DEAD OR ALIVE 3Reviewed By: Mark Rickert
VOLUNTEER GUEST REVIEWER
Genre: Fighting/Martial Arts
Overall, there is no real plot to the game, it's just a rough-em-up, beat-em-up, hand to hand combat game. As you play with each character there is a new sub-plot that emerges, telling you about relationships that each character has with the others (usually 2 or 3 of the 14 available characters know each other or are related somehow). While playing the game, I could not tell whether it was supposed to be like a “Mortal Kombat” style game where there was a grand tournament, or if these people were just duking it out for the fun of it. It seems to me that the latter is true, but there were some hints during the game about a tournament.
Beating the game with all of the characters is no hard chore (I did it in one evening) and you always have to fight the same ending character who possesses special powers (almost demonic).
I would never recommend this game to a parent for a child who is under 18. Even though the ESRB rating says “T” for Teen, there is a little too much sexuality and violence in this game for a 13 year old. All of the women in the game are “Large Busted” (including the 18 year old character, Hitomi), and sport VERY revealing costumes. When you beat the game with any character there is a 3-5 minute movie telling you about the character and his/her past. They were all beautiful and some even awe inspiring, but you'll be in for a surprise when you beat the game with the newest character Christie; there she stands in the shower as the camera moves up from her calves to her shoulders, revealing her entire backside! There is another movie where a woman is in a very skimpy bathing suit and multiple others where violence is advocated as a means to solving problems and where rage is uncontrolled by the characters. In the game, each character says something to his or her opponent, like “bring it on” or some other trash talk.
Overall the gameplay is straight-forward; there is more of a learning curve than most games because there are so many moves that can be executed (High, Mid, and Low variations of punches, kicks, jabs, throws, and counter moves). The physics engine that TECMO has developed is truly amazing and the characters respond to your commands in fluid motions. The players' moves are true to form and you can be any variation of fighting from Russian Martial Arts, to Ninjitsu, to Thai Kick-Boxing and Drunken Boxing. This game is OK when playing by yourself, but get 3 friends over and you'll probably have a blast with the 4-player tagteam mode of gameplay.
Year of Release—2001
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