Legendary Ninja Ryu Hayabusa managed to stop the evil plans of Tengu. However, it was too late to disable the Tengu of Destruction
from triggering a worldwide collapse, which churns up a dense cloud that covers the entire planet in a shroud of fear and darkness. DOATEC
has gone astray, turning into the hunting grounds for power-hungry scam artists, which is when DOATEC's development department witnesses the success of a genius. Following Project Alpha and Project Epsilon, Dr. Victor Donovan completes the Omega Project, producing Genra
, a Superhuman. Genra, who was once leader of the Hajin Mon Ninja, is no longer human. A slaughterhouse has been provided as the exclusive domain of the Omega superhuman, known as the World Combat Championship, Dead or Alive 3.
As per usual with 3D Fighting games, Dead or Alive 3 was a one on one fighting game (although there is a tag mode). Face buttons correspond to punch, kick, throw and block, and countering makes a significant presence in the game.
The fundamental gameplay structure and controls remain more-or-less unchanged from the previous game in the series (Dead or Alive 2), although some minor tweaks have been added. These minor tweaks include unrestricted 3D-axis movement, made counter's less powerful, less emphasis on juggles and increased counter periods, which all make the CPU's much more forgiving, making the game easier to pick up and play. The game also added four characters to the roster (it should also be noted that the Japanese version of the game featured many gameplay changes not found in the US version, such as new attacks, tweaked properties for existing attacks and a new cinematic intro for the game).