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: Boobs. Okay, I just started a review with the word “boobs” – life goal number 1784 checked off. *ahem* Where was I? Oh yes: boobs; actually, not just boobs, but enormous, inexplicably perky breasts that challenge everything you ever learned in physics class. That’s what the Dead or Alive series has been known for ever since the original was released way back in 1996.
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 time of its release it's hardly surprising it didn't include such a feature.
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. It isn’t exactly for everyone though, as it can be difficult in single and multiplayer portions of the game. However if you are a fighting fanatic, DOA fanatic, or Halo fanatic you probably need to pick up this game.
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 pay attention.
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. While fighting games aren't as important as they were, say, ten years ago, the lush graphics and vastly improved gameplay should be enough for you to pick this up from day one.
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. We've finally got a true sequel to the series in Dead or Alive 4 on the Xbox 360. How'd it turn out? Very, very nicely. Dead or Alive 4 is one of the prettiest games to hit the streets.
Excerpt: After a torrent of delays, Dead or Alive 4 has finally hit retail shelves. It's the first fighter for the 360 and luckily it's a very worthy one if you happen to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold. New players shouldn't have much trouble learning the fighting engine and experienced players can look forward to climbing the online ranks.
Excerpt: Team Ninja has created the latest chapter in their Dead or Alive (DOA) franchise with the release of Dead or Alive 4 (DOA4) for the Xbox 360’s launch. While the release date did slip past the original launch window of the 360, it still repeats the similar release of Dead or Alive 3 (DOA3) for the original Xbox launch in 2001.