Dead or Alive 3 Xbox

  • Publisher: Tecmo
  • Release Date: Nov 14, 2001

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
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  1. 100
    There's not a lot holding DOA3 back from becoming X-Box Game of the Year: it's that good. Every time you pop this disc in you're instantly amazed by the leaps and bounds that the X-Box engine has achieved.
  2. 100
    Minor audio issues aside, DoA3 nails its Xbox debut and firmly establishes itself as the best home console fighting game of 2001.
  3. Next Generation Magazine
    It's fast, it's deep, and it's so beautiful it almost hurts. [Jan 2002, p.33]
  4. It is gorgeous, full of different modes to play and things to unlock, and most important of all, fun to play and accessible.
  5. Official Xbox Magazine
    Glorious looking, fast moving fighter with all the right moves. [Dec 2001]
  6. 94
    But the team didn't stop setting standards in just the graphics as they combined this level of visual quality with subtle but innovative 3D gameplay mechanics incorporating a new standard of strategy never experienced in a 3D fighting game before.
  7. What DoA3 truly excels in is the variety of fighting styles and different moves.
  8. But it offers a unique, stylish, and realistic experience, and playing... fighting... exhilarates me. For those whose hearts long to battle, this game strikes to the core.
  9. Game Informer
    A masterpiece in both form and function. [Dec 2001, p.98]
  10. The true King of Fighters, and it is a perfect showcase for what kind of games the Xbox is able to deliver.
  11. A few secret characters, some more levels and a greater variety of techniques for each character would have made this an A+ title.
  12. Because Dead or Alive 3 utilizes nearly all the controls on the Xbox controller and does it with such ease, that alone is an incredible achievement.
  13. Graphics are great, not many complaints there - except the issue of clipping.
  14. A finely honed beat-'em-up that reveals an exceptional amount of depth after prolonged play. Sadly, however, even the most ardent Xbox fans in the office struggled to argue that this is anything more than "DOA2" with big brass knobs on.
  15. Is it the best fighter ever? No, but hey, it's light years better than "Tekken Tag" and a hell of a lot more fun than "Virtua Fighter 3."
  16. I wish its storylines were more compelling, but since it has beautiful graphics, easy controls and decent sound, I guess three out of four isn't bad.
  17. Believe it or not, the water in DoA3 is more realistic than the water in "Wave Race: Blue Storm."
  18. It won't win any medals for a perfectly balanced cast or an innovative control scheme, and it certainly won't be a tourney fighter, but it's still one of those games that you and your friends can play for hours.
  19. Arguably one of the best fighters to have been created. Its graphics are unparalleled and the character models are detailed and life-like.
  20. This is a great game to have for people who want to get friends interested in fighting games, and is a fun party game in its own right.
  21. A perfect game for "guy's night" at home.
  22. Behind all of the surface gloss is a very shallow game that will disappoint fighting fans, there isn't a lot to go back to once you've completed it and the end feeling is slightly cheap.
  23. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Just a prettier version of the last game, "DOA2: Hardcore." [Jan 2002, p.223]
  24. 80
    One major failing -- its gameplay lacks the depth and innovation it needs to differentiate itself from its famous predecessor. Don't get me wrong, it's not that it's a poor game -- on the contrary, it's very fun while you try out all the characters and absorb all the pretty visuals.
  25. Unsuitable however, is the camera angle used to fight bossman 'Ganryu'. It looks great to watch, but to control your character from the back is immensely frustrating, especially when the boss character is cheaper than a tupenny whore.
  26. Though the one-player mode can get a bit stale, it's saner than picking fights at the local Teamsters hall.
  27. 80
    Unfortunately, aside from slight interludes and fantastic-looking, if generally pointless, prerendered end movies, any actual meaningful bits of plot are almost nonexistent for most of the characters...[yet] one of the greatest fighting games ever made.
  28. Looks absolutely stunning. It's the best-looking home fighting game ever released...Once you get past its graphics--and you will--you'll find that DOA3 doesn't offer much of anything that hasn't been done in other 3D fighting games.
  29. While the graphics are certainly a feat, they alone can't make the game worth playing.
  30. Whether you're a pubescent teenager, who likes to get cheap peep shows from games, an Xbox gamer looking for something new to play, or a DOA fan, there are better choices out there but none quite like Dead or Alive 3.
  31. The whole game makes as much sense as watching an episode of "Twin Peaks" backwards. But it looks a helluva lot better.

Awards & Rankings

#3 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2001
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. RudyT.
    May 9, 2005
    This is a true masterpiece in the fighting genre. The graphics are incredible, the environments are detailed. It rocks! The gameplay at heart This is a true masterpiece in the fighting genre. The graphics are incredible, the environments are detailed. It rocks! The gameplay at heart is responsive and works to the player's advantage. The selection of characters is varied and all of them are detailed. I would reccomend buying the Platinum Hit for $20. With environments you can interact with, it's a great purchase. Full Review »
  2. GameBreaker
    Jul 25, 2004
    This game is still the best fighter on any system and it is 2 1/2 years old. Tekken and Soul Caliber come close but the lack of realistic This game is still the best fighter on any system and it is 2 1/2 years old. Tekken and Soul Caliber come close but the lack of realistic backgrounds and first generation PS2 graphics are not acceptable. This game is a lot easier to play with the original controller than the S-controller because of the different d-pad designs. Wish I could find the booster disc from 2 years ago though for more costumes and movies. Oh well, Tecmo said Ulimate will come with DOA 1 with it's original engine, DOA 2 with the updated DOA 3 engine and the booster disc extras from 2 years ago. Finally, all DOA's on one system and DOA 4 next year, probably on XBOX 2. Officially can't wait! Full Review »
  3. Mike
    May 28, 2004
    Graphics that make other games feel shame.