Deadliest Warrior: The Game (XBL Arcade) Review

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“Deadliest Warrior: The Game” is based off of the TV show “Deadliest Warrior” on Spike TV.The premise of the TV show is that they take several different types of warriors from all over the world and throughout history, pitting them against each other to see who would win. For example, they would answer the question: Who would win in a fight between a ninja and a Spartan. Then in sorta a “Mythbusters” fashion their “experts” would run “scientific tests” on the warrior’s fighting styles and weapons before putting it in a computer to run a simulation.

The game puts you in control of the warriors from the TV show in a 3D weapon based fighter, very similar to “Bushido Blade” on PS1 in the sense that most blows can be fatal or dismember limbs. The combat is actually very decent, you go into battle with a short, medium, and long ranged weapon which can be switched mid combat. The short ranged weapons consist of your standard 1 handed swords and axes, medium ranged are mostly polearms; as for ranged weapons there are bows, shurikens, spears, and the Pirate’s flintlock pistol (the only gun in the game.) Though some attacks may impair your ability to use certain weapons. The movement goes all 8 ways and attacks can be blocked and parried. Also under special conditions you can perform a MK style fatality to end the match. On the down side there are some moments where the combat feels clunky and unresponsive. Also, the character textures and environments could have used  more polish, they make the game look like an XBox 360 launch title. The game’s audio is also on the absolutely terrible side, there is little to no music and the rest is mostly just grunts.

The game modes are the same as your usual run of the mill fighting game: arcade, practice, battle, online player, online ranked, and online tournament. So there’s really nothing else special aside from color customization for your characters and unlockable weapons. Some DLC with more fighters would be much welcomed and this package is worth the $10 if you have a friend to play with. I give the game a solid 5/10 and this is in hopes of DLC later on, and a patch to fix the many bugs that fill the game (though the bugs are only cosmetic and don’t affect gameplay.) There is also a planned PS3 release later this year if you don’t on an XBox 360.

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