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Dead or Alive 2

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Dreamcast
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4.0
PlayStation 2
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3.8

User Reviews

I'm in love with the Tecmo girls! PlayStation 2 Kartanym (10780)
Dead or Alive 3 is better, but this game is still a fantastic experience! PlayStation 2 Jim Fun (222)

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Dreamcast 27 4.0
PlayStation 2 37 3.8
Combined MobyScore 64 3.9


The Press Says

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100
DreamcastGamesFirst!
Still, none of the game’s imperfections stop Dead or Alive 2 from being the best fighter available on the Dreamcast. Beautiful graphics, a complex fighting system, superb counters, and a bonus Tag Team mode leave the competition bleeding and whining in the sand, and the four player combat finally gives players a reason to own more than two controllers. If you buy one fighting game, buy Dead or Alive 2.
100
DreamcastGamePro (US)
DoA2 might not be quite as flashy as Soul Calibur, but it's every bit as engaging as Namco's epic master of melee. Gamers who balk at memorizing pages of combos will delight in DoA2's defensive gameplay, and fighting veterans will enjoy having an all-new, incredibly awesome fighting game to conquer. Dead or Alive 2 is, most positively, alive.
100
PlayStation 2Game Revolution
The big question is obvious: how does this stack up against Tekken Tag? Well, that's sort of like asking how Frosted Flakes compare with Fruit Loops. They're both sugar-coated and they're both bad for you, but they taste different. Tekken fans will probably dislike the somewhat limited depth of DOA Hardcore, though the cool reversal system and tremendous graphics make it worth the price of admission for most.
100
PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
This is one of those debates that will certainly rage on and even in the GamePro offices not all are in total agreement. Suffice it to say that the fighting game the majority of the Gamepro.com staff will buy is DOA 2 Hardcore. For fighting enthusiasts, DOA2 Hardcore is the first must have game for the PlayStation 2. End of story.
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PlayStation 2Shin Force
No matter which system you get DOA2 for, it'll be well worth the price.
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DreamcastShin Force
Dead or Alive 2's graphics excel, especially with a VGA Box. It's pretty close, but I think DOA2 looks better than Soul Calibur because of its flair, art, and babes. As for gameplay, it's not quite on par with Virtua Fighter 3tb, but it's a close second. As a result, I'm going to crown DOA2 as my current favorite in the fighting genre. I don't know about you, but my expectations were exceeded by Team Ninja...
96
DreamcastPower Unlimited
Tecmo heeft een sublieme beat'em up afgeleverd, waarin de nadruk niet op de extraatjes is gelegd, maar puur op het vechten zelf. Dead Or Alive 2 is een fightinggame geworden zoals een fightinggame behoort te zijn.
95
DreamcastJeuxvideo.com
Soul Calibur vient de trouver son maître et les fans de la baston 3D vont devoir tout réapprendre en jouant à Dead or Alive 2, le chef d'œuvre actuel de la Dreamcast.
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DreamcastIGN
And that about wraps up the list of improvements. The Japanese DoA2 is what the US version should have been ¿ a fantastic arcade game that's been loaded up with extra goodies to make for a more rewarding home gameplay experience. Is it worth re-buying? Probably not ¿ but if you've ignored (or rented) DoA2 in the past, chances are good that you'll get your money's worth from the import.
93
PlayStation 2Futuregamez.net
So which is better the Dreamcast or Playstation 2 version? That's a tough call. The graphics are generally better in the Dreamcast version although the number of game modes, options and variety of levels in the Playstation 2 version manages to give it the slight edge. On either system this game totally rocks and should be in your collection. Tecmo has done a magnificent job with this game and the series can now be classed as one of the classics beside Street Fighter, Virtua Fighter and Tekken.
91
PlayStation 2Gamer's Pulse
DOA2 is a blast to play, and a sure hit with groups of people, especially if you happen to have a multitap. You can play in Versus mode all day and still not complete all of the possible moves and combinations, but if you get bored of it you can always drop into Tag Team and beat on the computer, side-by-side with your friends. If you are a fan of fighting games, or you want a fun game that will also showcase the power of your new PS2 system, DOA2 is the game for you.
91
DreamcastGaming Age
Team Ninja has made one of the finest fighting games to date. Dead or Alive 2 is a beautiful fighting game in every meaning of the word. The game looks great, plays great, and has enough personality to pull it to the top of the Dreamcast fighting library.
