Summary: the only strategy that works is ATTACK AT ALL TIMES IN A STRAIT LINE! no side stepping like in virtua fighter. no concern for range or counters like in street fighter. the whole game is about who can put together a never ending string of attacks first. if you even miss 1 attack the AI will then go on the offense and win. most fighting games are like playing chess. this one is like playing music. just keep playing and try not to hit a bum note!
Summary: Dead Or Alive 4 is a game made specifically for hard core fans of the series, I heard fans talk about it all the time and so I decided to pick it up, without having played any previous DOA titles. That was a mistake. This game is horrible. But before I get into that I want to talk about the good aspects of the game. The game has beautiful graphics. The characters look great and the environment does too.
Conclusion: Simply put, this is the worst fighting game I`ve ever played. To make matters worse, this game just screams laziness on the part of the developers. The graphics are only slightly better than Dead or Alive Ultimate, (playing DOA:Ultimate on my XBOX360 proved that) the gameplay is brutally unfair, horribly unbalanced and downright cheap. When your computer opponent begins his/her combo there is NOTHING you can do but stand there and take it. Great fun!
Conclusion: Just recently a friend and I bought this game and I have to say while it is absolutely beautiful and everything that I would expect it to be as far as characters, looks, and feel there was one major problem that has both of us regretting ever wasting the money on it. The fighting has become far to frustrating for my taste.
Conclusion: I will admit that I have always thought the DOA series lacked the polish of the Tekken series or the balance of Soul Calibre - DOA4 has done nothing to change my opinion of the series. I did try very hard to get into this game, but sadly I found it one dimensional and repetitive. My god, what I would give for a decent online beat em up on x360 (let's hope they emulate Street Fighter III soon)...
Conclusion: Ok graphics, runs smooth enough but extremely annoying to say the least, specially when the game glitches and you get stuck in a corner and it doesn't matter what you do you can't get out..!!
Summary: DOA single player... The single player portion of this game is by far the WORST of any fighting game to date - unless of course you enjoy spending hours fighting against an AI that cannot be described in any way other than RIDICULOUS! Even on the 'normal' setting (the easiest available), the AI can counter at will and string together impossible combinations of hits. 45+ minutes on ONE opponent to unlock ONE costume... not my idea of a good time.
Summary: I think the graphics are good enough. But the difficult level was pretty disappointing. I'm not a hardcore DOA player, I think this game was way too hard. I got easily frustrated. The battles where too hard and I had to continue 4 or 7 times before I got to stage 2. I might be a bad DOA player, but this isn't my kinda fighter game.
Summary: There is no introduction or story for the characters. Thats very sad, because I like to identify with a character before I play with it. After each 3 wins you will see a short cutscene. Maybe If you play with all characters you can puzzle the story together. The game is also pretty hard. If you like faster and easier gameplay, try the Street Fighter franchise. I think this game is just for fans of the DOA saga.