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 Post subject: Dead Or Alive Xtreme 2 |4/10| XBox 360
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:25 am 
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Dead Or Alive Xtreme 2 (DOAX2 - they dropped the 'Volleyball' from the title, in more ways than one) for the Xbox 360 is the follow up title to Dead Or Alive Xtreme Volleyball (DOAX1) for the original Xbox. It is another title in the Dead Or Alive series which includes the Dead Or Alive fighting games (of which there are currently four), and the Ninja Gaiden platform games. The game is a creation of Tomonobu Itagaki who created the series characters, and leads the Team Ninja development team at Tecmo (the publisher).


That pretty much sums up my feelings about this game.

I don't usually write reviews, but I felt I had to say my bit on this title.

It is a very pretty game.
I'll give it that, but little else.

Let's see... we have the new eye candy mini games.
Neato if you love button mashing madness.
Personally, I gave up those kind of games with Track and Field for the NES.

They also fixed the volleyball game too.
Never any good when they fix that wasn't broken.
Now it's very difficult to win a match.
The computer cheats and your AI partner is really stupid.
Frustration is hardly a game enhancement.

We have the new Jet Ski race.
Big yay there.
It's an entertaining diversion, but nothing overly special.
Got old for me quick.
But it's better than the volleyball.

The new casino games are ok. Dead Or Alive Xtreme 2 introduces roulette, poker, and blackjack. The slot machines also return. I actually spent more time playing in the casino than anything else.

We have ONLINE multiplayer now!
Woo Hoo!
Now you don't have to worry about making real friends and inviting them over! You can just play with whatever random person is out there on the net.

We have online multiplayer at the expense of the offline two player game.

That pretty much kills the game for me.

One of the biggest components of this game and the previous title is going about gathering all of the bathing suits and other goodies for the various characters in the game. (Basically, you earn cash to buy clothes. All the games are just ways to earn cash. Face it fellas, now it's nothing but a glorified Barbie dress up game!)

With the old game, whenever a friend came over to play a two player volley ball match, you could show off the various outfits you had acquired, make inappropriate comments about the ladies, whine about losing because of the control scheme, and enjoy your company in general.

With the Dead Or Alive Xtreme 2, there is no offline multiplayer game. No local two player mode. I guess the people who made this game figured that the players who would play it didn't get out enough to know any people in person, and those they did know they only talked to over a crackling headset.

Well, that wasn't the case with me and my friends.
Between rounds of Halo and Soul Calibur we'd pop in the first Dead Or Alive Xtreme game for a change of pace and everyone liked it.

That was the part of the game I really liked:
The social aspect.

That made me want to collect all the different outfits and items so I could show them off, and hear my buds comment on them. It gave me a reason keep playing the single player mode (which in no way had an elaborate storyline). And I enjoyed it. I really did.

Dead Or Alive Xtreme Volleyball was a gem.

And while Dead Or Alive Xtreme 2 has a pretty face, there is nothing shining behind the eyes.

All in all, even with the online bit, you are still alone, just playing with yourself.

Review Updates
Well, I have to say now, the online multiplayer part of this game really is a waste. Not because I don't like it, but becuase hardly anyone is playing it online. Over the past week I've only caught <b>two</b> other people playing the game online during the times I went looking for other players. I guess you really do have to play this game by yourself. Better grab a few rolls of paper towels and a tub of Vaseline; it might take a while for you to get your money's worth of enjoyment out of this game.

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