91
DreamcastFuturegamez.net
Dead Or Alive 2 is a remarkable title. The presentation, graphics, sound are superb, and the gameplay is rarely short of spectacular. Anyone who still has doubts about the power of the Dreamcast need only look at this title. If you haven't played your Dreamcast for a while now, this is the perfect opportunity to blow away the cobwebs and invite some friends over.
91
DreamcastGameSpot
While the game doesn't have the deep cache of options and unlockable rewards that Soul Calibur offers, minor quibbles aside, it makes up for it with reams and reams of gameplay. If you have enough gaming friends to maximize the tag-battle mode, you'll be hard pressed to find a better 3D fighter out there.
90
PlayStation 2PSM
Even with these problems (which tend to appear in almost every fighting game), DOA2: Hardcore still manages to come out on top, and is easily the most polished and innovative fighting game currently available on the PlayStation 2. Move over Tekken, there's a new king in town.
90
PlayStation 2Gamereactor (Sweden)
Ska man köpa Dead or Alive 2 då? Ja, det är ingen anledning att köpa en Playstation 2, men om man redan har en finns det ingen anledning att inte köpa det. Annars klarar man sig med Dreamcast-versionen. Spelet är i grunden väldigt solitt och bra, och med alla dessa hemliga bonusar räcker det betydligt längre än de tidigare versionerna. Kontrollen är ett stort plus; jag har spelat med Playstation-kontroller på Dreamcast-versionen hela tiden, men nu kan man äntligen använda alla knappar vilket förenklar det hela. Har man inte spelat Dead or Alive förut är det här ett utmärkt tillfälle att börja; i vilket fall som helst är det ett av de bästa Playstation 2-spelen just nu.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
If you’re new to the series, DOA 2’s gameplay is a beautiful thing. For almost every move in the game, Tecmo has created counters for the defender. If the opposition makes an assault, you can block it and toss their attack right back in their face. The fighting mechanics are similar to Tekken, but not quite as extensive in the combo linking system. In retaliation, DOA 2’s tag techniques are far superior, and its interactive environments cannot be topped. DOA 2 rocked on Dreamcast, and the new material makes it an even more desirable PS2 property. DOA 2 is indeed Hardcore.
90
DreamcastPlanet Dreamcast
Is Dead or Alive 2 the best fighting game on the Dreamcast? It depends on your own personal preference. Personally, I think Soul Calibur's crown is safe and sound. Is it one of the best fighting games on the Dreamcast? Definitely. And that's saying a lot, since the system has plenty of fighters to choose from. If you like Soul Calibur and/or Virtua Fighter 3TB, but are ready for something different, give DoA 2 a try.
90
DreamcastThunderbolt Games
Overall, DoA 2 is a wonderful fighter for the Dreamcast, and any fighting game fan should make sure they add this one into their library if it isn't already in there. DoA 2 is a button-masher with class, something that other games simply wish they could be. Pick it up at any price, even if it is one of the most expensive Dreamcast games around still.
90
DreamcastMeristation
Dead or Alive 2 cumplido con todas las expectativas que se habían generado en torno a él. Como decíamos arriba es como si tuviéramos la recreativa en casa, con todo lo que eso conlleva. La úniga pega que empaña algo el resultado final es que se hace muy corto. No hay apenas extras que piquen al usuario a seguir jugando después de haberse pasado el juego. Debido a esto es un título al que acabaréis sacándole más provecho en compañía que solos.
90
DreamcastGame industry News (GiN)
Dead or Alive nonetheless is a very impressive product for the Dreamcast, and only its lack of special surprises hold this game back from a perfect rating. But that doesn't mean it can't be worthy of 4 1/2 GiN Gems for its strong effort!
90
DreamcastArmchair Empire, The
DOA2 makes for some great high-intensity fighting. Both testing players’ reflexes and treating them to some incredible visuals, this game is a fabulous addition to the Dreamcast library.
90
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
Dead or Alive 2 and Tekken Tag Tournament are both wearing crowns. Under my rule I have decided to have a duplicate crown and make one for Tecmo's fighter, because it sure deserves it. Dead or Alive 2 is definitely a gamer's dream come true, the environments (as I said before) are a real breath of fresh air. Almost free roaming action makes DOA2 one of the greatest fighting games ever, the ability to throw someone off an iceberg, or building is fantastic. If you have a PS2 already, you should definitely get Tekken Tag and Dead or Alive2, you will not regret the decision.
90
PlayStation 2GamersMark
Very pleasing first impression of the PS2, brilliant gameplay and a great laugh. "There are plenty of copies left so go out and buy it!"
