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  • Summary: Taking advantage of the superior technology of the new Xbox 360, Dead or Alive 4 raises the bar in both online and offline fighting. By utilizing the advanced technology of the new Xbox 360 hardware, Dead or Alive 4 redefines 3-D high definition graphics and sound, creating the most visuallyTaking advantage of the superior technology of the new Xbox 360, Dead or Alive 4 raises the bar in both online and offline fighting. By utilizing the advanced technology of the new Xbox 360 hardware, Dead or Alive 4 redefines 3-D high definition graphics and sound, creating the most visually beautiful and realistic looking video game to date. Unsurpassed online capabilities via Xbox Live, new interactive stages, an all star line-up of old and new favorite characters, and the most complex DOA countering system yet. [Tecmo] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 76
  2. Negative: 0 out of 76
  1. 100
    If looks could kill, DOA4 would be called Murderer's Row. This game is beautiful; even while you're beating the tar out of your opponent, you'll notice that your surroundings are among the finest you've seen in any fighting game... Hands down the best installment in the series. [Jan 2006, p.38]
  2. So, Dead or Alive 4 has it all: sexy looks, sexy women, sexy sound, sexy gameplay, sexy online play, sexy... you get the picture.
  3. Most definitely a game that carries the "easy to play, difficult to master" label, but is well worth mastering in the long run.
  4. Dead or Alive games used to be all about huge, bouncing breasts and overly simplistic, easy to pick up gameplay. No longer. DOA shall henceforth be known for huge, bounding breasts and a refined and deep fighting system.
  5. 85
    The legs are long, the sex is gratuitous, and the violence is very, very violent. DOA 4 is definitely firing on all pistons. Still, for a series with the word "alive" on the box cover, these characters all seem kind of plastic, hollow, heartless, and downright bloodless.
  6. The disturbing difference is the 360’s much-vaunted graphics. Hair tosses silkily; veins stand out muscularly; bosoms jounce, waft and settle gravity-defyingly.
  7. If you're planning on playing the single-player much, it's an abomination, and you shouldn't touch it with a bargepole; and on Xbox Live, it's simply so flawed as to be unplayable in anything other than a basic 1v1 lobby, which arguably makes it into a pretty poor investment unless you have a friends list teeming with people who want to play.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 56
  2. Negative: 12 out of 56
  1. NicholasS.
    Dec 30, 2005
    10
    Despite waiting and waiting for this game to be released. It is very good. I own an hdtv widescreen. The graphics are very crisp. The sound Despite waiting and waiting for this game to be released. It is very good. I own an hdtv widescreen. The graphics are very crisp. The sound is nice as well. The gameplay is perfect. Well excuted game. Expand
  2. AlexL.
    Feb 21, 2006
    10
    One of the best and most engaging fighters I've played to date. All of the negative reviews here clearly evince zero effort spent on One of the best and most engaging fighters I've played to date. All of the negative reviews here clearly evince zero effort spent on learning the game by the reviewers - picking up a controller and mashing buttons hoping to win in DOA4 as you can in other games will work exactly 0% of the time. Taking a few minutes in exercise mode with some characters will give you a basic handle on the game, and if you persist a bit and get the hang of it it's a tremendous amount of fun. Expand
  3. Feb 25, 2012
    10
    Wow, really surprise, this version of Dead or Alive is the better, the graphics are incredible, the story, the characters, all in DOA 4 isWow, really surprise, this version of Dead or Alive is the better, the graphics are incredible, the story, the characters, all in DOA 4 is fantastic. And the online is really amazing. I love it. Expand
  4. JoeyD.
    Jan 17, 2006
    9
    It's the fastest and best looking fighter out there. The counter system adds so much depth, and the stages and characters are great. It's the fastest and best looking fighter out there. The counter system adds so much depth, and the stages and characters are great. Plus the online mode means nearly infinite replay value. Don't listen to the haters who resent DOA (and proabably haven't even played this game). It may use sex to sell, but it has a deep, engaging combat system to back it up. Expand
  5. AnthonyV.
    Jun 9, 2006
    7
    The only way to appreciate this game and have legitimate fun with it is to invite people over your house and play it that way. And make sure The only way to appreciate this game and have legitimate fun with it is to invite people over your house and play it that way. And make sure you know how to actually play this game and make sure your friends do as well, otherwise your experience will be horribly uneven. This game is NOT friendly to newer players - seasoned vets can throw, counter, juggle, cancel, dodge and mega-combo their opponets into bloody oblivion and reduce newer players into whiny invalids like no other fighting game out there. Worse, the well-documented online problems are downright dealbreakers and the single-player Story Mode is an unbalanced, uneven nightmare with terrible AI and one of the most poorly-utilized and unapologetically CHEAP boss characters in videogame history second only to Tekken 5's Jinpachi Mishima. Consider yourself warned. Expand
  6. Jay
    Jan 3, 2006
    5
    The graphics are very good. The game play is not so good. All this game does is hit you with combos until you die. It either traps you The graphics are very good. The game play is not so good. All this game does is hit you with combos until you die. It either traps you against a wall or keeps you in the air until you are dead. No real style and if the game starts the combos thing, it's over. If you start get hit with combos, your character stops responding. No blocking , no hitting back, no moving, nothing. Oh... and the damage to your character (per punch) is much greater than the damage from your punch to the AI character. Big differnce. Once again Team Ninja has produce another pretty game that substitutes graphics and unreasonable difficulty (cheating in my book) for original gameplay. Expand
  7. BobX
    Dec 14, 2005
    0
    Basing my review of the glitchbox 360 title: dead or alive 4 off of the same technique gamepro did for their 100. I'm not playing theBasing my review of the glitchbox 360 title: dead or alive 4 off of the same technique gamepro did for their 100. I'm not playing the game and making it up(the game isn't finished and has been delayed 3 times now since gamepro put together their review). Looks like microsoft does't mind buying their reviews... Expand

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