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Super Gamer Dude

Xbox 360


This review was written by user Butchdown and added here also by Mods, the reason being, this review is already on site under Dead or Alive 4 Classics, it is basically exactly the same game only with a different cover, hence we added this review here also.

Dead or Alive 4 seems and feels quite similar to its predecessors and pretty close to Dead or Alive Ultimate in its feature set; the gameplay hasn’t changed that much compared to previous versions. Fans of the series may find themselves using some of the same techniques and specials as they did in earlier versions. However, fans can also expect cracking new techniques with a number of returning characters, and enjoy new unique layouts and tweaks to the fighting engine. Moreover, DOA 4 boasts of having a more tactical, slicker, and totally better feel than the previous versions. The game also possesses a more dynamic and engaging action which is hardly present in fighting games nowadays. Indeed, the game puts forward some variety with a wide selection of characters equipped with tons of skills.

The core force behind Dead or Alive 4 is the bout between two fighters who want to defeat each other with a mix of punches, kicks, and throws. Tag-team matches are also present where you can switch between two characters but most often, it ends up into a one-on-one fight. But the best way to jumpstart you in Dead or Alive 4 is getting into the Story Mode, which I have to tell you, is not quite the story you expect. It just features a couple of inane exchanges with other fighters, and usually ends up in a deadly hardcore battle culminating in a kind of cutscene. However, some of the cutscenes are rather amusing and when you get to move further in the mode, you’d be able to unlock new characters and obtain various costumes for the characters as well. All in all, the Story mode offers some enticements and can be relatively fun.

There are other standard modes in the game as well. The Survival Mode is quite a kick-ass mode with endless arbitrary enemies thrown your way while playing. The mode does offer motivation in the form of unlockable goals that largely depend on the number of enemies you get to defeat in a row. There is also the Time Attack Mode which offers as much fun as the Survival Mode obviously for the same reasons; and the team battle mode if you want to try fighting with a variety of character combinations. The Versus Mode is where you can set up a custom match against a friend or the computer, while in the Sparring Mode, you get to learn the different moves of the characters; although it leaves a lot to be desired on integrating well with the complexities of the DOA 4 gameplay. The Online Mode is my personal choice for the best mode and just like in Dead or Alive Ultimate; it features an assortment of different online play variants which are all centered within the concept of virtual arcade. What’s quite brilliant about this mode is that you get to fight against 16 other players in a single lobby. I tell you, my mates and I had our thumbs so sore in just a single game. But one thing’s for sure; we had a great time with the Online Mode with hardly a lag, even with overseas opponents. Well there were a few lock-ups in between fights, which was also confirmed by other players, especially when trying the Xbox guide but it was so infrequent, (like maybe once in fifty matches) we barely noticed it and didn’t really affect our game. We can indeed conclusively say that we enjoyed online Dead or Alive 4 at its best.

Dead or Alive 4 also displays impressive visuals which are best viewed on High Definition. Characters are vibrantly detailed, environments are crafted well, and animations – including new ones – are realistically depicted, with smooth and crisp textures that all tote up to one spectacular and picturesque production. The game also features a great audio, so magnificently presented throughout the game despite its similarity to previous versions. The sound effects for the punches, kicks, throws, etc. are all very spot-on and quite plausible to listen to. The game also features the impressive use of surround sound that lends a sense of authenticity to the fight scenes. And even more interesting is the excellent soundtrack that perfectly fits distinct characters and action scenes. I have to add that I personally enjoy Aerosmith in the introductory cutscene of the game.

If you’re the type that goes for a kick-ass and spot-on fighting game, Dead or Alive 4 in Xbox 360 is positively for you. You get to sink in your teeth with a variety of powerful characters, great action, and even become addicted to its Online Mode. Let’s just say, you’ll have your hands full when you start playing Dead or Alive 4, as I and most of my mates have experienced. Dead or Alive 4 is utterly the fighting game to beat, as subsequent games for the Xbox console would most likely soon find out.

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Super Gamer Dude

PC Games


Age of Empires III: Complete Collection continues with the legacy set forth by the groundbreaking real-time strategy franchise.

The game continues the timeline used by the previous Age of Empires I and II. Having already campaigned through the dawn of civilization into the Roman Empire and later through the mid-evil times and the age of kings, Age of Empires III journeys through from the age of discovery to the age of imperialism. Included is the industrial revolution, the discovery of the new world, and the mass use of firearms.

The complete PC edition also includes the games two expansion packs: The War Chiefs and The Asian Dynasty’s. The War Chiefs expansion offers the use of Aztecs, Iroquois, and Sioux and includes the addition of new resources and home city options. India, China, and Japan were included on the Asian Dynasties expansion and the ability to export resources for cash and hire foreign troops as mercenaries. Also included is the ability to eventually build a wonder.

Just as the technology evolves through these ages of civilization, Ensemble Studios brought forth a stunning new graphics and physics engines. The details are beautifully at work amongst the explosions resulting from the new cannons and new musket fire. In addition, the game has a detailed naval element, which includes some beautiful water effects and an authentic shoreline that includes crashing wave display.

Age of Empires III sets itself apart from other real time strategy games through the implementation of the home city feature. As the player advances in a particular game, they gain experience points that can be applied to benefits offered from the home city. Players can select from a deck of cards, unique to each civilization that will send amounts of resources and other benefits from the home city to the colony. Home cities begin with 15 cards and can be expanded to 20, as players gain experience the benefits improve as well.

Multiplayer uses the ES Online interface where opponents can not only search for death match and supremacy game types based on home-city attributes, but also includes clan modes, strategy tips, and other community related techniques. Multiplayer games can become long as players must advance through the various ages, but Age of Empires does allow players to begin matches at more advanced time periods.

The entire game is based off of the discovery and colonization of the new world. Age of Empires III allows you to pick Spanish, British, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, German, and the Ottoman. Another interesting feature is the use of Native American tribes as mercenaries, players can elect to trade and hire with the indigenous civilizations. As typical with the Age of Empires franchise, the civilizations are based off of the villager units who gather resources and construct buildings. In previous games the villager would make a return trip back from the mines or forests they were gathering resources from, in Age of Empires III the resources are automatically accredited to the player.