Dead Or Alive 4

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  • Biolab Core stage

    Successfully complete Story mode to unlock the Biolab Core stage.

  • Nassau Station stage

    Successfully complete Story mode with Helena to unlock a stage similar to the first stage of Halo 2, the Hangar Area.

  • Tatami Mat stage

    Unlock all costumes and system voices and successfully complete Story mode with all seventeen characters to unlock the Tatami Mat stage, which has a floor mat with no walls.

  • Play as Ein

    Successfully complete Story mode with Hitomi to unlock Ein in all modes except for Story mode.

  • Play as Gen Fu

    Successfully complete Story mode with Eliot to unlock Gen Fu in all modes except for Story mode.

  • Play as Helena

    Successfully complete Story mode with all sixteen characters to unlock Helena in all modes.

  • Play as Leon

    Successfully complete Story mode with Zack to unlock Leon in all modes except for Story mode.

  • Play as Spartan-458

    Successfully complete Story mode with Helena to unlock Spartan-458 from Halo in all modes except for Story mode.

  • Play as Tengu

    Successfully complete Time Attack mode with all default and hidden characters to unlock Tengu.

  • Fight Tengu in Time Attack mode

    Defeat the first six characters with a time of 2:30 or less in Time Attack mode, and also score one "Greatest" (taking no damage against any one character in both rounds) as well to fight Tengu at the Ninja Hideout, but outside the tower in the pit. The "Jintsuriki" can be heard playing in the background.

  • Theater mode

    Successfully complete Story mode with any character to unlock Theater mode and their movie. More movies can be unlocked by completing Story mode with different characters.

  • Commercial video

    Successfully complete Story mode with all characters to unlock the U.S. television commercial for the game in Theater mode.

  • Increased bounciness

    Enter "99" as your age in your profile to make the female characters' breasts bounce more than usual.

  • Bonus system announcer voices

    In the options menu, you can choose different voices for the system announcer. To unlock additional voices, enter Sparring mode and bring up the sparring menu. Select "Exercise" and you will be prompted to run through an extensive moves list. Successfully complete the moves list to unlock that character's voice as a system announcer. Successfully complete Exercise mode with all default and bonus characters to unlock Alpha-152's system voice.

  • Alternate character appearance

      Kasumi: At the character selection screen, press A to select Kasumi. Then, press Y to have Kasumi with a high pony tail. Press X to have Kasumi with a low pony tail. Press A to have Kasumi with normal (long) hair. Press Start to have Kasumi with her braided hairstyle.

      La Mariposa: First, complete Story mode with La Mariposa to unlock her alternate appearances. At the character selection screen, press A to select La Mariposa. Then, press Y or X to have La Mariposa without her mask on. Press A to have her mask on. To have La Mariposa appear as Lisa, successfully complete Story mode With La Mariposa two times. Select La Mariposa at the character selection screen and choose her fourth costume. This will reveal La Mariposa's occupation, blood type, and birthday. Lisa is La Mariposa with a Kitty costume.

      Lei Fang: At the character selection screen, press A to select Lei Fang. Then, press Y to have Lei Fang wear eyeglasses (which can be knocked off during a fight). Press X to have Lei Fang in her old school braids. Press A to have Lei Fang normal (long) hair.

  • Alternate costumes

    Successfully complete Story mode to unlock an alternate costume with the following characters. If available, the next alternate costume for that character will be unlocked when Story mode is completed with them again.

      Ayane C3, C4, C5, C6
      Bass C3, C4
      Bayman C3
      Brad Wong C3
      Christie C3, C4
      Elliot C3, C4
      Hayabusa C3, C4
      Hayate C3, C4
      Helena C3, C4 C5
      Hitomi C3, C4, C5, C6, C7, C8
      Jann Lee C3, C4
      Kasumi C3, C4, C5, C6, C7
      Kokoro C3, C4, C5, C6, C7
      La Mariposa C3, C4, C5
      Leifang C3, C4, C5, C6, C7
      Tina C3, C4, C5
      Zack C3, C4

    Successfully complete Time Attack mode on the default settings to unlock an alternate costume with the following characters. If available, the next alternate costume for that character will be unlocked when Time Attack mode is completed with them again.

      Ein C3, C4
      Genfu C3, C4
      Leon C3, C4
      Spartan-458 C3, C4, C5, C6, C7

  • Survival mode trophies

    Successfully complete Single mode with the indicated number of wins to unlock the corresponding trophy:

      Bronze: 20 wins
      Silver: 40 wins
      Gold: 60 wins

    Successfully complete Tag mode with the indicated number of wins to unlock the corresponding trophy:

      Bronze: 20 wins
      Silver: 40 wins
      Gold: 60 wins

  • Time Attack mode trophies

    Successfully complete Single mode within the indicated time limit to unlock the corresponding trophy:

      Bronze: 5:00 to 6:00
      Silver: 4:30 to 5:00
      Gold: Less than 4:30

    Successfully complete Tag mode within the indicated time limit to unlock the corresponding trophy:

      Bronze: 4:00 to 4:30
      Silver: 3:30 to 4:00
      Gold: Less than 3:30

  • Alternate message

    On the Gamblers Paradise stage, if you have Xbox Live, have a motto, and are signed in, look at the thing that scrolls the message "Congratulations on the Xbox 360 launch!". Instead of displaying that message, it will show your motto scrolling across.

  • Hidden goof rewards

    Some of the game's secrets shown in the achievements list are actually goof rewards. These vary from Loss Streaks to Rank Demoting.

