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: 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. But on a gaming level, Deathrow succeeded beyond my wildest dreams to create a fast-paced indoors arena sport that is easy to learn and fun to play; the two most important elements when you deal with...
Excerpt: To be honest, I don’t watch much sports. I used to, but action games occupy a far greater portion of my time, and I don’t think I’m alone. Through games we’ve grown accustomed to senseless violence, where blood and flying body-parts are just fun.
Excerpt: Avec les nombreux screenshots dont nous a régulièrement abreuvé Ubi Soft, Deathrow commençait à titiller notre curiosité. Même si ce jeu de sport futuriste et violent ne semble pas vraiment original et qu'il sent le Speedball à plein nez, on s'était dit qu'avec la puissance de la machine, on pouvait obtenir quelque chose de bien sympa. Ca, c'est que nous pensions avant de voir le titre en action...