If this all seems a rather tenuous excuse to wheel the DOA lasses out in bikinis no bigger than a couple of liquorice laces, you'd be mostly right. The six minigames, which include the new 'butt battle', flag chase and tug of war, are of... varying quality. The best two are also the ones that feature online play - a sub-Wave Race-a-like marine battle and the new, improved volleyball mode.
But aside from that, how many hours you're likely to get out of Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 will most likely correlate with your appetite for taking pictures of fictitious babes with more facial right-angles than Red Dwarf's Kryten. Which is fine if all you're after is some DOA-flavoured virtual lady action you can stare at for a couple of hours... before getting bored.
Above: Women with massive breasts running down a beach. Plainly better than Halo 3