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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Deadliest Warrior The Game allows you to choose from history's greatest warriors, equip them with signature weaponry, and go head to head against the greatest fighters that ever lived. Deadliest Warrior features five play modes, customizable warriors, and true-to-life action with interactive environments. This is a unique fighting game that is easy to play and hard to master. Sever limbs, decapitate heads, and taunt your enemy's lifeless corpse to build up ranking points and compete on a global scale to become The Deadliest Warrior. Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 21
  2. Negative: 9 out of 21
  1. An outstanding game for the asking price.
  2. 80
    Networking quirks aside, Deadliest Warrior offers loads of enjoyment for its $10 entry fee. It strips away the mountains of abstruse techniques which characterize most modern fighting games, and revives the accessible short-form action of realistic brawlers like Bushido Blade. It's incredibly fun, and addictive.
  3. Deadliest Warriors is childish, in all the best ways, It takes a ridiculous premise and makes it work by doing everything over the top.
  4. The gory limb removals and impalements-via-javelin are cheap fun that will treat anyone with the patience to tangle with some sluggish controls and simple combo moves.
  5. Deadliest Warrior fails on two fronts: as a representation of the show it's based on and as a fighting game altogether.
  6. It's fun for all of 20 minutes, and then you'll either be ready to delete it forever or will have moved on to a better fighting game. Either way, don't bother. You'll have more fun watching the brilliant-but-awful TV show and then playing something - anything - else.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. ArjunaV
    Jul 14, 2010
    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! Expand
  2. MarsR
    Jul 15, 2010
    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 Collapse
  3. JackQ
    Jul 17, 2010
    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
  4. Aug 22, 2010
    Deadlist Warrior for the XBLA is a very enjoyable game! So long as you go into with a correct mindset. Deadlist Warrior is a game that brings me back to the good old days of fighting games like Bushido Blade on the PSOne. Games where you can die in just one or two strikes and requires lots of blocking and proper parrying if you really want to succeed.

    Of course it takes some of historys warriors through out the time (mind you, no modern warriors, play Call of Duty if you want that). All with their own strengths and weaknesses. You will find a preference to the one you particularity like, weather it is the speed or the ninja or the defense of the Spartan. They are all fun to romp through at least once.

    The single player is nothing more than arcade mode and bonus stages in between. The real meat of the game is just the thrill of playing it with your friends! The game also has some really fun limb hacking and decapitating to keep stuff fun. Yes, it isn't the most deep experince in the fighting game genre you can get, but it is just crazy and fast paced enough to keep your attention. The game is only $10 and supports Xbox Live to fight your friends (or random ass people) online. With the amount of blood and gore and simple yet almost complex battle system, it is a fun game to play with your buddies.
  5. Oct 9, 2010
    This game works, there is no doubt about that, but really I just don't like the game, it's not because it's based on a show, I like the show, it's just that this game is broken, it looks awful, some characters are completely and utterly useless. frankly this game is a waste of ten dollars, I can buy tons of better PS2 games for the same price. I mean this was a poorly done clone of bushido blade, I saw potential in bushido blade, but this game isn't so much a step up as a leap backwards. Expand
  6. Apr 22, 2013
    Painfully bad...
    +- basically the game has realistic damage so you die pretty quickly, I would usually be on the fence whether this is a good
    thing because it requires fine tuned balance among the characters to pull it off well... but here the balance is broken.
    -The game requires for you to find the broken over powered 1 hit kill combo's or 1 hit kill ranged attack.
    The characters are not balanced, some have ranged weapons and one of them has a one hit kill ranged attack (Spartan), the game essentially requires you do use the dodge button alot and thankfully its the only game mechanic that seems to work
    -Parrying, is broken. It requires absolute perfect timing and it never works.
    -Stamina drains when swinging your weapon or blocking. When you run out you can't block and your attacks become weak & slower. Problem is regardless of how much stamina you have the block sometimes works and other times fails. It can fail if your not facing the enemy perfectly! Like a few degress off and you'll end up being hit without knowing why unless you've played enough to know this.
    If your stamina drains in the middle of a combo you stop blocking.. its so iffy its really unacceptable.
    -Controls are wonky as hell, your fighter does not auto turn to face their opponent and turning around is slow so you'll end up getting killed if someone moving sideways rolls behind you, they'll end up killing you real fast.. basically all about using the bad controls to your advantage. Fast characters have an advantage if they can figure out this (indian and ninja).
    -8 fighters, thats nothing compared to all the new fighting games out there

    Graphics are pretty mediocre, I don't know how else to say that this game is a waste of money and time. Even the first Street Fighter that came out 20 years ago is better than this game.
    +It draws upon Mortal Kombat's severe blood & gore, but that does not make a good game, its supposed to be icing on a cake not icing on a bucket of vomit.
  7. AJSummers
    Jul 15, 2010
    This has got to be THE WORST arcade game released this year, and perhaps the worst 3D fighting game ever. I was looking forward to it a bit because I love fighting games, and am pretty competitive in SSFIV, but this game has taken 3D fighting to a whole new low. Of course complaining without reasons is trollish, so here are my reasons. Please note I played the demo and watch multiple gameplay vids, and I played local MP and the "battle" mode. 1. The characters are not balanced. Spartan can destroy anything with three-five swipes, while with Ninja it takes around six-seven. 2. Dodging is very disorienting. I always have to pause (literally) to see where I just rolled to and which way I need to attack. Also a spartan having a dodge as fast as a Ninja is pretty weak. 3. The long range attacks suck. I really can't say more than that, they are just the worst projectiles ever created. Gimme my Kasumi Ninja fireballs back. 4. The health and damage system is pretty random. Every time I execute a normal combo, the damage always ranges from nothing to an instant kill, and I blame the health system for being VERY low. Yes, I realize this is trying to be "realistic", but that just turns this game into a big hit and run game. 5. The weapons really do not handle very differently, and honestly the characters are a bit similar as well. Even gameplay of the Knight and Samerai just remind me of Spartan and Ninja, and even Ken and Ryu are far more different then these guys. 6. No jumping that I've seen, and the animation, blood, and executions are mediocre at best. 7. The fact that it just doesn't do anything a fighting game should. The controls are stiff, it's incompatible with any fight stick, dodging and blocking are poor, you get disoriented every five seconds, damage outputs are random, strategy is out the window (except for that spam one), and the overall game looks and sounds like a PSOne game. Overall, buy Soul Calibur. It runs circles around this monstrosity. Or even shaq fu, I mean at least it works. Expand

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