Dead or Alive

  • Publisher: Tecmo
  • Release Date: Mar 31, 1998
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  • Summary: The fighting game you've been waiting for...Purist fighting for purist fighting fans. No lightening bolts, no magic tricks, no weapons...Your survival is all in your own hands.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Slick looking, smooth playing masterpiece... The undisputed king of 3D Playstation fighters on the market today. [Gaming Age Score = 96]
  2. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Not only is the action fast, but the game engine is technically quite proficient on the PS one... Also has its fair share of voluptuous babes that like to, er, bounce. [Nov 2001, p.42]
  3. While the package may not be quite as complete as that of Tekken 3, the things the game does well it does extremely well.
  4. 85
    The gratuitous sexism aside, Dead or Alive is a polished product that pushes Tecmo to the front of the fighting game, hot on the heels of Namco for the title.
  5. GMR Magazine
    Good looking and fun to play, Dead or Alive maes an impressive debut. [Oct 2004, p.122]
  6. It's also arguable that by emphasizing the ladies love pillows to the extent they have in this and the two sequels they have undermined their claim that the Dead or Alive series can offer a rewarding fighting experience and not just plenty of virtual bosoms to ogle.
  7. Combining fantastic graphics and above-average gameplay, Dead or Alive is a fun and challenging fighting game well worth picking up.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 4, 2019
    Best fighting game on the PS1 by far! So much fun to be had with this game, it's very creative!
  2. Aug 27, 2021
    The original Dead or Alive was good for its time, but I don't think it has aged well even when compared to Tekken or Virtua Fighter.
  3. Nov 13, 2018
    A really good game, there are lots of cool things about it and it is a lot of fun to play.
  4. Nov 29, 2022
    Not as Dreamcast
    The game play The playstation 1 limitedion of power The it's

Awards & Rankings

#15 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1998