Excerpt: Arriving barely a year after the original game, Deadliest Warrior: Legends comes across like a Celebrity Deathmatch take on the heroes from your old history textbook — and it’s just as cartoonish and gory, to boot. In place of the generic brawlers featured in the first game are historic generals such as Genghis Khan, Sun Tzu, and Alexander the Great, each of which you can command in violent duels often involving maiming or decapitation.
Conclusion: Currently, Legends is suffering a crippling blow at the hands of its own busted online multiplayer. There's a common issue causing a significant percentage of ranked matches to freeze up during their initial loading screen. Non-ranked player matches aren't suffering from this problem, but the opportunity to compete with human opponents (which you can also do locally) can't redeem Legends' basic, ugly combat.
Pros: Bloody, creative finishing moves, Zombie mode is amusing.
Cons: Battles are an incoherent mess, Visuals marred by clipping, awful lip-syncing, disappearing gear, Significant load times before each match.
Summary: It was an interesting move to make a game based on such a successful TV show and release it as a downloadable game and I have to say that this is one which probably would have benefited far more by having a bigger production budget and content and released as a full retail title.
Conclusion: Guilty pleasure gaming at its finest. Deadliest Warrior is never going to be Soul Calibur – or even the 14-year-old Bushido Blade, for that matter – but it has never wanted to be. Legends’ new additions make it an obvious choice over its predecessor, though they may not be enough to warrant an upgrade for owners of the original. Still, if you’re looking for tongue-in-cheek, bloodthirsty, B-movie brawling, you need look no further.