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Dead or Alive 2

aka: DOA 2: Hardcore, Dead or Alive 2

Description official descriptions

The arcade conversion adds an improved tag feature, with new stadiums to fight in, new character moves to play with, and plenty of windows, walls and ledges to fall over and crash through. Unlike Tekken Tag Tournament, however, DOA2 also includes a single player mode, a dodge button (allowing you to move left and right away from attacks), and multi-level arenas.


  • デッド ă‚Șケ ă‚ąăƒ©ă‚€ăƒ– 2 - Japanese spelling
  • 生或死2 - Chinese spelling (simplified)

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Credits (PlayStation 2 version)

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Producer and Director
Project Manager
Lead Programming
Game System Designer
Motion Managers
Motion Design Director
Assistant CG Manager
Character Modeling
Character Texturing
Sound Composer
Effects Designer
[ full credits ]




Dreamcast GD-ROM contains Bonus directory with five swimwear pin-up posters featuring the DOA girls. These are standard BMP images which you can read with your computer and use as desktop wallpaper for example.

Hidden intro

The Dreamcast versions of the game include a hidden intro for Kasumi that shows her naked in a cloning vat. Additionally as this is an engine-based cutscene you can hack the console with a Game Shark and use the naked model in-game.


Once again, Ryu Hayabusa from Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden series makes an appearance. This time, one of his bonus costumes is the outfit he wore in the old NES game trilogy.


This game shamelessly used as marketing a plug it's lineup of female fighters both before and after it's release with a series of..uhm..."suggestive" official swimsuit images released before the game, and the inclusion of, among other things, catwoman suits and schoolgirl uniforms as bonus outfits in the PS2 release.

Shadow Man

The European Dreamcast version has a Shadow Man costume for the character Zack, since it was released by Acclaim, the publisher and developer of Shadow Man.

Interestingly enough, all following versions of DOA2 (such as Hardcore or the upgraded version on DOA Ultimate) still feature Zack's Shadow Man costume, despite the fact that Acclaim wasn't involved in any of them.

Version differences

The only real difference between this version and its others is the lighting effects. In the PS2 version, the lighting was very bright and made it kind of hard to see. In fact, there have been some reports of people having eye problems from the lighting.

There are six versions of Dead or Alive 2 so far: First came the original Dreamcast port which was pretty much a carbon-copy port of the original arcade release, then the PS2 port which added a few extras but had some graphical issues. The lighting was very bright and made it kind of hard to see. In fact, there have been some reports of people having eye problems from the lighting. An expanded Dreamcast port then followed which included all of the extras from the PS2 version which was then followed with the "Hardcore" release that fixed most of the graphic glitches and added tons of extra material. Finally, even more stuff (such as conceptual galleries and story events) was added for the Japanese "Hardcore" release.

The sixth and final version is the X-box remake Dead or Alive Ultimate, which uses Xtreme Beach Volleyball's engine and adds even more stuff as well as online play.

Information also contributed by karttu, M4R14N0, NightKid32 and Zovni

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Related Sites +

  • Dead or Alive 2 Website
    DOA2 website as part of Sony Europe.
  • Official Tecmo DOA 2 page
    Tecmo's product page for DOA 2, including character profiles & moves and a downloadable PDF manual so you can keep your original in mint condition.
  • Official Tecmo page for PS2 DOA 2 Hardcore
    Tecmo's product page for DOA 2 Hardcore, including character profiles & moves, tips & tricks, and a downloadable PDF manual so you can keep your original in mint condition.

Identifiers +

  • MobyGames ID: 3543


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Kartanym.

PlayStation 3 added by Charly2.0. Arcade added by mars_rulez. Dreamcast added by karttu.

Additional contributors: Ray Soderlund, Matthew Bailey, Unicorn Lynx, karttu, Patrick Bregger, Rik Hideto.

Last modified February 27th, 2023.