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Dead or Alive Online Announced

CmdrTaco posted more than 11 years ago | from the what-would-that-be-like dept.

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Tim Grube writes "Gaming Horizon is running a story revealing Dead or Alive Online for the Microsoft Xbox. An anthology is planned, and the original graphics for Dead or Alive will stay as if it was being played on the Saturn, plus DoA 2 will contain improved graphics." Of course, half the fun of DoA is getting my ass kicked by my Lei Fang wielding wife, but I guess then, she could kick my ass when I'm out of town on business too.

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yeah (1)

toddhunter (659837) | more than 11 years ago | (#5907486)

and I bet the original price tag stays with the original graphics too

Why (1, Insightful)

Iammadmak (460794) | more than 11 years ago | (#5907520)

Couldn't they just make DOA3 online instead of milking the old games for all they're worth?

Odd Choice For Tecmo (5, Interesting)

Babbster (107076) | more than 11 years ago | (#5907550)

I've really got to question Tecmo's wisdom in choosing DOA1 and DOA2 to receive the Xbox Live treatment. On the one hand, I really enjoyed DOA2 (missed the first one) and this could provide some limited enjoyment with the enhanced graphics, but on the other hand if I'm already a bit sick of even DOA3 why would I play the previous version, even online?

It's even more odd that Tecmo would go in this direction considering the fact that Itagaki's (Team Ninja's head honcho) preference for the Xbox is based on the technical superiority of that system over the PS2 and Gamecube, which superiority they've used to great effect with Dead or Alive 3 and Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball (whatever you think of the latter as a game, in graphical terms it's friggin' beautiful). Going backwards and trying to get extra life out of old games/engines seems like the last thing someone so concerned about system specs would want to do.

I have no doubt that these two games will be as good as the games were originally, and maybe even better graphically. And, yes, the online component is interesting and could attract people who haven't played the games before. But the positives of online play seem to me outweighed (especially in terms of the wider market, as opposed to DOA fans) by the fact that DOA and DOA2 are now, by video game standards, ancient.

Speaking as an owner of an Xbox, DOA3 and DOA:XBV - and someone who enjoys all three - there's no way I'll buy this package unless they've improved the DOA2 engine to such a degree that it matches up with DOA3 (and if they had, wouldn't they just make it DOA3 online?). Even then, and even with online play, it'll still have a hard time getting more than 25 of my gaming dollars when Soulcalibur 2 - a game whose import version has already met with critical and gamer acclaim - is right around the corner.

hrm (4, Interesting)

rhuntley12 (621658) | more than 11 years ago | (#5907796)

Hopefully if they do this right, they'll only charge like 20$ for these, and wont spend much time on it. Maybe just a cheap item to keep people busy until their next titles. Really hope they don't spend a whole lot of time on this, people really want DOA4, Code Cronus, and Ninja Gaiden out, and well some info atleast on first two. Although I did REALLY love DOA2, man I played the hell out of that on DC

More DoA News (2, Insightful)

syr (647840) | more than 11 years ago | (#5908000)

Lots of DoA news has been hitting the Internet recently. The next week should see even more information on the online version. Over at GameTab news you can see a listing [] of all related news postings from around the net.

Huh? (-1, Offtopic)

bellings (137948) | more than 11 years ago | (#5908022)

Could someone explain this article to me, using some type of readable english?

What the hell is Dead or Alive, how does someone wield a Lei Fang, and what does it mean for "graphics to stay as if it were being played on the Saturn?" Actually, if someone could just tell me what "the Saturn" is, I'd probably be a happy camper.

On second thought, could someone just tell me what CmdrTaco does for a living? What company does he work for now? In today's difficult economy, I think it's great that he found a new job working for a succesful company that can afford to send him on frequent business trips without the stockholders threatening to sue the board of directors for gross mismanagement.

Not to be a jerk.... (1)

Sevn (12012) | more than 11 years ago | (#5908235)

But I think it's great you got married. It's a
great accomplishment. I enjoyed marriage so much
I've done it three times. I don't think anyone
would mind if you didn't reference it every other
post though. :)

Re:Not to be a jerk.... (2)

Narchie Troll (581273) | more than 11 years ago | (#5908348)

This is the first time he's mentioned her for a while, actually, so shut up.

