Dead or Alive Ultimate - Xbox Review

Dead or Alive Ultimate

Dead or Alive Ultimate - Xbox Review

Dead or Alive Ultimate - Xbox Review

Tecmo's esteemed development group, Team Ninja, has created the ultimate Dead or Alive fighting experience by coupling the original version of Dead or Alive TM with a completely redesigned Dead or Alive TM 2 on Xbox. Both games will be Xbox TM Live multi-player compatible, which means you can test your fighting skills against a vast community of gamers from around the world.

A multiple assortment of special features are also available in the collection. These include a variety of new costumes, many new battle stages and interactive environments, a new opening movie, unique 2-disc set packaging with inclusion of collectible trading cards, and a bonus feature.

Dead or Alive Ultimate - Xbox Review

Each of the 15 characters available in DOAU has lots of unique fighting moves; most requiring simple button combinations and D pad commands. A few moves require simultaneous button presses or Street Fighter II-style circular motions. The key to successful fighting isn't about mastering how to execute all the different moves; instead, it comes from understanding when and where to use them. The fighting pace is intense and the best approach is to mix up your styles using blocks as well as attacks. Any attack can be reversed and counter attacked so there is no way to power your way through rounds.

Graphically DOAU is jaw dropping stuff. DOA3, which was one of the first Xbox titles available, really showed off the consoles graphical ability and DOAU continues to push that boundary. Tecmo are known for stunning graphics and DOAU lives up to their outstanding Ninja Gaiden title released last year, anyone familiar with Ninja Gaiden will be pleased to see that games main character lives on in the DOA series. The character animation is fantastic stuff, the hair and outfits are meticulously detailed and players truly flow through their fighting styles. The backgrounds in the game are no less than phenomenal. Featuring multiple platforms within each fighting arena, you can kick your opponent through a window and watch as he falls the whole way down the side of a mountain. Each fighting arena also has breakable bits such as; walls, floors, pillars, windows etc. Even though there is all this gorgeous graphical quality the game maintains a very smooth frame rate that never really falters. Soundwise, there isn't much to report. Sound isn't that important in fighting titles, as long as the hits and groans sound good the rest of your brain needs to be dealing with the joypad and taking in the awesome graphics.

Dead or Alive Ultimate - Xbox Review
Dead or Alive Ultimate - Xbox Review
Dead or Alive Ultimate - Xbox Review
Dead or Alive Ultimate - Xbox Review

Features:

Dead or Alive 1 Ultimate. In 1997 the original Dead or Alive fighting game, long considered to be one of the greatest masterpieces in the series, was released only in Japan . Now, the graphics of the original version, beautifully crafted by Tecmo's Team Ninja to be the most advanced at that time, will make their first appearance in the North American Territory, perfectly rendered, on the powerful Xbox Video Game Console in Dead or Alive Ultimate.

Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate. Dead or Alive 2, one of the most popular fighting games of all time with over 2 million in sales since its inception in 2000, is ready to explode back onto the gaming scene with Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate. Exquisitely redesigned on a brand new engine, DOA2U boasts amazing new interactive environments made possible by the incredible power of the Xbox. Gorgeous crystal clear graphics, new fighting moves, and never before seen costumes are also combined to create the ultimate in fighting games

Xbox TM Live Compatibility. Dead or Alive Ultimate, one of the world's first fully online 3D fighting games, will utilize the highly advanced online capabilities of Microsoft's Xbox Live service by featuring a multitude of online features and 7 different online play modes creating the world's largest online community of fighting game fans.

Special Collector's Edition Packaging. For a limited time Dead or Alive Ultimate will boast the ultimate in packaging with a special collector's edition 2-disc set. Collectible trading cards featuring the characters of the games and their special moves will be included in the packaging as an added bonus.

New Stages. Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate boasts the highest number of stages in a Dead or Alive game to date with never-before-seen battle stages created exclusively for Dead or Alive Ultimate.

New Costumes. Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate will feature a plethora of brand-new costumes. From Tina sporting sexy patriotic garb to a spin on some of the traditional costumes, outfitting the DOA girls before they fight will be half the fun!

New Opening Movie and Cut Scenes . The new Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate will feature never-before seen episodes from the characters' pasts that will for the first time reveal new details surrounding some of the most popular characters. The new movies feature unbelievable graphics that will leave fans of the series in awe. Some of the questions that will finally be answered are: why was Ayane born and what was the meaning of the flower in Kasumi's ending? The answers to these questions and more will all become clear in Dead or Alive Ultimate.

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