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Dead or Alive 4 (Xbox 360)

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Written by  :  MasterMegid (900)
Written on  :  Jan 18, 2008
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Summary

Dead Or Alive You Are Coming With Me.

The Good

As a launch game, Dead Or Alive 4, is good showcase for the raw power that is, the Xbox 360. Now that some time has passed since launch, and other fighting games have emerged, namely Virtua Fighter 5. Does DOA 4 still hold up?

The plot in DOA is B-movie bad. Yet somehow remains entertainingly so. Here’s the rundown: Helena, of the previous DOA games, is now the sole heir of the DOATEC organization. As she struggles to put the pieces back together, the twisted Prof. Donovan is busy preparing his new human weapon, Dural ur… I mean Alpha-152.(Kind of a non sense version of the plot of the Virtua Fighter series.-MM-)

Now the Mugen Tenshin Clan has planned to exact revenge on the DOATEC, and destroy them once and for all. Conveniently this coincides with the 4th DOA Tournament!

I know what you are thinking. How can this game be any good with such a laughably bad plot? Well friend, keep in mind that this is a fighting game, and that the plot is just ballast. Or to put it another way, just and excuse for violence and action, speaking of action….

The fighting is just as fast and furious as we have come to expect from the DOA franchise. Punches, kicks, throws, counters, and air recoveries are all here and just as fun as before. While not as complicated as Virtua Fighter, or as lame ass as Tekken, DOA is somewhere in the middle. It also offers a ton of modes to play with. From the humdrum “story” mode. (If you like stories, that are trite.-MM-) To, VS., Time Attack, Survival, Team Battle, Sparring, and Online among others.

As they are self explanatory I will leave it at that. But I will tell you that the most fun to be had is either in VS. or Online modes.

I feel that I have to make special mention of the stages. As many of them besides being stunning, and fun to play in. From knocking your opponent through glass, or into heavy traffic, to simple making them smash into fruit stands, sending the produce flying!

DOA 4 is easily the best looking entry in the series. And trust me that says a lot. All the lovely ladies are back, and looking better than ever. The males are back to if that’s you thing.(Hey, I am not here to judge people, just games.-MM-)

There are also new fighters in this installment. There is Kokoro, the geisha in training. Eliot, the apprentice of former DOA fighter, Gen Fu. La Mariposa, whom uses the Lucha Libre style of wrestling.

The game also fairs well in the sound department. With realistic fight sounds as well as a solid soundtrack. With a few Aerosmith tracks thrown in, for good measure.

The Bad

Some will not see any humor in the B-grade plot. And if they think that is bad, just wait till they get a load of the endings. Lei Feng, and Hitomi, have very corny endings.

And would it kill Tecmo to be a little more realistic? For example Hitomi, is German, yet has a Japanese name… right. And all the fighters speak fluent Japanese despite the fact that most of the are NOT from Japan.

The end boss is a bit much. Even for a game like this. More importantly fights can often feel cheap. What is this Tekken?

The Bottom Line

In the end DOA 4 is a fun albeit silly fighting game. And has the distinction of being the second best fighter of the Xbox 360. With Virtua Fighter 5, keeping the top spot. But how long can DOA 4 hold on to 2nd with so many more fighting games down the pipeline? Such as Street Fighter 4, Soul Caliber 4, and the new Mortal Kombat. (I think it’s part 17 or so.-MM-) Well I suppose only time will tell.