1st online beat-em-up? how will fare in long term? (1)

jago25_98 (566531) | more than 11 years ago | (#5908413)

DoA Online is a beat-em-up right? (ex. Kaillera)

So what other online beat-em-ups can we compare it to?

I wonder if it really plays well multiplayer; me being a beat'em up lover who felt I should stop now I'm of age :/

Emulation rulez (1)

imperator_mundi (527413) | more than 11 years ago | (#5908666)

DoA Online isn't really the first... Kaillera [] lets play online tons of ol' school fighting game, e.g. Street Fighter or King of Fighter...

possibly is the first 3D.

Re:Emulation rulez (1)

jago25_98 (566531) | more than 11 years ago | (#5908768)

kaillera = one reason left y i have windows atm... :/

Tecmo = The New Capcom (2)

randomizer9 (595107) | more than 11 years ago | (#5908441)

Now all they need is about 20 more iterations of part 2, another version with cutesy versions of the characters, a great puzzle game, and some Game Boy versions of the first 2 games...

They're certainly milking it for all its worth, aren't they?

Re:Tecmo = The New Capcom (1)

Babbster (107076) | more than 11 years ago | (#5908571)

You said it. They'd need AT LEAST 20 more iterations to be like Capcom. It's also worth noting that several of Capcom's iterations have had such small variations as the addition/removal of just one or two characters. In this particular case, Tecmo is releasing two games that are not available at all on the console (and they are both indeed different from DOA3, particularly the first) with functionality that Xbox DOA fans will probably really enjoy. If they were simply re-releasing DOA1&2 with one additional character for the Xbox (and charging more than $30), then I might agree.

If you want to pile onto a company that's releasing multiple games in a series that are only very slightly different from each other, you should look at Nintendo. For example, their practice of releasing two Pokemon games at a time (the differences between Ruby and Sapphire could easily have fit on one cartridge) might be one of the sleaziest ways to get parents to spend money on their kids this side of "super absorbant" diapers.

I'm not a big fan of this particular move by Tecmo but they haven't sunk to Capcom depths yet. If they had, we would be playing - or ignoring - the fourth next-gen Ninja Gaiden (Now with 10% more ninjas!).

I'll buy that (1)

randomizer9 (595107) | more than 11 years ago | (#5911058)

Yeah, Nintendo is just as bad, probably even worse considering their games are pushed to kids.

Let's not also forget the recent Rygar (which I haven't had the chance to play yet but I hear is really good). Lots of folks are probably clamoring for another Tecmo Bowl, but just keep Mighty Bomb Jack dead and buried, and we're okay...

Pokemon (0)

fpu (96469) | more than 11 years ago | (#5972337)

Haven't you heard? Gotta catch'em all!

kicking of the arse (0, Troll)

joFFeman (574971) | more than 11 years ago | (#5909062)

if you consider her fucking the mailman a legitimate form of 'getting your ass kicked whilst out of town', it already happens, my friend.

Human Interaction (1)

ahoehn (301327) | more than 11 years ago | (#5909986)

Like the post implies, most of the fun of fighting games, especially DOA, comes from the human interaction element. It's wonderful to beat the crap, or have the crap beaten out of you, by the person sitting right next to you; slinging profanities back and fourth, etc... I don't think playing online with someone you can't see will be quite the same. That said, I can't think of any online fighting games to base my assumptions on, so perchance I'll be proven wrong.

Re:Human Interaction (2)

Supergrass (71775) | more than 11 years ago | (#5911283)

Yeah, but the voice support in Xbox Live is just about the next best thing. If you haven't tried it, it's really quite good.

Why can't people just admit... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5911256)

They bought theses games for the bouncing breasts?

That is the only explanation I can find as for why this series continues to sell.

I do thank you for encouraging temco as well as all the other companies for exploting the sex sells angle. DOAVB would have sold lots of copies if it was the interactive movie they origionaly planed it to be.

That's right (3, Funny)

DonkeyJimmy (599788) | more than 11 years ago | (#5914695)

Of course, half the fun of DoA is getting my ass kicked by my Lei Fang wielding wife, but I guess then, she could kick my ass when I'm out of town on business too.

Sorry man, when you're out of town on business your wife is too ummm... busy to play DoA.

Last Post! LP! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6014968)

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