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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai is a 2-D stylistic action platformer for Xbox LIVE Arcade showcasing fast action, deep gameplay, and a unique visual style. An undead samurai dishwasher in a dystopian universe is on a quest for revenge against the evil cyborg army. To[Xbox Live Arcade] The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai is a 2-D stylistic action platformer for Xbox LIVE Arcade showcasing fast action, deep gameplay, and a unique visual style. An undead samurai dishwasher in a dystopian universe is on a quest for revenge against the evil cyborg army. To dispatch hordes of zombies, cyborgs, and robots, the Dishwasher has at his fingertips a devastating array of attacks using ancient blades, disturbing machinery, and screen-obliterating Dish Magic. Compete with the rest of the world in a variety of speed run and high score challenges to become the most formidable Dishwasher yet. Fresh take on gameplay: Gameplay in The Dishwasher is a fresh take on popular stylistic action combat, taking combo- and timing-intensive combat into a 2-D, blood-soaked environment emphasizing speed, vertical movement, and maneuverability, and player-driven pacing to create a truly unique, fluid and visceral experience, with an appealingly psychotic art style. New game modes with guitar peripheral: The Dishwasher has arcade co-op, drop-in solo campaign co-op, and drop-in solo phantom guitar co-op using the guitar peripheral. Phantom guitar players can unload electric death by playing wicked solos, perform basic movement, and use the guitar's motion control to rip through enemies with a razor-sharp headstock. The power of XNA: The Dishwasher is a testament to the power of XNA. The game was created by one guy with no professional game development experience (and a self-described lousy programmer) in about a year and a half. [Ska Studios] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. 98
    Probably the most fun I have had playing an XBLA game, so far. With its simple to learn and use controls to the ton of levels you can play, I can see why this game was so talked about when it made its first run on the XNA.
  2. An immensely enjoyable and visually stunning game. [July 2009, p.82]
  3. As a complete package, The Dishwasher : Dead Samurai is good value at 800 points, and is a nice modern touch on a classic arcade style.
  4. The Dishwasher made its way from a community game to a fully equipped Xbox Live Arcade title. And it even competes with the big boys. Keep in mind that the game has a very high difficulty setting and that only the true Dishwasher will get to the end.
  5. For those who love a real challenge and enjoy a good bloodbath will go head-over-heels for what The Dishwasher has to offer. The tight controls and long length make this a valid purchase for those who want to experience a test even if the story is fairly weak.
  6. For a single designer, though, a cracking effort. [Issue#40]
  7. For a game that won an amateur game design contest, this lacks in both imagination and implementation.

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  1. AdamR
    Apr 2, 2009
    9
    The game is a simple, yet brutal side-scrolling brawl fest, caked in vast quantities of blood and creative ideals. The game basically The game is a simple, yet brutal side-scrolling brawl fest, caked in vast quantities of blood and creative ideals. The game basically revolves around out Protagonist, who was a dishwasher before he died and his heart ripped out, goes on a mission of revenge, revealing the storyline along the way in short comic-book like strips. The graphics have a dark grunge-like style, the music is a "gothic" feudal-Japan era composition (accompanied by the occasional electric guitar). This game earns the M-rating, being VERY brutal, some of the execution techniques are very bloody and violent, and having a menagerie of weapons from meat cleavers to chainsaws, you hack and slash and some magic skills to kick ass through a TON of levels. Also, there's a few "guitar-hero" themed sections, which earn you points based on accuracy (a perfect rewarding an item needed to upgrade gear and etc) with a spetacular light show as the song progresses (yes, you CAN use the guitar controller for it). Very cheap, tons of fun, suggest buying, plain and simple. Expand
  2. MatthewP
    Apr 28, 2009
    8
    This is a good title on XBLA. Dishwasher is not without its small flaws, but what more can you really want out of 800 MSP? It has lots of This is a good title on XBLA. Dishwasher is not without its small flaws, but what more can you really want out of 800 MSP? It has lots of levels, lots of modes, a variety of enemies, weapons, bosses, levels, and so on. If it has any setback it's probably the co-op settings, which are either local but not online, online but not local, or neither. See Castle Crashers as a better example of co-op implementation. Expand
  3. Apr 13, 2012
    8
    This is the best xbox live game i have ever played besides limbo the drawings are different and cool looking the fighting is fun and theThis is the best xbox live game i have ever played besides limbo the drawings are different and cool looking the fighting is fun and the executions are brutal the storyline isnt that great but at the very least its interesting theres also an arcade mode where you play through 50 levels of enemies the weapons are neat and this game very very hard so i do not suggest this for people who throw their controllers at their tv Collapse