August 4, 2018 at 7:24 AM #1032
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Fortune
Rating: 3.0 – Fair
Getting slightly sun burnt at the beach…
The Dead or Alive Xtreme series has been about the female characters of the Dead or Alive series being in under dressed clothing, with volleyball as a supplement. With that said however, the volleyball game play in the past have always been fun. Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Fortune still features fun volleyball game play, but the new installment is over bloated with unnecessary mini games that hinder the experience. Further the title feels like it has not progresses far enough to really warrant a purchase. While Xtreme 3 is certainly not a bad game, it is not quite up to part with its predecessors.
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Fortune features nine characters, with each character having a chance to stay on Zack Island. There they will vacation for 14 days, with a plethora of activities that can be undertaken. The mainstay is the volleyball, which features two versus two action. Other mini games are available, such as pool hopping, beach flags, butt battle, or rock climbing. Users can also just chill out and relax by the pool. With credits earned from winnings, users can spend that at the shop and buy new swim wear for instance.
When you first start the game, you will get paired with another partner who you can play various mini games with or partner up with you against two other opponents in volleyball. Each of the fourteen days is split into morning, afternoon and night, where an activity can occur for each time frame. For example, if you play tug of war three times in a day that day ends at the end of third activity. When you head back to the hotel, you are can also play in the casino, such as blackjack and poker.
The best aspect of the game is certainly the volleyball. The two on two action feels fluid and game play flows. As a player during a volleyball match, you can serve the ball, setup a team member, spike the ball, or block a counter. The serving mechanics feel pretty solid, especially with a well timed serve that nets you added technique credits. The back and forth action at times can get quite fun, where you can dig out a tough counter by an opponent to a well placed spike that leaves your opponent on the ground. Blocking your opponents spike also requires good timing, which adds to the overall experience. The only gripe I really have about the volleyball mechanics is that it is relatively easy to beat the AI.
The biggest downfall of the game is the unnecessary mini games that make the game feel bloated. These include tug of war or butt battles over the pool, where the loser is drenched in water. In these mini games, it usually revolves around well timed counters. For example in tug of war if your opponent tugs, while you let loose on the rope, it will leave your opponent off balance and fall backwards. Additionally, there is rock climbing, which is done through pressing buttons that match what shows up on the screen. There is also beach flags, where users mash a button to sprint then dive for a flag. All of these mini games are trivial and are a detriment to the overall experience.
Like previous games, players can also give gifts and receive gifts to other participants on the island. This is usually to try to court those characters, though when I was Ayane no matter how many gifts I gave Kasumi, I could not get her to be my partner. The game also features a decent amount of costumes for players to buy. This is where most of the credits won during volleyball matches and mini games goes toward.
Dead of Alive Xtreme 3 Fortune has some pretty graphics. Some of those backgrounds during volleyball matches are gorgeous. It feels like you are actually on a tropical island. The action also flows smoothly. There are a few hiccups however. Most of this revolves around a character’s hair, which looked weird and awkward. The musical soundtrack is also solid. Some of the songs felt relaxing and fitting of the atmosphere of the game. The voice acting while in Japanese felt solid, though it is hard to tell I must admit.
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 is a decent third installment in the series. Most of the fun was with the volleyball matches, but the lack of significant improvement gave a been there, done that feeling. To top that off, the mini games in this installment felt trivial and was a chore to play. If this was a discounted title, then I would definitely say it is worth a try. However, since I had to pay a bit of a premium price due to this game not being released in the United States, I must say I was disappointed given the price tag.
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