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Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball is a graphical showcase that makes for a pretty uneventful game.
Along with Halo, Dead or Alive 3 was one of the Xbox launch's showpiece games. Tecmo's fighting game was more notable for its graphics than its gameplay, though it's still remembered as one of the system's standout games, thanks to its large environments and voluptuous female characters. Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball puts an even finer focus on DOA3's strengths, trading in the fighting engine for some basic volleyball and casino action and swapping out the fighting attire for what is probably the largest collection of swimsuits ever seen in a game. Plus, almost all the male characters are out of the picture. Unfortunately, Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball doesn't have the gameplay or variety to back up its graphical prowess, and the whole experience ends up feeling pretty shallow.
Volleyball is the easiest way to maintain a positive cash flow. The game's story line is totally irrelevant and never comes into play during the actual game, but for completeness' sake, let's go over it briefly. The winner of the Dead or Alive 3 tournament turned out to be the flamboyant fighter Zack, who promptly took his winnings to a casino and turned it into an even larger bankroll. Zack then turned his stake into some property--the fittingly named beach paradise, Zack Island. He eventually lures the girls of Dead or Alive to his island resort by telling them that it will be the location of the next Dead or Alive fighting tournament, but the joke is on the girls, as they arrive and realize that there's nothing to do aside from lying around, gambling, shopping, and playing ......
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