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Description

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.)

Screenshots

Dead or Alive SEGA Saturn I OWN YOU!
Dead or Alive SEGA Saturn And for that Bayman gets kicked in the shins.
Dead or Alive PlayStation Main menu
Dead or Alive Arcade Explosion

Promo Images

Dead or Alive Screenshot
Dead or Alive Screenshot
Dead or Alive Render
Dead or Alive Screenshot

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

A great start to a great fighting series PlayStation AaronGamer (45)

Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus SEGA Saturn Dec, 1997 95 out of 100 95
Shin Force SEGA Saturn Oct 12, 1997 9.5 out of 10 95
PSM PlayStation May, 1998 4.5 out of 5 90
Digital Extremes SEGA Saturn 1997 9 out of 10 90
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jul, 1998 86 out of 100 86
Mega Fun PlayStation Jun, 1998 86 out of 100 86
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Jan 02, 2004 B+ 83
Thunderbolt Games PlayStation Aug 19, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) PlayStation Jul, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Unlimited PlayStation Jun, 1998 6.7 out of 10 67

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Trivia

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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