  • Jump over cars in Gambler's Paradise stage

    To jump over the cars in the Gambler's Paradise stage, just use a mid-kick counter when the car is about to hit you.

  • Easy wins with Jann Lee

    First, try to land a critical punch or kick to the enemy's head. If not accomplished, make use of quick countering or blocking to land a firm blow. Then when your enemy is hit off balance for a few seconds, keep throwing random critical blows to the head region mainly, and mix it up slightly to the body and legs. If you can do this and include fast combos in between your rhythm, you should be able to keep the enemy off the ground desperate for making successful blows. You should be able to do this technique with simple combos. Make sure that your rhythm is broken, meaning attack at different times without staying in a similar pattern and keeping your blows mostly critical. If you can do this a lot, you should also be able to switch it up with fast combos making it almost impossible for your opponent to counter. Remember to execute critical blows to the head mainly, mixed with fast combos and quick blows to the body. Keep your rhythm broken so it is impossible to counter (no repetition or repeating the speed of blows), and make sure to keep your guard up. Do not allow the enemy to hit you unexpectedly, or they may confuse you with the same trick. Try to at least counter when you lose balance in the match.

  • Halo reference

    Select Spartan-458 and play on the Gambler's Paradise stage. During the match, a Warthog with Marines will appear on the road.

  • Tag moves

      Switch-attack: Press LT + RT + Forward + Y or B
      Tag-ground move: Press LT + RT + Up + Y + B

  • Reversals strategy

    It is possible to reverse a:

      Low attack by pressing Down/Away + X.
      Mid-level punch by pressing Away + X.
      Mid-level kick by pressing Forward + X.
      High attack or jumping attack by pressing Up/Away + X.

    Do not rely on just reversals. In prior games in the series, you could count on a fair percentage of your damage coming from reversals, however their impact has been somewhat slimmed down in Dead Or Alive 4. They do less damage than before; use them more as an effective stop to your opponent's attacks, as opposed to the primary source of your own damage dealing.

    If you're reversal timing seems off, it is probably because you have roughly half the time available to successfully counter an attack as you did before. There is just a fraction of a second now to pull off a reversal. Use Sparring mode to practice your reversal timing if you are having trouble with it.

    A successful reversal paralyzes your opponent. They are unable to do anything for a second or two, making them vulnerable to ground attacks. Make sure you have your character's ground specific attacks (for example, Jann Lee's stomp) memorized so you can take full advantage of the opportunity.

  • Context-sensitivity strategy

    Use the environments to your advantage by not just knocking someone through a window or down a staircase, but also by employing context-sensitive actions. For example, you can leap over a barrier towards an opponent and lay down a special attack, use special acrobatic moves off of walls, and context-sensitive throws near hillsides and stairways. You need to practice extensively with your favorite characters to make good and strategic use of these moves, but they are worth the extra effort.

  • Patterns strategy

    Recognizing patterns does a lot for you. Online players tend to fall in love with specific combos, which can be thwarted at the beginning by beating them to the punch (or kick), or countered at the end with a reversal since the last move can usually be predicted.

    Make sure to mix things up as much as possible. Remember, many combos start out the same but can end very differently. Try to make sure you change up not only your combos, but the ends of each combo to keep your enemy on their toes.

  • Separate entities strategy

    Each fighter offers their own unique style. Do not think that just because you are dominant with Bayman that you will find equal success with Bass (or Spartan-458, for that matter). Treat each character as separate entities and you will find more success.

  • Sparring strategy

    Use Sparring mode to learn each characters strengths and weaknesses, and master their litany of combos. You can choose any stage you have unlocked and spar against any character you want, but you can also set specific actions for your opponent to undertake and even select which stance they use. You can also go through each combo one by one, setting the game up so it ticks each combo and move off the list as you successfully complete it.

  • Achievements

    Accomplish the indicated achievement to get the corresponding number of Gamerscore points:

      Achieve a Bronze Star (10 points): Defeat someone with a 10-14 win streak in Dead Or Alive 4 Online.
      Achieve a Gold Star (30 points): Defeat someone with a 20+ win streak in Dead Or Alive 4 Online.
      Achieve a Silver Star (20 points): Defeat someone with a 15-19 win streak in Dead Or Alive 4 Online.
      Unlock Ein (10 points): Successfully complete Story mode with Hitomi.
      Unlock Gen Fu (10 points): Successfully complete Story mode with Eliot.
      Unlock Helena (20 points): Successfully complete Story mode with all characters.
      Unlock Leon (10 points): Successfully complete Story mode with Zack.
      Unlock Spartan-458 (20 points): Successfully complete Story mode with Helena.
      Unlock Tengu (20 points): Successfully complete Time Attack mode with all default and hidden characters.

    The following are secret achievements, but will earn no Gamerscore points:

      Lose 5 consecutive online matches.
      Lose 10 consecutive online matches.
      Lost 20 consecutive online matches.
      Get a "D" rank in Dead Or Alive 4 Online.
      Get an "E" rank in Dead Or Alive 4 Online.
      Get an "F" rank in Dead Or Alive 4 Online.

  • Easy Time Attack Achievements

    To easily accomplish the Time Attack Achievements (Bronze, Silver, and Gold), go into "Settings", then "Game Settings", and change the "Time Attack Mode Match Points" to "1" instead of the default of "2". By doing this, you will only have to defeat each opponent once instead of twice. Note: Costumes cannot be unlocked and your score will not be on the leaderboard unless it is under the default settings.


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