Dead or Alive 2 Reviews (PlayStation 2)

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I'm in love with the Tecmo girls! Kartanym (12825) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
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GamePro (US) (Nov 24, 2000)
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 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.
Shin Force (Nov 26, 2001)
No matter which system you get DOA2 for, it'll be well worth the price.
93 (Jan 01, 2001)
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.
Gamer's Pulse (Jan 02, 2001)
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.
PSM (Dec, 2000)
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.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (May 17, 2003)
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.
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.
PSX Extreme (Apr 18, 2000)
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.
GamersMark (Apr 10, 2001)
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!"
PlanetPS2 (Feb 16, 2001)
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 (Dec 18, 2000)
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.
GameSpot (Nov 01, 2000)
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.
Video Games (Dec, 2000)
Während die DC-Kämpfer im siebten Capcom-Himmel schweben, hat die PS2 jetzt wenigstens ihre Dead or Alive 2-Version – und die in exzellenter Qualität. So elegant und stilvoll wie in Dead or Alive 2 hat man die 3D-Martial-Arts-Welt noch nicht gesehen – welch ein Quantensprung zum vielen Mängeln behafteten Vorgänger. Gegenüber diesem Top Beat'em-Up muss sich jedes Prügelspiel der Welt ganz warm anziehen. Wundervoll choreographierte Moves, fantastische Konter, tricky Tag-Combos, Kung-Fu-Beauties: Alles drin, alles dran in DoA 2. Als System-Seller fungiert es jedoch nicht, denn die unlängst bereits erschienene DC-Version bietet zwar ein paar marginale Features weniger, hat aber meiner Meinung nach in Sachen Charakter-Design immer noch hauchdünn die Nase vorn. Doch egal, welche Version: An diesem Genre-Star kommt kein Fighting-Fan vorbei.
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.
IGN (Oct 24, 2000)
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 (Jan 19, 2001)
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.
Game Revolution (Dec, 2000)
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.
Gamezone (Germany) (Apr 26, 2001)
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 (Sep 15, 2002)
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.
Thunderbolt Games (Jun 25, 2006)
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.
PlayFrance (Apr 08, 2003)
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.
Gamekult (Nov 14, 2000)
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.