Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat
Developer: Pipeworks Software
Publisher: 345 Games
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Based on the popular show from Spike TV, Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat is a collection of 2 stand alone downloadable titles, Deadliest Warrior: The Game and Deadliest Warrior: Legends. This hybrid-disc also comes with all the previous DLC as well as 6 full episodes of the original TV series.
Single Player :
For those unfamiliar with the TV show, the idea behind it was to see which warrior from different periods of time would be the most dominant. Each episode would break down 2 different and, based on current research from experts from each side, they would enter all the data into a computer simulated program that would run hundreds of fight senarios and determine a winner based on the final score. Sound confusing? Good thing the video game skips all the research part and lets you actually do the fighting.
All the familiar modes of a fighting game are found here. You can play a through the single player mode and unlock different outfits and weapons for each character. There are also time based challenges as well. Online play is available as well, however I had a difficult time actually locating another player to fight against.
This is not a game for any serious fighter fans. It is, at best, a low quality brawler. While there are some glimpses of innovation, such as having the ability to dis-member your opponents, there are far too many mis-cues that are hard to ignore. You will be spending most the time at uninspiring loading screens and menus as the matches themselves are over far too soon. Each fighter has their own distinct fighting style and weapon loadouts, however the customization is limited to 1 or 2 weapons to choose from. One part of the game I enjoyed was being able to chop off your opponents limb, or land a killing shot that would give you a quick victory.
You can attack each foe with a high, middle and low attack. There are combos you can chain together, but not much other than a 3 or 4 hit chain. Projectile weapons are available and range from the classic bow and arrow, to the musket and spear. It all varies on who you decide will battle it out. When the life meter of your opponent gets low enough, the opportunity to execute them ‘a la’ Mortal Kombat is available, but I found it very difficult to pull off. Most of the controls overall felt quite unresponsive, almost 1 or 2 seconds behind.
All of the fighters look and sound the part. The Pirate snarls, the Ninja is stealthy and the Spartan is a brute. There are no complaints in this department. Overall the game has the look and feel of a quality production, but it just wasn’t any fun to play. For any game to stand out today it needs to be enjoyable, and this was a major area where this game didn’t deliver.
If you like Deadliest Warrior on either Spike TV or Netflix, then your best bet would be to leave this one on the shelf. If you can forgive the unresponsive controls, dull menu and loading screens and a lack of an online community to support it, Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat would at best be considered a weekend rental.
I give this game a four out of ten.