Death by Degrees

aka: Tekken's Nina Williams in: Death by Degrees, Tekken's Nina Williams in: Death by Degrees - Seducción Letal, Tekken's Nina Williams in: Death by Degrees - Seduzione Letale
Moby ID: 23766
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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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  • デス・バイ・ディグリーズ 鉄拳:ニーナ・ウイリアムズ - Japanese spelling

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  • Namco Hometek Inc.
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  • Namco Limited
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Average score: 51% (based on 24 ratings)

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Average score: 3.2 out of 5 (based on 12 ratings with 1 reviews)

Completely Underrated Work

The Good
The game's presentation, environment and progress kept me hooked. The things I liked most about this game, things that games nowadays don't have, is content and a lot of it. You have multiple game modes to pass after you finished the main game, which are not very easy I may add.

The original story has its own challenges and unlockable content, such as the challenging expert mode. Try beating that without your sweet unlockables!

The Bad
Very secretive unlockables.

The Bottom Line
It is a unique beat-them-up game with a good sense of progress and levelling up by learning new skills and getting familiar with the controls. It has some of the most fascinating settings and many different situations which keep the game fresh, such as sniping, unlocking boxes, guiding a guy out of a tunnel, and controlling a drone.

Of course, Nina Williams is the icing on the cake.

Although not the highlight of the game, Death by Degrees has better story-telling than any Tekken game.

PlayStation 2 · by ryry al (2) · 2021

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

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Game added by Ace of Sevens.

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Game added September 10, 2006. Last modified May 12, 2024.