Halo's DOA4 fighter unwrapped

Female Spartan warrior's story revealed by Bungie; "Nicole" trapped in 21st century guarding Nassau Station secrets. New screens inside.

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She's young, leggy, tall, and can kick your butt with both hands tied behind her back. Spartan 458, also known as Nicole, is Bungie's guest fighter in Dead or Alive 4, which is due to hit Xbox 360s soon. The idea was initiated by DOA series creator Team Ninja, and Bungie gladly accepted, given its respect for the game's publisher, Tecmo. However, when the top Ninja, Tomonobu Itagaki, asked for Master Chief, Bungie declined.

"Master Chief is busy, fictionally speaking. We left him at the end of Halo 2, involved in a very large scale galactic conflict with world-ending repercussions. Fictionally speaking, he just wasn't available for fisticuffs," cited Bungie as reasons for MC's exclusion. Bungie did want a Spartan in the mix, though the trick was figuring how to pull a futuristic cybersoldier some 400 years into the past.

On Bungie.net, the Halo developer today revealed the tongue-in-cheek story behind her appearance in Tecmo's brawler.

Nicole was abducted into the Spartan training program at the age of 6--like most enrolled in the Spartan program, including John "Master Chief" 117--and she was 21 years old when her ship slipped into a "bubble" in the space-time continuum. Charged with the duty of protecting the secrets of her classified mission, Nicole takes on all comers, even buxom DOA characters such as Kasumi.

Her measurements are an Amazonian 49-30-41, and her 6'8", 370-pound frame (7'2", 980 pounds with the Mjolnir armor on) would easily make her the Shaquille O'Neal of today's WNBA. Even with such a carriage to pull around, Bungie touts her agility in the arena. "When Nicole fights, you believe it. Punches are quick and brutal. Kicks are telegraphed, and pack incredible force," reads a post on Bungie's site.

Bungie insists that "Ms. Chief" will not be featured in Bungie's upcoming project or the Halo film, and that the character was created purely for involvement with DOA4.

In DOA4, Nicole will be able to turn on the active camouflage function featured in the Halo games, and pull off moves such as "the plasma stick" and "the grunt punt." Interactive features on the Halo-themed level include a Warthog with full suspension and breakable glass.

But how do the Bungie developers feel about DOA4? Glowing praise would be an understatement.

"The fact that there are moving objects on screen that can actually injure you is awesome, without being intrusive. The fact that you can not only hop over barriers, but turn that into a powerful attack, is genius. Making the backdrops truly interactive makes DOA4 seem deeper, without sacrificing the fluid simplicity you need from a fighting game. You'll have to play it yourself to find out just how fun, addictive and compelling it is. Of course, we might just be saying that because there's a Spartan in it."

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This is WONDErfuLL. (cries, sob..) Thank you Bungie and Tecmo!!

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ha ha ha, you should send your complain to this 'tomonobu' gay now, instead to bungie, ha ha ha!! (^^) !!

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I just want to see Halo 3!!!!!

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maybe because they just too busy on somekind of 'join project' stuff with this 'tomonobu' gay, ha ha ha!!

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O.k great, I don't really care. WHY CAN'T BUNGIE JUST TALK ABOUT HALO 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Good job tecmo, and you too 'tomonobu' gay, ha ha ha, now I knew why you run to xbox from PS2 market, ha ha ha!! (^^) !!

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I've never considered DOA to be a serious fighting series. Its great fun, but not very deep. Still, I REALLY want to play this game. And this Nichole character better have a civilian outfit. I like my girls tall .............

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It's tecmo afterall!! (^^) !! What you can said?? Ha Ha Ha!! That 'tomonobu' guy is just too retarded.

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This is as bad of an idea as sticking Spawn into SC2

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Ha Ha Ha, master chief with a kung fu style (New Bruce Lee, maybe)?? Ha Ha Ha!! (^^) !! Is this a joke?? Well you know, it's Tecmo's DoA afterall, what can you expect from them?? Their products just couldn't get compare to the TEKKEN series, LAME, ha ha ha. Why master chief just don't use his gun, it will only take 1 second to finish all of his opponents, ha ha ha, good joke tecmo!! (^^) !!

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...Atleast its better than Halo 2's story...

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"Nicole was abducted into the Spartan training program at the age of six--like most enrolled in the Spartan program, including John "Master Chief" 117--and was 21 years old when her ship slipped into a "bubble" in the space-time continuum." OK THIS JUST CRAPS OVER EVERYTHING HALO, INCLUDING THE BOOKS AND THE GAMES, IF YOU ARE A HALO FAN DO NOT PRAISE THIS STUPID IDEA.

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Damn that one hurt me! I am nice fan of fight games, I love Street Fighter, Tekken Mortal Kombat, etc etc i got to admit that DOA3 online is the best fighting game I ever played just make me sad because is xbox360 exclusive, I want play DOA4 :(

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The only news I want to hear is "Dead or Alive 4 has gone gold"

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Cortana is a hologram, she wouldnt be able to hit anyone, she would just go through them.

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That is so sick!!!!!Halo is everywhere now!!!!this is too sick,the game,the movie,special character in other games.....what next?????A company name????

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*sigh* stop wasting time with elaborate Spartan armor and just give DOA fans what they want: civvie Nicole. me? i'll keep waiting for Tekken and Virtua Fighter to play their cards in the 'next gen' 3d fighter arena...

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where is cortanna?

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Wow, cashing in on the only title aside from Ninja Gaiden, (which is already part of DOA's world), that was worth playing on the Xbox, and giving us a character that...lacks any real meaning in the Halo universe...marketing genius.

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i was thinking that about alternate outfits, it defeats the entire purpose of her being a girl if she just looks like Master Chief...without her being master chief. why even specify her as a she unless you intend to show her as a her. Makes sense to me.

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i'm kinda glad i haven't gotten the game yet, since i have no 360 yet (though i should have by now....bastards). but i couldn't imagine having this game and no system to play it on, it would be unbareable. i just hope i get my hands on it soon...both.

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Interesting take on the tall, strong, silent type.

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PS. "She" doesnt look like a she at all. It looks like Master Chief, they didnt even really make her skinnier or give her a chest. I seriously hope they included some worth-while alternates for her, otherwise the idea as a whole is about as good as her backstory... the time-space continuum? Always a classic...

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Nicole better have an alternate Cortana outfit, or DOA4 will have seriously fumbled a great opportunity...

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awesome now only if it comes out before i get my xbox i would be pissed if i get my 360 and not this game! i rather wait for 360 after getting this game than have my 360 and no awesome fighting game to show it off :)

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