Dead or Alive 4

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Platform: Xbox 360
Media: DVD
Release Date: 2005-12-30
Publisher: Tecmo
Developer: Team Ninja
Original MSRP: 59.99
Rarity: ?
Blood, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Violence
Average Rating:
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Juggle simulation.
Written By: Isisagate
Staff Review
Added: 02/04/2006
Last Modified: 02/04/2006

No I didn't say "jiggle" though I sure could have with the "attention to detail" the developers took when making the physics engine for the game. Well before I go in depth or on a rant let me say this is a sweet game and you should be lucky enough to have it in your collection. In terms of fighting games they don't get better then this... At least not until a sequel...

Commence bitchin... Having been a big fan of the DOA series I couldn't wait to play this game, however my first reactions were unexpected; nothing but disappointment and frustration for the first couple hours. Why? Because I expected this to be exactly like DOA3 with only minor tweaks, well let me just say they overhauled this baby so expect to spend some time frustrated and trying to learn all new DOA skills. You may feel very clunky for a while but let me assure you once you get past that it becomes much smoother and more fun. Unlike DOA3 there is a lot more juggling to be had. For those new to the term, juggling can best be defined as attack an opponent in a rapid well thought out series of moves in an attempt to keep them in the air or some other state by which they are unable to fight back or avoid your attacks. In doing such you seek to get the maximum amount of damage you can or death. There was a pretty high frequency of juggling in DOA3 but there were more ways to escape the juggling; such as little pockets to time where you can throw a punch to break the attack or block, countering, or rolling away on the ground to dodge an opponent who is hovering over you after a knock down. A lot of my complaints about juggling stem from the countering system being "fixed." I had heard a lot of people before talk about how counters were way too easy in DOA2 and DOA3 and how broken it was. So they made it much harder to counter in this game, and I don't like it. I use to do really well with counters and keeping myself from juggles but now there is no recourse as I can?t even roll on the ground away from an attacker after being knocked down so as not to get up just to be juggled again.

Here is what you should take away from my gripes, the rules of the system have changed and with that you are going to find it hard to play with your old tricks, however when you start learning this game?s rules you will find yourself experiencing the feelings you had playing DOA3 and ?getting it? for the first time.

Let's talk about features... One of the best things about this game is its online capabilities. If your like me and don't have many friends, you can go online and find other friendless people to play the game with. As well as build an online Avatar, reputation, and chill-pad. Team Ninja had started the development of this revolutionary new feature in DOA Ultimate and carried it into this sweet game. If you?re not the type to want to fight people directly you can kick their asses in statistics like ?How does your time attack score compare to the rest of the Xbox Live players??, ?Did your survival battle points get you on the top of the list??

The scoring feature is a great addition and certainly has me hooked. I find myself wanting to quit my job, give up all nourishment and attempt to get in the top 100 of the survival leadersboard. It?s a long way to the top as my top score being a little under 5 million earning me a rank of around 14500 out of around 82000... Such a goal is hard to achieve as everyone else has the same dream so even though I have that rank as of Feb. 4 2006, give it a week and I could be all the way down to 30000.

Let's finish this review up with talkin about the ladies... Sure... I'm not a gentleman and let the ladies go first.... but whatever... DOA4 is definitely about the fan service. The costumes given to the ladies are meant to make geeks all over the world have wet dreams about life outside of their parent's basements. The fan service doesn't stop at the occasional panty shots, but rather continues on to extreme breast jiggle, revealing clothing and topless shots in the character end movies. To avoid an Adult only rating female parts are always obscured by objects, lighting or camera angles. I?ll let you have your Kasumi, Lei Fang, and Christie, my money is on Spartan-458. Oh yeah that's right show me some metal! Klaatu Barada Nikto baby!

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