Dead or Alive (PlayStation)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
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User Reviews

A great start to a great fighting series AaronGamer (42) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

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Category Description User Score
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.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Overall User Score (27 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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In every aspect, Dead or Alive is a step above the norm. Graphically, it looks simply beautiful and features some of the more impressive polygonal models you will ever see on the PlayStation. The ease of controls enables you to quickly learn the basics, while the vast amount of moves and strategies provides more than enough replay. Tecmo deserves big marks for such a remarkable home conversion.
Mega Fun
Das vom Charakterdesign und den unterschiedlichen Moves sehr stark an Virtua Fighter 2 erinnernde Dead or Alive glänzt durch seine hervorragende Spielbarkeit. Grafisch wurden die Kämpfe unglaublich schnell und sauber dargestellt. Dabei wirken die Kämpferanimationen samt weiblicher Wippbewegungen durch exzellentes Motion Capture einfach genial. Die fantastischen Lichteffekte, Gouraud Shading und in Echtzeit berechnete Lichteinflüsse setzen neue Glanzlichter im Vergleich zur Saturn-Version. Doch wurde man in der Spielhalle noch mit dreidimensionalen Hintergründen samt Animationen verwöhnt, so muß der PlayStation-Besitzer leider mit zweidimensionalen Bitmap-Grafiken vorlieb nehmen. Im Vergleich zu Spitzentiteln à la Tekken 3 vermißt der Prügelproll jedoch die Fülle von Schlagvarianten, was die Langzeitmotivation natürlich etwas senkt. Insgesamt gesehen ist Dead or Alive ein technisch hervorragender Klopper, dem aber kleine Mängel im Detail den Weg an den Prügelzenit versperren.
Absolute Playstation
If you are a fighting game fan this one won’t disappoint you. If you are like me and don’t play fighting games too often, this one will definitely grab your attention, especially in 2 player mode. Great graphics and decent sound effects really make this game fun. With all those different modes, reasonable number of characters, 84 different costumes, and hundreds of moves, I don’t know how this game could get boring. I definitely recommend adding it to your library.
The gratuitous sexism aside, Dead or Alive is a polished product that pushes Tecmo to the front of the fighting game, hot on the heels of Namco for the title. This is one game you'll definitely have to try and buy. However, if it wants to compete with the big boys, the company'll have to realize that plain old fighting just ain't enough any more. But after seeing this game, Dead or Alive 2 is looking better and better.
The Video Game Critic
The breathtaking background graphics feature photorealistic city skylights, tropical islands, and industrial areas at sunset. The music is equally good, and it varies greatly from stage to stage. Playing modes include training, team battle, survival, time attack, versus, and tournament, but my favorite is the "Kumite Mode", which pits you against a series of computer opponents. Since the minimum number of battles in Kumite mode is 30, you may want to set the match point to "one round" before undertaking this.
Thunderbolt Games
There are two things that really stand out in the fighting game Dead or Alive for the PlayStation One. First of all you cannot help but be impressed by the sumptuous graphics, that come a close second to Tekken 3 for title of tastiest looking psx fighter. Secondly, you'll notice that unlike many other fighting games, this one builds its fighting engine around grabs, reversals and counters.
Combining fantastic graphics and above-average gameplay, Dead or Alive is a fun and challenging fighting game well worth picking up. If there's one thing the PlayStation has a lot of, it's fighting games. Good fighting games on the other hand are a different story. Tecmo just happens to have one of those different stories though, and it goes by the name of Dead or Alive.
Power Unlimited
Dead Or Alive is een degelijk vechtspel. De graphics zien er goed uit, het vechten gaat prima en de characters zijn pro's met ieder een eigen setje moves. Het probleem is dat dat tegenwoordig gewoonweg niet genoeg meer is om te boeien. Er zijn zo veel betere games op de markt dat ik geen enkele reden zie om tijd te verspillen aan een middelmatige beat'em up.