Extreme Beach 3:
As you may have learned from my Dan’s Top 10 Favorite Video Games/Franchises special I did last year you may know I’m a fan of Dead or Alive especially the fifth installment of the fighting series. I also enjoy the Extreme Beach Volley Ball games as well. When it was announced that there would be no U.S. release of the volleyball game I was a little disappointed as I genuinely enjoy the game for the mini games and (well duh) volleyball game play. It was recently announced that a free to play version of Extreme 3 was released, but once again Konami is afraid to release it to the U.S. due to Social Justice Warriors/Feminist (I actually forget which ones they’re actually avoiding issues with). I did some sneaking around the system and got a hold of a free to play copy of Extreme 3, but is it really worth all of the attention it’s getting?
If you have not played any of the previous two Extreme games here’s a simple explanation. You pick one of the various female fighters from Dead or Alive, get a partner, play volleyball, and leave. Pretty simple, but for whatever reason a little addicting. You can of course dress up your character in a variety of swim wears, some being a cute and others that can be a little distasteful (I absolutely hate the Venus outfit). You can partake in some mini games like pool hopping, butt battle, racing, and tug of war. If you really want to you can just sit back and just watch your character lounge around (honestly why would you?). Now Extreme 3 does carry a lot of these features…but also lacks a lot of what made the other two games had…
Now don’t get me wrong the girls in this game look way better than they did in the previous Extreme games. I really appreciate the new character designs that Dead or Alive 5 went into and I can somewhat believe these characters are real. Physics have been somewhat improved and they don’t bounce around so crazy like they have in the past Extreme games.
My actual game play:
I really enjoy the volleyball game play, it’s easy to master and addicting. The games don’t drag out forever like most traditional volleyball games so I can play against multiple opponents in less than just an hour.
As much as it seems I’m praising this game I actually have a lot I want to complain about. In Dead or Alive 5 one of the coolest features added into the game was that your characters would sweat and get dirty after fighting, but in Extreme 3 the only natural thing that seems to take effect on the girls is that they get a slight tan and when you change outfits they’ll actually have tan lines from where their previous outfits left behind. That’s neat and all, but it doesn’t even seem like the characters get wet when in water and the fact that Dead or Alive 5 features these details makes Extreme 3 seem a little disappointing.
I mentioned before that the previous games had fun mini games, while Extreme 3 has some of the previous mini games from previous games they also lack a good majority of them. Extreme 2 had butt battle, pool hopping, wave racing, and water sliding! This game replaced wave racing and water sliding with tug of war, rock climbing, and foot racing… Now I admit I’m playing the free to play version, and I don’t know if the full version has those two games in it. But if the full Extreme 3 doesn’t even contain those two mini-games it’s still a major down grade from previous Extreme games.
My other issue with Extreme 3 is the lack of characters you can play as (I’m playing the free to play version so I only have Kasumi). Dead or Alive has a variety of female characters and a large roster after Dead or Alive 5. I know that the characters in this game is based on popular vote, but I really like Mila, Lei Fang, Lisa, and Tina. Why not just include all of the girls that make Dead or Alive a great series (I’m just thankful my favorite Kokoro is in the game at least, but come on!).
One of the things I find weird about this game, and it was present in the previous games as well was spectator mode. While in the previous games it didn’t play much of an important role for the player, Extreme 3 makes it necessary to succeed in the game. There’s an owner mode where you just watch the character have fun playing and you take pictures. It plays a key role in progressing in the game this time around. If you don’t play owner mode you miss out on certain items and prizes in the game. I would rather this mode be taken out so that I could enjoy other things like… oh yeah wave racing and water slides!
To sum it up… Extreme 2 is actually better as far as game play. Don’t get me wrong Extreme 3 is still fun at what it does have to offer, but it seems like a downgrade from Extreme 2 in fun, and a downgrade in graphics from Dead or Alive 5. At least you can play this game for free if you’re ok with only being Kasumi, and going through the annoyance I had to go through in order to get this game on my PS4.
Final Thoughts: Looks nice, but looking nice doesn’t make it exceptional…
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