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Game Chronicles (Dec 21, 2004)
Dead or Alive Ultimate scores big with one of the most visually stunning games of 2004. Even if you don’t like fighting games I’d have to recommend this title just so you can show off the true power of the Xbox. DOA Ultimate is so easy to pick up and play that you are bound to have fun, even if you don’t know what you are doing. You can stumble your way into some of the most excellent combos you can see without memorization or perfect timing.
IGN (Oct 26, 2004)
Xbox owners, take a moment to give thanks to Tomonobu Itagaki and Team Ninja. In March, Team Ninja introduced one of the greatest action games of all time in Ninja Gaiden. Now, as the year comes to a close, Team Ninja brings us the best fighting game on Xbox with Dead or Alive Ultimate. As with Ninja Gaiden and truly every Team Ninja game on the 'box, DOA Ultimate maximizes the hardware, creating an absolutely gorgeous visual experience. Not only is this game pretty, it is a whole lot of fun.
Next Level Gaming (Oct 28, 2004)
Whenever you hear the name Tecmo you usually know to equate that company's name with certain titles; Gallup Racer! Ok, ok, maybe that's not quite the game that you think of when talking about Tecmo. Ok, what if I added Team Ninja to that? Well, ok you got me there too. I mean the game other than Ninja Gaiden. There you go; Dead or Alive!! An eight year history that saw sequels and many appearances on the console scene. And after a very successful Dead or Alive 3 Xbox game, coupled with an equally successful DOA: Xtreme Beach Volleyball game, Team Ninja and Temco decided they were going to reward Xbox gamers for their loyalty to the series by going back in time just a little bit, and ressurecting the franchise for another run.
Console Obsession (May 31, 2010)
Dead or Alive Ultimate is a great collection and the reworked sequel is one of the finest fighting games available on the Xbox format. Those who claim the series is nothing but a button masher should see some of the players in action on the brilliant online mode. The difficulty curve of both games is perfectly poised, boasting an easy set-up that is far from complex alongside a rewarding level of depth for the slightly more experienced player. To sum it all up then, it’s a decent brawler alongside a bona fide fighting classic.
Game Over Online (Nov 29, 2004)
If you’re looking for a solid fighting game however, Dead or Alive Ultimate is a fine choice for brawling enthusiasts. You get the original DOA title, but the level of detail and the amount of attention paid to DOA II is more than worth the price you’ll spend for the game. Plus, it has the best online play of any fighting title on the market. If you dig fighting, you’ll really like Dead or Alive Ultimate.
The Next Level (Dec 01, 2004)
The original Dead or Alive installment didn't receive any updates in contrast to Dead or Alive 2, but the whole package is one of the best deals you can get this Christmas for the Xbox. Even though Halo 2 is the biggest title for the platform this year, I feel that DOA does more to advance the genre with its innovative online modes and overall presentation. It'll be interesting to see how Namco and Sega react to DOA's success, but for now, Xbox owners can enjoy what's easily the best fighting game on the system, bar none.
PlayDevil (Apr 24, 2005)
Simply astounishing! This new Dead or Alive game offers 2 games for the price of one. Many gamers will just play the first disc once, the ported Dead or Alive 1 Ultime since it hasn't been upgraded to todays standard in graphics and sound but people who played this game in the arcades or other console will surely enjoy it. Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate is the winner here since it's a totally upgraded 'DOA2 hardcore' game. Built on an almost new engine and with new environments, hundreds of costumes, unlockable goodies, online play, we're sure this game will be played most and is definitely worth-your-cash. If you are a DOA fan, or just get sweaty hands while playing a decent fighting game, then this game is the one you need. Right now, this is our most played fighting game on X-Box.
GotNext (Dec 01, 2004)
The original Dead or Alive installment didn't receive any updates in contrast to Dead or Alive 2, but the whole package is one of the best deals you can get this Christmas for the Xbox. Even though Halo 2 is the biggest title for the platform this year, I feel that DOA does more to advance the genre with its innovative online modes and overall presentation. It'll be interesting to see how Namco and Sega react to DOA's success, but for now, Xbox owners can enjoy what's easily the best fighting game on the system, bar none.
