Category: Action, Fighting
ESRB Rating: Teen Release Date: March 1998
3 Stars out of 4
Review by Darvan
3 Stars out of 4
The Dead or Alive series first made itís appearance on the Playstation
a few years back. It created a lot of controversy and became infamous for
its jiggling of female body parts, especially the breasts. Well now that
is over with and it is back for a second outing on the Dreamcast and
Playstation 2. What noticeably makes this game different from its
predecessor is mainly in graphics and the reversal move.
Lets start with the graphics. The graphics are by far some of the best
scene to date on any system and genre. You feel like your controlling
CG models around the fighting arena and preforming more of choreographed
sequence rather then a button mashing affair. Not to mention the arenas,
so to speak, are very beautiful and detailed. But perhaps the coolest
thing is that the arenas are HUGE! SO huge in fact, if you push your
opponent to close to the edge and perform a strong attack you will push them
off the ledge and down onto the next level. Then you will see your
character jump down after them. Very cool.
Now to the gameplay. The gameplay is where this game really shines. The
fighting engine is very deep and there a great multitude of combo moves
you can perform. The moves are easy to learn so you donít become
frustrated. The story mode is pretty easy and just button mashing should
get you through it on easy. However, on the higher difficulty levels you
must know how to perform reversals and know the combos and special moves
because you become slaughtered if you donít.
Another part of the game allows 4 character to duke it out in an arena.
Only 2 people are on screen at once but you can tag the other characters
and get them to jump in and take your place. There is also special combos
that when 2 people are put together and one of them does a throw the other
character will jump in and help in the move. Unfortunately the tag battle
is only able to be fought on one arena.
This game is good but it leaves something to be desired. The game is a
direct port of an arcade game, therefore they should add extras to it.
However its just basically the story mode and some extra outfits you
can discover. Other then that, its your cool fighter. I would recommend
this game as a rental unless you are a diehard fan of the genre, which
in that case you should pick up this super deep graphically-superb fighter.
I give it a 3/4 rating.
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