Retro minded fighting fans,
rejoice! This June, Tecmo will be releasing Dead or Alive
Ultimate for the Xbox, which includes both the inane
PlayStation jiggle fest Dead or Alive and its masterful
Dreamcast sequel, Dead or Alive 2. Well, actually,
DOA may come off a bit different than the “bounce factor”
special PS fans are familiar with: apparently, this release
will contain the Sega Saturn version which only graced
the shores of Japan, and was never before released in North
America. Extra-added bonus: DOA2 gets an overhaul.
Supposedly, one of the 2 best pre-Xbox fighting games ever
(the Dreamcast’s Soulcalibur being a close second) is
being rebuilt with the
Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball engine for
improved graphics, and is slated to include “extra episodes to
help unravel more of the mystery surrounding the characters”
(for all you geek obsessives, who just have to know
everything about the supposed life histories of a bunch of
computer generated bits and bytes). As expected, you’ll find
an abundance of unlockable goodies such as new costumes and
stages (surprise, surprise).
One of the biggest selling points
of Dead or Alive Ultimate for the modern market is that it
will feature online play. Fans of the whole Xbox Live thing are
sure to call this a good reason to blow countless hours of our all
too brief existences on this plane trying to beat faceless opponents
from across the country (perhaps even the globe) online, without
ever interacting with these same people in any socially relevant
or emotionally meaningful way. Gotta love the Internet.
Semi-relevant footnote: Dead or Alive Ultimate marks the
first 3D fighting game to hit Xbox Live – previous online fighters
have been strictly 2D.
subscribing fighting fans can start making up excuses now for not
getting out of the house and having a life this Summer: Dead or
Alive Ultimate is coming upon us fast, with a release date
sometime in June.