Dead or Alive 2 – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Animated Violence, Suggestive Themes 

Female gamers could easily be put off by all the immature sexual exploitation and unrealistic portrayal of women in the game. Still, its representation is no more impractical than the well endowed models in a Victoria's Secret catalog (or so I've heard). Plus, chances are if Lara Croft didn't get under your skin, neither will the 'augmented' ladies of Dead Or Alive 2.

A similar warning goes out to parents. If you don't mind your kid gawking at all the bouncing cleavage and glaring panty shots, then by all means purchase Dead Or Alive 2 for your kid. I just hope that any parent of a pubescent teen who does so isn't going to walk in on his or her child while he is stroking more than his controller (American Pie style)! I'm sure parents will also be relieved that Tecmo was so parentally conscious and sensitive that there's even an option to reduce all the bouncing breasts by simply declaring your age to the game. The funny thing is that there's nothing stopping a kid from inputting himself as 99 years old since no fake ID is required!

Hardcore fight fans looking for the next big thing have found it. Though not as complex and deep (which could be a blessing for more casual gamers) as Soul Calibur, Dead Or Alive 2 is convincingly executed, delivers on many levels and is thoroughly satisfying.