Dead or Alive 3

aka: DOA3
Moby ID: 5371
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Dead Or Alive 3 is a fighting game exclusive to the Microsoft Xbox. It features 16 characters (3 of them new), hidden extras, specular lighting effects, volumetric fog and grass, clothing and muscle movement that accurately responds and interactive environments.

Up to four players can fight in DoA3's Tag Battle mode.


  • 生或死3 - Chinese spelling (simplified)

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Average score: 86% (based on 36 ratings)


Average score: 3.8 out of 5 (based on 58 ratings with 5 reviews)

The best Xbox to date, and very possibly the best fighting game ever.

The Good
In one word: Excellent! This game (like most other Xbox) is graphically perfect, all the exciting elements from DoA and DoA 2 are there, and what makes this game the best of the series? The new multiplayer options, the new fighting moves, and the ultimate reason, it's on the Xbox! The most powerful console!

The Bad
Nothing At all, no problems, nothing, dry as a desert!

The Bottom Line
Excellent, buy it or go play it at some pay per play shop! Play it! 10/10

Xbox · by Jim Fun (207) · 2002

Beautiful Fighting Game

The Good
The graphics are gorgeous, the animations and fighting styles are so fluent. Back when I got Mortal Kombat for my Super Nintendo, I never thought I'd live to see the day when graphics would be this good.

The gameplay is pretty standard, and addicting. The music and sound effects are excellent as well. There's a lot to keep you entertained for a long time, tons of different modes, a good selection of characters, a few secrets, and hundreds of moves.

The Bad
The game is real easy to wear out. After all the secrets are found, and you've unlocked every last thing, you don't really have a reason to play anymore. You've seen every move, and very little will surprise you after that point.

One thing I disliked was how the female costumes were designed. Almost every costume is slutty, and exposes a little too much for fighting.

Not directly related to the game, but I also found their advertising misleading when the game first came around. It showed only female characters fighting, and would ocassionaly cut to a couple of nerds making comments. I refused to buy the game, because I was under the impression it only had half-naked ninja women fighting each other.

The Bottom Line
Despite the sexually referenced advertising, and half-naked female character costumes, Dead or Alive 3 is a great fighting game. The graphics are beautifully done, and the game is highly addictive. The game does get boring down the line, so you may want to rent it before you buy. It's definately going to set a new standard for fighting games.

Xbox · by ZombieDepot (40) · 2003

Serious contender for best fighter of all time

The Good
Being a fan of Dead or Alive 2, I knew what to expect from Dead or Alive 3. And in some ways I was right. The same type of fighting styles are here, a good thing, as too much change isn't the best. And although the best control system in my mind for a game like this came from the PS2, the X-Box controls are decent enough for a fighter, so I don't have any problems here.

Graphically, DoA3 is a stunner. Not from the overall presentation of the game, which is great of course. But from the amount of detail that has been placed onto the characters and backgrounds. My favorite level (and I'm sure many will agree) is the one filled with trees. Everytime you hit a tree, leaves fall down. And the wind blows the trees here and there while you fight. Now that's what I call detail. Characters too are just as detailed. Clothes move in the breeze and flap around the character has he/she moves, and the textures on characters faces seem to have more detail then DoA2 (especially hair effects).

The graphics take center stage, there is no doubt about that. I'm glad as well, since many of the other X-Box titles didn't even come close to using the consoles true power.

The Bad
Two key elements upset me. 1) I was always distracted from fighting while watching the leaves fall to the ground. 2) My eyes hurt from sitting too close to the TV while watching the leaves fall too the ground!).

Seriously, the only thing that I feel should be improved upon in the DoA series is extra features. It's fine to have the single player game and a few multiplayer options, but there really isn't that much to keep going with for a long period of time. Tekken, for example, always has hidden extras for you to work for (Tekken Bowl and plenty of characters). I think a few more things like that would help the series go even further.

The Bottom Line
The big test for Dead or Alive 3 will come from the opposition, namely Tekken 4 and Virtua Fighter 4. Both won't appear on the X-Box for the time being, so DoA3 stands as the best on the X-Box. As for the best fighter of all time, ask me again when the above are released.

A valuable purchase and an important step in the right direction for the series to compete with long time challengers.

Xbox · by Kartanym (12418) · 2002

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Despite being an Xbox exclusive game, Dead or Alive 3 features no "Only on Xbox" stamp.


  • 4Players
    • 2002 – #7 Best Xbox Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – Xbox Fighting Game of the Year
    • 2001 – Best Graphics of the Year


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Game added by JPaterson.

Xbox Series, Xbox One added by Eufemiano Bullanga.

Additional contributors: j. jones, Unicorn Lynx, Entorphane, Patrick Bregger.

Game added November 23, 2001. Last modified January 21, 2024.