Similar to Capcom’s famous Street Fighter series, Tecmo also owns their fighting game brand, Dead or Alive Series (1996-2009). In which, Dead or Alive 2 which is one of the popular versions, has many attractive features. After the first version of the Dead or Alive Series was released, it was not until 1999 that the next version was available. Dead or Alive 2 was released by Team Ninja and Tecmo on three different platforms, Arcade, Sega Dreamcast and PlayStation 2. In which, the Arcade version was available on October 16, 1999, the Dreamcast version was released on February 29, 2000. A month later, the PlayStation 2 version was also available, on March 30, 2000.
About the context, Dead or Alive 2 takes place a year after the events of the first Dead or Alive tournament. At this point, Fame Douglas was murdered, taking his place in the organization of the tournament. Controlling DOATEC was Victor Donovan, a wicked and greedy man. Besides, DOATEC also participated in the arrest of athletes on the first season to research and make their copies. In which, the champion of the first tournament, Kasumi, was also arrested. Her copy was Kasumi. Therefore, after escaping from DOATEC’s lab, Kasumi and several other friends participated in the second season to stop the evil work that DOATEC was doing.
From the new plot, the producer will provide 14 characters to discover. In which, some characters can use from the early stages, and some others need to be unlocked. Firstly, 10 characters from the previous version will appear in the game, including Zack, Kasumi, Gen Fu, Leifang, Tina Armstrong, Bayman, Ayane, Ryu Hayabusa, Bass Armstrong and Jann Lee. Four new characters will be added, including Tengu (Gohyakumine Bankotsubo), Ein, Leon and Helena Douglas. Besides, the two characters that need to be unlocked to experience are Tengu and Bayman. With the battle system, Dead or Alive 2 offers seven different game modes. Firstly, Story is a battle mode with many prepared stages. The player’s goal is to defeat the enemies to move forward. The next is Time Attack, which provides fast-paced battles, requiring the players to have many quick controls to defeat the enemy.
Survival is the most attractive mode, it requires players to survive in the face of many enemies at once. Besides individual matches, the manufacturer also offers two modes team as Tag Team and Team Battle. Besides the battle mode, the manufacturer also provides a training mode to help players improve the ability to reflect and control the character. This mode is Sparring. Finally, Versus is a player-to-player mode (other than the previous six, which only provides matches against the CPU).
Dead or Alive 2 has 3D graphics design. It offers the ability to move away from platforms via analog pad. In addition, the game also owns a diverse and beautiful arena system.