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DoA: XBV finds Zach, the flamboyant winner of the DoA3 tournament, buying a tropical island after hitting it big in Vegas. He sends out invitations claiming that the next DoA tournament is to be held on his island. Surprise, surprise: there is no fighting tournament, Zach only invited the female fighters, and the stage is set for... well, for a bunch of scantily clad girls frolicking on a beach.
You begin the game by choosing a girl to play as. Each game is broken up into a two week vacation, and each day is divided into morning, daytime and evening. You spend each segment of the day playing volleyball, gambling in the casino, shopping for swimsuits and accessories, lounging around the island, or trying to befriend the other girls on the island.
It's probably not fair to classify DoA:XBV as a volleyball game. Sure, you'll spend a bit of time playing volleyball, but the gameplay is so basic that there are literally only two buttons: one to pass to your teammate and another to send the ball to the opposing side of the net. It's probably more accurate to label DoA:XBV as an unusual "relationship" game, with volleyball just one of several ways to earn money to spend on gifts for girls. Well-wooed girls will partner up with you for volleyball matches, or allow themselves to be convinced to try on slinkier and more exotic swimwear.
What the game lacks in depth, volleyball gameplay or features it makes up for in eye candy. If nothing else, Xtreme Beach Volleyball is a great display of the raw graphical power of the Xbox. It is not a volleyball game. It is an incredibly pretty collection of small but moderately amusing mini-games, played by buxom cartoon babes. Fans of Lara Croft, rejoice: the next generation is here. --Jon Grover
Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball stars all the ladies from the Dead or Alive fighting games and a new character named Lisa. In addition to the standard beach volleyball tournament, players will have a wealth of other recreational activities to choose from on the island. Gamers can spend time in the arcade, where they can play a mini game of Dead or Alive 3; a cinema, where they can view a trailer of Ninja Gaiden or other Dead or Alive games; or a casino, where they can try their hand at special Dead or Alive versions of slots, poker, blackjack, roulette and more. Other mini-games include a lifeguard drill, a dance competition and a beauty contest.
It is not the deepest game out there, but how deep can volleyball get anyway? Once you master the volleyball the game will become easy, there are a few aspects of the volley ball that will take time to master.
Serveing -- If you do the hard serves, it can be harder than you would think!
Spikeing -- its all about aiming and timeing, if you hold the right direction on the analoge you can smash it between your oponents.
Team-mate -- you don't control your teamate, but you can tell her how to play with the other stick, tap back for defece, foward for offenc, and click in for neutral. Up and down let you chage what side she plays on.
Takeing advantage -- when the oposition moves into a position, you will learn how to take advantage of it and play ocordingly. If they both stand on the right side, spike it left asap.
You can also goto the casino every night and play on the slots, blackjack, poker or my fave, roulette. The other mini-game is the pool-hopping, which helps you to learn better timeing.
There are a few things that may annoy you:
- the camera!
- no 2 player co-op mode, just verses
- can get repetative
- only 3 places to play v-ball
But you can unlock a trailer of ninja gadian (whitch i am looking fward to!) and old ads for DOA3 and the beta vids of DOA2. And the trailer for DOA1.
The game is fun and better than you may think. But it is not for everyone.... Read more ›
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