• Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Feb 8, 2005
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 27 Ratings

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  • Summary: Namco extends its popular Tekken franchise by focusing on the voluptuous operative, Nina Williams, as she confronts demons from her dark past in order to carry out a perilous mission. Dispatched to investigate the whereabouts of a stolen high-tech weapon, Nina must infiltrate a shadowyNamco extends its popular Tekken franchise by focusing on the voluptuous operative, Nina Williams, as she confronts demons from her dark past in order to carry out a perilous mission. Dispatched to investigate the whereabouts of a stolen high-tech weapon, Nina must infiltrate a shadowy organization and reveal a conspiracy on a global scale. Death By Degrees blends a unique mixture of combat and adventure. Beautifully rendered environments set the stage for game play, including combat in a weapons research facility, a cryptic prison and a level onboard a luxury cruise ship. An intriguing storyline with challenging scenarios, recognizable characters and interesting character development will allow players of all skill levels to grasp Death by Degrees game play mechanics and participate in over-the-top, fast-paced action combat. Surrounded? An intuitive control system offers hundreds of possible attacks in all directions using both analog sticks. The game offers cutting edge action, featuring fighting techniques at speeds similar to that seen in action films. Use an on-screen "X-ray scan" to target the weak points of an enemy's body such as bones and internal organs to inflict massive damage. Sneak up behind enemies, use evasion maneuvers, and put unsuspecting guards out with sleeper holds. Fans will recognize Nina's Tekken moves including Evil Mist, attacks, throws and submission techniques. Master a nearly unlimited combination range of acrobatics, throws, grappling techniques, hand-to-hand weapons (including katanas and tonfa), and firearms. [Namco] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 45
  2. Negative: 18 out of 45
  1. Play Magazine
    88
    Filled with enough espionage, illegal arms trade, intrigue and terrorist activity to make James Bond run for cover. [Feb 2005, p.63]
  2. 65
    Challenging and simple, Death by Degrees is loaded with quirks to keep it going despite the annoying camera and mediocre graphics. Nina is quite the addiction.
  3. With a camera that's less wieldy than a shaken pop bottle, Death by Degrees leaves the player with few reasons to return for more. The gameplay nearly redefines the word repetition.
  4. 45
    There’s nothing done well here that wasn’t already done in the Force modes, which is quite sad.
  5. A mindless brawler with shoddy control... An interesting experiment with the Tekken franchise. Too bad it plays like a train wreck.
  6. games(TM)
    20
    It’s an unparalleled mess of a game that manages top bore and anger in equal measure, exhibiting the occasional glimmer of a good idea only to snatch it away and laugh in your face. [Apr 2005, p.116]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. JackT.
    Sep 17, 2006
    10
    Cool game. A must have for Nina fans.
  2. PedroG.
    Sep 17, 2006
    10
    Great game. I'm glad that I bought his game.
  3. Sep 23, 2018
    10
    Death By Degrees is such an underrated game.
    It has it's flaws yes, such as long loading times and sometimes bad camera angle, but the
    Death By Degrees is such an underrated game.
    It has it's flaws yes, such as long loading times and sometimes bad camera angle, but the gameplay once mastered is a ton of fun. Tekken's Nina fans will love it and others should give it a chance too. It's a game that could have had a lot of potential.
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  4. NintendoPSBox
    Mar 19, 2005
    7
    It's a decent enough game with good graphics, but the gameplay dosen't quite match up.
  5. Jun 24, 2014
    3
    To be blunt - Death by Degrees is a badly designed piece of **** A third person brawler wanting to be Resident evil AND Metal Gear Solid atTo be blunt - Death by Degrees is a badly designed piece of **** A third person brawler wanting to be Resident evil AND Metal Gear Solid at the same time, except the camera and controls are so bad they do nothing but hinder the player and make certain actions difficult or impossible. There's a good game in here somewhere; likely the removal of the ridiculous thumbstick-controlled directional combat would improve matters no end, but then there's the obnoxious load-times that appear every. single. time. you open a door, select your menu, or do anything. Crap, crap, crap. Expand
  6. Apr 5, 2017
    1
    Nina est belle et elle est blonde ! il y a de jolies cinématiques avec Nina ! et... quoi ? un jeu ? non j'ai pas vu de jeu. C'était une sorteNina est belle et elle est blonde ! il y a de jolies cinématiques avec Nina ! et... quoi ? un jeu ? non j'ai pas vu de jeu. C'était une sorte de truc euh un machin dont la tentative d'interactivité est déficiente. Pauvre Nina. Les blondes ne devraient pas faire de jeux vidéo. Retourne repasser, bordel ! Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Feb 10, 2005
    0
    Awful game, I'd rather get herpies than play this crap.

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Awards & Rankings

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#65 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005