- Platform: Xbox
- ELSPA Minimum Age: 15
- Media: Video Game
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.
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.
An improved Dead or Alive 2, with improved graphics and levels, a must have for the console as this game,didnt appear on any other format.. Read morePublished 15 months ago by punky_lemming
After wanting this game for ages I finally bought it and I thought it was great. After a while I found myself getting bored. Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2006 by chaos_preacher
People calling this game shallow, flashy, or "a game for quick cheap thrills" are wrong. I apologise for my bluntness, but it is obvious to me that they have not put in the time... Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2005 by "aloverock"
The best fighting game available. Am I mad? No, but let me tell you why. For many a year Tekken was the game of choice. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2005 by Simon J. Whight
had this game for about a week now..and i have to say that it's not impressing me. From the people who brought ninja gaiden i expected more. Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2005 by "gideonstott"
I think the game, for what it is, is very good. I used to be into all of these type of games (street fighter, tekken etc), but now they seem really boring. Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2004
I used to think fighting games were brilliant, e.g. Tekken and then I met Dead Or Alive 3. Dead or Alive 3 is far one of the top five best games on any console. Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2004
I am usually bored with beat-em-ups in a few days but this one has got me totally hooked. The locations are fantastic and interactive, giving you the opportunity to chuck your... Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 2003