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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 As if just beating a character wasn't enough, the game rewards you with a short replay after every fight.
Dead or Alive SEGA Saturn I own ninjas.
Dead or Alive SEGA Saturn Loading screen.
Dead or Alive SEGA Saturn Lovely Kasumi's loading screen.

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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus SEGA Saturn Dec, 1997 95 out of 100 95
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Digital Extremes SEGA Saturn 1997 9 out of 10 90
PSM PlayStation May, 1998 4.5 out of 5 90
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jul, 1998 86 out of 100 86
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Nov, 1997 85 out of 100 85
IGN PlayStation Mar 27, 1998 8.5 out of 10 85
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Jan 02, 2004 B+ 83
GameSpot PlayStation Apr 07, 1998 7.3 out of 10 73
GameSpot SEGA Saturn Mar 04, 1998 6.8 out of 10 68


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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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