still solid titles worth having in your fighting game collection. You absolutely must consider grabbing this - we defy anyone not to be 'sold' after their first glimpse of the game in action.