Dead or Alive: X-Treme
Dead or Alive:
X-Treme Beach Volleyball Screenshots
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DOA X-Treme Beach Volleyball
reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: 08 April 2003
Not based on an average
It's finally here, the game that has raised a bit of controversy due to it's
extremely sexy image wrapped up in the guise of a Volleyball game.
Dead or Alive: X-Treme Beach Volleyball Features
- Players 1-2
- Custom Soundtracks
Genre: Sports (Volleyball)
- Rating: M+
The title is dubbed a Sports Fantasy
Simulation and is made by Team Ninja who are responsible for the Dead or
Alive fighting games. The interesting thing about this title is that not
only is it a great volleyball game in itself, it goes the extra mile in
making you choose partners carefully when going to play volleyball. This
creates the need to build up relationships carefully as the girls don't all
get along and it is necessary to buy and give gifts to keep your chosen
partner happy in order to play better volleyball.
The sheer complexity of the title will
ensure that you will be playing this game for some time considering that in
buying gifts alone will take quite some time depending on what sort of
reaction you wish to get from the girl of your choice. The happier your
girl is, the better she will play volleyball with you, watching your back
and setting you up with some wonderful spiking opportunities.
I really loved how clever the
relationship side of the game was in that not only did you have to take
care of business on the court, you also had to make sure that your partner
was happy. To create confusion, try giving your opponents small gifts. The
cool thing is that you will get to see them wear them and it will create
dissension with the recipient and her partner. If you are going to try to
do this though, make sure that your own partner has more presents than
them. All the players feelings toward you are displayed on the screen and
are shown as a musical note that will tell you how they feel about you.
Another important part of the game is
that simply giving gifts, won't enable you to get the best partner either,
it's important to get a feel for who is best for you and how they interact
with you. It's the stuff off the court that will directly affect the game
so just be aware of it at all times. You will earn money to buy things for
the girls and yourself by completing tasks, gambling or winning volleyball
competitions. The better you win a game, the more you get which will make
it all the easier to keep your character in the style that I am sure that
she is accustomed to. Remember however that gambling costs money and you
could leave with less than you started with.
The quality of the title is evident as
soon as you turn on the game and the copyright warning message is over. The
introductory movie has to be seen to be believed and I can understand the
worried mothers who would have to have made comment that there is nothing
to do with volleyball there. Especially when we take a closer look at the
The casino is the place you can visit at
night when your day of playing volleyball or relaxing in front of the pool
are over. There are a number of games that can be played and you will
certainly enjoy them as they provide clues as to the natures of the girls
if you look closely enough. I won't give anything away other than to say,
if you go to the casino, put on your thinking cap.
The physics of this game will also
impress as much as the gorgeous ahem... scenery assaulting your senses.
Players both human and CPU controlled will follow the ball as it makes it
way through the air and both head and bodies move naturally as would a real
person. There is no awkwardness in the way they move, and it's all done
with such a natural looking grace that is magnificent to watch. Sand gets
scuffed around as players move and it is some of the best animation of a
controllable player I have seen for a long time. The ball moves around in
the air, just the way it should and considering that there are no prompts
to hit the ball, it's great to see that the collision detection between the
ball and players hands is accurate.
The soundtrack for this game is a lot of
fun as well adding to the general ambience and feel of the title. There's a
variety of sweet tunes to listen to, but the beauty of it is that if you
don't like what is offered, you can create your own custom soundtrack to
listen to by ripping cds off onto the XBox harddrive and selecting them
from there. It's a great touch and well done.
This game delivers everything it
promises and then so much more. A great game combined with some of the most
beautiful women ever to grace a video game. I highly recommend this title
as it is a shining example of what can be achieved with care and attention
to detail. Brilliant!
- Tory Favro
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