I’ve been playing Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Venus for a few days now, and I’m really enjoying it (with a caveat). The graphics are top-notch, the gameplay is simple but fun, and the characters are all very attractive. Please keep in mind this is an Asia-exclusive title, but there are subtitles in English for hacked Vitas.
I’m a big fan of the Dead or Alive series (the fighting games), so I was really excited to see what this game would be like. The graphics are absolutely stunning. The character models are incredibly detailed, and the environments are lush and beautiful. The game really shines in the water, where the characters’ swimsuits cling to their bodies in a realistic way. The lighting is also excellent, and the game has a great sense of atmosphere. For a Vita game, this looks really good. And that’s not a slight on other games. But fan service-type games are not known for graphical fidelity.
The gameplay is simple but fun. Emphasis on simple. The main mode of the game is volleyball, and it’s played in a similar way to other volleyball games. You control your character’s movement with the left analog stick, and you use the right analog stick to aim and hit the ball. You can also use the face buttons to perform special moves. About as by-the-numbers as you can get.
The volleyball gameplay is solid, but it’s not particularly deep. There are a few different types of volleyball matches, but they all play out in a similar way. The game also has a few other mini-games, such as beach volleyball, surfing, and fishing. These mini-games are fun, but they’re not particularly challenging.
The characters in Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Venus are all very attractive, and definitely the main attraction. They’re all scantily clad, of course, but whether or not you find that appealing is a matter of personal taste. Each character has their own unique voice actress, and they all have a lot of dialogue. The voice acting is really great and fitting for the genre.
One of my main gripes with it is that the game is very easy. Even on the hardest difficulty, you’ll probably win most of your matches. The game is also very repetitive. After a while, you’ll start to feel like you’re doing the same thing over and over again. Finally, and perhaps more importantly, the game is very fan service-y. If you’re not into that sort of thing, then you might want to avoid this game.
Overall, Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Venus is a fun game, but it’s not for everyone. If you’re looking for a deep and challenging volleyball game, then you’ll be disappointed. But if you’re looking for a fun and relaxing game to play, then this is definitely worth checking out. Being a fan of the series is probably a huge plus, and might determine whether you enjoy the game or not more than the gameplay will.