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Dead or Alive 4 (Xbox 360)

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Description

The fourth installment in the Dead or Alive series (excluding Beach Volleyball) continues in a similar vein of fighting game. Delivering another dose of combo heavy action set in a variety of highly interactive locations.

With Helena assuming control over DOATEC an eclectic cast of fighters from all corners of the world all battle each other for some personal goal. Each character has vastly different, and often unusual, motives.

In the main game's story mode each character fights through a series of encounters, often with a bizarre context eg. taking exception to cruelty to a T-Rex and a fight over a fresh lettuce are both examples of the rather odd but still hilarious Japanese humour.

XBOX Live support allows players to watch fights while waiting for their turn in the arena. VOIP is also supported, as with many Live games.

Featuring a graphical upgrade and an improved fighting system (tested by some top DOA players before release) Dead or Alive 4 is aimed not only at the older DOA players, but enticing new gamers due to the less intimidating control system, and giving slightly less advantage to the experienced.

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Dead or Alive 4 Xbox 360 Kyoto in bloom level.
Dead or Alive 4 Xbox 360 You can save fight replays and watch them with improved camera control.
Dead or Alive 4 Xbox 360 Fighter select screen. Battle of the satin.
Dead or Alive 4 Xbox 360 Team battles are available, with teams up to 7 in size.

Alternate Titles

  • "生或死4" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "DOA4" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

A very tight and refined fighter Wotsnik (24) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Dead Or Alive You Are Coming With Me. MasterMegid (897) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars

The Press Says

Shin Force Jan 02, 2006 9.3 out of 10 93
VicioJuegos.com Feb 20, 2006 91 out of 100 91
Maxim Magazine Dec 29, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Deeko Jan 16, 2006 9 out of 10 90
MS Xbox World Jan 04, 2006 9 out of 10 90
VicioJuegos.com Feb 20, 2006 89 out of 100 89
Xbox World (Germany) Jan 27, 2006 87 out of 100 87
Gamers.at Jan 31, 2006 85 out of 100 85
Official XBox Magazine Nov 29, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Boomtown Jan 06, 2006 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Nicole

One of the new characters available in the game is Nicole, a female Spartan from the Halo games. Her inclusion in Dead or Alive 4 is the result of a joint collaboration between Team Ninja and Bungie Studios, creators of the Halo franchise.

Interestingly enough, Bungie denied Team Ninja use of the Master Chief himself, and instead created Nicole and somehow made her story canon, as she's trapped in a time-bubble that keeps her in the 21st century and puts her in the way of the Dead or Alive tournament... Whether this is implies some future plans for Bungie's runaway Spartan or was simply just for fun remains to be seen.

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Keeper Garrett (964) added Dead or Alive 4 (Xbox 360) on May 04, 2006