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User Reviews

There are no reviews for the SEGA Saturn release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.9
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.9
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. -
Overall User Score (15 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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The detail on the characters is fantastic and they move super-smoothly. If you own a Saturn, chances are you appreciate the magnificence of the Virtua Fighter series. That means that you'll love Dead or Alive to bits, no doubt about it. This is an essential buy for import Saturn gamers, and hopefully Acclaim's UK version will be great too. You won't be disappointed with this fantastic game at all.
Consoles Plus (Dec, 1997)
Dead or Alive est tout simplement le meilleur jeu de baston en 3D, dans le genre combat sans armes ni boules de feu...
High Voltage Online (Oct 09, 2006)
Amazingly there’s a 3D fighting game on the Saturn that’s as good as both Virtua Fighter 2 and Fighters Megamix ‘ and it’s not made by Sega! Don’t be put off by the fact this is an import title ‘ the only Japanese text is on the character select screen. Everything else, including all option screens, are in English. It just makes it all the more baffling why this wasn’t released out of Japan. Anyway if you’ve got a Saturn then get this. I have nothing more to say.
Shin Force (Oct 12, 1997)
Model 2 conversion... Virtua Fighter-like gameplay... Silky smooth Saturn 3D Animation... Arcade perfection! A definite winner! A must buy! Need I say more?...
Hey Poor Player (Nov 24, 2016)
The most impressive part of Dead or Alive without any doubt is the beautiful visuals. It uses the Saturn’s often ignored high-resolution mode (just like Virtua Fighter 2 actually) combining a 3D play field with detailed 2D backgrounds and it looks just stunning, yes even better than Virtua Fighter 2 itself! This is helped by the then revolutionary Tru-Motion animation technique, which makes the character models look amazingly lifelike. Alongside the usual range of grunts, groans and screams are a host of excellent tunes that suit the game perfectly. Dead or Alive might be a bit on the easy side for more seasoned gamers but there is always the two-player mode to give your friends an ass-kicking instead if you get bored with it. Dead or Alive is without a doubt one the most impressive games in the Saturn’s wonderful library and yet another reason to own a Pro Action Replay cartridge!
In conclusion, Tecmo Japan's "Dead or Alive," despite its flaws, is THE Best 3D fighting game for the Sega Saturn, and should be something every Saturn owner should check out (if not buy). I have not been so impressed with a game since Square's godly "Tobal 2." This game just screams "Quality," and the 60 frames-per-second, lightning fast, Hi-res fighting action should please any fighting fan.
Mega Fun (Nov, 1997)
Bei dieser Nasenbrecherei wurde zwar geklaut, was das Zeug hergibt (einige Hintergrundlayouts sind fast identisch mit denen aus Virtua Fighter 2), doch der Zweck heiligt bekanntlich die Mittel. Dead or Alive ist eine in jeglicher Hinsicht superbe Klopperei. Fangen wir bei der Grafik an. Die durchgehende HiRes-Darstellung gepaart mit den exzellenten Motion Capture-Animationen ist die reinste Wucht, zumal alles so unverschämt sauber aussieht. Spielerisch bietet der Prügler 100%iges Arcade-Feeling, sprich die Fights sind äußerst schnell und zudem nach wenigen Sekunden vorbei. In diesem Punkt haben die Designer meines Erachtens ein bißchen überzogen. Man hat keine Gelegenheit. sich vom Gegner zu entfernen, um einmal kurz Luft zu holen bzw. eine Attacke vorzubereiten. Statt dessen heißt die Devise „Ran an den Mann und niedermachen!“ Wer sich an diesem hohen Tempo nicht stört, erhält mit diesem technisch erstklassigen Werk eine willkommene Herausforderung.
GameSpot (Mar 04, 1998)
Dead or Alive is another one of those weird arcade fighting games that you've heard of, and maybe even seen, but never bothered to play. Tecmo's fighter, made using the same hardware that brought Virtua Fighter 2 to life, plays similarly to VF2 but uses a slightly improved fighting engine. The result is a game that plays pretty well, translates to the Saturn well, and ultimately, makes a more interesting home game than the arcade version ever hoped to be.

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