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Death by Degrees (PlayStation 2)

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In this Tekken spin-off, you control assassin Nina Williams as she fights to take down terrorist organization/evil corporation Kometa. She infiltrated a luxury cruise ship, Amphitrite, as a fighter in an illegal fighting tournament. The mission was to find out more about this organization, and two other CIA operatives were sent onboard the cruiser. Nina was but a support member of the team, not to take anything in her own hands unless her colleagues fail. Yet, when she is taken captive, and receives the news of mission failed, she's about to take matters into her own hands, and do what she's trained to do... sweep off the decks.

Nina must make her way through a large cruise ship, finding keys and scanning prints to gain access to more areas while using stealth to avoid the guards. When stealth fails, the game's more unique aspects come into play. Although game uses 3rd-person perspective, on certain occasions it switches to 1st-person view such as when using a sniper rifle, swimming underwater, or crawling the ducts.

Death by Degrees uses analog sticks to perform the attacks. The left stick moves Nina, and make her dodge when tapped instead of moved gradually, while the right stick makes her attack in whatever direction it is tapped, so attacks can be executed in any direction. Blocks are executed by holding the right stick toward the enemy at the precise moment of attack. In fights, you can disable enemies quickly with precisely-aimed bone-breaking maneuvers. When executed correctly, the game switches to an x-ray views to bone crushing a bit more enhanced then it was done in Rogue Ops. You can lock camera over your shoulder in most of the areas, which then allows you to freely rotate the camera while Nina is constantly in her running mode. Beside martial arts, she can use variety of melee weapons like knives, batons, swords, and such, as well as pistols, machine guns, and other firearms. As you defeat opponents, you gain points which serves you to upgrade already rich plethora of moves and attacks.

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Death by Degrees PlayStation 2 Title screen
Death by Degrees PlayStation 2 A big blade is too powerful as a weapon to waste it on regular class enemies.
Death by Degrees PlayStation 2 The map may prove helpful when you need to know where to go next.
Death by Degrees PlayStation 2 Unlike in majority of games, Nina cannot just quickly slide down the ladder.

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The Press Says

Game industry News (GiN) 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
G4 TV: X-Play Apr 06, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpy Feb 04, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Cheat Code Central 2005 2.5 out of 5 50
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 08, 2005 10 out of 20 50
PSX Extreme Mar 28, 2005 4.5 out of 10 45
UOL Jogos Mar 03, 2005 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
1UP Feb 07, 2005 4 out of 10 40
Eurogamer.net (UK) Apr 20, 2005 3 out of 10 30
Diehard GameFan Mar 21, 2005 3 out of 10 30

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  • Game Informer Magazine
    • January 2006 (Issue #153) – #10 of the Top 10 Worst Games of 2005

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Ace of Sevens (4228) added Death by Degrees (PlayStation 2) on Aug 27, 2006