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Death by Degrees - PlayStation 2

by Namco
PlayStation2
Mature
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews) 51 / 100

Price: $11.88
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  • utilizes a unique control scheme built completely around the analog sticks
  • players can see the weak points of enemies and the phyisical damage taken by a beating
  • utilize stealth techniques never seen in the Tekken series

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002CTTR6
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches ; 5.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 29, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,761 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Review

Death by Degrees has been designed as an odd hybrid of Resident Evil style game structure (think fixed camera angles, plus lots of hallways and item/key puzzles) interspersed with all-analog fighting à la Rise to Honor. I think this basic foundation is where the developers went wrong. The survival horror genre was conceived to build tension. All the running around you do in Resident Evil titles is actually helps to create a mood of foreboding. Here, there's none of that. For this reason, all the wandering seems like filler. This tedium is not helped by the inexcusably long loading times. In addition, the fixed camera scheme isn't well-suited to all-out brawling either, as sometimes you'll be pushed into an area of a room where you can't see your opponent.

I actually had fun using the analog control to effortlessly string together combos. Even cooler are Nina's finishing moves, where the screen goes to an x-ray view of your prey that allows you to select just which part of his torso you're going to crush. However, I didn't like the mechanics for blocking or evades (which require a quick flick of the analog stick). During heated battles, both were way too erratic, even with the sensitivity adjusted to high.

All told, this game will please neither action fans nor followers of the Tekken franchise, and comes off as a marketing scheme gone horribly awry.



Concept:
A mix of Resident Evil and third-person beat ‘em ups, starring Nina from Tekken

Graphics:
A very nice-looking PS2 title, Death by Degrees excels graphically

Sound:
Generic to the extreme (is that possible?), a ho-hum mix of rock guitars and cheesy techno

Playability:
I'm not sold on the 360-degree combat, and the exploration is tedious

Entertainment:
Hardcore Tekken fans will be disappointed, as will everyone else

Replay:
Low

Rated: 5.5 out of 10
Editor: Matt Helgeson
Issue: March 2005

2nd Opinion:
There are two things that I like about this game, and the rest (and I mean rest) of the package reeks of utter despair. In a plus column, I have the opening cinematic and the x-ray finishing-move dynamic. Cool stuff, please do it again. Other than that, there's nothing here but a handful of standard features notable only for the variety of ways that they suck fun from the experience, nestled between long bouts of loading.

