Featuring 26 playable characters, unique fighting mechanics and plenty of features. It seems to be that, “Dead or Alive: Dimensions” for the Nintendo 3DS is a sight for sore eyes —pun intended — for the little handheld system after featuring a lackluster launch lineup nearly two months ago. “Dimensions” is easily a “must own” title for any 3DS owner, and it has the features to justify this saying.
“Dimensions” is one, of the current 3DS games, to push the system in the graphics department — nearly everything is rendered and presented without any noticeable clipping or jagged edges around characters or stages. It truly feels as if it’s a console game, shrunk down into a tiny 3DS cartridge. Also the 3D effects are marvelous, players can get a sense of depth inside the fights. However on the flip side, the full-motion videos are not in 3D and are instead just reused clips from the previous games in standard 2D — but a bit grainy.
Control wise, the game plays just like any other “Dead or Alive” game, players are given a punch and kick button. Followed up by a grab and a counter/block button. Countering is done by holding back and pressing the counter/block at the right time — normally a second before getting hit. However if a player misses a counter, the oncoming hit will sometimes lead to a more powerful hit. This can then, either make or break a fight, leading players becoming wide open to long and dangerous 15-hit combos or chain-grapples.
The game’s modes are numerous featuring Arcade, Tag Challenge, Practice, Verses, Showcase mode — where players can take 3D pictures with preset figurines of the diverse cast — and even the new Chronicle mode, which is a retelling of all four previous games in the series. There’s a lot of content packed into this game, leading most buyers to sink in some time into it unlocking all the hidden costumes and locked boss characters. Not to mention that the actual difficulty of the game is on the easy side, and will only ramp up in toughness once players progress deeper into the game, such as facing the last set of Tag Challenges, here the computers are merciless and will not hesitate to counter most of your attacks.
Also to note, in Tag Challenge mode, player does not have full control of both teammates, instead players will control the first member selected while the computer controls the other. While a welcome change of pace, it does raise some flags when a player starts noticing their computer partner just standing there in the harder challenges getting a beating or tagging in at a random moment.
But this seems to be the only issue wrong with a great game.
“Dimensions” in the end proves, that a series normally known to be about beautiful women and some men fighting in a senseless tournament, it can actually have some depth and content in it — and not have it limited to only being a fancy visual effect on the 3DS.
Developer: Team Ninja
Rating: T for Teen
Released Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2011
Availability: Most Websites and Electronic Retailers