Dead or Alive

Moby ID: 3659
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The first in the Dead or Alive series, and features many of the same features that has made the DoA series so popular today; somewhat realistic combat, good character design, and scantily clad women whose breasts bounce a lot.

The game doesn't mess too much with a background story- it's a 3D one on one fighter that takes place within an arena of limited space. Each character has their own unique way of fighting, their own abilities, and even their own hobbies and likes. (For example, Ryu Hayabusa- yes, he of Ninja Gaiden fame- likes sushi, mountain climbing, and fishing.)


  • デッド オア アライブ - Japanese spelling
  • 生或死 - Chinese spelling (simplified)

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Average score: 86% (based on 21 ratings)


Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 45 ratings with 1 reviews)

A great start to a great fighting series

The Good
I really liked the graphics in this game, they looked very good for the time in 1998, the sound and music is very good, and the controls are very responsive, although I am a button masher, the controls do respond very well.

The Bad
The only thing I didn't like was the amount of characters, a few more would of been nice. Other then that, that is all that I didn't really care for about Dead or Alive.

The Bottom Line
Dead or Alive was developed and published by Tecmo, it was released in 1998 Dead or Alive is the first of the Dead or Alive series. A lot of the features in this game is what made the Dead or Alive series popular. The combat style in the game is pretty realistic, at least for the time, the character design looks very good, and then finally there is one more thing that makes hardcore video gamers dream naughty thoughts, that is right the half naked women, and the oh so sweet boobie bouncing...OHHH BABY!

The game is worth a try, and if you have never played the game, you should check it out. The sequels are great as well.

PlayStation · by AaronGamer (29) · 2010


Version differences

Both console ports ditch the 3D backgrounds of the original arcade version in favor of textured planes and flat bitmaps. The Playstation version however improves the model shading somewhat and adds a ton of alternate costumes as well as two brand new characters: Ayane and Bass. Said version (complete with the backgrounds and all) actually saw an arcade release under the name Dead or Alive ++, which is an extremely rare find.


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Robert Morgan.

PS Vita added by Fred VT. Arcade added by Trypticon. SEGA Saturn added by keth. PSP, PlayStation 3 added by MAT.

Additional contributors: Zovni, Unicorn Lynx, ケヴィン, DreinIX, Patrick Bregger.

Game added April 3, 2001. Last modified April 2, 2024.