GamingExcellence (Jun 14, 2005)
While there are many criticisms about Dead or Alive 1 Ultimate, one example being the lack of characters in comparison to the PlayStation version, it is not hard to see the value in this compilation for the Xbox. Tecmo has brought a very solid fighting collection to the Xbox, helping the system compete with Namco's Tekken series and Sega's Virtua Fighter series for the PlayStation 2. As only a few fighting games on the Xbox have online capabilities, this collection is a welcome addition. If you are a fan of the series, Dead or Alive Ultimate really deserves its title as the ultimate fighting collection, and easily justifies the price tag.
Yahoo! Games (Nov 04, 2004)
You might think we've had so many iterations of the Dead or Alive series over the years that we wouldn't need another bundle of re-hashed versions from the Saturn, PlayStation, and Dreamcast days. But this package is so much more than that. Dead or Alive: Ultimate is indeed the ultimate game for Xbox fighting fans, and a must-buy for DOA addicts.
GamePro (US) (Nov 05, 2004)
It's been a long time in waiting, but finally, there's a fighting game that takes full advantage of online play. And if you're a fan of the Extreme Beach Volleyball and DoA2: Hardcore games, then Ultimate is that final knockout that you've been waiting for.
Extreme Gamer (Dec 17, 2004)
The Dead or Alive series has always been a favorite among fans of the fighting genre. From the creators of Ninja Gaiden comes the newest game in the series, Dead or Alive: Ultimate. It's basically Dead or Alive 2 redone in much better graphics and put on Xbox Live as well as adding a lot to the gameplay. For a nice little bonus you will also receive Dead or Alive 1 online, but with no changes.
GameSpot (Oct 26, 2004)
For a game that's so bold as to call itself "Ultimate," DOAU sure comes close. It truly is the best, most fully featured title in the Dead or Alive series yet. In addition, it's a landmark achievement in the fighting game genre's history-in-the-making, thanks mostly to DOAU's impressive online play component and thanks partly to the game's incomparably good visuals. The fact that the Dead or Alive gameplay formula holds up this well after all these years also speaks volumes, because those who might have mistaken the game's slight learning curve for a lack of complexity in the past will surely see things differently this time...from the moment they happily first get trounced online.
FOK!games (Mar 03, 2005)
Dead or Alive is een erg leuke game die ik iedereen van harte kan aanraden. Alleen als je deel 3 al had en geen Xbox Live hebt, dan moet je hem gewoon laten liggen. Zoveel extra's biedt deze game simpelweg niet. Wat hij wel biedt is gewoon het leukste en beste vechtspel voor de Xbox en op Live. Misschien heeft het dan niet zoveel diepte als Soul Calibur 2, maar je zult genoeg uitdaging vinden op Xbox Live! Het is alleen een beetje jammer dat de story mode zo karig is uitgewerkt met hier en daar wat flarden die waarschijnlijk alleen maar vragen op zullen roepen. Misschien is het leuk als men in een deel 4 hier wat uitvoeriger op in zou gaan. Voor Xbox-fanboys is dit spel ook weer een mooi voorbeeld om te bewijzen dat de Xbox de krachtigste console is op grafisch gebied, want het is echt ongelofelijk om te zien wat de heren van Tecmo uit de zwarte doos weten te persen. Hier kunnen de meeste developers nog heel wat van leren.
XBox Front (Jan 11, 2005)
Online Spiele sind auf Microsofts Konsole gefragter denn je. Und so war es auch nur eine Frage der Zeit, bis auch die „Dead or Alive“ Reihe Zugang zu Xbox-Live findet.
Dead or Alive Ultimate is a great compilation for fans of the fighting genre. The enhancements to Dead or Alive 2 are superb and it looks and plays great. Dead or Alive still looks like a very old game though. That said fans of the series will appreciate the Xbox Live features in both games.
84 (Mar 11, 2005)
Dead or Alive Ultimate sollte als das gesehen werden, was es ist – eine leicht aufpolierte Dead or Alive Fassung, die erstmalig auch einen Online-Modus bietet. Wer darüber hinaus nennenswerte Verbesserungen gegenüber DOA3 erwartet, wird höchstwahrscheinlich enttäuscht sein. Den Mehrwert der durch das beiliegende DOA1 Ultimate entsteht, werden lediglich Nostalgiker zu schätzen wissen. Genrefans mit Onlineanbindung sollten unbedingt zugreifen – alle anderen sind mit dem älteren und mittlerweile günstigen Dead or Alive 3 nahezu gleich gut bedient.
