Dead or Alive 4 (Xbox 360)

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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.


Dead or Alive 4 Xbox 360 Vicious counter move.
Dead or Alive 4 Xbox 360 The main menu swoops through arenas in the background.
Dead or Alive 4 Xbox 360 You can save fight replays and watch them with improved camera control.
Dead or Alive 4 Xbox 360 Watch the traffic!

Alternate Titles

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

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A very tight and refined fighter Wotsnik (24) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
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Critic Reviews

Vgames Nov 26, 2007 95 out of 100 95
IC-Games Mar 23, 2006 95 out of 100 95
Cheat Code Central Dec 31, 2005 4.7 out of 5 94
Game Critics Apr 18, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Xbox World (Germany) Jan 27, 2006 87 out of 100 87
Cyber Gaming Network (CGN) Feb 02, 2006 4.25 out of 5 85
FiringSquad Jan 26, 2006 82 out of 100 82
Total Gaming UK 2006 81 out of 100 81 Jan 27, 2006 80 out of 100 80
3DAvenue Apr 26, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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1001 Video Games

Dead or Alive 4 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


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 (961) added Dead or Alive 4 (Xbox 360) on May 04, 2006