Dead or Alive

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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 SEGA Saturn More danger zone fun.
Dead or Alive PlayStation Remember me? Ryu Hayabusa, from Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden series, makes an appearance in the game.
Dead or Alive Arcade Jump kick
Dead or Alive SEGA Saturn Intro shot 2. A nice introduction of Tina.

Alternate Titles

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

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A great start to a great fighting series PlayStation AaronGamer (42)

Critic Reviews

Shin Force SEGA Saturn Oct 12, 1997 9.5 out of 10 95
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jul, 1998 86 out of 100 86
Mega Fun PlayStation Jun, 1998 86 out of 100 86
IGN PlayStation Mar 27, 1998 8.5 out of 10 85
Thunderbolt Games PlayStation Aug 19, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Video Games PlayStation Jun, 1998 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot PlayStation Apr 07, 1998 7.3 out of 10 73
GameSpot SEGA Saturn Mar 04, 1998 6.8 out of 10 68
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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