or Alive 3
By: Nick Arvites
Card, HD (costumes)
seems that no gaming console launch is complete without a fighting
game. Microsoftís answer to the fighting genera in the early days
of the Xbox is the magnificent Dead or Alive 3. Touted as one of the
best examples of graphical power long before its release, DoA3 has
been highly anticipated since it was announced as a Microsoft
exclusive. Does the game meet the hype of being the best fighter so
DoA3 delivers all that was promised. The characters look like some
of the best player models so far. I would go as far as saying the
stages themselves are works of art. Attention was spent on every
little detail in the stages, be it snow, water, rocks, buildings,
glass, giant aquariums, or some other decorations. Leaves blow
around in forests, as well as kick up from the ground (be it from a
crashing body or the wind). Snow, rain, fire and water effects
simply look incredible. If you kick someone into a torch, sparks
fly. If you knock someone in a puddle, it splashes. If a body lands
in the snow, it reacts. The ending FMV movies are absolutely
incredible. They are some of the best around and (in my opinion) are
only passed by the latest Final Fantasy effort.
sound is fairly good. The music has a fighting tempo to it, and
there are a few Aerosmith songs in the game. The sound effects are
well done, be it a crash through a wall or shattering glass.
control is done decently. My only problem with the control setup is
the blocking and counter system takes far too long to get used to,
and the complex throws are a complete pain to attempt to pull off.
gameplay is excellent. The stages are awesome. Almost all have some
sort of interactive feature. In some, you can knock your opponent
through ice spikes, while in others you can smack your opponent into
trees. Several stages have multiple levels. In one, you can knock
the other player down a mountainside onto various platforms (some
with stone pillars to knock them through, others with puddles and
walls). In another, you can knock your opponent through a glass wall
of a building and down to the street level.
story mode is pretty much a standard. For completing it with a
character, you get to watch a well-done FMV ending movie. These look
fantastic, although the background story isnít really advanced
because the movies lack dialog.
other game modes are Tag, Survival, and Time-Attack. Tag is fun if
youíre playing with another human, and survival and time-attack
are great if you like to master characters and set high scores. All
are standard fighting game options now though, so itís nothing
only thing that I did not like with this game is the lack of
secrets. There is only one secret character (Ein) and you can unlock
several alternate costumes for some of the characters. However, many
of the extra costumes are not worth the effort to try and unlock. .
THIS GAME. If you own an Xbox and do not own Dead or Alive 3, you
are severely missing out since the next best fighter (Soul Calibur
2) is still a ways away. The lack of secrets is a drag, but the rest
of the game shines.