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    Dead or Alive

    Game » consists of 7 releases. Released Nov 26, 1996

    The first in Tecmo's signature 3D fighting game series, Dead or Alive introduces the world to a special "rock-paper-scissors" system with strikes, grapples, and counter-attacks.

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    Overview

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    Dead or Alive is a 3D fighting game developed and released by Tecmo for arcades (running Sega Model 2 hardware) on November 26, 1996. In Europe, the game was released by Acclaim.

    Powered by the same hardware as Sega's Virtua Fighter 2 and Fighting Vipers, Dead or Alive is Tecmo's first attempt at a 3D fighting game and is notable as the company's last-ditch effort to save itself from bankruptcy in the mid-'90s. The studio behind the game would later become the Tecmo subsidiary Team Ninja and would use this name in the game's numerous sequels and spin-offs.

    The game is notable for its introduction of the "Triangle System", a series staple mechanic where standard attacks (Strikes) are countered by dedicated counter-attack grapples (Holds), which are itself countered by standard grapples (Throws), which are itself countered by standard attacks. In addition, the game is known for its tie-in with the Ninja Gaiden series (with the series protagonist as a playable fighter), its use of physics for breast movement, and its "danger zones" (where the outer edge of the arena is full of explosives, dealing high amounts of damage to anyone who lands on it and launching them helplessly in the air for additional combo potential).

    Ports & Updates

    The game was first ported to the Sega Saturn (as a Japanese exclusive) on October 9, 1997, adding new bonus game modes, gameplay options, and character costumes, along with the ability to unlock the final boss as a playable character. This version was later ported to the Xbox (as Dead or Alive 1 Ultimate), bundled with an enhanced port of Dead or Alive 2 in October 26, 2004 as Dead or Alive Ultimate. The Ultimate port featured online multiplayer functionality via Xbox Live.

    The game also received an enhanced port for the Sony PlayStation in Japan (on March 12, 1998), North America (on March 31, 1998), and Europe (by SCEE on July 1, 1998). This version added two new playable characters (wrestler Bass and ninja Ayane), bonus game modes, additional costumes, and updated arenas (which are now endless, similar to the Tekken series, with "danger zones" intact). This version was ported back to arcade hardware in Japan on October 16, 1998 (as Dead or Alive++, running on PS1-based Sony ZN-1 hardware) and was digitally re-released via the PlayStation Network (as a PSone Classic) exclusively in Japan on December 10, 2008.

    Characters

    By completing the game each time using a character, the player can unlock additional costumes. Some costumes can only be unlocked on certain difficulties, however. Unsurprisingly, the amount of costumes that can be unlocked for the female characters greatly outnumber that of the male characters (Kasumi has 14 costumes, while Zack has just 5), presumably adhering to Itagaki's tastes. The game even has a 'Breast Bounce' feature in the options menu that can be disabled.

    CharacterInformation
    Kasumi
    Kasumi

    Kasumi

    Nationality: Japan
    Age: Unknown
    Style: Ninjitsu
    Occupation: Ninja

    Kasumi's brother, Hayate, was next in line to succeed as the 18th master of the Mugen Tenkin Acedemy... Until one fateful day when an assassin attacked and crippled him. Her father Shiden was left bitter and refuses to mention the details sorrounding the attack. Kasumi wants revenge, and she's determined to succeed as the 18th master of the school.

    Kasumi's Costumes
    Kasumi's Costumes
    Costumes:
    • Shinobi Dress (Blue/White)
    • Shinobi Dress (Orange/White)
    • Ninja Outfit (Red/White)
    • Ninja Outfit (Black)
    • Seifuku (Blue/White)
    • Seifuku (Red/White)
    • Seifuku (Black)
    • Bunny Costume
    • Baseball Outfit (White denim overalls)
    • Baseball Outfit (Blue denim overalls)
    • Gym Outfit (Red/White)
    • Gym Outfit (Blue/White)
    • School Swimsuit
    • Angel Outfit
    Zack
    Zack

    Zack

    Nationality: USA
    Age: 25
    Style: Thai-Style Boxing
    Occupation: DJ
    Zack's Costumes
    Zack's Costumes
    Costumes:
    • Casual Outfit (Red Tanktop)
    • Casual Outfit (Green Tanktop)
    • Casual Outfit (White Tanktop, Baret)
    • Skintight Alien Outfit (White)
    • Skintight Alien Outfit (Yellow)
    Ryu Hayabusa
    Ryu Hayabusa

    Ryu Hayabusa

    Nationality: Japan
    Age: 23
    Style: Ninjitsu
    Occupation: Curio Shop

    Ryu bears a name "Hayabusa" an honor bestowed upon only the most distinguised of Ninja's coming from the Hayabusa School. His life has been a continuous fight until he met his love, Aileen, and found satisfaction in peace. But his thirst for challenge returned when he learned that his best friend's sister, Kasumi, had dissapeared.

