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Dead or Alive


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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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.

Related Games

Dead or Alive 2
Released 2000 on PlayStation 2, Dreamcast, 2015 on PlayStation 3
Dead or Alive 4
Released 2005 on Xbox 360
Dead or Alive 3
Released 2001 on Xbox, 2021 on Xbox Series, Xbox One
Drunk or Dead
Released 2017 on Windows
Released 1998 on PlayStation
The Alliance Alive
Released 2017 on Nintendo 3DS
Live or Die
Released 1997 on Windows
Into the Dead 2
Released 2017 on iPhone, 2017 on iPad, 2019 on Nintendo Switch

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  • MobyGames ID: 3659


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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. PlayStation 3, PSP added by MAT.

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

Last modified February 27th, 2023.