I've never been the greatest fan of fighting games, what with the likes of Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter feeling so sluggish and shallow. However, 3D variants like Soul Calibur II showed me that sometimes developers understand what fighting games should be all about.
So, when I came across some demo videos of the Dead or Alive series of fighting games in action I thought to myself "wow, that looks kinda cool". It looked fast-paced with plenty of combo options. In other words, it seemed to match up with what I consider requirements for any fighting game. Later on down the line I happened upon this game - Dead or Alive 3 - sitting on the shelf in one of my local game stores. Well, I was hardly going to pass up this opportunity. Game was purchased and brought home. Having played it extensively I now feel ready to share my thoughts.
Obviously it was watching videos that got my interest initially, so it should come as no surprise that Dead or Alive 3 is a treat for the eyes. It is obvio...
THE BAD: You need a booster disc or the DOA Ultimate disc to unlock all costumes.
SUMMARY: Difficulty: Medium
Wow the graphics in this game are so good it looks like it was just made in 2004 or 2005. This game, DOA Ultimate and DOA Beach Volleyball has some of the best graphics in any video games. The graphics are so good that even if the gameplay sucked I would still rate it a 3/5 for the graphics alone. But the gameplay in this game certainly doesn't suck. The difficulty in this game is good too because when it's on easy it's means easy and when it's on hard it means hard.
If you thought Dead or Alive 2 is good then you have to check out this game. The graphics will literly stun you. You won't be dissapointed by the gameplay either. Play it whenever you can.
THE GOOD: Incredible graphics. Awesome soundtrack. Excellent variety of characters and gameplay modes. Highly interactive environments. And of course those gorgeous girls of DOA.
THE BAD: Story Mode is way too short. Some combos, although simple-looking control-wise, are nearly impossible to pull off. CPU AI is just a little unbalanced at times.
SUMMARY: At first glance, this fighter appears to be a clone of the Tekken series based on fighting style, but take a closer look and it's actually more. For starters, each character has their own unique storyline which you can play through-fun but the mode's a little too short...not to mention the final battle's against a cheesy Darth Maul wannabe complete with el cheapo lightsaber. It's almost funny. The other play modes are great as well-Survival, Time Attack, and even a Team Battle mode which allows up to 4 players! The graphics are nothing short of jaw-dropping. The character detail level is unbelievable and the environments look awesome desp...
THE GOOD: The ninjas... you can learn every ninjitsu special moves from hayabusa, kasumi, hayate and ayane
THE BAD: the rest of the character's fighting style are kinda corney... just like Brad Wong... but less costumes
SUMMARY: Ryu Hayabusa, the Super Ninja, put a stop to the evil doings of Tengu Bankotsu-bo. But it was too late to stop the Tengu of Destruction from triggering a massive, worldwide collapse. The collapse churns up a dense cloud that covers the entire planet in a shroud of darkness and fear. DOATEC has gone astray, turning into the hunting grounds for power-hungry scam artists. This is when DOATEC's Development Department - a fortress for state-of-the-art military technology - witness the success of a genious. Following Project Alpha and Project Epsilon, the ever ambitious Dr. Victor Donovan completes the Omega Project, producing a new superhuman. Genra. This man, who was once a leader of the Hajin Mon Ninja, is no longer human. He - or it - is a force of singular and unp...
THE GOOD: -The girls (someone needs to build a shrine to Kasumi ... I'd worship her over Jesus anyday) - the graphics (read above) - easy to learn, easy to get good
THE BAD: - not very deep - not many modes - XBox controller SUCKS
SUMMARY: This game is great on the eyes (best looking girls in video games to date) and is pretty fun, but the combat system isn't particularly deep and counters are insanely easy to pull off. For a more serious fighter I'd go to something like Tekken 4, or for a REAL serious fighter Virtua Fighter 4, but those are all on PS2. Sucks for you XBox-only people. Not like it wouldn't anyway, that controller is the hunkiest piece of garbage ever ... and I don't like referring to buttons by "color", does Nintendo have the copyright on ABC-XYZ or something?
