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Review: Deadliest Warrior (Xbox 360)

Posted by Wombat, 19 July 2010 · 421 views

There are times when I demand the finest from life; times when I want the correct cabernet to be served with my medium-rare porterhouse steak. Or when I want a game that exemplifies the best of the gaming medium and stands out as a work of art. Then there are the other times, or as I call them - most times, when all I really want is a cold beer, a warm burger, and game that makes me say, “holy shit that was awesome!”

Deadliest Warrior: The Game nicely fits in to that second category. For those unfamiliar with the show, let me explain. Each week a group of “experts” pits two historical warriors against each other in series of scientific tests to prove who is better fit for combat. This is done by repeatedly slashing and stabbing ballistic gel dummies filled with red goo. Once the goo data is compiled, they then pit the historic bad-asses against each other in dramatic re-creation. And that is where the game comes in.

The game at its core is a standard fighter: you choose one of eight historical warriors and then face the others in a one-on-one fight to the death. For me, a fighting game needs two things to be worthy of my time: interesting characters and an engaging fighting system. The characters at face value are fairly generic, consisting of a Knight, Pirate, Viking, Ninja, Samurai, Spartan, Apache, and Centurion. However, the game does its best to give some personality to these otherwise bland individuals. For example, a victory with the Pirate usually ends with his swigging a drink, falling over, and farting audibly. Classy, no, but funny the first time around.

The fighting system is the real surprise for me. It is good, and more importantly fun. Each character has 3 standard weapons: one each for short, medium and long-range attacks. A variation of each weapon can be unlocked through arcade mode game play. The rounds are fast with most fights lasting less then 10 seconds. The quickness of the rounds means that at times you need to be smart on what attacks you use as opposed to being faster on the button. For example, the Knight can be quite effective with his sword (medium-range attack), but a well-timed shot with his crossbow (long-range) can end a match instantly. However, shots from the Knight can also be slow and leave him open to attack, like allowing the much faster Ninja the time he needs to lop off your head. If you are the kind of fighting fan that enjoys complex combos, look elsewhere as this game doesn’t really have them or need them.

The game has two mini-games that you play during the arcade mode: a pig carcass slashing mini-game and a hack-a-character-to-pieces mini-game. Both are short, relatively easy, and only serve as way to unlock new weapons. As a fan of the show, I would have loved to see more “training” mini-games to add some depth to the single player. A shooting range or a ballistics-gel slashing dummy would have been nice additions and nods to the show. It is hard to find too much to complain about this game as a ten-dollar release. If you are a casual fighter fan that feels overwhelmed by the experts that excel in Street Fighter IV and enjoys the occasional fart joke followed by copious amounts of blood and gore, Deadliest Warrior: The Game, may be just what the fake TV-combat doctor ordered.

Posted Image Very Good
Outstanding | Very Good | Fair | Poor | Awful

Recommended Buy Price: $9.00
Current MSRP: $10.00

Deadliest Warrior: The Game was provided for review by Spike Games. I have played the game for four and a half hours accumulating 2 out of 12 Achievements for 30 GamerScore and 1 of 2 avatar awards. Deadliest Warrior: The Game is available exclusively for the Xbox 360.




There are times when I demand the finest from life; times when I want the correct cabernet to be served with my medium-rare porterhouse steak. Or when I want a game that exemplifies the best of the gaming medium and stands out as a work of art. Then there are the other times, or as I call them - most times, when all I really want is a cold beer, a warm burger, and game that makes me say, “holy shit that was awesome!”

Deadliest Warrior: The Game nicely fits in to that second category. For those unfamiliar with the show, let me explain. Each week a group of “experts” pits two historical warriors against each other in series of scientific tests to prove who is better fit for combat. This is done by repeatedly slashing and stabbing ballistic gel dummies filled with red goo. Once the goo data is compiled, they then pit the historic bad-asses against each other in dramatic re-creation. And that is where the game comes in.

The game at its core is a standard fighter: you choose one of eight historical warriors and then face the others in a one-on-one fight to the death. For me, a fighting game needs two things to be worthy of my time: interesting characters and an engaging fighting system. The characters at face value are fairly generic, consisting of a Knight, Pirate, Viking, Ninja, Samurai, Spartan, Apache, and Centurion. However, the game does its best to give some personality to these otherwise bland individuals. For example, a victory with the Pirate usually ends with his swigging a drink, falling over, and farting audibly. Classy, no, but funny the first time around.

The fighting system is the real surprise for me. It is good, and more importantly fun. Each character has 3 standard weapons: one each for short, medium and long-range attacks. A variation of each weapon can be unlocked through arcade mode game play. The rounds are fast with most fights lasting less then 10 seconds. The quickness of the rounds means that at times you need to be smart on what attacks you use as opposed to being faster on the button. For example, the Knight can be quite effective with his sword (medium-range attack), but a well-timed shot with his crossbow (long-range) can end a match instantly. However, shots from the Knight can also be slow and leave him open to attack, like allowing the much faster Ninja the time he needs to lop off your head. If you are the kind of fighting fan that enjoys complex combos, look elsewhere as this game doesn’t really have them or need them.

