Generally favorable reviews - based on 62 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 62
  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
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  1. Jun 2, 2011
    Dimensions is an excellent "first showing" for the Dead or Alive series on 3DS. It's a a good fighting game.
  2. May 26, 2011
    With a plethora of modes and an engaging online experience, DOA: Dimensions has lasting value for sure.
  3. May 22, 2011
    Dead or Alive: Dimensions is a solid entry into the classic fighting series whether you're a fan or series newcomer. It's just as fast, responsive and enjoyable as past iterations, with far more balanced movesets and counters; a visually appetising, impressive fighter particularly for a game released in 3DS' launch period.
  4. Jun 13, 2011
    Dimensions is a consummate example of the handheld fighting game. It's packed with content (the highlight of which is a Chronicle mode which recaps stories from past DOA games), and brings back fond memories spent playing the Dead Or Alive games across previous generations.
  5. May 30, 2011
    Dead or Alive Dimensions hits the 3DS in style. With great graphics, solid sound, and some stellar gameplay, including local or internet Wi-Fi multiplayer play, one cannot go wrong with this newest fighting game for Nintendo's new handheld gaming console. Players of all levels will no doubt have a great time with this game.
  6. Jun 1, 2011
    Dead or Alive Dimensions is a great game. It's loads of fun, lots to do, and has plenty of longevity. It's pick-up-and-play nature makes it perfect for a handheld too, it's easy to have a quick blast through an arcade course during a short bus journey. With the current lack of quality titles for Nintendo's new handheld this shines out like a star.
  7. May 25, 2011
    Dead or Alive Dimensions is a really fun fighting game, one that this old Street Fighter loyalist has really grown to love.
  8. May 24, 2011
    The best game currently on the 3DS and the best portable fighting game ever made. It's no less than the pocket fighter of choice.
  9. May 31, 2011
    Dead or Alive: Dimensions is a great portable version of the popular franchise, and the right way to celebrate the 15th anniversary of this brand. The 4 buttons gameplay is perfect for the Nintendo 3DS, and for the first time the 3D effect is kinda good.
  10. 80
    Dead or Alive Dimensions fully justifies the interest of fans or new players. The way the various events are presented in story mode is able to maintain the interest of both.
  11. Jun 1, 2011
    It feels more like a greatest hits compilation of the franchise rather than a new game, but Dimensions is one the best fighting games ever published for a handheld and clearly one the best games available for the 3DS.
  12. Jun 15, 2011
    The obvious choice for any fans of beat 'em up games that want an excellent portable brawler. Great visuals, tight controls and loads of collectables and bonus features. Highly recommended for both newcomers and professionals. As long as you manage to find it in a Swedish store, that is.
  13. Jun 14, 2011
    Dead or Alive Dimension is a surprising Beat'em Up. It's a strange kind of "Best of", combining old and new elements, strages, charachters. Despite some issues with the IA, its core mechanics work well, and the whole experience is compelling and deep.
  14. Jun 6, 2011
    For Dead or Alive fans, Dimensions is a sort of collected archive, with lots of characters and stages that have all appeared in previous titles. There isn't a whole of new stuff technically, but it is all so expertly executed on the 3DS, that you really don't mind. And the way newcomers are eased into the combat, it really makes it a Dead or Alive for everyone. This is one of the strongest releases yet for the 3DS yet, and definitely one worth picking up for any fighting fan. And if that didn't sell you on it, there may or may not be an unlockable stage featuring Ridley from Metroid, which is just plain cool.
  15. Jun 1, 2011
    DOA Dimensions is a fantastic entry in the series and a must-have for someone craving a portable fighting game.
  16. Jun 1, 2011
    But if you're sick of the Street and want a good point/counter-point battle, this is the only one on the 3DS right now… and it's a good thing it's damn fun.
  17. Jun 7, 2011
    As well executed as its console counterparts, Dead or Alive : Dimensions really is stunning, both technically and gameplay-wise. Too bad the 3D doesn't bring anything to the table, really, except some frame rate drops that the purists won't be able to handle. For the rest, it's the portable DoA you can't miss to enjoy dynamic combats and pretty lady fighters!