Anyways, good addition to your collection, solid fighting system, tag vs. is a BLAST (especially if you're both good and it comes down to the last hit every time).
THE GOOD: Cool Rendering of all people, Nice Tag team Modes, Counters and Attacks Cool. Nice Detailing on Videos
THE BAD: No Mini Games, No Characters to unlock, No hidden things, No tasks.
SUMMARY: This game was verrry easyyyy. I finished it off in one day and you only get endings. No hidden Charcters means no Game life but Shelf Life. If it had some sort of training task system it would have some game life. If it had some sort of mini game such as the incorporation of Beach Volleyball into Doa3 It would have been a better Game. If an addition of more characters we could have more fun therefore like Tekken. Tekken has some bad graphics at this stage of the technology block but it had long gameplay life. Games such as even a charcter designer would have been a plus
THE GOOD: Yeah... this game ricks it has so many choices for characters... my fav are the skanky b*t*hes like Hitomi or Ayane... the outfits match what I say... all the DOA women have at least one outfit that is skanky... Well... this games got skills... for being a game that was like a DOA 2.5... it still is way cool... I think that the graphics made the game like 20 times better...
THE BAD: ... didn't really change much from DOA 2, but it all good in the neighboor hood...
SUMMARY: The game gets I think like one new character... but the game don't need too many fighters, other wise the game gets all choppy and gets bad graphics... so it works out good... now then the moves are a bit boring... not special moves... like energy attacks... <Beam laser>...<Boom>...<owww>... but it makes the game a bit realistic... 'cause you can knock yo opponents from a mountain to like the ground... and they only take a bit of damge... but this game rocks!
THE GOOD: -graphics are next to none. -the explosions and the crashes are not bad. -girls -aerosmith
THE BAD: -lame story -lame boss -cheap a.i.
SUMMARY: ahh..yes. once again we have yet another doa game. even though it wins for graphics hands down, it does lack game play and modes. the a.i is very cheap on anything higher than easy, the boss battle has a bad camera angle. the combos have little if any difference between them. I can't bear to go on about it's faults, but I can't go on to it's pros either, because the only two would be the girls and aerosmith being the soundtrack. if you still want to buy it, at least you don't need to pay $60, because it is now a platinum hit. but, if you are like me, and become leery when you see a bunch of good reviews for a game, and you get one bad review, compare the reviews, rent or borrow the game, and see for yourself.
THE GOOD: Beautiful graphics, great fighting system, framerate, Interesting Characters, Just good simple fun!!!!
THE BAD: too easy to beat game in a day..., a little extra time to dub into english woulda been appreciated, as well as the japanese intro.... LAME BOSS!!!!
SUMMARY: All the bad aside this is a superb game. detailed enviroments and characters, a wonderful fighting system. This game is really damn great. It easily rivals recent games like Tao Feng,Soul Calibur2 or Tekken 4. Unlocking costumes can be fun, but after so long it gets a little monotonus/.... Basically tho this game is easy to jump in, get involved, have fun, and keep playing... Easily one of the best games for a bunch of guys (or girls) to go and smack each other around. If someone says that this game isnt "deep" thjen they dont have a clue what they are talking about!! HOw can a fighting game be deep? you baiscally move from level to level LAYING THE SMACKETH DOWN!!!a must own for xbox fighting fanatics!!! at the ...
THE GOOD: The entire game is briliant absolutly briliant!
THE BAD: Ummmmmmmmm...Couldn't understand a word they said!
SUMMARY: DOD3 is one of the best game every made, it just continues the great series of dead or alive! The graphics are outstanding and the moves are excellent. The only problem is that you have to learn some serious button combos, but that is probably nothing compared to Steel Batalion. I like that fact that to unlock everything you have to play in every mode and just about with every person. DOD3 contains hours of fun. Multiplayer only adds to how amazing the game is. Trust me DOD3 is a must have game! Although the boss at the end of the game gets old real quick its fun to beat him with every character. This game rank into the top three games out to date for XBOX, Halo, Splinter Cell, and DOD3. P.S. THANK GOD FOR SUBTITLES! RENT B4 U BUY