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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 SEGA Saturn I am about to taste the danger zone.
Dead or Alive SEGA Saturn Intro shot 6. Kasumi introduction.
Dead or Alive SEGA Saturn FACE!
Dead or Alive SEGA Saturn Tina is being tossed around by the ninja dude.

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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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Critic Reviews

Shin Force Oct 12, 1997 9.5 out of 10 95
Consoles Plus Dec, 1997 95 out of 100 95
High Voltage Online Oct 09, 2006 95 out of 100 95
Digital Extremes 1997 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun Nov, 1997 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot Mar 04, 1998 6.8 out of 10 68


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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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keth (189) added Dead or Alive (SEGA Saturn) on Nov 21, 2002
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