Excerpt: Just like this review, Dead or Alive 4 was a little late to support the launch of the Xbox360. Especially in Japan, where fighting games are extremely popular, this toned down the enthusiasm a bit.
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.
Excerpt: Dead or Alive 3 launched with the original Xbox and quickly turned into an institution. We were soon treated to a sidestory in Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, a remake in Dead or Alive Ultimate, and even a new version of Ninja Gaiden that tied into the Dead or Alive storyline.
Excerpt: Dead or Alive 4, an introduction. Despite being released early in the Xbox's life, Dead or Alive 3 has been one of the best games on the console. As a fighting game it was superb and indeed looking back on it now it only lacked online play and as the Xbox Live system wasn't up and running at the...
Summary: Dead or Alive 4 is definitely a fantastic display of the Xbox 360 and is a fantastic Xbox 360 title. It is definitely the finest of the series, and is an achievement with the online modes, and the best looking fighter out on the market to date.
Pros: Nice presentation, challenging gameplay
Cons: Doesn't feel as next-gen as it could, not for beginners
Excerpt: Team Ninja are back with the latest instalment of Dead or Alive, the first on this next gen console. Whilst initially the game looks as though it’s just been given a bit of a technical polish up, there is a great deal more under the hood of this esteemed fighter that should make folks stand up and...
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Dead or Alive 4 is probably your only reason for buying a 360 if you want to compete in a solidly built and innovative online experience. Nothing comes close to matching the kind of features that Tecmo has come up with for Xbox Live.
Excerpt: Compared to other fighting games, the Dead or Alive series -- despite its enormous sales -- receives a lot of hate. Just the other day, some message board bum named GUTS had the following to say: "Dead or Alive 4 is a button-masher, just like all the rest.
Summary: The game has added many more features that any fighting-game addict will love. The graphics take full advantage of the Xbox 360’s horsepower, the sound is brutal and bone-crushing, and the gameplay rewards those with skill.