Worth Playing (Dec 13, 2004)
I like the Dead or Alive series a lot, but I’m not blind to its faults. Dead or Alive Ultimate brings the first two games to the Xbox warts and all, with a boatload of extra content that’ll take hours to unlock. Live subscribers and fighting-game fans should be sure to grab a copy, but if you didn’t like DOA or DOA2 before now, this isn’t going to change your mind.
80 (Feb 11, 2005)
Tecmo's esteemed development group, Team Ninja, has created the ultimate Dead or Alive fighting experience by coupling the original version of Dead or Alive TM with a completely redesigned Dead or Alive TM 2 on Xbox. Both games will be Xbox TM Live multi-player compatible, which means you can test your fighting skills against a vast community of gamers from around the world.
80 (UK) (Feb 16, 2005)
For the rest of us, this may not be quite up to the standards of Soul Calibur II as a beat-'em-up, but it's a great post-pub fighting game, with stunning graphics, accessible gameplay (although button-mashers are generally not welcome at this party, as they're easily dealt with by anyone who knows how to do any kind of counter or throw) and a selection of brutal-looking moves that will have everyone on the couch wincing and sucking in their breath as Kasumi goes flying headfirst down the stairs of the Great Wall of China - again. While her breasts bounce, of course.
JeuxActu (Feb 17, 2005)
Une fois de plus la Team Ninja nous scotche à notre pad ! Avec Dead or Alive Ultimate, tous les plaisirs de jeu sont mélangés. Que vous soyez novice en la matière, grand amateur de la saga Dead or Alive ou nostalgique de l’ère Saturn/Dreamcast, cette réédition satisfera tous les joueurs grâce à sa réalisation somptueuse, sa durée de vie réétudiée et sa prise en main efficace. On pourrait bien sûr émettre quelques critiques concernant le mode Story et les fins ridicules de chaque personnage. Quant au mode Xbox Live, il reste perfectible, on espère qu’un patch remédiera de façon convaincante aux divers problèmes rencontrés.
X-Power (Mar 07, 2005)
Toch heb ik al ontzettend veel lol beleefd aan deze game en dat zal ik de komende maanden zeker nog hebben. Fan van de DOA-reeks? Niet twijfelen! Nog geen vechtspel? Naar de winkel! Vond je DOA 3 een beetje slapjes? Toch maar links laten liggen dan. Het overgrote merendeel van de kopers zal zeker weten gelukkig zijn met hun aankoop, zoveel is zeker. Grafisch niet te overtreffen en qua gameplay vloeiender dan ooit! Een topper!
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Feb 14, 2005)
Dead or Alive Ultimate är verkligen superkul, både online och offline. Men trots allt är detta Dead or Alive 2 i grund och botten, om än mer innehållsrikt, uppfräschat och med onlinestöd. Jag kan för mitt liv inte begripa varför Team Ninja åtminstone inte slängde in populära nykomlingen Lisa från Dead or Alive X-treme Beach Volleyball och/eller alla nya figurerna från Dead or Alive 3. Nu blev det inte så och det skadar dessvärre betyget. Sammantaget är spelet det klart bästa alternativet för folk som vill kämpa online i tre dimensioner, men har du inte Xbox Live är faktiskt det tre år gamla Dead or Alive 3 precis lika köpvärt.
In addition, Xbox Live members looking for a good fight run the risk of enduring horrid lag, but if it runs smoothly, it can be quite enjoyable. Still, one must beware of the final product, and a 3 + gem rating is the result.
80 (Feb 17, 2005)
On avait reproché à DOA 3 d'innover peu. Il en va de même avec Dead or Alive Ultimate même si cette compilation est loin d'être du réchauffé. Non seulement on y trouve deux épisodes encore inédits sur Xbox, mais en plus on constate que le travail de refonte effectué sur DOA 2 est de très bonne facture. Les nombreux ajouts, avec en premier lieu la possibilité de jouer online, relancent également grandement l'intérêt du titre.
So, I think we can forgive Team Ninja for revisiting an old game, in fact, I think we can applaud them for avoiding the temptation to produce a tired sequel to Dead or Alive 3. The game will appeal to all level of players, is gorgeous to look at, is fun and easy to play online, has loads of collectibles and costumes and sounds reasonable too. Basically an all-round nice package.
