Players: 1 to 4 Player Game | Genre: Sports
Release Date: 11/13/06
It’s no secret that Tecmo’s Dead or Alive series is one of the hottest commodities in gaming today. The series, created by Team Ninja under the direction of their fearless leader Tomonobu Itagaki, has sold millions of copies worldwide. While the reasons for this success may be debatable, one thing is certain; the team always manages to push console hardware to the very limits of its capabilities. With one Xbox 360 title under their belts already, Itagaki and crew are gearing up for another release on the console with their newest project Dead or Alive Xtreme 2.
This sequel to the Xbox hit DOAXBV has dropped the volleyball out of the name, but not out of the game. DOAX 2 will feature more games for you to play through using your favorite DOA girl. While it was shown only in video form, we were able to ascertain a few details about the game on our own. For one, the volleyball engine from the first game has been updated and remains a stand out feature in the game. However, you’ll be able to do plenty of other things when you get tired of all that serving and spiking.
The new modes of play in DOAX 2 include racing jet skis, a tug-of-war game where you attempt to pull your opponent into the water, a “hip wrestling” game where you and your adversary stand back to back and attempt to knock each other off of the floating raft using only your finely-rendered bottoms. In addition to these modes, a few of the classics are back as well with improvements. The funny hopping game is back and you can cash in your chips at Zack’s Casino which will now feature more popular casino games than before. There is also a gigantic water slide in the game, but we’re not sure how much control you have during this scene.
Visually the game is up to par with lofty Team Ninja standards. The character models are fantastic and retain the anime-style feel the series is famous for and the girls have been painstakingly animated to provide for some of the most fluid character motion ever created. The water effects and environments were looking great as well and we’re sure things are only going to get better.
The game is currently scheduled to come out this holiday season, so you’re just going to have to wait a while longer before you can get your hands on it. The developers have included more swimsuits and items for collection than last time which means you’ll have a lot of options when it comes to customizing your favorite girl’s look. It also means you’ll have plenty to keep you busy if you intend to get all the items in the game.