Summary: Dead or Alive 4 is easily the best DOA game to date. Gorgeous graphics, tons of modes, lots of unlockable goodies, and online play make this a pretty sweet package. Laggy online play and cheap AI sour the experience somewhat, but overall it is very good. DOA4 is a must own game for Xbox 360 owners. As far as the gameplay goes, this is Dead or Alive at its finest. One punch, one kick, block, and throw buttons are all you get but it is really all you need.
Excerpt: waters of Stormfront Studios Blood Wake where you assume the role of Shoa Kai, a young whipper snapper who during a routine recon mission is lost at sea. After drifting for days and getting one hell of a sunburn, Shoa is picked up by Lord Zeng who just happens to be with the Shadow Clan, an informal group of raiders, who are out to find fortune and infamy.
Excerpt: Anyone familiar with me knows that I am a huge Dead or Alive fan. In fact Team Ninja’s masterpiece is one of the few games to don the coveted ZTGD “Perfect 10” score on our review scale. So no surprise when I heard that the next iteration was coming to Xbox 360 this fall I was ecstatic. It’s been a long time since I have gotten a truly new DOA experience, not to mention being able to experience it on next-gen hardware with full XB Live support.
Conclusion: With a bit more work refining the inventory and A.I. systems, and additional QA testing, Hitman: Blood Money would easily be one of my top three Xbox 360 games at the moment. The game’s basic concept, and IO’s commitment to give gamers a multiple paths to an ending while still pushing for “transparency” should be applauded. But a two year 47 hiatus and no real signs of an inventory system or A.I. improvement hurts like a 7.62mm round to the spleen.
Conclusion: Yet there’s trouble in paradise. Dead or Alive as a game series has always featured bosses whose attacks and abilities far outrange those of the player characters. For 4, a liquid-metal version of the female fighter Kasumi proves frustrating to an extreme. She can teleport away from attacks, counters strikes with a vengeance, and rolls off 10-plus hit combinations as a matter of course. This is Tecmo’s stab at making the game hardcore, and it fails spectacularly.
Conclusion: Put simply, Dead or Alive 4 is the best fighter Team Ninja has ever put together and it is easily the best looking game to play on the Xbox 360 in it’s early stages. If this game is any indication of what’s to come, we are in for some mind blowing experiences in the coming year. Anyone who considers themselves a fan of the fighter genre must pick up a copy of Dead or Alive 4 .
Excerpt: Name: Dead or Alive 4 Genre: 1-2 Type: Fighting System: Xbox 360 There are some game series that should have stopped years ago; games that people continue to buy, regardless of the quality, out of a sense of nostalgia or optimism.
Excerpt: Dead or Alive 4 is the first game I've ever played that has caused rapid hair loss due to stress. I swear I've lost more hair while playing this game than my entire family has in three generations. My thumbs are also blistered, which is about the nerdiest thing I've ever experienced, and I'm pretty sure I'm suffering from a mild case of insomnia thanks to a certain never-ending two-round fight in Time Attack mode.