• 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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Score distribution:
  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: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Apr 5, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. 6 Word review: Great for baby-stepping into DOA fighting.


    If you have an XBox and willing want to try DOA, this is the game. The biggest purchase will be for DOA2. Looking back to DOA 3 & 4, this game will help many newcomers to the DOA series. The basics off all DOA games will stem back from this game: attacks, throws and holds all stem back to this game. THERE IS AN EASY MODE! When I bought this years ago, I started on Easy mode and slowly upped myself in difficulty. As I upped the difficulty, my skill would slowly increase. Don't expect that you'll be good in a short amount of time. Instead expect small advances in your skill: tried Normal, proficient at holds, mastered someone different.
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  2. AustinR.
    Dec 13, 2004
    10
    Even though this game is rather difficult, it makes one hell of a fighting gamer afterward. The graphics are the most advanced I have seen Even though this game is rather difficult, it makes one hell of a fighting gamer afterward. The graphics are the most advanced I have seen yet, and if you are lucky enough to beat the entire game, the gallery is a wonderful prize worthy of cherishing along with the costumes. But where is Christie? Expand
  3. Ben
    Mar 15, 2006
    10
    Excellent game, you can play for hours on end with xbox live or multiplayer.
  4. Cyph
    Oct 28, 2004
    9
    I was lucky enough to play a store promo of this, and hot damn its great. If you liked the original DoAs youll love this. Online is insane! I was lucky enough to play a store promo of this, and hot damn its great. If you liked the original DoAs youll love this. Online is insane! BTW AL S, try to direct your comments to certain aspects of the game, and not leave them ambiguous - sounds like you didnt even play the game, but decided to jump on the PS2 fanwagon. Where exactly did you play 'your' copy of DoAU? Expand
  5. Jun 2, 2017
    9
    This was a good game but I like Dead or Alive 3 much more.

    The original Dead Or Alive was an decent attempt to get Tecmo into the fighting
    This was a good game but I like Dead or Alive 3 much more.

    The original Dead Or Alive was an decent attempt to get Tecmo into the fighting game genre. The ultimate version was a disappointment as it was the Sega Saturn version and not the Arcade + version. The graphics, music and sound were good but it ultimately fell down to poor controls and the difficult hold mechanic. There was costumes, cheats and Raidou to unlock which gave the game replay value but the original Playstation version was better. It is still a somewhat fun game.

    Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate is a HUGE improvement over the original Dreamcast version. It looked amazing with the Dead or Alive 3 graphics engine. The stages and character models looked stunning. The soundtrack is essentially the same as the original but remixes were added because of the DJ stage. The remixes weren't needed. The sound and gameplay was the same and it was so good. There were many more game modes added as well. There was a LOT to unlock like Bayman and Tengu and Hitomi ( if you had a Dead or Alive 3 save file) over 50 costumes and a CG Gallery. I like this version so much over the original.

    It's a fun game. Get it.
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  6. CaptainFalcon
    Nov 6, 2004
    8
    Another excellent fighting game.
  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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#21 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004