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The first in the Dead or Alive series, and features many of the same features that has made the DoA series so popular today; somewhat realistic combat, good character design, and scantily clad women whose breasts bounce a lot.

The game doesn't mess too much with a background story- it's a 3D one on one fighter that takes place within an arena of limited space. Each character has their own unique way of fighting, their own abilities, and even their own hobbies and likes. (For example, Ryu Hayabusa- yes, he of Ninja Gaiden fame- likes sushi, mountain climbing, and fishing.)


Dead or Alive PlayStation Every inch a weapon. You don't often see flying bottom attacks in fighting games.
Dead or Alive SEGA Saturn Intro shot 5. Lei-Fang introduction.
Dead or Alive PlayStation Clone Wars. Bruce Lee clone Jann-Lee puts a headlock on the Dennis Rodman wannabe, Zack.
Dead or Alive Arcade Jump kick

Alternate Titles

  • "生或死" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "デッド オア アライブ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

High Voltage Online SEGA Saturn Oct 09, 2006 95 out of 100 95
Consoles Plus SEGA Saturn Dec, 1997 95 out of 100 95
PSM PlayStation May, 1998 4.5 out of 5 90
Mega Fun PlayStation Jun, 1998 86 out of 100 86
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jul, 1998 86 out of 100 86
IGN PlayStation Mar 27, 1998 8.5 out of 10 85
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Nov, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Thunderbolt Games PlayStation Aug 19, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Video Games PlayStation Jun, 1998 78 out of 100 78
Power Unlimited PlayStation Jun, 1998 6.7 out of 10 67


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Version differences

Both console ports ditch the 3D backgrounds of the original arcade version in favor of textured planes and flat bitmaps. The Playstation version however improves the model shading somewhat and adds a ton of alternate costumes as well as two brand new characters: Ayane and Bass. Said version (complete with the backgrounds and all) actually saw an arcade release under the name Dead or Alive ++, which is an extremely rare find.

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