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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 Arenas that don't have ring-outs have electrified walls.
Dead or Alive 4 Xbox 360 Vicious counter move.
Dead or Alive 4 Xbox 360 Multiplayer match lobby. Run your avatar around or watch the actual fight.
Dead or Alive 4 Xbox 360 That's gotta hurt.

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

Xboxdynasty (XD) Jan 04, 2006 9.2 out of 10 92
Lawrence Jan 18, 2006 90 out of 100 90
VicioJuegos.com Feb 20, 2006 89 out of 100 89
Worth Playing Feb 11, 2006 8.9 out of 10 89
Atomic Gamer Dec 31, 2005 85 out of 100 85
Pro-G Jan 25, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Inside Hotwire 3D 2006 8 out of 10 80
X-Power Feb 01, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Gaming Age 2006 B- 67
GamesFirst! Jan 14, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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