DOA2: Hardcore

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DOA2: Hardcore
DOA2 Cover.jpeg
NTSC-J cover
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: C
ESRB rating: T (Animated Violence, Suggestive Themes)
OFLC rating: M
Game supports multi-tap
Widescreen patch available
Supports up to four local players
Languages supported:
English: SCES-50003 & SLPS-25026 & SLPS-73406 & SLUS-20071 & NPUD-20071
Japanese: SLPS-25026 & SLPS-73406 & SLUS-20071
German: SCES-50003 & SLPS-25026 & SLPS-73406 & SLUS-20071
French: SCES-50003 & SLPS-25026 & SLPS-73406 & SLUS-20071
Spanish: SCES-50003 & SLPS-25026 & SLPS-73406 & SLUS-20071
Italian: SCES-50003 & SLPS-25026 & SLPS-73406 & SLUS-20071
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20071
NPUD-20071 (PS2 Classics)
Release date: October 25, 2000
2001 (Greatest Hits)
March 24, 2015 (PS2 Classics)
CRCs: 23AF6876
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SCES-50003
Release date: December 15, 2000
March 1, 2002 (Platinum)
CRCs: 7A51F86E
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPS-25026
SLPS-73406 (PlayStation 2 the Best)
NPJD-00011 (PS2 Classics)
Release date: December 14, 2000
August 1, 2002 (PlayStation 2 the Best)
August 22, 2012 (PS2 Classics)
CRCs: 70D26E09, 82C02240
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Team Ninja
Publisher(s): Tecmo (US, JP), SCEE (EU), Koei Tecmo Games (JP), SCEA (US)
Genre: Action, Fighting
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: IGN8.7/10, Metacritic91/100, GameSpot8.9/10
Game description: The world has become chaotic and disoriented since the tragic murder of Fame Douglas, the sponsor of the legendary Dead or Alive I World Combat Championship. Now it's up to you to ensure that the world returns back to a state of peace. With 12 characters to choose from, your mission is to win the championship and save the world from the Tengu Disaster that will take place at the end of the century. Your ability to battle using various fighting techniques will determine your character's fate.
Updated version of DOA2, featuring new playable characters, new stages and extra costumes, and introduced the "Gallery" option.

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • Intel C2D e8400 OC 3.6Ghz
  • nVidia GeForce 260GTX
r3113 GSDX r3068 0.1.16
  • SPU2-X r3117 1.4.0
  • LilyPad r2930 0.10.0
Crashes after BIOS screen. Sev7en77
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.4Ghz
  • Nvidia GTX 285 768MB
1.1.0 r5452 GSdx 5442 SSE41
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 [21 11 2012]
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 [09 10 2012]
Crashes after some reads.
PAL Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.8Ghz
  • Nvidia GTX 570 1368MB
1.1.0 r5829 GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
Europe v01.70(27/02/2003), MTVU, INTC Spin Detection, Enable Wait Loop Detection, mVU Flag Hack, Still Nothing. Game will require a patch to run however i'm not sure how to port the patch from other versions currently., Emulator crashes on startup.
NTSC-U Windows
  • AMD Phenom II X6 1100T @ 3.30Ghz
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850 1024MB
1.1.5762 SUV GSdx 5762 SSE2-r5762
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 -r5761
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 -r5762
USA v02.00(14/06/2004), Put the 23AF6876.pnach in your cheats folder enable cheats run game have fun. There are cheats in the file but they are not enabled., No manu sound, no fight sounds and some dialog sounds do not work. Cheat file is here.
NTSC-U Windows
  • i5 3470 3.20Ghz
  • AMD HD 7850 2GB
1.2.1 GSdx 5762 SSE2-r5875
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 -r5830
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 -r5822
Japan v02.00(14/06/2004), No sound when selecting stuff on menu, No Hit and Hurt voices on the characters, No voices on cutscenes
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i5 760 @ 3.2 Ghz
  • Geforce GTX 970
1.4.0 GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • Lilypad
BIOS: JAPAN v1.00, 60/60FPS in GSDX D3D11-Hardware with 3xNative Resolution. Game plays very well with only very minor if any graphical defects. All speedhacks appear to work fine. Sound problems appear the same as explained by testers Benji229 and Takuto; No menu sounds or in-game effects. Norms
PAL Windows
  • Intel Core i7-4710MQ
  • Nvidia GTX 860m 2048MB
PCSX2 1.5.0-dev-1987-ge911949 GSdx EE/VU Rounding: Chop/Zero, INTC Spin Detection, Enable Wait Loop Detection, mVU Flag Hack. Emulator crashes without automatic gamefixes
NTSC-U Windows 10 Home
  • AMD Ryzen 3 2300U
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 6
PCSX2 1.6.0 (Stable) GSdx
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • Lilypad 0.12.1
BIOS: USA v2.30, 60FPS in GSdx D3D11 Software with Native Resolution. Game plays at full speed. D3D11 Hardware with Native Resolution, game speed slows down when combat starts. El-Chamemo
NTSC-J Windows 7 SP1
  • Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.0GHz
  • Nvidia GTX 980 4GB
PCSX2 1.5.0 3310 GSdx
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
Japan v01.50(18/01/2001), Game runs at full speed. With enabled automatic fixes, bugs were not noticed. Bugs: Crash of emulator, if automatic fixes don't enabled.
NTSC-J Windows 10 Home, x64
  • Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G2030 @ 3.00GHz
  • PALIT GeForce GT 1030 @ 2 GB
Nightly - v1.7.2133
  • Automatic fixes
build-in Europe v02.00(14/06/2004), Perfect, The game runs no problems at 1080p 60 FPS, without freezes, bugs and brakes.

Linlogo.png Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Linux Mint 20.2 "Uma"
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 @ 3.5GHz
  • GeForce RTX 2060
1.7.0 Default Default With just the NTSC-U USA 2.30 BIOS, the game runs without any slowdowns on Vulkan. Neigdoig


  • Original names: デッド オア アライブ 2 ハードコア (SLPS-25026) & (SLPS-73406)
  • Also known as DOA2: Dead or Alive 2 (EU)

Fixed Issues

No sound effects

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Major
  • Affected Game Versions: NTSC-U
  • Description: None of the game's sound effects play, neither in the menus nor during fights.
  • Workaround: None

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Public compatibility forum links