Fighter craze: DOA Dimensions review

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Jul 9, 2011
  1. chris888222
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    I just did a Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition review the day before; to continue the fighter saga, let me now conclude it with a <b>Dead or Alive: Dimensions</b> (Nintendo 3DS) review.

    Due to time constrains, I'm only using photos from the web. All rights go to their respective owners.

    <div align='center'>[tnw=450]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a-NAT5vvQEk/TgiXhbEZE9I/AAAAAAAAAOA/Hu9M08jBpPI/s1600/Dead_or_Alive_Dimensions_cover.jpg[/tnw]</div>

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    <p align=" " class="none">
    When I first got this game, my gamestore asked me, 'why get this when you already have a Street Fighter?'

    Well, let me start it off quick. Dead or Alive: Dimensions is a 3D fighter. <i>Not because it is on the 3DS</i>, but a fighter game which is <b>played over a massive 3D environment</b>. When the opponent falls into the abyss, they take damage, and the battle simply continues there. When you get pushed down a bridge and end up in a shallow lake, you'll take damage and the battle continues. It is not a classic fighter you know from Street Fighter, but more of a fighter fighting over vivid locations. </p>

    Here are some screenshots to tell you what I actually mean:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Before I move on, here's a trailer:
    [youtube]NDwSDsesTMQ[/youtube]

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    <div align='center'><img src="http://admintell.napco.com/ee/images/uploads/gamertell/dead-or-alive-dimensions_thumb.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" /></div>

    <p align=" " class="none">You'll be expecting a lot from DOA: Dimensions. It was actually supposed to be a launch title, but because of the March 11 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami, this game was postponed till May. I suppose it's blessing in disguise (for this game), as it gives the devs a little more time to polish on content. When you boot up the game, the upper screen will show some battle locations and will react when you tilt your 3DS, pretty sweet feature showing the 3DS's 6-axis motion.

    You will have the various battle stuff. Chronicle, Arcade, Versus, Training, Throwdown...
    Chronicle is basically Story Mode, and helps you unlock more characters as you go by. However, Chronicle is a little disappointing to me, as you can do nothing while you look at those characters speak. You can only participate when a battle is being engaged. Unlocking characters is kinda fun though, there are 25 characters (actually 26, the last one is a secret character) in this game, many waiting for you to unlock. My personal favorite is Hayabusa, as he has the air launcher move or whatever you call it. <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/happy.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="^_^" border="0" alt="happy.gif" />

    Arcade? You will keep fighting with many different opponents consecutively. I used to encounter some glitch when I first bought this game, and that is Arcade mode is endless. You will keep on fighting and fighting, even with the opponents you have already fought (until you lose at least). Now, the battles will stop after a certain number. I don't really know what solved this (maybe bundled with the SpotPass updates?), but at least no such glitch anymore.

    Versus, my personal favorite mode. Over here you can challenge many opponents continuously, often the last one being a 'boss' or a tougher opponent. You will start off easy, but soon it gets tougher and tougher.

    Training... Nothing much to say. It is you VS comp. You can practice your combos here.

    Throwdown is basically battles you get via StreetPass or SpotPass. This is a neat feature to see if your skills are comparable with many other players as you can actually fight with them, however once you fought the data will be erased. What a bummer, but at least this feature is cool.

    I may miss out on some features, but these are the main ones you'll look out for.
    </p>

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    DOA has always been known for their <strike>hot mudabitches</strike> fabulous characters, and in this ultimate 3DS franchise you have 25 characters to choose from:

    <img src="http://static.3dsconnect.com/2011/02/Dead-or-Alive-Dimensions-character-selection.png" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    Many are actually locked. You can unlock them by playing Chronicle or Arcade.
    And no, even if you see Hayabusa with a sword or whatever katana, you can't use them.

    Into the actual thing, you will be fighting on a 3D plane. Button controls are slightly restricted unlike Street Fighter, A to kick, X to Punch, Y to block, B to throw. L and R for different stuff. You won't be seeing any Street Fighter-like hadokens here too.

    But what is so cool about DOA Dimensions (and in fact every DOA franchise) is the <b>wide variety of combos you can execute</b> by all these button mashing. Counterattacking is also there, and it's really fun. But what is even better is that since this game is a 3D fighter, <b>you can actually execute damage to your opponents (or to yourself if you want to commit suicide) using the environment!</b> What do I mean? You can kick your opponent off a building, and she smashes through the glass ceiling and lands on the red carpet, and your opponent will sustain heavy damage.

    In case you still don't get it, this is what I meant:
    <img src="http://nintendocharged.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/dead-or-alive-dimensions-3.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    If you are worried that you can't perform the combos as you are not good in mashing buttons, fret not. Like SSFIV 3D, this game also features touch screen controls. You can easily execute killer combos in a snap. Haha, counted as cheating I suppose?

