Review by gatewalker
"Well, it's pretty."
That pretty much sums up my feelings about this game. I don't usually write reviews, but I felt I had to say my bit on this title. It is a very pretty game. I'll give it that, but little else.
DOAX2 = DOAX1 + better graphics + novelty features - in person multiplayer - some reason to play the game
Let's see... we have the new eye candy mini games. Neato if you love button mashing madness. We have the new Jet Ski race. Big yay there. It's an entertaining diversion, but nothing overly special. Got old for me quick. The new casino games are ok. I spent more time playing in the casino than anything else.
We have ONLINE multiplayer now! Woo Hoo! Now you don't have to worry about making real friends and inviting them over! You can just play with whatever random person is out there on the net.
We have online multiplayer at the expense of the offline two player game. That pretty much kills the game for me. One of the biggest components of this game and the previous title is going about gathering all of the bathing suits and other goodies for the various characters in the game.
With the old game, whenever a friend came over to play a two player volley ball match, you could show off the various outfits you had acquired, make inappropriate comments about the ladies, whine about losing because of the control scheme, and enjoy your company in general.
With the DOAX2, there is no offline multiplayer game. No local two player mode. I guess the people who made this game figured that the players who would play it didn't get out enough to know any people in person, and those they did know they only talked to over a crackling headset.
Well, that wasn't the case with me and my friends. Between rounds of Halo and Soul Calibur we'd pop in DOAX1 for a change of pace and everyone liked it. That was the part of the game I really liked: The social aspect.
That made me want to collect all the different outfits and items so I could show them off, and hear my buds comment on them. It gave me a reason keep playing the single player mode (which in no way had an elaborate storyline). And I enjoyed it. I really did.
DOAX1 was a gem. And while DOAX2 has a pretty face, there is nothing shining behind the eyes.
All in all, even with the online bit, you are still alone, just playing with yourself.
Reviewer's Score: 4/10 | Originally Posted: 11/28/06
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