90
PlayStation 2PlanetPS2
Sometimes when a game is released for a system, one must sit and ponder its intended audience to properly portray how the game fulfills its mission. With Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore, the audience is twofold. On one side are the players who are just tired of Tekken Tag Tournament and are looking for something fresh and new. Folks, this is your game. On the other hand, you have the teenage boys group. Fellas, welcome to you new obsession.
89
DreamcastIGN
Dead or Alive 2 has so much going for it, you'd be a fool not to pick it up and give it a try. However, unless you've got some hardcore fighting friends, this will be gathering dust a lot sooner than Soul Calibur or Powerstone did.
89
DreamcastSegaFan.com
Aún así esta versión no dista mucho de su predecesora, excepto en el idioma (está en Japonés), y, pese al lastre de ser claramente sexista, no tenemos más que quitarnos el sombrero ante uno de los mejores juegos de lucha de cualquier plataforma. Aunque fuesen chicos en calzones.
89
PlayStation 24Players.de
Im Vergleich zu Tekken bietet DOA2 die ausgereiftere Steuerung und die schnellere Spielgrafik. Dafür kann Tekken mit wesentlich mehr spielbaren Charakteren und Extras aufwarten, die für eine dementsprechende Langzeitmotivation sorgen. Letzten Endes muss jeder für sich durch ein Probespiel den persönlichen Favoriten herausfinden. In jedem Fall jedoch ist DOA2 einer der derzeit besten Konsolen-Prügler, den jeder Fan in der Sammlung haben sollte.
89
PlayStation 2GameSpot
Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore is a pretty good fighting game. The fighting system is fast and fun, though not the deepest system in town. Still, the pretty graphics make it a good showpiece (though, to be honest, it doesn't look that much different from the Dreamcast release), and the game has enough options to make it a worthwhile purchase for fight-hungry PS2 owners.
88
DreamcastDefunct Games
In the end Dead or Alive 2 comes close to topping Soul Calibur, but doesn't quite hit it's mark (at least not like it did on the PlayStation 2). This has the workings for a classic fighting game, as well as some of the most innovative features in current fighting games, but it has a little more work to go before it's perfected. Close, but not quite in the same ballpark as Soul Calibur.
88
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
As far as fighting games go, this one kicks some serious heinie. When I say heinie, I of course mean panties, because you see a lot of them in DOA 2. Why fight it? It’s just a matter of time until we see something like Sex Boxers V: Kaila’s Delight. Not that that’s a bad thing. Far from it. Aside from the panty sightings and boobage, this game packs some wicked graphics and sweet moves. You won’t be jonesin’ for new ways to fight the computer for a while, either. Hardcore has many cool options for two-player combat, as well as tag team action and other goodies. There are also plotlines for each character to keep things interesting as you plow your way through the game. Just like any other fighter, the controls take some getting used to, but for anyone who has any gaming experience, five minutes of sparring should bring you up to speed. Trust me, this game is every bit a good as it looks.
87
PlayStation 2IGN
For prospective first-time DOA2 purchasers, the question is a little bit more complicated. Or maybe it's not, after all, since at this point you're either assured of getting a PlayStation 2 or incapable of buying one for several months. If you've got a PlayStation 2, by all means choose Hardcore - after all, it has the most complete feature set of any DOA2, and arguably the best graphics (although that's such a wriggly little can of worms that I feel no desire to open it up at this point).
85
DreamcastGamer's Pulse
This game is one of the premier fighting games to appear on the Dreamcast this year. If it does not beat Soul Calibur in your minds, it will come a very close second. With the easy controls, the wonderful graphics, and the many tweaks and additions, this is what future fighting games on the Dreamcast will be compared to. I have no reservations when I say I recommend this game to any Dreamcast owner.
85
DreamcastGame Critics
As much as I'd like to believe a 110lb, barely-legal babe like Lei-Fang in Dead Or Alive 2 could throw around pro-wrestler sized he-men, I know it simply isn't within the realm of possibility. It's that lack of credibility, along with all the sexual exploitation, that sets the digital women's movement (if you can really call it that) back another 10 years to when it first began with Street Fighter II. Still, there's no denying that amidst all the lusty thoughts and sweaty palms, this is one hell of a competent fighting game. Dead Or Alive 2 may not be revolutionary in its portrayal of empowered women nor even as a fighting game, but it is by far one of the most satisfying one in recent memory.
85
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Un excellent titre qui devrait très vite s'imposer comme une des principales références en matière de jeu de baston sur PS2, même s'il ne souffre pas pour l'instant d'une féroce concurrence sur le support.