    Ryu Hayabusa's Costumes
    Ryu Hayabusa's Costumes
    Costumes:
    • Ninja Outfit (Black)
    • Ninja Outfit (Red)
    • Ninja Outfit (White)
    • Ninja Outfit (No mask, Blue/White)
    • Ninja Outfit (No mask, Red/White)
    Bayman
    Bayman

    Bayman

    Nationality: Russia
    Age: 31
    Style: Commando Sambo
    Occupation: Hit Man

    As a child, Bayman witnessed the assassination of his parents, carried out under martial order. He was later trained by the Russian military in commando-style fighting, and served as a special agent for years. Until the day he made one fatal mistake involving the Kremlin's favorite daughter. He was banished from the Special Forces forever, and exiled to Brighton Beach, New York.


    Bayman's Costumes
    Bayman's Costumes
    Costumes:
    • Commando Outfit (Red/Black)
    • Commando Outfit (Green/Black)
    • Commando Outfit (Black, Blue Baret)
    • Underwater Infiltration Outfit (Black)
    • Underwater Infiltration Outfit (Yellow)
    Lei-Fang
    Lei-Fang

    Lei-Fang

    Nationality: China
    Age: 19
    Style: Taikyoku-Ken
    Occupation: College Student

    Lei Fang is an impulsive, yet determined prodigy of Tai Kyoku Ken. Her confidence has been shaken just once, several years ago. Lei was challeneged by a gang of street fighters. She was prepared to take them on single-handely, but a boyh named Gi, weaing a dragon emblem, suddnly jumped to her rescue. Frustrated at being assumed helpless, Lei is determined to find and defeat Gi to prove herself.

    Lei-Fang's Costumes
    Lei-Fang's Costumes
    Costumes:
    • Martial Arts Outfit (Green/White)
    • Martial Arts Outfit (White/Orange)
    • Leather Jumpsuit (Black)
    • Leather Jumpsuit (Red/Black)
    • French Maid Outfit (Blue)
    • French Maid Outfit (Red)
    • Martial Arts Outfit (Blue)
    • Torn Jeans and Tank top
    • Cutout One-Piece Swimsuit (Blue)
    • Cheongsam (Red)
    • Cheongsam (Blue)
    • Nurse Outfit (Pink)
    • Nurse Outfit (White)
    • Succubus Outfit
    Gen-Fu
    Gen-Fu

    Gen-Fu

    Nationality: China
    Age: 65
    Style: Shini-Rokugo-Ken
    Occupation: Bookstore Owner

    Gen Fu left his native China in 1976. He barely made his escape before his cohorts were caught and imprisoned under the nisnomer "Gang of Four". No-one knows the real reason Gen Fu recently came out of retirement. No one would guess about the dream that haunts Gen Fu nightly, the tragedy surrounding his granddaughter Mei Linn. Only his closest enemies suspect that something profound must have caused the old man to come out of retirement.

    Gen-Fu's Costumes
    Gen-Fu's Costumes
    Costumes:
    • Changshan (Blue)
    • Changshan (White)
    • Changshan (Green)
    • Hawaiian Shirt (Orange)
    • Hawaiian Shirt (Green)
    Raidou
    Raidou

    Raidou

    Nationality: Japan
    Age: Unknown
    Style: Unknown
    Occupation: Unknown
    The final boss of the game. He is unlocked by completing the game on Normal difficulty or harder using every character in the game (excluding Ayane). He has no unlockable outfits.
    Raidou's Costumes
    Raidou's Costumes
    Costumes:
    • Distressed garb (White)
    • Distressed garb (Orange)
    • Distressed gard (Black)
    Tina Armstrong
    Tina Armstrong

    Tina Armstrong

    Nationality: USA
    Age: 22
    Style: Pro-Wrestling
    Occupation: Pro-Wrestler

    The daughter of Bass, Tina has been a pro wrestler since high school, and has worked her way up to become one of Dead or Alive's most feared lethal competitors. Bass thinks Tina is in it for the glory of winning the tournament, but her real aim is to be discovered in Hollywood

    Tina's Costumes
    Tina's Costumes
    Costumes:
    • Wrestling Outfit (Red/Black)
    • Wrestling Outfit (Blue)
    • Wrestling Outfit (Light Blue)
    • Cowgirl Outfit (Pink shirt, red pants)
    • Cowgirl Outfit (White shirt, brown pants)
    • Catgirl Outfit (Black)
    • Catgirl Outfit (Red)
    • Amazonian Outfit (White)
    • Amazonian Outfit (Leopard)
    • Policewoman Outfit (Blue)
    • Policewoman Outfit (Black)
    • Stars and Stripes Swimsuit
    • Bunny Suit (Black)
    • Bunny Suit (Red)
    Bass Armstrong
    Bass Armstrong

