Dead or Alive Dimensions

DOA Dimensions Box Art

Dead or Alive Dimensions for the Nintendo 3DS is an excellent addition to the Dead or Alive Series and a great handheld fighting game. I’ve had a lot of fun with the game and love being able to take one of my favorite fighters with me anywhere I go.

This game is a great entry game for anyone unfamiliar with the characters or the story who wants to know what has happened in the past games. The story mode takes you through the series history from the beginning and you play as multiple characters through it, learning about each of them.  The only thing about the story mode that I really didn’t like was the cutscenes that used static character models.  They could be a bit jarring.  As a fan of the NES Ninja Gaiden games, one surprise for me was that Irene Lew showed up in the story mode.  I didn’t know if she’s appeared in any of the new Ninja Gaiden games (I’ve only played some of Ninja Gaiden black, though I plan to play all of the new Ninja Gaiden series), but I was happy to see her here, though I wish her design had more similarities to her original one.  I did find out she apparently appeared in the 2008 Ninja Gaiden 2 using the name Sonia.  I would definitely be interested in Irene appearing as a playable character in Dead or Alive at some point.

DOA Dimensions Irene Lew

Irene Lew’s design in DOA Dimensions

 

In addition to the story mode, called Chronicle, the game has a lot more to offer.  Arcade mode allows you to play through against a series of opponents with the character of your choice.  Survival mode lets you play through against unlimited opponents until you are defeated.  Tag Challenge lets you fight in a team with an AI partner against other computer controlled teams.  Free play lets you choose your character, opponent and stage and play against the computer.  Training mode of course lets you train with each character.  Local play allows you to play against someone locally and Internet play allows you to play against other people online.  Throwdown lets you play against fighters that you have picked up from other players with StreetPass.  Showcase lets you look at figurines of the characters you have collected, create diorama scenes, and take 3D photos.  3D Photo Album lets you look at 3D photos you have taken of characters.  Fight Record lets you view your stats for your player record.

DOA Dimensions Shiden

Shiden in DOA Dimensions

 

The character selection in Dead or Alive Dimensions is impressive.  The game has twenty-six playable characters, including bosses from all the entries of the series.  The game also marks the first and only game so far in which you can play as Shiden, the father of Kasumi and Hayate and Raidou’s brother.  He doesn’t appear on the character select screen, but is selectable by holding L and X when selecting random.  You can choose two other costumes for him by holding R and X or L, R, and X altogether when choosing Random.  The other playable characters besides Shiden are Kasumi, Ryu Hayabusa, La Mariposa, Tina, Bayman, Helena, Zack, Leon, Gen Fu, Jann Lee, Hitomi, Hayate, Ayane, Genra, Kasumi alpha, Ein, Leifang, Eliot, Brad Wong, Kokoro, Christie, Bass, Alpha-152, Tengu, and Raidou.  Most characters have several costume options and there was also free DLC available for the game that added new costumes for a lot of characters.  Unfortunately I think that DLC is no longer available.

The game controls well and really is a lot of fun, with a lot of options and characters.  If you have a 3DS and are a fan of the Dead or Alive series, I highly recommend it.

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