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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 The model quality is also surprisingly high.
Dead or Alive SEGA Saturn Intro shot 6. Kasumi introduction.
Dead or Alive Arcade Counter
Dead or Alive Arcade She avoids my 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

Consoles Plus SEGA Saturn Dec, 1997 95 out of 100 95
Digital Extremes SEGA Saturn 1997 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun PlayStation Jun, 1998 86 out of 100 86
IGN PlayStation Mar 27, 1998 8.5 out of 10 85
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Jan 02, 2004 B+ 83
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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