The Dead or Alive fighting games, produced for the XBox 360 by the production company Tecmo are well known for their sexy characters with large breast, flashing knickers, ripped torso’s etc. This fourth release in the franchise is no different with buxom fighting girls such as Kasumi and Hitomi.
A new addition for this game that wasn’t in the earlier ones is the presence of the Spartan character, who avid gamers will recognize from his fame in the Halo series, also made by Tecmo. This really does add a new dimension to the gameplay as well as adding obvious novelty value, and fans of Halo will really enjoy using Spartan to fight their way through the game and the other characters.
It is a fairly easy to learn game that doesn’t require long hours of practice to learn enough moves to get anywhere, although the speed of the action can sometimes lend itself to button bashing rather than controlled skill. This makes it ideal for casual gamers or for people who don’t usually play fighting games, but perhaps a little bit frustrating for veteran martial arts gamers.
There are some really beautiful backgrounds in the game, with plenty of attention to detail in the scenery. This does make it a visually attractive game and I think it is an important part of the overall experience.
There is perhaps an over-reliance on using big breasts and sexy female fighters to grab your attention, but then this is exactly what fans of Dead or Alive games love them for, so if you played an earlier incarnation and enjoyed it then it’s a pretty safe bet that you will enjoy this one too. If your new to the franchise then don’t expect serious hardcore gaming, but do expect to have fun playing an engaging game.
Dean Walsh runs a site for Free Martial Arts Movies [http://www.movies.onlinefightvideo.com], web series and reviews.