Rated: 5.25 out of 10
Editor: Lisa Mason


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An action/brawling game starring Nina of the Tekken series. The story centers on an organization called the Camietta. A member of this group recently completed work on a super weapon called the Salakia and is intent on selling it to terrorists. It is learned that the upper ranks of the Camietta group will be appearing on a luxury cruiser in order to witness a fighting tournament. Nina and two other CIA agents board the ship in order to get to the bottom of things.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An adventure/brawler very worthy of your perusal May 1, 2005
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
It is very high time that somebody came out and declared that this game is not nearly as bad as the gaming media has been saying it is. Why the reviews have been so nasty, who's to say. All I know is, I've been playing this game for quite some time and I have been very impressed. This game was developed by Namco, a Japanese developer, and I think the reason so many people are reacting against it is that it doesn't follow the typical Japanese fighter game style. For one, the graphics are phenomenal. This game is one of the most gorgeous PS 2 games I've ever seen. It doesn't have the "Konami look"--you know, the washed out, watered down graphics that so many Japanese adventure/fighter games have. The graphics in this game are bursting with detail and color, and the animations of both Nina and her enemies are very well done. The combat system is very innovative, employing movements of the analog sticks instead of lengthy button combos. Bravo! It's about time somebody got away from button combos. The puzzles are fun and quite involved. The only legitimate problem this game has is its camera, but it's not serious enough to warrant the extremely negative reviews it has gotten. Give Death by Degrees a try and I think you'll be impressed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Game That Should Be Picked Up If You Love PS2 November 16, 2013
This is a good, but not great game. I do recommend picking it up in 2013. Its based on exploration and navigation of a gigantic cruise ship with the character Nina Williams. The graphics are some of the best I've ever seen. This could be a modern game with a few tweaks. The fighting system was meant to be easy, and it is playable. Doing complex moves with the analog controls is not very fun and thankfully combat is not the most important part of the game. There are enough weapons and items to make it interesting, like Katanas and hand guns. Picking items up from storage lockers, finding keys on dead guys, and grabbing access codes is more what the game is like. Its not quite creepy like a lot of PS2 games were, say haunting ground for example. Death by Degrees has a sleek and high tech look. The music and sound is way above average. This game is better than many action 3rd person games on the PS2, and better than Haunting Ground. If you are looking for Devil May Cry style fun, look elsewhere. This game is a bit on the slower paced side. If you liked original Resident Evil you will probably like this. I'd think of it as an RPG with some combat and lots of exploring. The game is just gorgeous. They did a good job. They probably could have made it more exciting, but if you want to explore a massive, luxury cruise ship, this is the only game I've ever played like it. There is some james bond style here and some good graphics. It is a playable game and I like it enough to keep playing for awhile.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Yes, it's Nina. Whatever, I found her to be a very annoying character in tekken (I'm an Eddy Gordo man meself). I got the Demo In PSM and amidst the Area 51 and Musashi demos, I played this one the most. Why? Well, I do love the ladies, but I did find it fun to kick ass with the taps, pick up guns and katanas, and bust up goons internally. It reminded me of the Sonny Chiba streetfighter movies. I played through the demo a couple times before I even realized how to use weapons! needless to say, the weapons made my ass kicking efforts more effortless. I would buy the game for $15 bucks or less, but not for 25! It does have major issues with the uselessness of blocking and evading (why put those on the same stick Namco?). Bottom line, $15 yes, anything over NO.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but.... February 22, 2005
By Zippo
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
It's a decent action game, sure, but it suffers from the (very common) problem of being very fun one moment, and then just frustrating for an equal amount of time, you grit your teeth and keep playing and then it gets good again, and so on. No PS2 game is going to impress graphically today (unless you mean impressive graphics "for a PS2 game", like MGS 3 for instance), but Nina looks OK. I think the main problem is that Nina just isn't as interesting as she could have been - neither is the "story" of the game. You keep thinking: "This could have been so much better if only...". I would recomend this only to fans of guns & girls-games.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cool game May 27, 2005
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
i got this game for my birthday yesterday and this game rocks. nina's techniques from this game is awesome as well as her looks and outfits. so this game is a must play for adults and young kids.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars July 8, 2014
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Unless you just enjoy looking at Nina, skip this entry in the Tekken spin-off.
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By Redbelt
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As a fan of the Tekken fighting game franchise I was looking forward to this spin-off game that let you take control of Nina Williams, the hired assassin, while getting to know more about her and her sister Anna's backstory and why they have been at odds with each other ever since the first Tekken game. The story is great with nice cgi cutscenes and in-game graphics are well done, it just has a great production all around, which is no surprise since it was made by the Tekken team.

My biggest issue is with the fighting controls, which can get a bit repetitive and frustrating at times when you first start trying to do the advanced attacks. The fighting controls are all based around flicking the analog stick for directional control of your attacks which helps to make the game easy to pick up and play while also trying to make the game a little more dynamic than your average fighting adventure game. But even after getting used to it, I found the controls just not as fun and wished I could set the to a more classic control similar to the Tekken games.

So while I enjoyed the adventure and story aspect of the game, the fighting, which is usually my favorite part of these type of games, I just found not as fun to use as opposed to regular button controls. After I beat the game, I found no real replay value in it mostly for that reason, I didn't want to go through the fights.

While I don't consider myself a hardcore gamer, I not exactly a casual one either but somewhere in between the two styles. I did notice while watching friends or relatives that are more casual than I am play this type of game enjoy the control of the fighting controls more than normal button press fighting.

So I can only really recommend this game to casual gamers, if your anymore than that, the only thing that will probably keep you playing to the finish is if your a fan of Tekken.
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