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  • Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (PS2, Gamecube, Xbox)

    Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance was the first Mortal Kombat game in the main series to be released only for home consoles and not in the arcade. It was also the first new Mortal Kombat game in the main series since Mortal Kombat 4 five years previous. The Mortal Kombat series had been put on somewhat of a hiatus do to a string of spinoffs, both in the video game world and outside of it, that failed to live up to expectations. Midway decided to concentrate on “Mortal Kombat 5” and their efforts were well worth it. Deadly Alliance does a good job living up to the Mortal Kombat name though I still prefer the 2D Mortal Kombat games myself.

    Deadly Alliance made some significant changes to game play in that each fighter now had their own fighting styles. Previously, every fighter fought pretty much the same except for special moves. However, in Deadly Alliance there were fewer special moves. There were a number of new characters added as well as many that returned from previous games (though notably missing was Liu Kang).

    Deadly Alliance was released in 2002 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube and Game Boy Advance. To the best of my knowledge there have been no re-releases so you are still stuck with those choices if you want to play this game.

    Sonya’s “Warfare” Combo

    Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (Playstation 2, Xbox, Gamecube, 2002)

    http://darth-azrael.tumblr.com/post/162121798104/kombattime-sonyas-warfare-combo-mortal





  • Lisa & Christie from Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball

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    Girls of Gaming was an offshoot of Play Magazine and featured pin-ups of various fictitious video game, anime and other fantasy characters. This particular set features Lisa and Christie from Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball for the Xbox. Seems like a pretty effective advertisement for the game particularly when targeted towards adolescent males.

     

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    Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball was released by Tecmo for the Xbox in 2003. All of the previous Dead or Alive games had been fighting games. Xtreme Beach Volleyball was set after the 3rd game in the series and involves some role playing elements in that you have to establish relationships with other characters in order to find a volleyball partner.

    In addition to competing at volleyball, you can also gamble at the casino. The money you win or earn can be used to buy different swimsuits. This was the first title in the series to receive a mature rating because of the revealing nature of some of the swimsuits.

    It is actually a pretty good game and a sequel was released on the Xbox 360 titled Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 in 2006. there was also a Dead or Alive Xtremem 3 released in 2016 but only in Asia…

    Source: Girls of Gaming – Volume 1 – – Lisa & Christie from Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball





  • Spy Hunter

    ‘Spy Hunter’

    [PS2 / XBOX / GCN / GBA]
    [USA] [MAGAZINE] [2002]

    • GamePro, May 2002 (#164)
    • Midway attempts to breathe new life into the classic arcade staple, retooling it as a third-person-shooter-slash-driving game

    http://darth-azrael.tumblr.com/post/159599029452/vgprintads-spy-hunter-ps2-xbox-gcn-gba

    The original Spy Hunter was one of my favorite games on the Commodore 64 so I was pretty excited when this remake came out. The original Spy Hunter was released as an arcade game by Bally/Midway in 1983 with ports to various game systems and computers (including the Commodore 64) soon to follow. The new Spy Hunter was released in 2001 by Midway for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube and Game Boy Advance so pretty much every system out at the time. I had the GameCube version but I don’t think there were any significant differences between the different ports.

    The new Spy Hunter had the same basic theme as the original but obviously with much more advanced graphics and a 3D third person point of view instead of the directly overhead 2D viewpoint of the original. Overall, I would say they did a pretty good job updating the game yet keeping the original spirit intact. The music is similar, the weapons are the same, and they added a third mode for the vehicle. In the original your car could transform into a boat when appropriate but the new game adds motorcycle to the list as well.

    A sequel of sorts, Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run was released for the Xbox and PS2 in 2006. It starred Dwayne Johnson (aka “The Rock”) and was supposed to be based on the movie of the same name. Plans for a movie based on Spy Hunter go all the way back to 2003 but the movie has been in development hell going through multiple writers, scripts, directors and actors but development has been continuing. The last update I saw was November 2015 so who knows…

    Another remake was done in 2012 for the PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS. I’m not familiar with that one but it did get positive reviews.

    The above ad is from the May 2002 issue of GamePro.