85
DreamcastGaming Target
OK, let's face it, the replay contained in DOA2 lacks. After you get through all the different paths of the characters, and play the Tag and other modes to hell and back, the only true fun of this game after that is multiplayer, but that is still worth it.
85
DreamcastWomenGamers.com
Hardcore fight fans looking for the next big thing have found it. Though not as complex and deep (which could be a blessing for more casual gamers) as Soul Calibur, DoA2 is convincingly executed, delivers on many levels and is thoroughly satisfying. Still, there's no denying that amidst all the lusty thoughts and sweaty palms, this is one hell of a competent fighting game. DoA2 may not be revolutionary in its portrayal of empowered women nor even as a fighting game, but it is by far one of the most satisfying one in recent memory.
83
Dreamcast4Players.de
Gesamt betrachtet gibt DoA2 ein gut gelungenes Prügelspiel ab, und wird mit Sicherheit in die Fußstapfen von Soul Calibur treten. Es hat zwar nicht die spektakulären Grafikeffekte aber dafür äußerst gutaussehende Kämpferinnen, die das Spiel vielleicht zu einem Kultspiel machen.
83
DreamcastThe Video Game Critic
Dead or Alive 2 has it all. The music and sound could be better, but that doesn't detract from this high quality fighter.
83
DreamcastGame Revolution
Now don't get me wrong, if you have some friends, DOA 2 is absolutely worth it and I recommend it highly. This is one terrific two-player game, and it will have you jumping and yelling at some of the incredible fighting moments. But when your friend goes home, you'll notice that DOA 2 will quickly retire to the shelf...until the next round.
82
PlayStation 2Gamezone (Germany)
Der augenfälligste Unterschied sind die drei neuen Stages: Vor einem malerischen Sonnenuntergang über den Häuserdächern von Slums oder in der sandigen Umgebung einer Wüste lässt es sich eben auch vortrefflich prügeln. Die neu spendierten Umgebungen fügen sich harmonisch in das Gesamtbild der übrigen, grafisch ebenso toll dargestellten Stages ein. Die Steuerung gestaltet sich mit dem PS2-Pad eingängig und direkt.Warum aber dieser Titel auf einer DVD-Rom erschienen ist,ist mir selbst aber immer noch ein Rätsel.
81
PlayStation 2Fragland.net
One of the corner stones of console gaming is fight games. I doubt that if it hadn’t been for games like Tekken, Virtua Fighter or Super Street Fighter, the console market would have been as big as it is now. All those that used to love fighting each other in the arcade halls were for the first time ever capable of doing the same in their own home and that’s what makes this genre so important.
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DreamcastSEGA-Portal.de
Durch seine Vorzüge in der Technik und im Gameplay bietet Dead or Alive 2 (besonders mit vier Spielern vor der Konsole) immer wieder unterhaltsame Partien. Trotz dessen kann der Titel nicht mit Soul Calibur mithalten, da die Langzeitmotivation einfach zu gering ist, die Kämpfer nicht so perfekt designt sind und das Flair insgesamt nicht so packend wirkt. Das Kontersystem sagt mir als Nicht-Profi zudem auch nicht ganz zu. Da zaubere ich lieber wuchtige Waffenattacken und lasse den Gegner blocken. Beat’em Up-Fans sehen das bestimmt anders und finden gerade dieses Feature genial. Für sie ist dieser 3D-Prügler sicherlich Pflicht!
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DreamcastJoypad
Dead or Alive 2 a tout pour plaire : une prise en mains à deux vitesses, des arènes extensibles et des Tag qui vous laissent une créativité plus ouverte que dans Tekken. Beau à tuer, il fait partie des softs de combat incontournables qui feront de votre ludothèque une marque du bon goût.
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DreamcastSuper Play
Riktigt bra beat 'em up är svåra att jämföra, men jag måste ändå erkänna att jag är mer svag för Dead or Alive än Tekken 3. Det är som att jämföra DJ Krush med DJ Kensei; båda är extremt duktiga men har olika stilar. Men DJ Krush är alltid DJ Krush. Det hela har en personlig touch som är svår att definiera. Det känns bara rätt, och man vet det så väl.
