Dead or Alive 2 Game Review

You might recognise Dead or Alive 2 as the sequel to the wildly popular original, which took slot gamers by storm a few years ago with its fun visuals and rewarding payouts. The sequel is looking to build on that excellent reputation, back with improved graphics and a whole new set of game modes to get excited about. But is this game a gun slinging cowboy, or six feet under? Let’s take a look in our Dead or Alive 2 review!

Background

Dead or Alive 2 is the quintessential cowboy game, so if you’re a fan of the Old West then you’ll be in for a treat. This town is undeniably seedy, and the visuals have become noticeably darker since the first game, so while the background is of a dusty frontier town complete with wooden shops and a saloon, the cast of characters are all dark and menacing this time around. The visual design is great, with all the drawings and graphics looking much more detailed and lifelike than the first game, while the sound design is perfect, full of gunshots, yee-haws, old-time piano music and sound effects for the action on screen. The symbols won’t be a surprise if you know anything about cowboys, and while the low value icons are ornate steel versions of the 9 – A symbols, the high value ones include cowboy boots, jugs of moonshine, lassos, sheriff’s badges and six shooters. There are also five wilds in play that are identical in function, but each one is a portrait of one of five outlaws from farm boys to dancing girls.

While the base mechanics are pretty simple, with five reels and three rows containing nine paylines, the payouts are definitely something to get excited about. You can expect 100x your stake for landing five sheriff badges, while landing five scatters will get you a whopping 2500x your stake, so it’s no wonder the RTP comes out at a high 96.8% Sadly that’s about it for the main game, and your only real bet at hitting the big time is to make it to the bonus rounds. Luckily, there’s plenty more content where that came from!

Bonuses

Land three or more revolver scatters in the main game and you’ll be given the choice between three bonus games, each with their own character and special features. The Train Heist game sees your characters holding up an express train, with the reward here being 12 free spins where each wild that lands adds a multiplier and an extra spin to your total. The Saloon bonus looks a lot like the original Dead or Alive, set in a dank and dingy bar, and here each wild that you land becomes sticky for the rest of the spins. Finally, the highest volatility game is High Noon: This works just like the saloon game except that the wilds you land also grant you multipliers, and you could end up playing for an enormous 100,000x your stake!

Verdict

The Dead or Alive 2 slot game is a worthy successor to the original and is everything a sequel should be, improving on what the first game did well while bringing its own special features and new mechanics. The payouts can be spectacular and the action can be fast and fun, so whether you win or lose we bet you’ll have a great time doing it!

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