Excerpt: Serving players with an all-out unconventional sports game without the frills and rulebooks of more mainstream titles, Deathrow will attack your senses with its testosterone addled battle cry, wreaking havoc on your senses. Weighing in as somewhat of a renovation to the stagnant Speedball series, fans of those titles are about to find themselves immersed in familiar territory.
Excerpt: Most sports games these days are either football or basketball, throw in a small bit of soccer and baseball and you have the general sports titles. Not anymore. A group of very talented folks over at Southend Interactive have changed the genre forever. Think ultimate Frisbee meets the Osbournes in year 2030. Contrary to the title of the game Deathrow will not play your favorite Tupac songs or fry your favorite criminals in the electric chair.
Excerpt: With so many games competing for mindshare this fall and the usual emphasis on blockbuster games that we get this time of year, its easy to overlook the many smaller-budget titles that are gracing consoles in the shadows of their big brothers. Its a shame too, since blockbusters often fall short of unrealistic expectations that have been fueled by months of screenshots, movies, speculation, and in-depth previews.
Excerpt: I saw lots of potential in this game and can see that other people will really enjoy it. Unfortunately, I didn’t like simply because... I really don’t like sports games, and this is clearly a sports game. Think of a future version of ultimate frisbee where all the players are brutal maniacs, add a Road Rash attitude, throw in a bunch of wrestling moves, and you get an idea of what Deathrow is.
Excerpt: Deathrow starts out with some extremely clichéd back story of a land far in the future, where your generic mega-corporation media conglomerate starts a full-fledged sports league to entertain a desensitized populace. Violence combines with athletics in a new fusion of what could best be described as soccer, basketball, and Mortal Kombat - all thrown into a blender called Blitz Ball. The new sport strikes a chord with the masses, and there you have it.
Excerpt: Deathrow review Game Over Online - http://www.game-over.com Quite simply, Deathrow is a hodge-podge combination of current sports events put through an action-packed, glitzy, foul-mouthed makeover for the television screen. Never mind that most of these transformations never work. The (cough, cough) ill-fated XFL comes to mind.
Summary: Point and click adventure games used to be the big sellers on PC. These days there are very few around with only the episodic style Sam and Max games being of relative note. New innovations have been tried with various series turning 3D and the Walking Dead certainly did a good job of creating a compelling adventure. Now though, we have Machinarium which takes the genre back to its 2D roots.
Conclusion: Deathrow is incredible, I haven't had this much fun with a game for a long time. The graphics, sound and awesome gameplay all make Deathrow one great package. I found no real flaws with the game whatsoever and have had loads of fun playing the conquest modes. One thing i found however, was that unlocking all the arenas, players and teams will take a long, long time.
Pros: awesome graphics, nice and violent, the swearing actually adds to the game, great fighting and action moves, oodles of stuff to unlock
Cons: swearing can't be disabled, unlocking stuff can be slow