Screenshot of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Game Cover

What is Dead or Alive Xtreme 3?

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 is the latest videogame in the Dead or Alive franchise, developed by Team Ninja. At its cornerstone, it is a beach volleyball game, aimed mostly at the Asian market but it also has an English version. It can be played on PlayStation 4 and it made a name for itself by featuring characters dressed in a sexy way. The game was overall a major success, although some reviewers deemed it as too revealing for the young audience.

Key facts about Dead or Alive Xtreme 3

  • Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 is an action game revolving around beach games, especially volleyball.
  • The use of a new game engine has resulted in better animations and the best character models.
  • Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 stands out with amazing graphics, but the sound effects are subpar.
  • The volleyball engine is responsible for powering the main game, but there are other mini games.
  • Dead or Alive Xtreme 3’s lasting appeal is insured by encouraging players to collect characters.

Gameplay of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 gameplay has multiple features that include some new mini games. All the animations are supposed to bring in the spotlight the new characters and their stunning visuals. Beach volleyball is the game of choice in most competitions, but players also race to retrieve flags or climb rocks. The game introduces a new suntanning system and encourages players to unlock costumes.

Customization is a very important feature of this videogame and players have several new models to work with. One explanation for the newfound popularity of this new installment is that players can interact with the characters in several ways. In addition to competing with their peers for supremacy, they can initiate other activities such as dating. However, the sheer complexity of the volleyball game suggests the fact that developers took it seriously.

Each character has its own strengths and weaknesses and players need to factor them in viewing the customization process. In terms of difficulty, the Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 gameplay is relatively simple. Players only use two buttons and it all comes down to coordinating every move. Balance is equally important, as players need to make sure their character is well-positioned to receive the ball. As long as the right timing is found, the gameplay flows smoothly.

Screenshot of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Adventurous
Screenshot of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Adventurous

Many of the actions are performed automatically, but players need to pay attention to spikes. By finding the right intensity and anticipating them of their opponents, they can emerge victorious. Each partner has different tendencies of aggressiveness and all characters have their own play styles. This makes the game more replayable as players have a good reason to choose another character and start from scratch.

Plot of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3

The Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 plot is relatively shallow, with no main storyline followed. Instead, the emphasis is on character creation, customization and finding the best way to use their strengths. New characters have arrived on Zack Island, such as Lisa the American and Tina who make a perfect couple. Players are supposed to pay attention to the characteristics of each of the girls, to have them work together for the greater good. Sometimes gifts are required and this takes them to the accessory shop.

When there is synergy between characters, it is much easier for players to maintain and develop this relationship. Otherwise, they need to put more work into keeping players friendly and they need to visit the Sports Shop or the Zack of All Trades general store. Customization is even possible when choosing the wrapping for the gift, so players can make unique presents. The game will highlight the progress made by players by using musical notes.

Screenshot of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Beach Volleyball
Screenshot of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Beach Volleyball

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 encourages players to find new ways to win the hearts of his female companions. There are three main ways to do it every day, such as playing volleyball, interacting with other characters or relaxing by the pool. In order to do all this, players need resources and this is what keeps the hooked on the mini games. The relationship management system is more complicated than it seems. These are more than afterthought or sideshow and the turning your success in game.

Development of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3

The development of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 started in the first quarter of 2015. However news only broke out in August and soon after the first screenshots follow. The fact that the game was supposed to have a PlayStation 4 version sent shockwaves among console fans. It allows developers to introduce new features and make the most of the advancements of technology. The game creators also announced the fact that this videogame is going to be available on the PlayStation VR set.

Players were expecting the game to be available in February 2016, but the deadline was missed. Developers wanted to make sure that all the features run smoothly when the game hit the stores. That’s why the first free to play version was made available in mid-May. Players have access to a limited set of characters but they can unlock more by paying. Each purchase will grant access to new characters, with unique features including some new traits.

Where can I download Dead or Alive Xtreme 3?

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 can be downloaded from the Team Ninja website. The other versions that can be played on other consoles are also featured here. Since this is the first installment in the series compatible with PlayStation 4, it comes as no surprise that it is also the best looking one. Those who own such a console should also check out flagship titles such as Dark Souls 2, Watch Dogs, Deus Ex Mankind Divided, Assassin’s Creed Unity or Uncharted 4 A Thief’s End.

Screenshot of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Water Games
Screenshot of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Water Games

What are others saying about Dead or Alive Xtreme 3?

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 sales exceeded expectations and a lot of money is still spent by players. The monetization system chose by developers worked wonders, as users unlock new characters. Even the initial package was large enough to keep players at the edge of their seats and convince them to persevere. Hundreds of thousands of copies were sold and game producers promise to add downloadable content.

Most of the Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 reviews are written by players from Asia, where the game is most popular. The rights limitations for multiple anime licenses slowed down the sales initially, but most of these issues are now behind. As far as players are concerned, the new game is a giant leap forward for the franchise. They are particularly happy with the new graphics and the manner in which the game runs on PlayStation 4. Critics claim that the game objectifies women and blessed too much on nudity.

My rating of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3

I should start by saying that anime video games are not exactly my cup of tea. When I stumbled upon Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, I was almost certain that this game will be a huge waste of time. My concerns were based on the fact that developers were using nudity to hide a shallow gameplay. In retrospect, I have to admit that there is much more than meets the eye about this game. This means a great deal, since the graphics are quite fascinating and I understand why many guys would play it.

The volleyball videogame that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 is supposed to be based on is pretty strong. In the absence of near naked models, it would probably fall flat or leave a lot to be desired. As it is, this game is more than a welcomed distraction for those who want to play without getting frustrated. In a world where we tend to invest so much effort and energy in winning RTS and MMORPG games, this one feels like a breath of fresh air. If mindless fun is what you see, you’ll get your fill here as the game scores 8 out of 10 on my review rating scale.

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