• Publisher: Tecmo
  • Release Date: Nov 14, 2001
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  • Summary: Dead or Alive returns to take fighters to the next level. The third installment of the series features new characters, interactive environments, and all-new lighting effects. Explore the many expansive levels in single-player mode or battle against up to four players in multiplayer mode.Dead or Alive returns to take fighters to the next level. The third installment of the series features new characters, interactive environments, and all-new lighting effects. Explore the many expansive levels in single-player mode or battle against up to four players in multiplayer mode. The destructible environments, kinetic tag-battle feature, and all-new fighters make Dead or Alive 3 a worthy entry in the series. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  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. Official Xbox Magazine
    95
    Glorious looking, fast moving fighter with all the right moves. [Dec 2001]
  3. Game Informer
    93
    A masterpiece in both form and function. [Dec 2001, p.98]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Though the one-player mode can get a bit stale, it's saner than picking fights at the local Teamsters hall.
  7. The old adage "beauty is only skin deep" basically sums up Dead or Alive 3 rather nicely.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Jul 10, 2019
    10
    Still looks and plays good so many years later! The best fighter of it's time bar none. The game play does "easy to learn, tough to master"Still looks and plays good so many years later! The best fighter of it's time bar none. The game play does "easy to learn, tough to master" perfectly. There are a bunch of characters, each with their own distinct style and abilities, such as characters that are great at evasion, or characters that want to rush you down and stay in your face. There are many modes, such as survival, tag team, story and the funnest of all, multiplayer with friends. The fighting itself looks and plays like a dream, especially for a game that is a few console generations removed now. Expand
  2. TenshiK.
    Mar 17, 2002
    10
    This a great game, much than any other 2 on 2 game I played.
  3. BobB.
    Sep 19, 2003
    10
    Absolutely...the best fighting game!!!
  4. StealthK.
    Aug 16, 2002
    9
    This game is a lot of fun. A perfect game for Xbox. Fun gameplay good graphics and the girls...yeah.
  5. Sep 17, 2018
    9
    The last best Dead or Alive game in the series.

    The graphics looked amazing back in 2001 and still look good today. The music fits every
    The last best Dead or Alive game in the series.

    The graphics looked amazing back in 2001 and still look good today. The music fits every character to perfection. I'd love to own the soundtrack. The sound remains unchanged from Dead Or Alive 2 but more refined. The gameplay had a massive overhaul in terms of juggling, combos and damage balancing. It was the first fighting game to have destructible and interactive environments on a sixth generation console. The wall bounce mechanic was awesome and the hold system was improved to be more simplistic over Dead Or Alive 2's hold mechanics. The gameplay was fun on every mode. Three new characters are added: Hitomi, Christie and Brad Wong. Hitomi is a clone of Ein but also a student practising karate, Christie is a badass assassin and Brad Wong is a drunken master.

    The main flaws with the game are that it's too short and its lack of good unlockable content apart from Ein from Dead Or Alive 2 and costumes for every character. It's a chore unlocking all the costumes. This is what brings the game down in my opinion.

    If the game was released on PS2 rather than on the Original Xbox which it originally was a launch title for and give it the "Hardcore" treatment from Dead Or Alive 2, it would be the perfect fighting game or they could just it give the treatment on the Xbox.

    I recommend you play it.
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  6. Jan 31, 2018
    8
    Good fighter but being on xbox only hurt it... No one likes the dpad on the xbox controller for fighting games. You might be able to find aGood fighter but being on xbox only hurt it... No one likes the dpad on the xbox controller for fighting games. You might be able to find a decent controller for this game nowadays but at the time the d pad was too frustrating to use compared to DOA2HC's ps2 dpad.

    Fix that problem and this game would be a 9. You can get a device that lets you play on xbox with a ps2 controller which solves the problem entirely. Sadly it's 10 bucks.
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  7. ZackW.
    Jan 19, 2002
    4
    Dead or alive 3 is a great game. But not as good a said to be. Nothings really changed about it. Graphics are good. But some of the new Dead or alive 3 is a great game. But not as good a said to be. Nothings really changed about it. Graphics are good. But some of the new character designs make them look ugly.This game is pretty good. But I prefer doa2 hardcore for tons of costumes and more. Expand

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#3 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2001
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#7 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2001