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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.


Dead or Alive 2 PlayStation 2 Multi-level style. This old Chinese castle is an example of the large arenas. And, yes, you can fall off and land on the level below.
Dead or Alive 2 PlayStation 2 Cold, cruel combat. Many of the levels, like this snow scene, are quite beautiful.
Dead or Alive 2 PlayStation 2 This balcony's not big enough for the both of us! Helena shows Lei-Fang the quickest way to the Mezzanine section....
Dead or Alive 2 PlayStation 2 Deadly, yet demure. Playing a five character team battle opens up a pin-up section, with some of the characters in everything from elegant dresses to swimwear.

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "生或死2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "DOA 2: Hardcore" -- US PS2 title
  • "Dead or Alive 2" -- UK/Japanese PS2 title
  • "デッド オア アライブ 2" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

I'm in love with the Tecmo girls! PlayStation 2 Kartanym (12706)
Dead or Alive 3 is better, but this game is still a fantastic experience! PlayStation 2 Jim Fun (243)

Critic Reviews

GamesFirst! Dreamcast Apr 03, 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) PlayStation 2 Jan, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Shin Force PlayStation 2 Nov 26, 2001 9.8 out of 10 98 PlayStation 2 Jan 01, 2001 93 out of 100 93 Dreamcast Dec 13, 2001 8.9 out of 10 89
IGN PlayStation 2 Oct 24, 2000 8.7 out of 10 87 Dreamcast Sep 20, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Official UK PlayStation Magazine PlayStation 2 Jan, 2001 8 out of 10 80
The Next Level (USA) Dreamcast Apr 05, 2000 B 75
PlayFrance PlayStation 2 Apr 08, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75


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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

Related Web 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.)
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