  18. Jun 14, 2011
    It might be less friendly as far as the controls are concerned than its closest competitor, but it's gorgeous, full-featured and worth every penny invested. A must have among all 3DS titles currently available in stores.
  19. Jun 22, 2011
    Dead or Alive: Dimensions is a solid 3D fighting game. From the lush character animations, to the swift and responsive control scheme, the game shines with polish. Being the first Dead or Alive game to exist on a Nintendo platform, Team Ninja have pulled out all the stops and delivered a comprehensive title. You have access to 25 discrete fighters and the moves and combos that come with them, each with multiple costumes and unique special and sound effects.
  20. Jun 1, 2011
    Playing Dead or Alive again has been a highly enjoyable journey of rediscovery. The more time I've spent playing it, the more I've remembered why I've really enjoyed the series over the years. It's a really fun fighting game that's easy to pick up and play, features some great characters, and delivers some very satisfying moments, especially when you pull off a huge series of moves that look spectacular, or punch someone off the top of a particularly high area so they fall to their death.
  21. Games Master UK
    Jun 4, 2011
    Scrumptious-looking scrapper that lacks Street Fighter's smarts but plays like a dream. [July 2011, p.86]
  22. games(TM)
    Jul 3, 2011
    It's not the most technical or the deepest fighter you'll ever play, but you'll struggle to find something so skillfully designed to complement its platform in any genre. [Issue#110, p.106]
  23. Jun 3, 2011
    This game is a good alternative fighter for the 3DS; it's definitely not as good as SSFIV3D, but most assuredly not an embarrassment with its own set of respectable values and a very different play style.
  24. May 24, 2011
    Dead or Alive: Dimensions is a fun version of an arcade classic that offers some of the fastest fighting on the 3DS.
  25. May 27, 2011
    Some people might be turned off by its ease of entry, but the spectacular online play, neat little fight-a-friend Street Pass feature, and 26-character roster is enough to turn the rest of us on.
  26. Sep 14, 2011
    Dead or Alive Dimensions does a great job at creating a true Dead or Alive experience on a portable console.
  27. Nov 14, 2011
    If you like Dead or Alive and own a 3DS, you will surely be happy with Dead or Alive: Dimensions.
  28. May 20, 2011
    Weird cut-scenes and clunky use of the touch screen aside, this is a beautiful and fun game that fighter fans should make it a point to check out.
  29. May 28, 2011
    Having played both Super Street Fighter IV and Dead or Alive Dimensions, DOAD is far superior is our books and is easily one of the best fighters available on any portable console. The gameplay is flawlessly fun and even though we have seen it all before, this may be the fact on home consoles but not in the portable world of gaming. The developers have included enough fan service to make any Dead or Alive fanboy or girl glee from joy but best of all, it's got the gameplay and the graphics.
  30. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Aug 29, 2011
    Technically excellent 3D and flawless controls are enough to make DoA one of the best games available for Nintendo 3DS. [Issue#207]
  31. Jun 21, 2011
    There is so much to do in Dead or Alive Dimensions: Chronicle mode lasts only a few hours, but between the arcade, survival, online, tag, and survival modes DOA enthusiasts will be busy for several hours more.
  32. May 21, 2011
    Dead or Alive is a good fighting game and a great version for handled hardware, but has some problems with lag in online matches and the poor use of 3D effect (fewer fps).
  33. Jun 4, 2011
    Dead or Alive: Dimensions is a really good game and a great treat for the fans of the series; while it doesn't offer anything truly new, the DoA combat system and the high production values will please many 3DS players.
  34. May 23, 2011
    You could play much of it one-handed (er, so to speak), but nonetheless, this is an engaging beat-'em-up with (marginally) more brain than boob.
  35. May 18, 2011
    Its wide array of modes offer different depths and lengths of play, although overall there's a slight sense that it lacks a truly meaty challenge for expert fighters. Still, it's an excellent first showing for the Dead or Alive series on Nintendo formats, and sufficiently different from Capcom's fighter to warrant purchase.