GameSpy (Oct 26, 2004)
I enjoy Dead or Alive and I've really appreciated my experience with Ultimate. It's a better version of a game that was already quite good, now made great with extra unlockables, refined presentation, and mostly excellent online play. For fans of 3D fighters, there won't be a better title released in the genre this year. But going forward, I can only hope that Team Ninja decides to give us a more distinct experience the next time a Dead or Alive title hits the streets.
Diehard GameFan (Nov 17, 2004)
I’ll tell you what; the addition of XBox Live support takes these games and makes them that more engaging to play. Even when you’re not fighting others on XBox Live, the idea of uploading your scores and comparing yourself to the rest of the world is an exciting prospect. I had even more fun increasing my records than costume hunting. And I haven’t had such an inclination to do this since DDR Ultramix first came out. I’m having much more fun than I thought I would be.
70 (Feb 15, 2005)
Long-term fans of the series may end up especially disappointed, as this is most emphatically a remake and offers little new to those who have followed Dead or Alive through its various iterations. There are actually fewer characters here than there were in Dead or Alive 3 and the structure of the game is exactly the same as it ever was. Online, however, the game really comes alive, and for many people this alone will justify the purchase. The chance to strut your stuff on the world stage lends the game a purpose and a structure that it otherwise lacks, and the opportunity to show off publicly in new outfits may even persuade you to tackle the single-player slog with more grace than it probably deserves. By all means, buy this if you think you'll enjoy it - but be sure you know what you're getting.
Gamezine (Apr 19, 2005)
Bref, on en arrive à la question que vous devez tous vous poser : DoA Ultimate vaut-il le coût (60€ en l’occurrence) ? La réponse est assez mitigée, d’une part le jeu ne propose pas d’ajout révolutionnaire, si ce n’est le mode live, et arrive de plus amputé de deux combattants par rapport à DoA 3, de plus la politique de Tecmo visant à sortir des dizaines de versions de leurs jeux en ajoutant simplement des bonus devient vraiment énervante. D’autre part le mode live est vraiment sympathique, encore faut-il que vous l’ayez. Bref, si vous voulez jouer sur le live, vous trouverez votre bonheur dans ce DoA Ultimate, sinon si vous avez déjà DoA 3, passez votre chemin.
Netjak (Jan 12, 2005)
To sum things up, I ask you a question: If you bought a nice luxury sedan such as a Mercedes or BMW, you would expect to have all the amenities such as a good stereo with an MP3 player or at least a CD deck, cruise-control, leather seats, all that good stuff, right? DOA Ultimate is like a really hot looking Mercedes with only an AM radio, no cruise control, and cloth seats. It looks great, and it’s fun to drive for a bit, but without all those sweet extras that are offered with virtually every other luxury sedan out there, it loses its charm rather quickly. If you plan on playing on Xbox Live, you will probably have a pretty good time with DOA Ultimate, and it’s also a good time if you have friends that will come over and play one-on-one. For me, that’s not enough; I demand a great experience both on AND offline and unfortunately, DOA Ultimate only gets it half right.
68 (Feb 13, 2005)
Die Grafik ist mit Ausnahme der Plastikmännchen gut anzusehen, das Konter-System sorgt für unberechenbare Kämpfe, es gibt jede Menge freizuspielen, der Xbox Live-Support ist super. Eigentlich eine gute Sache. Jedoch ist das Spiel, abgesehen vom Brustumfang der Protagonistinnen, flach wie Ostfriesland: Im Vergleich zur Konkurrenz warten hier nur wenig Moves, den Kämpfen fehlt es an Rasanz und Dynamik. Außerdem geht mir persönlich die haarsträubende Unlogik und Löchrigkeit der Story auf die Nerven: Was haben zwei praktisch mit nichts bekleidete Kämpferinnen auf einem verschneiten Berggipfel zu suchen? So etwas bereitet mir Schmerzen im Hirn – warum kann man nicht auf eine Story verzichten, wenn man eh nichts zu erzählen hat? Lediglich die vielen freispielbaren Extras sowie der Online-Modus halten das Game etwas länger am Leben, spätestens danach sehnt man sich nach der anspruchvollen Tiefe und spielerischen Intelligenz eines Soul Calibur 2.
G4 TV: X-Play (Mar 24, 2006)
Did we really need a third version of Dead or Alive 2? Probably not, and we definitely didn't need more DOA 1. But, for diehard fight fans and online junkies, Ultimate is worth a look. Its core game is solid, and the advancements only help matters. However, you may want to spend your $50 on buying new games with new features.