Jason Bakker of Metal Arcade writes:
Team Ninja’s Dead Or Alive franchise has always been known for one thing: top-heavy female combatants. It’s always been a competent fighter; I remember spending a ton of hours playing DOA2: Hardcore just after getting my first PS2. Besides the gorgeous graphics and the “realistic breast physics”, it had solid fighting mechanics and an interesting counter system – it wasn’t a clone of Street Fighter or Tekken. And who could forget that you could beat your friends down with Ryu Hayabusa of the Ninja Gaiden franchise? That was the main selling point for me.