Recently in Japan and other parts of Asia, Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 was released on PlayStation 4 and VITA each with their own subtitle.
I’ve spoken about Dead or Alive before as I’ve been a fan of the main series the 2 on the Dreamcast and have played all the mainline ones since.
DOA3 was one of the reasons I got an original Xbox which also got Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, the first of the spin-off series.
I was 13 at the time, so you guess why the game may have been appealing to me but it was actually a good game and now looking back you can see it has a 73 on metacrtic which is not too shabby.
Anyway, this new entry in the spin-off series is currently not getting released in the West which I won’t go into. Due to this however, I decided to import the game on PS4 as there is a multi-language version which I could play as it has English menus along with subs and text, with the only thing being in Japanese the Voice Over’s for the 9 fan picked ladies in the game.
This is where things go a bit wrong as getting the game was easy and so is playing it but you don’t actually want to play it as it’s just plain bad.
There is two modes girl which you pick your favorite girl, in my case Ayane who has gone to New Zack Island for 14 Days. While on the island you can relax on the beach or play some mind numbing mini games which are all relatively simple and easy to win at to earn money to buy new swimsuits along with gifts to send to the other girls to build friendships.
The best game you can play is Volleyball which is by far the most fleshed out, yet is dire to actually play due to it not being fun at all.
Personally would have liked to seen it been bit faster pace and arcadey, which isn’t the case. After spending the day at the beach, you can go back to your room which you can go to sleep for the next day or go to the casino where you gamble your money to earn some more to but more swimsuits.
The other mode is owner mode, which is basically the same but you have to keep all the girls happy by buying them right gifts etc. In this mode you can take pictures of the girls and unlock something almost like a strip tease which maybe the reason the game is an 18+.
I couldn’t even get past 14 Day’s with my girl Ayane yet alone all 9 girls for trophies and unlocking stuff due to the dull, monotony of a game which the only thing going for it is playing in owner’s mode and you can take pictures of the girls as they look quite nice.