• Publisher: Tecmo
  • Release Date: Oct 25, 2000

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 87
    Stone me for heresy if you like (excuse me while I duck and cover), but I'll always prefer DOA's speed, balance, character design, and levels, even if Tekken may be the majority choice.
  2. Looks simply amazing. The animation is smooth, but the character models are what really stand out.
  3. 90
    DoA2: Hardcore's innovative style of play, coupled with blazing fast graphics makes this a title to own - even if you already have "Tekken Tag Tournament."
  4. 100
    For fighting enthusiasts, DOA2 Hardcore is the first must have game for the PlayStation 2. End of story.
  5. Tecmo has gone the extra mile by including tons of extras in addition to the already spectacular gameplay and graphics that was already there.
  6. What began as a second rate Virtua Fighter clone with dubious buster designs has evolved into a dazzling tactical fighter, littered with original and superbly implemented ideas.
  7. Stunningly fast chop-socky, sumptuous looks, scenery interaction to drop your jaw - a fight fan's dream. Plus you get to ogle those ladies and who can resist all that? Not us.
  8. Incredible at the time, DOA2 did things the "big boys" hadn't even dreamed of. [Oct 2004, p.122]
  9. 100
    One of the best looking fighters so far for the PS2, it eclipses "Street Fighter EX3" and "Tekken Tag Tournament" for beauty.
  10. The original Dreamcast game blew us away, and there are so many improvements to this version it'd be impossible to list them all.
  11. Another hard-hitting, fast-action, brutal-but-bloodless battle with Barbie-doll gals battling Schwarzeneggerish behemoths....Sound ridiculous? It is, but it's also a whole lot of fun.
  12. One of the best fighters available for the PlayStation 2, thanks to rock-solid gameplay that overshadows minor graphical issues.
  13. Every fighting fans dream come true. It sports a plethora of characters, a huge variety of battlefields, and the nicest graphics ever seen.
  14. It's the best fighting game on the planet! If you've already got this game in another form, though, and you aren't obsessed with it, then there's no real reason to upgrade.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 38
  2. Negative: 5 out of 38
  1. Ed&AprilB
    Aug 10, 2005
    Ok this is a piece of garbage. I bought Tekken, Virtual and Soul Caliber and this piece of junk at the same time and I took it back and was Ok this is a piece of garbage. I bought Tekken, Virtual and Soul Caliber and this piece of junk at the same time and I took it back and was happy that I got 3 dollars for the ten I wasted! 1. The characters SUCK: Chunky chicks in bathing suits cannot kick ass ...sorry so unbelievable I couldn't stand to play it. I hated getting beat by the chunky blond bimbo..hated it. Needs real characters that look like they could kick ass like in soul caliber and virtual fighter. 2. Controls and response ok but are crap when compared to Soul and Virtual. 3. Sound - garbage again for the same price go get soul caliber or virtual fighter. 4. Graphics: I hate to repeat myself but the ratings for Virtual and Soul Caliber are better and by god there right. The graphics suck compared to these other games. Not worthing owning !!! Take it back ,,,throw it away ! D.O.A. stands for Dont Own At anytime Full Review »
  2. KyleK.
    Nov 17, 2003
    Realistic environments, good characters, it's a damn good fighting game but it won't ever beat the tekken's.
  3. BillyL.
    Aug 9, 2002
    The one point goes to the graphics, while not as nice as tekken 4 or even tekken tag's graphics, it certainly looks nice.