• 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: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Jun 28, 2021
    10
    This game is honestly still the very best dead or alive game even in 2022. I think the game does a perfect job from voice acting to theThis game is honestly still the very best dead or alive game even in 2022. I think the game does a perfect job from voice acting to the intense fast combat gameplay. Controls are super tight and well thought out. I disliked the mid kick forward counter mechanic that was introduced in dead or alive 4 and carried onto the new DOA games. The music, stages and characters are all superbly designed and added variety to the game. I think keeping all counters to the back and X buttons was good enough, no need to complicated the fighting mechanics of the game. I really hope we get a dead or alive 3 port to steam and current gen consoles. This game deserves to be played by more people. I think not enough people experienced the game to give it a fair rating. I think this game is a Must Play game and was way ahead of its time when it came out. PLEASE Remaster/remake DOA3!

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  2. EstefanoH.
    Nov 13, 2002
    10
    This game is perfect for play with varius friends.... It is better than virtual fighter 4 :)
  3. Mike
    May 28, 2004
    10
    Graphics that make other games feel shame.
  4. StephenS.
    Dec 30, 2001
    9
    The gameplay, graphics, and sound are aallwesome, but it does have one major flaw. The storyline isn't very deep. It'd be nice if The gameplay, graphics, and sound are aallwesome, but it does have one major flaw. The storyline isn't very deep. It'd be nice if you could learn a bit more about the characters. Expand
  5. Jul 12, 2019
    9
    An amazing game. Kasumi is pure gold. Hitomi could kick me in the face and I'd thank her.
  6. DavidM.
    Sep 14, 2003
    9
    This is a fine fighting game, and a great way to spend a beery evening with friends. Lush visuals and more options than anyone could handle This is a fine fighting game, and a great way to spend a beery evening with friends. Lush visuals and more options than anyone could handle give it longevity and a fantastic gaming experience. Expand
  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