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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 80
  2. Negative: 16 out of 80

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  1. JackQ
    Jul 17, 2010
    10
    I knew instantly that this game would instantly be panned by critics. A critic's job pretty much only consists of blasting games like this. Based on a television show? Must be bad. A fighter game without hadoukens and spinning kicks? *cringe*... It is all very unfair. Try the game for yourself. If you have fond memories of classics such as Bushido Blade and/or you can't stomach I knew instantly that this game would instantly be panned by critics. A critic's job pretty much only consists of blasting games like this. Based on a television show? Must be bad. A fighter game without hadoukens and spinning kicks? *cringe*... It is all very unfair. Try the game for yourself. If you have fond memories of classics such as Bushido Blade and/or you can't stomach today's overrated fighting games, this game is an accessible and addictive entry into the genre. Every swing counts and the way characters become stained with blood and have their limbs crippled/dismembered really adds a gritty element to the game. And despite a sketchy sound design and a few instances of lag, I couldn't help but let out an involuntary "YEAH!" the first time I instantly killed an enemy by spiking their head with a pike and nailing it to the wall in one clean throw. Seriously, don't the the minor flaws of this game bog it down for you. And ignore the petty critics who cut some corners with assumptions in order to get their job done quickly. Expand
  2. JoeW
    Jul 19, 2010
    10
    This game is fun. There are a lot of things that it isn't (polished, bug-free, well-balanced), but it is a LOT of fun. At $10, I feel nearly guilty having as much fun with this as I am. It's not a 10, but because of Mr. Summers' review above, I felt compelled to try and balance it out. It's more like an 8. 1) The characters are not fantastically balanced, which is to This game is fun. There are a lot of things that it isn't (polished, bug-free, well-balanced), but it is a LOT of fun. At $10, I feel nearly guilty having as much fun with this as I am. It's not a 10, but because of Mr. Summers' review above, I felt compelled to try and balance it out. It's more like an 8. 1) The characters are not fantastically balanced, which is to be expected - the game is about pitting commonly known archetypes against one another and seeing what happens (they could have called this game "Watch Ninjas destroy everyone that takes them on." Once you get past that and realize this game is as much fun to lose at as it is to win, you can truly enjoy it. 2) Dodging is not disorienting. Also, the Spartan--and other armored characters--can not even hold a CANDLE to the ninja's dodge. The ninja can write a poem, bake a quiche, and teach himself how to rebuild a carburetor in the time it takes the Spartan to move an inch. 3) The long range attacks sometimes suck for some characters. On other characters they're awesome. If you expect a blow dart to do the same damage as a blunderbuss or a crossbow, you probably spend a lot of your life just randomly being disappointed because you expect weird results when you do things. Although it'd be badass if this game had fireballs, because that would mean there's some real life warrior that had fireballs, and the world would be so much cooler if that were the case. 5) The weapons handle so differently that I'm...I'm not even sure how you could mistake them, especially when the spartan and the ninja (the two characters in the demo) are like polar opposites. Attack with your spear and you stand there like a retard waiting for a gumball if your attack misses. Attack with the ninjato and you can quickly reel back if it misses, or follow it up with a combo if it connects. To be honest though, you'd have to play for longer than 6 seconds to realize this, so I guess you get a pass this time. The health system being low is what makes this game a gem. If it were warriors just trading hits this would go from being a fantastic game to a poorly done fighter. The majority of the tension is guarding, picking your shots, and waiting for the right opportunity to explode. You know, like a real fight. 6) The spartan and apache have jumping attacks. Other characters jumping would be stupid. Why would a knight jump? That would be stupid. 7) Strategy in this game is different than normal fighting games. It's as much like street fighter or soul calibur as it is like super mario brothers. If you're a spartan fighting a ninja, you keep your shield up and wait for the right moment to disable his legs then go in for the kill. If you're a light class you dodge like a mofo and hope an armored guy doesn't hit you. You nip at them until their stamina drops then you give it everything you've got. And sometimes it just doesn't work out! Random stuff happens and that is just part of the magic. Sometimes you swing your axe, get it lodged in the ground, and that's all it takes for your opponent to skewer your skull with a spear and insta- kill you! And that's ok, because you'll be too busy laughing and relishing the challenge to compare it to games that it's obviously not trying to be. The dev team on this game was daring, creative, and obviously injected a lot of personality in a game that could have just as easily been a quick cash-in on a known IP. Props to them, and I'm ready to drop as much cash on DLC as they want as like as they keep pumping out content. Expand
  3. ArjunaV
    Jul 14, 2010
    10
    Great action and enough depth for a different kind of fighter. The realism factor, area based damage and critical one shot kills make the action intense! For $10 dollars you can't go wrong!
  4. MarsR
    Jul 15, 2010
    10
    For 800 ms points its a extremely good buy, Plenty of fighters and customizations to chose from and an excellent combat system. the gore in this game is the same you would expect from the show. Its very fun to just watch. And expect Future dlc to contain season 2 fighters. Must buy for Deadliest Warrior fans or just fighting game fans in general
  5. ArnoldV
    Jul 14, 2010
    9
    Great game overall. The fighting system is, for once, easy to learn and hard to master. It's actually quite deep once you play long enough. There are some bugs though, and some of the animations are pretty choppy. All in all, good game but they could really polish it up a bit more.
  6. JamesW
    Jul 16, 2010
    9
    I actually found this game quite fun, and very competitive online for the following reasons: -Lots of cool Finishing Moves -if you hit a leg enough you can cut it or disable it, same with arms, and even decapitations are possible -This is nothing like street fighter, soul calibur,etc this is a more realistic take on fighting where yes one hit can kill you ala Bushido Blade, one of my I actually found this game quite fun, and very competitive online for the following reasons: -Lots of cool Finishing Moves -if you hit a leg enough you can cut it or disable it, same with arms, and even decapitations are possible -This is nothing like street fighter, soul calibur,etc this is a more realistic take on fighting where yes one hit can kill you ala Bushido Blade, one of my favorite games ever. -The game is all about timing to pull the right combos, sidestep, parry, etc, instead of who can pull the 200 hit combo. -Lots of people playing online. -SLICE SURVIVAL MODE IS SO MUCH FUN. Hoping there is lots of extra characters and alternative outfits coming on DLC. Expand
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 21
  2. Negative: 9 out of 21
  1. Deadliest Warriors is childish, in all the best ways, It takes a ridiculous premise and makes it work by doing everything over the top.
  2. The world is still waiting for a title that can successfully merge history with the art of taking your opponent to pieces bit by bit. Deadliest Warrior just isn't it and when you consider that you could probably pick up a genuinely good scrapper in the bargain bins for the same price, it really isn't worth you blowing your dough on this.
  3. 33
    Gather a few friends around the TV and Deadliest Warrior can provide about an hour of brainless laughs, but I don't see much appeal beyond that.