After much delay the Xbox 360 version of Dead or Alive 5 finally received its major patch update, and along with this patch comes an all new arena where you battle in the beautiful sunny resort that is Zack Island. Beach levels have always been a favorite of mine in 3D fighting games as they are an amazing graphical and technical showcase, featuring some eye candy visual flair, gorgeous sunlight effects, sparkling water physics, and just sheer vibrant beauty. My first encounter with this type of arena was in Tekken 4, amazing stage featuring background music that will forever be etched in my memory. Then along came Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate which raised the bar a little higher with its superior visual and graphical prowess.
It's a shame that there aren't enough beach levels in 3D fighting games, if it were up to me I'd make them compulsory. Which is why I was so thrilled to see Zack Island in Dead or Alive 5, the stage looks amazing, and the best part is that it's absolutely free!
Also when you have a game that features a truck load of classy swimsuit outfits, you simply need a beach level to complement and amplify the beauty.