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Dead or Alive 2 (Dreamcast)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.0
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Overall MobyScore (27 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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100
GamesFirst!
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
GamePro (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.
98
Shin 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
Power 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
Jeuxvideo.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.
94
IGN
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.
91
Gaming 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.
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Futuregamez.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
GameSpot
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
Planet 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
Thunderbolt 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
Meristation
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.
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Game 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
Armchair 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.
89
IGN
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
SegaFan.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.
88
Defunct 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.
85
Gamer'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
Game 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
Gaming 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
WomenGamers.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
4Players.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
The 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
Game 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.
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SEGA-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!
80
Joypad
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.
80
Super 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.
80
Gameplanet
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
Eurogamer.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.
80
Game 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.
78
Gamezone (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
The 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!
70
Gamekult
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.