Death by Degrees

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Death by Degrees
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The Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero of the Tekken franchise...
Protagonist: Nina Williams
Genre: Action-adventure
Beat'em up
Release Date: JP: January 27, 2005
NA: February 8, 2005
EU: April 15, 2005
AU: April 14, 2005
Developer: Namco
Publisher: Namco
Franchise: Tekken


Death by Degrees is an action-adventure game by Namco. It is initially a spin-off from the Tekken series of fighting games with Nina Williams as the main protagonist in this game. Originally announced with the title Nina. The game was released for the PlayStation 2 in 2005 and it is the first Tekken game to be Rated M (Mature) by ESRB.

Bad Qualities

  1. Tank-like and sluggish controls.
  2. Horrible camera.
  3. Combat moves made possible only with the right analog stick, making combat a chore.
  4. Weak and uninteresting plot that don't have anything to do with the main storyline's plot.
  5. Shockingly bad save game system.
  6. Too many loading times.
  7. Rather bland soundtrack.
  8. Mediocre voice acting.

Good Qualities

  1. Having a much better story than all the Tekken games after 4. You can learn more about Nina Williams backstory in this game. (And also how her father died in the game, since if you played Tekken 2 and 3, they are seen at their father's grave.)
  2. This is the first beat em up game with X-ray moves.
  3. Excellent Graphics for PlayStation 2 standards.
  4. There's a lot of references to Tekken throughout the game.
  5. If you owned this game, you would also get a demo version of Tekken 5 via a separate disc.
  6. After you beat the game once, you will be able to play as Anna Williams.

Reception

Death by degrees received mixed to negative reviews; Gamezone scored the game 59/100 and added: "With a camera that's less wieldy than a shaken pop bottle, Death by Degrees leaves the player with few reasons to return for more. The gameplay nearly redefines the word repetition".

Games(TM) scored the game 2/10 and said: it’s an unparalleled mess of a game that manages top bore and anger in equal measure, exhibiting the occasional glimmer of a good idea only to snatch it away and laugh in your face.

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