|Controls:||1 Joystick, 3 Buttons Per Player|
|Number of Players:||2 players|
Striding confidently into the arena is Dead or Alive 2, the latest from Tecmo and Team Ninja. This gorgeous, stylish fighter does more things right than I can count. From graphics to gameplay, this is a well-toned, highly trained fighter. It even manages to do some new things with the genre. Just look at what it’s got to offer…
First of all, the graphics are stupendous. The characters are smooth and seamless and the motion-captured fighters look brilliant. Hair and clothing waves, weaves, falls and ripples in the wind. It may not have quite the flash and flair of the over-the-top Soul Calibur, but that’s not what it’s going for. DOA 2 looks much more like two real people beating the crap out of each other.
The arenas in which this ass whooping occurs are simply wonderful. They are richly detailed, enormous, and have multiple levels if you can knock your opponent off the edge or through a window. They are, however, so beautiful that they require a lot of memory. This means that in Team Battle or Tag Team modes, you can only fight in one, simpler arena since the game actually has to load four characters.
(Description written by: Duke )