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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.)


Dead or Alive PlayStation Gen-Fu vs. Bayman
Dead or Alive PlayStation A DOA2 shot? Nope, just another intro shot.
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Dead or Alive PlayStation Winner!

Promo Images

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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 AaronGamer (45) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

PSM May, 1998 4.5 out of 5 90
Mega Fun Jun, 1998 86 out of 100 86
Absolute Playstation Jul, 1998 86 out of 100 86
IGN Mar 27, 1998 8.5 out of 10 85
The Video Game Critic Jan 02, 2004 B+ 83
Thunderbolt Games Aug 19, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jul, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games Jun, 1998 78 out of 100 78
Power Unlimited Jun, 1998 6.7 out of 10 67
TigerChainsaw 2020 6.6 out of 10 66


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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.

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Robert Morgan (1059) added Dead or Alive (PlayStation) on Apr 02, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Fred VT (25910), Trypticon (11039), keth (189) and MAT (229784)