• Publisher: Tecmo
  • Release Date: Dec 29, 2005
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 253 Ratings

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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
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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: 41 out of 67
  2. Negative: 14 out of 67
  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. SpencerH.
    Mar 7, 2006
    10
    The best D.O.A. yet and a really well rounded fighting game for those of you who like to kick some butt.
  3. Nov 16, 2021
    10
    it's an option if you have an Xbox, a great fighting game.
    It's a challenge that you have to train enough to beat or maybe try your luck XD.
  4. JustinK.
    Jan 21, 2006
    9
    Well, Goss, maybe you should play the game before you give it a really bad review. Lets go over the facts: the dea dor alive fighting Well, Goss, maybe you should play the game before you give it a really bad review. Lets go over the facts: the dea dor alive fighting mechanics have always been better than tekkens, and soul calibur has gone to S***, soul calibur 3 was a pretty big disappointment. So i believe that makes dead or alive 4 fighting game of the year. Expand
  5. Mar 5, 2018
    7
    Good fighting game. Pretty tough at times. It has a deep and engaging fighting system. You can jump right in and play, but this game isGood fighting game. Pretty tough at times. It has a deep and engaging fighting system. You can jump right in and play, but this game is difficult to master. The battles are finished quickly, though. You can't help but notice how good the environments look, certainly impressive for the time that it released! It definitely still holds up today. Expand
  6. KelR.
    Jan 9, 2006
    5
    This game is way over-rated, it was barely better than DOA3, just because of online multiplayer. How about those crazy endings to each This game is way over-rated, it was barely better than DOA3, just because of online multiplayer. How about those crazy endings to each fighter? they were obviously made for the japanese because they made no sense and were cheesy. I need more in a game than big bouncy breasts... I also agree with brandon that the countering system was damn near impossible. Yet, what takes the cake is the pitiful ending character. This game is weak, and yes I did beat it in about a day. 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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