    [tnw=500]http://3dstribe.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Dead-or-Alive-Dimensions-586x390.png[/tnw] </p>

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    <p align=" " class="none">Let me interrupt. Ahem. DOA is famous for their characters and their girls. To me, it isn't porn at all. Yup, it may feel very awkward at first looking at 3D booties but seriously, it's no porn. Characters are fully clothed, even if they're not the sensitive parts are covered.</p>

    Example:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    <p align=" " class="none">Also, this game is rated Teen in America (and Europe if I'm correct). If you really want to buy this (and you're a 10 year old), then buy at your own risk. It is clearly stated. </p>

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    DOA Dimensions is a 3D fighter, surely it would portray vivid and lifelike backgrounds, won't it? Even first time on a Nintendo console?

    In 2D, I would say, the graphics of this game are <b>simply fantastic</b>. It just feels so fresh, and vivid. It's also very very smooth, no glitches and framerate issues. Every detail of the environment can really be seen.

    Tecmo Koei's leader has said before in the 3DS expo that 3D is used to 'show how high a mountain is' and more realism. Meaning, more depth. The depth is really noticeably better I must say, but the framerate will suffer from a obvious cut (from 60fps to 30fps). It is really obvious. The colors are still vivid but the gameplay doesn't seem as smooth anymore. Hence, 3D isn't really recommended. However, for some characters when they win, they will do some pose and sometimes in 3D, they will pop out of the screen. Example, Kasumi's hand when she win will be stretched out. And not just stretched out, stretched out <i>of the screen</i>. This is one of the only games I see which offers popping out 3D. </p>

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    <p align=" " class="none">DOA Dimensions has full SpotPass and StreetPass support. Which I really like. Tecmo Koei is very very diligent when it comes to their games, and they constantly use the SpotPass feature to give characters additional clothes. Some of which are really cool. Not only that, they might even send Throwdowns (a StreetPass feature) for you to fight with!

    It also has a 3D photo album. It is similar to AR if you'd ask me, cuz the only difference is that your character will be in a DOA background instead of real life, hence not reality. But the features seem very similar. You can collect figures via Arcade or Versus and maybe even Throwdowns. And with these features you can make your character appear in a background. </p>

    Here are some examples:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    <p align=" " class="none">You can save these pictures up, and view them anytime in the 3DS Camera application. Sweet!

    DOA Dimensions is also one of the only games on the 3DS to feature <b>Japanese Dubs</b>. Man, I love this!

    Finally, DOA also features online and local play. There have been complaints that the online is a little laggy compared to SSFIV, but based on first try I face not much problems with it. Remember, connection plays a huge role in online play. There is no download play in Dimensions though, hence your buddy must also own the game in order for local wireless. </p>

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    <div align='center'><img src="http://images.lazygamer.net/2011/05/DOAHeader.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" /></div>
    <div align='center'><i>Sorry lazygamer, I just love your image too much.</i></div>

    <p align=" " class="none">DOA Dimensions is an awfully solid choice, no matter for the casual or the hardcore. It has everything you can expect and it is very fun. Graphics are magnificent and simply astounding, sound quality is also fine.

    However, many have thought that this game is 3D porn. It's not!

    The only downside I find to this wonderful game is the Chronicle. If it were to add more participation (you can play more of it apart from just looking), that would make the game even better.

    If you are just not used to the 3D fighting environment, then I'd suggest <b><a href="http://gbatemp.net/t300550-axew-fan-s-super-street-fighter-iv-3d-edition-review" target="_blank">Super Street Fighter: 3D Edition</a></b>, it has features which are similar to DOA, and it's a single plane classic. </p>

    <b>Overall rating for Dead or Alive Dimensions: 9/10</b>
     
  2. Langin

    Member Langin GBAtemp's kpop addict

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    It's 26 characters not 25

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    Also nice review guy! [​IMG]
     
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    Nice review, although I think your Mercenaries review was a bit better. You could've said more about the throwdown feature and that it's possible to unlock "gifts" for 10 play coins (which can be costumes, figurines or new characters if they weren't unlocked). It also seems like you forgot about the "Tag Challenge" mode.

    I have a (small) correction. You say that:
    That's not true (unless the game has been updated, which I doubt), you can view your photos only inside the "3D Camera Album" (can't remember the exact name) mode of the game. However, there is a photo decrypter command line utility (win/linux/mac), which decrypts the pictures and saves them as TGA images. Those images can then be converted to MPO-files using StereoPhoto Maker to view them in the normal 3DS camera application.

    You don't have to press all buttons.
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    I believe there are a least 3 characters that can do "hadokens".

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Side note: Does anyone know how to use that 26 character correctly?
     
  5. chris888222
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    Tonight I'll correct any errors. [​IMG]

    And 26? Really? I checked online and they said 25. No time to check myself though.
     
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    Takeshi, I have forgotten the button combo's and was too lazy to search for those. [​IMG]
     

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