Dead of Alive 4 XBox 360 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.8
Graphics 9.0
Sound 8.5
Value 9.1
Distributor: Microsoft
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
May 2006
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

9.0

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Dead or Alive 4

Team Ninja are back with the latest instalment of Dead or Alive, the first on this next gen console. Whilst initially the game looks as though itís just been given a bit of a technical polish up, there is a great deal more under the hood of this esteemed fighter that should make folks stand up and pay attention. 

The game looks and sound great with increased detail on all player models, however the characters still look very similar to their counterparts on previous games. Essentially all that this means is that you are going to know most of the characters that are fighting but at the same time they are going to look all sparkly new. 

Fighting this time in the environments is certainly going to be a challenge. Introduced are a great level of counters that can really decimate your enemy or you if you are the victim of one. Counters can knock you to the ground, incapacitated for a few seconds whilst you get the #$!p knocked out of you and there wonít be a thing that you can do about it. Itís a bit of a mission to learn all the intricacies of the numerous combos that you can mash your way through that your head will spin. 

A great new addition is the higher level of  interaction with the gaming environments that you get to battle in. Amazing waterfalls, urban landscapes, all are there and all contain their own hazards in a way that has not been the case in the previous incarnations of the game. Rocks and rubble may strew the landscape and you can use this to your advantage when fighting to cause your opponent to trip or stumble. Itís damn cool! 

Online fighting is great on the game and would be sure to keep player busy for a heck of a lot of time. There are a number of modes that are available for gamers online but essentially it all boils down to tweaking your fighting styles and then wreaking havoc on a poor sap near you. The title runs well online and our experience showed the servers to be handling everything well. 

One of my faves online was the tag team scenario that allowed for three players per team to duke it and and tap out to your mate when the heat was on. The lobby is able to hold a number of other people as well so if chatting is your thing then that will do the trick no worries till you get to lay the smack down. 

This is a game that will keep punters busy for a long, long time and is certainly the best in the franchise thus far. DOA4 is a game that requires dedication, many hours were spent working out the best combos and ways of handling the environment. Nimble fingers need to be exercised in this game and those with quick reflexes will be rewarded, especially when taking advantage of the counters that have been increased in this game. There is a real chance now to defend yourself in ways that previously simply were not there. 

So, fight fans rejoice, especially if you actually own the 360 and are not simply looking around as to whether or not you should join it. The answer is simple, you need this game and investing in a Live account will only help enhance it all the more for you.

Recommended. 






 
 



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