Nicole (codename: SPARTAN-458)  is a result of collaboration between the DOA's developers and Bungie Studios, the developer of the Halo series. Originally, Team Ninja asked Bungie to use the protagonist of Halo, the Master Chief, as a guest character in Dead or Alive 4. Instead, Nicole was created to avoid storyline conflicts.

Nicole is a twenty-sixth century human female from Mars who was kidnapped by the United Nations Space Command and placed into the SPARTAN-II Project, and who eventually becomes a Petty Officer Second Class. Her presence in the Dead or Alive storyline is explained as an accident involving the space-time continuum that has transported her to the twenty-first century.

Fun Fact: Spartan-458 isn't the only HALO character to appear in a fighting game. In 2016, Arbiter made a guest appearance in Killer Instinct Season 3.

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Page Updated:  May 3rd, 2016

Cool, I get to make a comment about Halo... heh. Honestly, I never saw what the big deal was about Halo. Come on, it's not that good... is going around blasting aliens really that entertaining? I enjoy a good shooter, but I was more impressed with Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake back in the day... yeah, I'm old school FPS. That's why I've always been "meh" about Halo. Also, the main Halo guy / costume / whatever looks so much like the original Doom guy. The design is nearly a rip-off, actually.

In fairness, Spartan-458 was a fairly respectable crossover character in DOA4. Being a 360 exclusive fighting game, I suppose it made sense to have the most popular shooter on the system represented in the form of this character. Spartan's overall fighting style isn't terrible, but also not particularly exciting either.

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