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Dead or Alive III (Xbox Classics)

Platform : Xbox
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  • Sequel to Dead or Alive fighting series
  • Play as old favourites or all-new characters
  • 13 fighting styles, ranging from Karate to Zui Ba Xian Quan (8 spirits drunken fist)
  • Hyper-realistic graphics render 16 stunning fighting environments
  • For 1 to 4 players
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Xbox
  • ELSPA Minimum Age: 15
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B00008WELT
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm ; 36 g
  • Release Date: 11 April 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,451 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Developed for the Xbox, Dead or Alive 3 boasts a host of new characters, lighting effects, interactive environments, muscle and clothing movement, and more. Choose from a line-up of new and returning characters and engage in frenzied fighting. Enhanced movie sequences deliver John-Woo-style slow-motion effects. Multi-tiered settings also let you explore multiple areas within a level. Up to four players can battle it out, while the single player mode offers a variety of challenging levels.

Returning favourites include Kasumi and Lei-Fang or play as newcomers Hitomi, Christie, and Brad, as you test your skills in 16 unique fighting environments. Choose from more than 13 different fighting styles, including Karate and Zui Ba Xian Quan (Eight Spirits Drunken Fist). Environments feature destructible scenery and varied terrains, such as mountains and sand. Its redesigned costume system, updated tactical reversals, and all-new air-throws take this title's fighting engine to the next level. Dead or Alive 3 also takes full advantage of the powerful Xbox platform to offer character models and a physics engine that delivers a stunning degree of realism. Dramatic lighting, shadows, and reflections heighten the realism, while subtle water effects animate puddles, ponds, and oceans with incredible detail. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Amazon.co.uk Review

Though Dead or Alive 3 doesn't revolutionise the fighting genre, it does offer a great gaming experience and its graphics easily surpass every other fighting game on the market--on any system.

There are eight modes of play in DOA3, including Story mode, Team Battle, Tag Battle and Sparring mode. The latter mode is customisable and is a nice way for new players to learn how to play the game, while Story mode lets you take one of the 16 available characters through a series of matches, culminating in a fight against the über -powerful Omega. Once you defeat Omega, a short movie specific to your charaue is laughable) but the end-movies are pretty cool and it's fun playing through the game as each of the characters.

The real meat of the game, though, is its combat, and DOA3 delivers in spades. Each character has specific attacks--such as Zack's Devil Elbow or Bass Armstrong's Stun Gun Chop--and once you get the moves down, the entire affair can unfold like a carefully choreographed ballet with combatants blocking blows, counter attacking and landing devastating punch-and-kick combos. Adding to the game's appeal are the massive and detailed multi-level arenas (which were introduced in DOA2), where a precise kick or punch can send a combatant plummeting through the air down to the arena's next level.

