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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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