    Bass Armstrong

    Nationality: USA
    Age: 46
    Style: Pro-Wrestling
    Occupation: Pro Wrestler
    Bass' Costumes
    Bass' Costumes
    Costumes:
    • Wrestling Outfit (Black/Red)
    • Wrestling Outfit (Red/Blue)
    • Wrestling Outfit (Green/Black)
    • Wrestling Outfit (Black)
    • Wrestling Outfit (Blue/Teal)
    Jann-Lee
    Jann-Lee
    Jann-Lee
    Nationality: China
    Age: 20
    Style: Jeet June Do
    Occupation: Bodyguard

    Jann Lee's parents escaped from China's Maoist regime when the boy was a child, then left him an orphan, alone to fend for himself. He threw himself into the study of Ji Kun Do soon after. At first he fought to replace what he had lost when his parents died, but eventually Jann fought just for the sake of fighting.


    Jann-Lee's Costumes
    Jann-Lee's Costumes
    Costumes:
    • Martial Arts Outfit (Red)
    • Martial Arts Outfit (Blue, no shirt)
    • Casual Outfit (Black sweatshirt, beige cargo pants)
    • Suit (White shirt, vest)
    • Suit (White suit, black shirt)
    Ayane
    Ayane

    Ayane

    Nationality: Japan
    Age: Unknown
    Style: Ninjitsu
    Occupation: Ninja
    A secret character. She can only be used after unlocking all of the other characters' costumes.
    Ayane's Costumes
    Ayane's Costumes
    Costumes:
    • Butterfly Dress (Navy)
    • Butterfly Dress (White)
    • Butterfly Dress (Pink)
    • School Uniform (Red blazer, yellow ribbon)
    • School Uniform (Blue, red ribbon)
    • School Uniform (Pink, black ribbon)
    • Transparent Ninja Outfit (Purple)
    • Transparent Ninja Outfit (Pink)
    • Transparent Ninja Outfit (Black)
    • Bikini (Blue)
    • Bikini (Green)
    • Bikini (Black)
    • VR Training Outfit (Black)
    • VR Training Outfit (White)

    Soundtrack

    Dead or Alive

    Dead or Alive
    Dead or Alive

    Released: November 21st, 1996

    Total length: 38:20

    1. Dead or Alive Overture
    2. Chopper's Final Moment (Appeal Part BGM)
    3. Show (Character Select BGM)
    4. No Money (Zack Stage BGM)
    5. Stage Clear
    6. The First of Taikyoku Blows Up (Lei-Fang Stage BMG)
    7. Blade of "RYU" (Ryu Hayabusa Stage BMG)
    8. Lone Fighter (Jann-Lee Stage BMG)
    9. Power is Beauty (Tina Stage BMG)
    10. Codename "Bayman" (Bayman Stage BMG)
    11. The Secret Fist of Legend (Gen-Fu Stage BGM)
    12. Time of Determination (Kasumi Stage BGM)
    13. Dead or Alive (Raidou Stage BGM)
    14. In Between Life and Death (Continue BGM)
    15. Show Must Go On! (Staff Roll BGM)
    16. Your Name Is... (Name Entry BGM)
    17. Zack
    18. Lei Fang
    19. Ryu Hayabusa
    20. Jann-Lee
    21. Tina
    22. Bayman
    23. Gen-Fu
    24. Kasumi
    25. Raidou
    26. System Voice
    27. S.E. Collection

    Dead or Alive for PlayStation

    Dead or Alive for PlayStation
    Dead or Alive for PlayStation

    Released: May 20th, 1998

    Total length: 58:25

    1. The New Century (Opening Movie)
    2. Showdown (Character Select)
    3. Gonna Make You Gasp (Zack)
    4. Stage Clear (Stage Clear)
    5. Blade of "RYU" ~Mr. Tom Mix~ (Hayabusa)
    6. Concentration (Lei Fang)
    7. Heated Heartbeat (Jann Lee)
    8. Fastbreak (Gen Fu)
    9. Power is Beauty ~more beautiful mix~ (Tina)
    10. Megadeath (Bayman)
    11. Superstar (Bass)
    12. Ketsui no toki ~pie-02 mix~ (Kasumi)
    13. AYA (Ayane)
    14. Dead or Alive (Raidou)
    15. Physical System (Training Mode)
    16. Result (Result Screen)
    17. Your Name is...(Name Entry)
    18. SAYONARA (Ending Movie)
    19. Zack
    20. Hayabusa
    21. Lei Fang
    22. Jann Lee
    23. Gen Fu
    24. Tina
    25. Bayman
    26. Bass
    27. Kasumi
    28. Ayane
    29. Raidou
    30. System Voice 1
    31. System Voice 2
    32. System Voice 3
    33. S.E. COLLECTION
    34. Galaxy Type-XXX
    35. Dead or Alive Overture ~Renewal Mix~
    36. The New Century ~Master Version~
    37. SAYONARA ~Master Version~
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