It's obvious that DOA3 was designed to be a showcase for the Xbox's graphical prowess and it shows--the game's graphics are awesome. The character models look amazing and feature highly detailed clothing and accessories, and the animations are extremely smooth. The environments are also outstanding, and feature lots of little touches such as fluttering leaves, snow-covered ground that can be torn up during the course of a fight, great-looking water and superb background structures. So while DOA3 doesn't rewrite the rules of the fighting genre, its great graphics and intense fighting--especially in multiplayer--make for an enjoyable gaming experience. --William Harms --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven on 28 April 2003
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This game is graphically unbelievable, and the sound is amazing too. The locations are massive, perfectly realised, and the characters look brilliant. However there are a couple of flaws that bring the game down a little.
The fighting mechanics are interesting. I was expecting a button-basher, but it is really quite complex if you look beneath the surface. Besides the usual variation of kicks, punches and blocks, you can deflect, throw and counter. Most moves have a counter-move, and you can sometimes find your attacks being deflected quite regularly if you are playing against a savvy opponent. Tactics become more of an issue than in a game like Soul Calibur. DoA3 is what you make it. If you want a pick-up-and-play fighter, then it will do the job. If you want a deeper game that you learn over time, then I suppose it could satisfy you too.
The one player mode is fairly limited. The main one player section is the 'story mode', where your character of choice embarks on their (frankly bizarre) personal scenario. You fight around six matches before getting to the end boss. There are also tag-matches, a survival mode, training and team battles. I have found it to be very easy on the normal difficulty level, and impossibly hard on higher difficulty levels. There doesn't seem to be a middle ground in that respect...
The game really comes into its own with two-players. You can fight co-operative tag-matches, or obviously against each other, and it is incredibly fun.
If you regularly play games with other people, then DoA3 is pretty essential. If you are mainly a solo player you might find that, aside from mastering new moves, you can discover everything this game has to offer in a fairly short space of time. Having said that, I think DoA3 is the pick of the Xbox Classics range, and the new price shouldn't suggest any lack of quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Johnson on 26 Jun. 2002
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Excellent game. Great graphics, great control over yours characters. The only downside is the computer AI is too easy. Myself and my brother beat the game within an hour in very hard mode, we not just beat them once, but many times... To fully enjoy the game, tell your mates to come down and whoop his butt with this game, its very fun... Highly recommended to anyone.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Mar. 2002
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With the latest state of the art graphics, and simple to pick up and play interface Dead or Alive three really sets the pace for later titles to follow. The ability of the Xbox are really shown-off in the 4 player tag battles, with reallistic character animations and interactive scenery, kicking butt has never been quite so fun. Blasting the opposition into an icicle or chucking them off the roof of a house seems to make the original fighting games look like a complete and utter waste of time.With all the different characters this game really is "a minute to learn a life time to master" game.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Mar. 2002
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Ok Listen - I KNOW fighting games ok? I am a tekken master, have beaten street fighter (all variants) but I have NEVER seen anything like this?! I mean, u guys will NOT believe it when you get to the boss level (an evil demon called Omega) and the view changes to 3D full motion video THAT YOU PLAY... You will not believe it!
The combos are straight out of movies, and different characters react differently to each other, they are always talking and arguing with each other throughout the fights! You can even throw people through windows doors etc or off buildings and clifftops! Nothing new you say, well you can jump down after them and continue beating them up! One level is just like crouching tiger, and when you stream some combos together u almost sit back and watch as it is sooooo cinematic.Effortless combos, drop-dead gorgeous graphics and speed you would not believe (AND that end-level) combine to make this an awesome fighter! Buy it buy it!
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By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2002
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This is a great game for experienced fighting game fanatics as well as those new to the art. It does not reward button bashing, instead encouraging the player to learn combos as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each character. Graphically it is fantastic, with great detail on both the characters and the backgrounds. The special effects in the boss fight are also a nice touch. There are all the usual game types, story mode, time attack, team battle etc. The interaction with the backgrounds is nice as well, with you able to position yourself and your opponent in order to smash them against walls/trees etc for extra damage. Highly recommended basically.
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By A Customer on 13 Mar. 2002
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This brand new beat-em shows off the brand new console with style as the awesome graphics represents the game not just on the box but throughout the entire game. The developers have not just focused on the charachters but the level designs are superb and the charachter realism is at an incredibly high standard. Although the graphics of this game have reached the limit the gameplay is up there with it.
However the downfall of this game is the game modes being similar to its predecessor and it hasnt expanded as much as it could
But to finish on a high not the moves are great and the combos can be executed stylishly
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By Clatters on 15 Mar. 2002
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I have not seen such a stunning fighting game in all my years. The attention to detail is phenomenal and the speed is blistering. This game is also very playable. I've been on it for the past 4 hours! There are plenty of different game formats to keep the game entertaining, such as team tag, storyline, multilink etc. The end videos to each of the storylines are just amazing to watch, you can't believe they are actually computer images.
I think that DOA 3 is a good starting game for the Xbox and gives us some idea of what it will be capable of. You get the feeling they are just scratching the surface at the moment
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