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PlayStation 2Thunderbolt Games
The Dead or Alive series isn’t held as high in regard as the likes of Tekken, Virtua Fighter, and a few other fighting game franchises. Many claim it to be a shallow gaming series, what with the well-endowed female characters and blatant sexually-rich eye candy, the not-so technical gameplay, and just about everything else that makes DOA different from the rest. But does a fighting game have to be ‘deep’ to be fun? Not necessarily. Can’t we just stop taking the fighting genre seriously for a little bit and just enjoy the fighters we’ve come to know all these years? While such a concept may sound foreign and downright blasphemous, DOA2: Hardcore stands proudly as a solid game for enthusiasts and casual players alike. It has a fair amount of kooky characters, wonderfully fast-paced gameplay, a fair amount of extras, and great presentation to round it all out. It may not be the most epic or ambitious fighting game on the PS2, but it’s still great.
80
DreamcastGameplanet
Dead or Alive 2 is not without its faults, which is why it has not obtained a perfect score. The story lines for each character are extremely weak and difficult to understand, and there are no extras to unlock (no Tekken-style sub-games or secret characters). There are a few costumes for each character to wear (some of them a bit dodgy), but this just isn't enough for an individual player to remain interested in the game for very long after completing it. If you have a friend (or preferably three) to play against, however, this game is highly recommended.
80
DreamcastEurogamer.net (UK)
When the chips are down, Dead or Alive 2 is one of the best beat-em-ups on the Dreamcast, and rather amusingly, a lot of people whose opinions count rate it more so than they do the PlayStation 2 version, but without the added longevity of games like Powerstone and Soul Calibur, it'll be warming the shelf within a week or two.
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DreamcastGame Chronicles
DOA2 looks and plays better than any other fighting game on the Dreamcast or any other system for that matter. If there had been more substance to go along with the dazzling presentation this title would be a "must buy". As it stands, this game is a 3-day rental if you are playing by yourself. If you have brothers or sisters, roommates, or friends who visit often then I highly recommend you add this title to your Dreamcast collection.
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DreamcastGamezone (Germany)
Trotzdem ist DOA2 lange nicht so ein ausgereiftes Spiel wie Soul Calibur. Diesen Vergleich muss sich das Spiel in der Dreamcast-Version durchaus gefallen lassen. So sucht man vergebens nach besonders ausgefallenen Special-Moves. Es sind zwar äußerst schöne Combos möglich und auch das Einbeziehen der Umgebung in den Kampf sind sicher große Pluspunkte, aber sonderlich viele Extras kann man in diesem Spiel nicht freispielen. Dadurch ist nicht sonderlich viel für die Langzeitmotivation geboten und wenn man nicht öfters ein paar Freunde zum Prügelabend einlädt, landet das Spiel nach den ersten paar mal Durchspielen im Schrank.
75
PlayStation 2PlayFrance
Dead or Alive 2 est donc un jeu de très bonne qualité aussi bien au niveau de la réalisation que de l'intérêt. Il vous plaira longtemps si vous l'exploitez à fond, si vous êtes du genre bourrin, préférez-lui Tekken Tag. Malgré quelques défauts comme le mode story un peu court DOA2 tire très bien son épingle du jeu face à des grosses pointures comme Tekken ou Virtua Fighter. Bref une très bonne alternative.
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DreamcastThe Next Level
In reality, Dead or Alive 2 is probably the second best 3D fighter available for the Dreamcast right now (Soul Calibur is still the best, in my opinion). That being said, it's still an amazing game, with a pace that's unrivaled even when stacked against the speedy 2D fighters. If you haven't already picked this sucker up, you better do it fast. It's a gorgeous game, with great character designs and an extremely fast pace... and if you refuse to get it, I'll send Zack the metallic Teletubbie to your house to give you the Stunner!
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DreamcastGamekult
Enfin un autre jeu de combat sur Dreamcast vient taquiner Soul Calibur ! Dead or Alive 2, malgré sa prise en main ardue, son mode solo un peu frustrant, et son trop petit nombre de personnages disponibles, fait partie de la fine fleur du genre. Graphiquement superbe, doté d'originalités bienvenues (combat en équipe, terrains d'affrontement sur plusieurs niveaux), le jeu ravira les combattants aguerris pour qui l'art du combat prime sur le déchaînement de coups spéciaux pyrotechniques.
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PlayStation 2Gamekult
Dead or Alive 2 Hardcore est vraiment un excellent jeu de combat. Il devra donc figurer dans votre collection, mais à deux conditions : si vous êtes fan du genre et si vous êtes possesseur d'une PlayStation 2. Avec un parc de consoles aussi réduit à la sortie, la deuxième condition semble être la plus difficile à remplir... Je ne vous dirai pas d'aller voir sur Dreamcast où le jeu est non seulement disponible mais quasiment identique, mais bon, à vous de voir.