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Big and flashy! Like Jackie Stallone...,
This review is from: Dead or Alive III (Xbox Classics) (Video Game)
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. University saw some serious Tekken and Goldeneye play and it was hard to ever envision a fighting game knocking it off the top spot. The depth of moves, well balanced characters ... qualities that DOA3 just doesn't have. So why so good? Have you ever been on a night out, got a few mates round afterwards with fast food of choice X winging its way round to your domain and then tried to explain the subtle timing needed to kick off Jin Kazama's 10 hit combo? Its not fun. Cries of "How do you throw?! What buttons together?!" ensue. Where DOA3 comes in is with its easy to access gameplay. All the depth in mastering characters as in Tekken and Virtua Fighter goes right out the window and in comes a more 'button masher' friendly gameplay structure. Soon all your mates will be fighting in Snake & Crane, Drunken Boxing ... luzzing each other out of skyscraper windows down neon signs. Thats where the fun of this game lies. Instant gratification.
To be honest, I don't have the time to sit down and learn a character inside out ... and once I have, who to fight against? I'm afraid my girlie is more of a Mario Kart head ... and anyway, she hits me (HARD) whenever I beat her at something. Unless something like online Tekken comes on, this will be the game I'll keep on hand to drag out at a party. Even then, I'll miss the flashy wow factor that DOA brings to the table.
Aside from that, the single player game is admittedly naff with an atrocious final boss and there isn't much there for dedicated combo freaks. You know where to head for that. This is just a glorious indulgence. Wonderfully flashy visuals, frantic fights, and, um, 'bouncy' women.
DOA Ultimate is soon to surface so you may with to hold onto your cash until that appears, especially with its online play being a talking point, but this is a pure cheap thrill if you need a quick fix. Still great laffs though!