The game has two mini-games that you play during the arcade mode: a pig carcass slashing mini-game and a hack-a-character-to-pieces mini-game. Both are short, relatively easy, and only serve as way to unlock new weapons. As a fan of the show, I would have loved to see more “training” mini-games to add some depth to the single player. A shooting range or a ballistics-gel slashing dummy would have been nice additions and nods to the show. It is hard to find too much to complain about this game as a ten-dollar release. If you are a casual fighter fan that feels overwhelmed by the experts that excel in Street Fighter IV and enjoys the occasional fart joke followed by copious amounts of blood and gore, Deadliest Warrior: The Game, may be just what the fake TV-combat doctor ordered.

Posted Image Very Good
Outstanding | Very Good | Fair | Poor | Awful

Recommended Buy Price: $9.00
Current MSRP: $10.00

Deadliest Warrior: The Game was provided for review by Spike Games. I have played the game for four and a half hours accumulating 2 out of 12 Achievements for 30 GamerScore and 1 of 2 avatar awards. Deadliest Warrior: The Game is available exclusively for the Xbox 360.
OMG, you actually liked it! Who knew?
this game should be called the shittiest warrior
I am going to buy this on your recommendation.
I can't get the full game yet but from what I played so far I like it. I enjoy the quick short matches with instant kills and decapitations that can cause you to bleed out. This game can be extremely frustrating if you have it set on 2 matches though since the matches are so short and loading isn't the best. The show is all about test and data so I'm not surprised they went with the realistic route. For ten bucks you can't go wrong unless you only have $10 and you hate it, you just lost out on a pizza....

Great review Wombat, this one is way longer :p
Look at you getting into the review game. Well played Wombat.
It really reminds me of a faster Bushido Blade. Unfortunately, the little they changed are also the games biggest negatives:

1) There is a need to block. In bushido blade, merely having your sword "in the way" (either neutral stance or a swing) would count as a block. In here, there are high, med, and low attacks, and blocks/parries accordingly. This hurts combat a bit since it makes defense very difficult. In Bushido blade, you could reasonably guess the two methods the opponent would use to attack and could put yourself in a defensive stance to block easily. In Deadliest Warrior, you need to properly guess how the combo is going to connect and block all of the pieces of it, or you get Massive Damage.

2) There are life bars. With one hit kills, limb injuries, and hitting weapons out of hands, this plays exactly like bushido blade. Except, you can kill your opponent by hitting him in the shin for that last knick of health.

I may still pick this up. It is very fun and does a lot right. I just wish it was Bushido Blade HD....
Spot on, Wombat. I bought this game within ten minutes of playing the demo.

This game is pretty much a gem for $10.
Nice review Wombat, I think I will try the demo before making a purchasing decision.
This was a great review. Wombat, the opening paragraph was such a great intro to your review.
2 Thumbs up!!!

You know what would be awesome? Maybe get an extra DL code and give it away to one of the commenters of your review!
I´ve played the games and I pretty much agree with Wombat. However, why would make any difference to buy the game for 9 bucks instead of 10? ANyway, great to see your reviews.
I picked this up. Very fun at parties. Goes great with beer. I recommend a Belgium Triple.
Will this be the game that settles the 'Pirates vs. Ninjas' war?
Finally, a review that gets to the bread and butter, or wine and steak, if you will, of the game :) As a fan of the show, I wondered if I should pick it up or not. Now I know. I probably will, but, as I try to personify the CAG tag, I'll probably wait until it's in a bargain bin or yard sale or something :) Would be cool if they added more characters via DLC.
nice and to the point review with just enough personality to know it's wombat.

the graphics could have been "better" and more realistic, especially since the animations on the show are realistic CG.

it would also have been interesting if there was some kind of simulation mode. in the show, the "fights" are run using the compiled data as well as some kind of statistical analysis that depicts how the "fight" transpires. if there was a mode where the player could tweak certain aspects of a chacrter and then see its effects in a sim mode, I might have purchased this.
Enjoyed the review Wombat, pretty sure Im gonna pick it up :D
Nice review, Wombat! I hope Shipwreck is on an unlimited text plan.
Interesting, I didn't think it would be a good game. Now I feel inclined to check out the show.

One thing I need to point out though:
$9 instead of $10...really?
@Wingwright, I went with 9 because at any kind of discount you should buy it without thinking. At 10, you should still think about it.
If someone actually holds out for the $1 price-drop/difference, they seriously have my respect. They're true-blue CAGs. :lol: