Deadliest Warrior – Ancient Combat ReviewApril 20, 2012
Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat is a very unique game. Judging from screenshots or even a brief glimpse of gameplay, it would seem as though it’s a traditional fighter. Play a bit longer, however, and you’ll discover a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously; a testosterone fueled battle to the death (twice!), where one thrust of a sword can sever limbs or decapitate. Where one arrow thrown from afar can pierce an eye and end a match instantaneously. This game is a cartoonish, hilarious, awesome homage to violence. If you’re looking for a weapons-based fighter with a huge amount of depth, such as SoulCalibur, look elsewhere. If you’re looking for a fun, arcadey, blood-soaked fighter where the tide of battle can truly turn in an instant, this is your game.
Deadliest Warrior, to the uninitiated, is a Spike TV show where a bunch of dudes combine science, history, and computers to imagine who would win in an epic battle to the death between, say, William Wallace and Attila the Hun. Their weapons, fighting style, and tactics would be tested and the results put into a computer, where 1,000 battles are waged inside the computer, and a live-action, hilariously badly acted battle ensues for the viewer to enjoy. Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat stays true to the lighthearted nature of the show, while maintaining the badass factor. Kills are almost laughably brutal, and the ragdoll physics combine with the guysers of blood to create an almost Team America style of mayhem. And just like in the show, the preposterous notion of putting a fully suited knight against an armorless ninja is just as entertaining as it sounds. There’s even a trophy for severing all of the knight’s limbs in a single bout, paying homage to that famous Monty Python And The Holy Grail scene. The comedy continues when, seconds later, he’s up and at it for a second round with all his limbs.
Not a screen from Ancient Combat, but it could be.
Every fighter has both long range and short range weapons, and some have a shield. The fighters seem to be pretty well balanced. Even in online play it always seems like either player could gain the upper hand at any time. It’s a bit of a button-masher, without much depth to the combat- but in a way that’s refreshing, as there’s no 50 hit combos to get locked into by some 11 year old who’s studied the movesets like a bible. No, Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat is strategy and mayhem spiced with a bit of luck, and it actually makes multiplayer and online fun, as the playing field is leveled. The fact that your life can be ended in mere seconds adds a sense of thrill to the battles. I noticed absolutely no lag in my time online.
The game is a combination/ hybrid title, which contains two previously released downloadable Deadliest Warrior games, Deadliest Warrior and Deadliest Warrior: Legends, as well as all of those games’ DLC and HD videos of previously unreleased Deadliest Warrior episodes. It’s a fair bargain for the amount of content you get.
The graphics are decent, but not head-turning. There are some nice looking environments, but character models, for the most part, don’t look great. Since they’re basically meat on a stick to be hilariously slaughtered in a fountain of plasma, however, I guess it’s a moot point.
If you have a sense of humor and love excessive violence, or if you’re a fan of the show, you’ll definitely get a kick out of Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat . There’s a lot of content for your buck, the online and multiplayer is insanely fun, and the Blu-Ray unreleased footage is worth checking out. Like with a dumb summer blockbuster, you need to check your brain at the door, but if you’re willing to do so you’ll enjoy yourself.