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.

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Dead or Alive 4 Xbox 360 The practice mode gives you some control over your AI opponent.
Dead or Alive 4 Xbox 360 Victory celebration.
Dead or Alive 4 Xbox 360 Note the reflections in the windows.
Dead or Alive 4 Xbox 360 You can save fight replays and watch them with improved camera control.

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Vgames Nov 26, 2007 95 out of 100 95
Kombo.com Jan 03, 2006 9.2 out of 10 92
Thunderbolt Games Sep 12, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Video Games Daily Jan 26, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Planet Xbox 360 Jan 16, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Meristation Jan 27, 2006 9 out of 10 90
DreamStation.cc Jul 07, 2006 8 out of 10 80
X-Power Feb 01, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Totally Gaming Network Feb 20, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Armchair Empire, The Feb 17, 2006 7.8 out of 10 78

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Trivia

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.

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