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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 Cold, cruel combat. Many of the levels, like this snow scene, are quite beautiful.
Dead or Alive 2 PlayStation 2 Now that's a pile driver! Many of the ninja characters can add a finisher to an air juggle maneuver.
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 Experience over cuteness. Gen Fu teaches Lei Fang not to judge him by his age.

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Dead or Alive 2 Screenshot
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Dead or Alive 2 Render

Alternate Titles

  • "生或死2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "DOA 2: Hardcore" -- US PS2 title
  • "Dead or Alive 2" -- UK/Japanese PS2 title

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I'm in love with the Tecmo girls! Kartanym (12738) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Dead or Alive 3 is better, but this game is still a fantastic experience! Jim Fun (243) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews Jan 01, 2001 93 out of 100 93
PSX Extreme Apr 18, 2000 9 out of 10 90
PlanetPS2 Feb 16, 2001 90 out of 100 90
Gamereactor (Sweden) May 17, 2003 9 out of 10 90 Dec 18, 2000 89 out of 100 89
GameSpot Nov 01, 2000 8.9 out of 10 89 Jan 19, 2001 17 out of 20 85 Sep 15, 2002 81 out of 100 81
PlayFrance Apr 08, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
Gamekult Nov 14, 2000 6 out of 10 60


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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.)
Kartanym (12738) added Dead or Alive 2 (PlayStation 2) on Mar 29, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Charly2.0 (252967), mars_rulez (43848) and karttu (5110)