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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better launch PSX2 titles, October 27, 2000
This review is from: Dead Or Alive 2: Hardcore (Video Game)
DOA2:Hardcore is overall a very nicely done game. The PS2 version shines in its background graphics and the beauty of the characters, personally I prefer the lighting of this version over the DC version, but that's a more subjective view. Gameplay is simply just plain fun. The good balance of characters offers the perfect solution to the fighting style of your choice. Multiplayer gaming is great, as tag (2vs2)battle, team (3-5 vs 3-5), and vs. modes should keep at most 4 people occupied for a while.
What this game seems to fail gracefully is its single player story mode. Although we all know that there will never be a good story plot in arcade fighting games, Namco could at least put some more rewards and depth into single player challenges. To me, simply getting cosmetic changes to my characters and etc. just doesn't motivate me that much to spend my time into it. This game in its single player story mode could never be on par with DC's Soul Calibur, which offers a much richer and in depth single player gaming experience. The other single player modes of this game is interesting, but as I mentioned, the depth is just not there (sorry DOA fans).
The control of this game is very good (thanks to the PSX controller), but not great. The full analog support on the Dual Shock 2 has its ups in the ease of use with the joypad section and higher sensitivity in the buttons(which makes making combos A LOT easier), but its downs is evident in the direction pads (u will rarely get a chance to use them, except for jump, crouch, and defend) where the users have to get used to switching back and forth. Learning curve of this game's controls should be around 60~90 minutes for casual gamers and shorter for hardcore experts.
DOA2:Hardcore is a better presented game over its Japanese counterpart, as improvements in gaming is evident. This game is FUN and great to play with friends, but be forewarned, the single player experience MIGHT let you down if u have played DC's Soul Calibur. But, it should be YOU who should decide the fun value of the single player modes. This game is definitely worth your $$, and is definitely the better PS2 launch title on the market.
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Initial post: Sep 19, 2012 9:26:41 PM PDT
Assassaninja says:
Great game,Great review.
Thanks:)
your review helped me to choose this game
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