10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
As of today, probably the best game on the system so far,
This review is from: Dead or Alive: Dimensions (Nintendo 3DS) (Video Game)
The title of this review pretty much says it all, the game is 100% worth your money if you own a 3DS or if you're considering buying a 3DS at this early stage of the handheld's development cycle.
Dead or Alive is a well known classic in the fighting game genre, even those who aren't particularly fans of fighting games in general can enjoy the series and its many spin-offs and Dimensions is no exception to this.
As a fan of fighting games, I know that many of them rely on the player being able to input long and complex combos, which puts a lot of people off playing them. Dead or Alive, however, is one of the exceptions to this standard in that it favours positioning and well-timed counter-attacks over... let's say... 30+ (or 99+ if your name is Blazblue) hit combos which makes the game more dynamic, fast paced and constantly rewarding. This doesn't mean, though, that the game is devoid of combos and like SSF4 3DS, there is a move selection area on the bottom screen which is helpful for learning combos when in training mode.
In terms of visual appeal, the game looks great. It looks even better still with the 3D turned on. The game features pre-rendered cutscenes throughout the Chronicle (Story) mode as well as breathtaking FMV sequences which really brings the Dead or Alive universe's compelling, yet sometimes confusing, story to home.
For players completely new to Dead or Alive, I would recommend playing the Chronicle mode before anything else as it includes handy tutorials in the middle of telling the game's story which are useful for getting the basics of the game's battle mechanics.
Previous players of DoA will be happy to know that they didn't skimp out on the skin in this installment of the series. Characters such as Kasumi, Ayane, Tina and so on all have the wobbly breast physics we all know and love! (Well most of us anyway) The game also features a figurine collection system which lets you collect mini versions of each character in the game and allows you to enter a photoshoot mode which lets you take pictures of your favourite DoA competitors in all sorts of dynamic, interesting, and sometimes raunchy positions...all in 3D!
The audio in DoA Dimensions brings the same kind of tracks you would expect of a DoA fighting game - fast paced techno beats, heavy guitar riffs flavoured by futuristic themes and homely oriental spice. The tunes set the mood of each stage and gets you pumped up during a fight. The quality of the music is great even without headphones.
For those who are fans of Japanese voice actors, Dimensions features an option which lets you set the voice language to Japanese and you can set the game to display English subtitles.
DoA Dimensions also features offline and online multiplayer which is good because it's a very fun game to play with a friend or even a complete stranger online.
On a more personal note, this game is the most fun I've had playing my 3DS to date. Until the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D comes out I don't think there's a better game for the system than Dead or Alive: Dimensions.
I would have given the game 5 stars but the story mode can be quite confusing at times, sometimes even leaving me with a blank expression and saying "What." outloud. That said, the majority of the story scenes are quite easily understandable and enjoyable to watch.