Dead or Alive: Paradise

Dead or Alive: Paradise Review for PSP

On: PSP

Featuring all the DOA lovelies, basking in the tropical sun of New Zack Island.

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3Out of 10
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Dead or Alive: Paradise screenshot
Dead or Alive: Paradise screenshot

The pool hopping mini-game is slightly more entertaining, for a few minutes at least, and tasks players with jumping across a pool by timing a sequence of button presses. In the evening, the girls can take themselves off to the casino, where they can be found wearing clothes - for a change. Using money won from volleyball and pool hopping, chips can be put down on Blackjack, Poker and Slots. This too feels pointless however, as winning big has no advantages. All you can do is head to the shop to buy a new bathing suit, which has no effect on anything apart from aesthetics.

You could choose to spend your money on gifts, which can be presented to other girls on the island in order to bribe their friendship. If you happen to choose an item or accessory they have a particular affinity towards, they’ll shriek with joy, and will happily partner up with you should you pop the question. This is ultimately trivial though, as the difference from one character to another only really extends to the colour of their hair and the size of their bras.

The most intriguing (and seedy) feature the game has to offer equips players with a camera, and lets them live out their fantasies as a soft core porn director. As the girls entertain themselves with a range of different activities - perhaps swinging on a rope or playing in the sea - players are encouraged to take pictures which can be viewed later on in the game. The camera isn’t even digital, and requires film which can be bought from the shop. Again, this activity has no effect on anything whatsoever, and only serves to satisfy the urges of horny teens.

While Dead or Alive: Paradise may appear exciting to a sex-starved 16-year-old, the game is insulting to all other audiences; a huge backwards step in an industry desperately trying to mature. Remember this, kids: ultimately you’re getting yourself worked up over polygon meshes, skin coloured textures and clever algorithms. Unless you’re really struggling for ways to entertain your libido, the game should be categorically avoided. A perverts Paradise it may be, but there’s absolutely nothing heavenly on offer here.

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Clockpunk

Even then, the original DoA on the PSX was the best iteration, but then, that machine had so many good fighting games. Yes, the bounciness was what set it apart (and was even quite hypnotic, if I recall, but that must have been 10 years ago?), and was quite amusing, but that was how many years ago?
Posted 18:20 on 04 April 2010
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Bloodstorm

To be honest, DOA is a good fighting game series IF it wasn't so cheesy and concentrated on making the females......bouncy. Why they brought the volleyball game out on the PSP and not the fighting game we knew i think it would have been recieved better.

EDIT- "On New Zack Island, the busty beauties from the Dead or Alive series have two weeks to take their mind off fighting tournaments, and indulge in volleyball, pool hopping, and gambling." More like

"On New Zack Island, the busty beauties from the Dead or Alive series took five years off to take their mind off fighting tournaments, and indulge in volleyball, pool hopping, and gambling while perverts beat off furiously."
Posted 17:51 on 04 April 2010
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SexyJams

Way generous, I hated this series of games.
Posted 17:21 on 04 April 2010
Bloodstorm's Avatar

Bloodstorm

3? That's being too generous.
Posted 17:00 on 04 April 2010

Game Stats

Dead or Alive: Paradise
3
Out of 10
Dead or Alive: Paradise
  • Breast physics are amusing
  • No sense of reward or progression
  • Shallow mini-games
  • Terrible voice acting
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Release Date: 02/04/2010
Platform: PSP
Publisher: Tecmo Koei
Genre: Mini-game collection
Rating: TBC
Site Rank: 657
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