• Publisher: Tecmo
  • Release Date: Oct 26, 2004

Generally favorable reviews - based on 64 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 64
  2. Negative: 0 out of 64
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  1. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    It's not deal-breaker, but DOA suffers from an intermittent case of the laggies. [Jan 2005, p.137]
  2. Entertaining, but not for the hardcore fighting fan. Every move is very easy to pull off, it's more a matter of learning the best combos, and what each character will throw at you so you can properly defend yourself.
  3. Xbox Nation Magazine
    An above-average brawler and can certainly provide entertainment when consumed in short spurts, but it simply lacks the sophistication to become a contender of the fighting-game throne. [Dec 2004, p.80]
  4. Edge Magazine
    This is no true sequel, nor is there the intent or transformative change to suggest that it could've been. The result, however, is no less appreciated – lavish, generous and a step to the left of the standard follow-up. [March 2005, p.88]
  5. games(TM)
    As good as your broadband connection... When everything in Dead or Alive Ultimate works, it's worth an eight, possibly even a nine. However, when it doesn't, you're looking at a five. [March 2005, p.98]
  6. If you have Xbox Live, then let the good times roll and be prepared to get pasted by the world's best players. A lot more could have been added.
  7. Dead or Alive 3 is the better game overall, but for fans of nostalgia and those desperate to beat each other up over Xbox Live, Dead or Alive Ultimate is as good as it's going to get right now.
  8. netjak
    Like a really hot looking Mercedes with only an AM radio, no cruise control, and cloth seats. It looks great, and it's fun to drive for a bit, but without all those sweet extras that are offered with virtually every other luxury sedan out there, it loses its charm rather quickly.
  9. The cosmetic changes made to "Dead or Alive 2" do provide a level of intensity most beat 'em ups cannot reach. After the first few hours though, the wow factor will decline, leaving very little else in its place.
  10. 60
    Did we really need a third version of Dead or Alive 2? Probably not, and we definitely didn't need more DOA 1. But, for diehard fight fans and online junkies, Ultimate is worth a look.
  11. The 3-D graphics, though impressive, have changed little, and the fighting characters remain pretty much the same.
  12. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#21 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Oct 1, 2018
    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. Apr 5, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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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  3. Aug 27, 2021
    Dead or Alive Ultimate is truly the 'ultimate' package of DOA games since it includes remasters of the first two games.