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Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 Member Review for the Xbox360

By:
Ivory_Soul
04/12/10
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Sports 
PLAYERS  
PUBLISHER Tecmo 
DEVELOPER Team Ninja 
RELEASE DATE  
M Contains Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Simulated Gambling

What do these ratings mean?

The Good: Super sexy, good visuals, fun mini-games

The Bad: Very hard to make friends, terrible English voices, extremely simple

I don’t mind sexually driven games, but I like them to be good and done right. Xtreme 2 is the sequel to Xtreme Beach Volleyball for the original Xbox. Everything is in tact, with a few additions. The consists of 6 mini-games, and 5 casino games, but that's not enough to save this simple minded game.

The whole point of the game is to play mini-games with other DoA ladies and earn their trust and friendship and this is harder than it seems. The game plays similar to a Japanese dating sim game, and it can take forever to buy a lot of the items, and learn how to become friends with these lovely ladies. You have to figure out what each lady likes, loves, and hates and send them gifts accordingly. All you get is a visual guide for each lady with pictures of what they like, but this doesn’t help much. After you spend a whole two weeks at New Zack Island you pretty much give up trying to gain trust and friendship since it’s so hard to figure out without some in depth guide. After a tries you end up just playing the mini-games and ogling the scantily clad women lying around, and even dancing.

The mini-games are the most fun of the game with pool hopping, flag running, beach volleyball, jet skiing, and water sliding. Pool hopping consists of pressing the buttons according to what is shown on the floaties. This game tends to be very hard since it requires precise timing. Flag running is pretty simple, but the best game is probably volleyball. It has tight mechanics and controls and can be a blast to play. Jet skiing is very mundane since it's the same track over and over again, however, the water effects are nice and doing tricks on the ski can be fun. Water sliding is the hardest game of them all since it's so hard to stay on the slide and after you fall off you don't get another try. After you earn enough money from playing mini-games you can purchase a camera and take sexy photos of the ladies, and view them later in your album.

The casino is the second major part of the game that lets you really earn some bucks. All the games are pretty self explanatory, roulette tends to be the most intense, but you can lose all your money in one go if you're not careful so watch how you spend your money. The casino is all in 3D so it's nice to view, but I wish you could walk around in it and see all your DoA lady friends playing in there as well. When you earn enough money you can go buy stuff at the store to give your lady friends or yourself.

The game really has no purpose except to ogle your favorite DoA girls and trying to buy the skimpiest bikini for them. The graphics are great and everything jiggles in all the right places. The audio is pretty mundane with Japanese audio tracks to cover the horrible English voice actresses. The game isn’t serious, but it could be so much more, and I just hope DoA Xtreme 3 becomes more deep and involved. I just wish there would have been more interaction, and all the load times don't help either. The game is just to hard to figure out with the whole dating sim thing going on so just sit back and enjoy the women and mini-games. The game will make you choke your chicken for sure, so DoA fan boys (girls?) should pick this game up and enjoy it’s simplicity.


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