Reviews and Problems with Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball
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Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball
2 March 2004
Excerpt: Game sucks. Girls are HOT, as usual. If your a Dead Or Alive Fan, try it. If you have a modded Xbox, there are patches, for "different" ways to view the game including, a snapshot camera. That loads a 1MB JPG straight to your HDD. I love it.!!
Excerpt: So we all know about the extravagant hype this title has generated, and it has created many differing opinions about the game's reputation. Some say it's just pointless 'fan service', with a game shamelessly tacked on. Others say it's all about the idea of dressing up the DOA ladies with more accessories and bathing suits than you could shake a stick at, then playing a game of volleyball at the beach. Is their really a decent game behind all this fluff?
Pros: Sugary-sweet graphics, Solid volleyball game engine
Excerpt: To get it out of the way, let's first look at the graphics. The DoA games have always featured pretty graphics, and XBV is no exception. The environments are absolutely gorgeous. The poolside and court areas are highly detailed, with slick light-sourcing representing different times in the day. Also, the sand on the beach is amazing. During a volleyball game, the sand starts out fairly smooth.
Excerpt: Let me summarize my review: this game is terrible and I am being generous by rating it a 3. I rented the game for the sole purpose of bashing it, because I knew that any game based upon half-naked virtual girls was going to be as stupid as hell. You might think that I would be mad for wasting $5 to rent this game, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Excerpt: Sex is something of an enigma for this country. Everyone wants it, everyone thinks about it, but almost nobody wants to deal with it in a meaningful and intelligent way. This is especially true for videogames and their delayed acceptance as culturally valid media. While there are several factors that can be cited as holding back progress on this front, one of the most common would be habitually pandering to lowest common denominators.
Excerpt: Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (XBV) is one of those games that's hard to classify. Sure, it has the word Volleyball in the title and volleyball does figure prominently in the game, but there's also gambling, a relationship sim, and collectibles. And then there's the women. Let's not kid ourselves here, the real point of XBV, the reason for its very existence, is an excuse to watch bathing beauties frolic in tropical locales. It's kind of like the Sports...
Excerpt: Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball is an acquired taste. Though there is no denying this game’s obvious attraction for members of the male persuasion, the $150,000 question is does DOAX give gamers a reason to play the game beyond simply goggling at well-endowed women as they play volleyball and the “bouncing game”? The answer to that all-important question is yes, but not much.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: If you want a proper game then avoid DOAX. This is entertaining if you don't mind spending money on stuff for the sake of it, and you want it running in the background when your pals come round. You might even enjoy the odd ten minute game with friends. But other than that, the only point in owning this game is really pretty obvious, so we'll just leave it at that.
Conclusion: character tan? – but in terms of game modes, technical play and direction XBV, will disappoint. There are two game modes: “Story” and Exhibition. Exhibition is your main mode for actually playing volleyball. The story mode (or Zack Island mode) is where items like swimsuits are unlocked and the girls’ animated curves can be oogled. (One gets the feeling the titles should have been switched.) This mode lacks coherence.