• 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
  1. What DoA3 truly excels in is the variety of fighting styles and different moves.
  2. 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.
  3. The true King of Fighters, and it is a perfect showcase for what kind of games the Xbox is able to deliver.
  4. A masterpiece in both form and function. [Dec 2001, p.98]
  5. 100
    Minor audio issues aside, DoA3 nails its Xbox debut and firmly establishes itself as the best home console fighting game of 2001.
  6. 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.
  7. Graphics are great, not many complaints there - except the issue of clipping.
  8. 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."
  9. 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.
  10. It is gorgeous, full of different modes to play and things to unlock, and most important of all, fun to play and accessible.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. It's fast, it's deep, and it's so beautiful it almost hurts. [Jan 2002, p.33]
  14. Glorious looking, fast moving fighter with all the right moves. [Dec 2001]
  15. 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.
  16. A few secret characters, some more levels and a greater variety of techniques for each character would have made this an A+ title.

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