Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 (2006)

by Christopher
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Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 expands the Dead or Alive franchise into a fun-filled beach vacation, featuring a variety of activities and mini-games. Despite mixed reviews, its emphasis on friendship and leisure activities makes it a memorable entry in the series.


Immerse yourself in the ultimate beach vacation with Dead or Alive Xtreme 2, a game that combines sports, leisure, and friendship in a uniquely entertaining package. With its gorgeous graphics and diverse activities, DOAX2 offers a captivating escape into a world of sand, sun, and sports.


“Dead or Alive Xtreme 2” (DOAX2), developed by Team Ninja and released in 2006, is a sequel to the original “Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball” game for the Xbox 360 console. The game expands upon the activities available in the original, supplementing beach volleyball with additional beach-related minigames.

The plot of DOAX2 takes place after the conclusion of “Dead or Alive 4”. The story begins when Zack and Niki, after finding treasures from an undead Egyptian pharaoh, use their newfound wealth to locate the remains of Zack Island buried under the ocean. Using a satellite-like beam from the atmosphere, they revive Zack Island, now known as New Zack Island.

The DOA girls were all invited to New Zack Island under the pretense of another DOA tournament. However, much like the previous Zack Island, they find themselves on another summer vacation. This time, the DOA girls can engage in even more sports activities alongside Beach Volleyball and Pool Hopping.

The game features a two-week vacation mode, where players can indulge in a variety of activities. Each day is broken up into three segments (morning, afternoon, and evening), where players can perform a single activity during each. Players can choose to play as any of the nine women present in the series at the time of the game’s release.

Each woman in the game has certain items and hobbies which she likes or dislikes, and these preferences influence her reaction upon receiving a gift. Characters also each have an individual favorite color, again affecting their like or dislike of a certain item (and the wrapping paper used to wrap it).

The game puts a strong emphasis on friendship; players (playing as one of the women) must befriend the other female characters by buying them gifts they enjoy from the various stores on the island, playing pool-hopping and playing butt battles. Doing so will increase the bond between the two characters.

The former “main event” from “Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball”, beach volleyball is once again present. Similar to the original, players must have a partner in order to compete in a two-on-two 7-point volleyball match. The gameplay has been modified to make the game slightly more difficult and to add variety.

In the online mode, two players can compete against each other, each having a computer-controlled partner. Lastly, the camera has been slightly modified to address the criticism that the one in the original game moved erratically or too frequently.

“Dead or Alive Xtreme 2” offers a unique blend of sports, friendship, and vacation activities, providing players with a diverse and engaging gaming experience.


The game features a roster of characters from the Dead or Alive series, each with unique preferences and personalities. Players can interact with these characters, offering gifts and teaming up for activities, to strengthen bonds and enjoy the vacation together.


DOAX2’s gameplay revolves around participation in various beach-themed mini-games and activities. Players can compete in beach volleyball matches, test their agility in pool hopping, or challenge others in butt battles. Managing relationships with other characters through gift-giving and shared activities is crucial for success in the game.


Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 offers a unique blend of sports and simulation, set in a visually stunning beachside environment. While not without its flaws, the game provides a light-hearted and entertaining experience for fans of the series and newcomers looking for a virtual beach getaway.

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