  36. Nintendo Power
    May 6, 2011
    Within the launch window of the Nintendo 3DS, we've gotten two--Dead or Alive Dimensions and Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition--and they're the two best games in the handheld's library so far. [May 2011, p.84]
  37. 80
    Despite my difficulties connecting to people online, Dead or Alive Dimensions is an excellent and entertaining game.
  38. Jun 22, 2011
    No matter which way your see it - 2D or 3D - Dead or Alive is one of the best titles on 3DS and, potentially, the best handheld fighting game ever.
  39. A love letter to Dead Or Alive fans and a dizzying companion piece to SSFIV3D.
  40. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 19, 2011
    Dimensions is a surprisingly good fighter for a handheld platform, full of jiglly graphics and good single player content. Even though my personal pick would be Street Fighter 4, Dead or Alive is still a good purchase. [Aug 2011]
  41. May 27, 2011
    Dead or Alive: Dimensions has a fighting style that fits the system its running on, and some excellent graphics.
  42. May 30, 2011
    Dead or Alive is a collection of old characters in the saga of Tecmo fighting game. A game that will appeal to fans of the series.
  43. Jul 31, 2011
    If you're looking for a good, original and 3D fighting game for the new Nintendo handheld, Dead or Alive: Dimensions must be in your collection.
  44. May 30, 2011
    Dimensions' bosomy action-figure characters are as devoid of moral perspective as a box of Legos with circles drawn on them. Like Legos, though, they're fun to play with.
  45. May 27, 2011
    This is yet another great fighting game for Nintendo 3DS. Visually stunning and very atractive, with great gameplay and able to offer lots of hours of fun thanks to its great online mode.
  46. May 30, 2011
    Simply put, Dead or Alive: Dimensions is another excellent fighting game for the young 3DS handheld console.
  47. XGN
    May 29, 2011
    Aside from being a way to easy game with some lag during the online modes, Dead or Alive: Dimensions offers a solid experience. The graphics are very good, even in 3D, and the Chronicle Mode is a fun addition.
  48. Jun 9, 2011
    Easily my favorite 3DS title released to date, and reason enough to get me back to carrying the system around with me wherever I go.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 121 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 95 out of 121
  2. Negative: 9 out of 121
  1. May 24, 2011
    The graphics and gameplay are clean, and the storyline mode was actually enjoyable. Internet match mode was simple enough to access andThe graphics and gameplay are clean, and the storyline mode was actually enjoyable. Internet match mode was simple enough to access and despite early testing reports of framerate issues, I have seen none while running full 3d. If you're only going to have one fighting game in your 3ds library, I recommend this over any other... unless Super Smash Brothers comes out...

    All the bounce of the previous DOA in the palm of your hand... wait, that sounded dirty.
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  2. Jul 21, 2016
    This portable version of DOA (which, should make it a lesser version) is simply better than DOA4!
    Better graphics, facial animations, stages
    This portable version of DOA (which, should make it a lesser version) is simply better than DOA4!
    Better graphics, facial animations, stages and story, lots of story. Way more story content than any DOA that came before (on that aspect, DOA:D is even better than DOA5).

    A ṕriceless portable addition to your fighting games gallery.
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  3. Jun 19, 2011
    This game is good for your first 3ds game or when you are waiting for the next great 3ds title. I wouldn't recommend this game for theThis game is good for your first 3ds game or when you are waiting for the next great 3ds title. I wouldn't recommend this game for the hardcore unless your a hardcore fan of DOA. Most of the single player modes will last you a day or two. The Tag Missions are great for Co-Op Online or Local, but the AI partner will leave you fustrated. The internet gameplay is horrible. There is a lot of lag, no rematch selection, and the ranking system is awful. If your depending on the online you may want to either look at the current options for online gameplay, or wait for something better. The Streetpass/Spotpass for this game is the best unless you don't live near a well populated area with people who also own this game on their 3DS. In which case your just gonna have to wait for the weekly Spotpass download Challenge. Spotpass downloads are daily costumes for different characters. The Character Roster is unbalanced. It does use the 3d feature well,but this game is a rent or a discount buy at best. It's not worth the $39.99 new. Full Review »