• Publisher: Tecmo
  • Release Date: Oct 26, 2004
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  • Summary: Dead or Alive Ultimate combines the original Dead or Alive with a redesigned Dead or Alive 2 and takes the series online for the first time. Both games can be played on Xbox Live, which enables you to test your fighting skills against gamers from around the world. The new Dead or Alive 2Dead or Alive Ultimate combines the original Dead or Alive with a redesigned Dead or Alive 2 and takes the series online for the first time. Both games can be played on Xbox Live, which enables you to test your fighting skills against gamers from around the world. The new Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate features episodes from the characters' pasts that reveal new details surrounding some of the most popular characters. Enhanced graphics and new stages, costumes, and fighting moves are also included in this Ultimate edition. Expand
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  1. Positive: 52 out of 64
  2. Negative: 0 out of 64
  1. AceGamez
    100
    The visuals are absolutely stunning, there are dozens of things to unlock (including some things that were not originally in DOA2) and the online play has been implemented flawlessly, giving us, for the first time, an online 3D fighter that actually feels like a group of players at an arcade and even includes tournaments and championships.
  2. The character models, environments and dare I say it 'boob physics' are the best ever seen in a fighting game, and maybe in any game out on the market today.
  3. It has the best online play of any fighting title on the market. If you dig fighting, you'll really like Dead or Alive Ultimate.
  4. With tons of costumes, character information, CG stills and a plethora of extras you'll want to play this game for a long time to come.
  5. It's exactly as the name describes - the ultimate incarnation of the game so far.
  6. It's great that Live now has two decent fighters in one package for people to play but it's a shame the entire package wasn't overhauled.
  7. A slightly enhanced collection of two aged fighting games that may look prettier and be playable online, but unlike the girl's chest size the game play just falls flat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Oct 1, 2018
    10
    OMG!! maybe this is most complete games of DOA. this includes the best version of DOA 2 and the first game.. It is very funny you can play every day.
  2. RadarRider
    Dec 25, 2004
    10
    Great fighting game and the best in the series. Sure it's mechanics aren't on par with vf4, but it's solid enough to hold Great fighting game and the best in the series. Sure it's mechanics aren't on par with vf4, but it's solid enough to hold it's own. It's easy to pick up and play for newbies, but offers enough depth for hardcore gamers as well. Highly recommended. Expand
  3. JimD.
    Apr 5, 2004
    10
    This game looks like it will kick some butt.
  4. Aug 23, 2019
    10
    DOA2 Ultimate still gets play from me at least once every two weeks. It's that good. There is a lot to learn and do in this game, and ways youDOA2 Ultimate still gets play from me at least once every two weeks. It's that good. There is a lot to learn and do in this game, and ways you can really delve into the deeper side of the action. The "exercise", which is an interactive command list, really gets your started on what your character can really do, and from there, you can find moves that go together and string together huge combos, apply that to tag mode, and you have a recipe for awesome, two-person combos!

    The game play itself has something to offer for fighting game fans of all skill levels, and is an aesthetically pleasing experience as well, as action packed as it is beautiful. The stages are still the most in-depth, thought out and creative maps I have seen in a fighting game to date. The multi-tiered design and intractable levels keep you on your toes and add in an additional layer of depth and really emphasizes your positioning. Survival mode is jam-packed with collectible items that spawn after each victory, and collecting them all and having to learn every character to collect 100% of them is a challenge.

    If there were a fighting game Mount Rushmore, this game would without a doubt be on it.
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  5. KittE.
    Oct 30, 2004
    9
    Wow, this is truly the Ultimate DOA game ever. For me, this is the greatest fighting game out there. Why? because the simple fact that it has Wow, this is truly the Ultimate DOA game ever. For me, this is the greatest fighting game out there. Why? because the simple fact that it has the most realistic martial arts of any game. All of the fighters are very much true to the style they are based off of. My only complaint is the fact there are no Korean fighters or Korean styles, as that is my study. Other than my personal complaint, overall an excellent game. No other game comes close to the fluidity of this game, the fights just FLOW like a real fight. Expand
  6. JimmiA.
    Jul 27, 2005
    8
    It´s a very good 3D fighting game. If you love DOA3 you must have DOA Ultimate. DOA2 with DOA3 graphics, and a bonus you get DOA1. The It´s a very good 3D fighting game. If you love DOA3 you must have DOA Ultimate. DOA2 with DOA3 graphics, and a bonus you get DOA1. The only thing i was disapointed was the could done DOA1 in the same graphic and play feeling like DOA2, but you can´t have everything. The downside in the whole serie is the game is not balanced to 100%. Still is the Virtua Fighter 4 Evo. the best 3D fighting game in allaround (Graphic, balance, characters etc), so far.... But i´ts not much different today = ) Expand
  7. Gimpy
    Nov 1, 2004
    0
    Wow. horrible. DOA blows. and for anyone who claims "its realistic" - you obviously havn't played virtua fighter 4.

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#23 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004