Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore
Last Updated: 3/13/2011 Developer(s): Team Ninja Publisher(s): Tecmo Designer(s): Tomonobu Itagaki Platform(s): Arcade, Playstation 2 Release Date(s): October 25th, 2000 ( PS2)
December 14th, 2000 ( PS2)
Characters: Ein, Leon, Lei Fang, Ayane, Kasumi, Tina, Bass, Zack, Hayabusa, Helena, Gen Fu, Jann Lee, Tengu, Bayman
Related Games: Dead or Alive, Dead or Alive 2, Dead or Alive 3, Dead or Alive 4, Dead or Alive 5, Dead or Alive: Dimensions, Tekken Tag Tournament, Tekken 4
Gameplay Engine 8 / 10 Story / Theme 6 / 10 Overall Graphics 9.5 / 10 Animation 9.5 / 10 Music / Sound Effects 7.5 / 10 Innovation 7 / 10 Art Direction 6.5 / 10 Customization 6.5 / 10 Options / Extras 7.5 / 10 Intro / Presentation 7.5 / 10 Replayability / Fun 7 / 10 "Ouch" Factor 9 / 10 Characters 7 / 10 BOTTOM LINE
8.3 / 10
Review based on PS2 version Final Words: DOA2: Hardcore was a decent 3D fighting game for it's time, but the gameplay is a bit too noob-friendly for it's own good. In high level play it can be called a "counter fest," which isn't all that fun after a while. The character roster is still on the small side, especially when compared to many other fighting games. And for such a small roster, the characters really lack personality... and in some cases, overall substance. Their fighting styles and visual designs also leave a lot to be desired. ~TFG Webmaster
Story: A great leader was killed at the end of the 20th century. His name was Fame Douglas, and he was renowned as the sponsor of the legendary Dead or Alive World Combat Championship. Since his death, and in the absence of his charisma and leadership, the world has become chaotic. Yet something appears to be transpiring. Amid this chaos, it is announced that the "Dead or Alive Championship 2" will be held. However, Douglas's passing has taken with it the purpose and significance of the tournament. Even worse, the promoter of "Dead or Alive Championship 2", who is fond of conflicts and jealous of the string, is responsible for Douglas's death. The new promoter is more than a corrupt mastermind, but a man of pure evil. His involvement in the tournament has brought a sense of terror to the world, resulting in the infamous Tengu disaster that occurred at the end of the 20th century. The climax of the disaster is about to begin with a roaring battle.
Gen Fu... are you letting her do that to you? Perv.
Review: DOA2: Hardcore for the PlayStation 2 was based on the Japanese version of Dead or Alive 2 for Dreamcast. This DOA2 enhancement features one new character (Bayman), a few new stages, more alternate costumes, and the new Gallery Mode.
More Tag Team insanity... and bad outfits!
The story mode was slightly updated from the original's, adding in several new cut scenes, but still doesn't do much in the way of character development. There's still not much of an actual story going on with DOA... and DOA2: Hardcore's story really just amounts to "a few random/silly cut-scenes for each character," and most of which don't even make much of a statement. Many hardly make any sense at all. I guess they weren't going for a "serious" story or anything, but still... what's the purpose of a story mode if it isn't allowing the DOA characters to develop?
Gameplay-wise, it's practically the same exact game as DOA2. It's still a solid gameplay engine, but DOA's gameplay style is still overly dependent on counters and not as much on combos or actual skill. Still, those counter moves and double team combos (in tag mode) certainly look really cool. The control of your fighter also isn't quite "there" as much as it is in other 3D (and 2D) fighters. Sidestepping and overall movement feels sluggish at times.
Don't even try to figure out what's going on here.
The 1-player experience is very much the same as DOA2 vanilla. Survival mode is back and even more fun this time around, featuring bonus items to collect as you defeat your enemies. The Tag mode also returns with slightly faster gameplay, cool new tag team throws/attacks, and a couple new stages. The standard Time Attack and Practice (Sparring) Modes are also present. While this sweet looking 3D fighter may appeal to casual gamers, especially with its purdy graphics (and the bouncy boobs), hardcore 3D fighting gamers looking for the best 3D hand-to-hand competitive action will probably stick with Tekken Tag or Tekken 4.