More Reviews
REVIEWS Pillars of Eternity Review
Obsidian Entertainment creates a retro Infinity Engine RPG funded by Kickstarter. Is it as good as previous Infinity Engine games, or does the novelty quickly wear off?

Game of Thrones: Episode 3 - "Th Review
Either you win or you die... or you just stay the same.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Final Fantasy: Record Keeper Preview
The official Final Fantasy 2D sprite-based demake I never knew I wanted.

LATEST FEATURES 9 of the Best Indies at PAX East 2015
Indie gallery alert! We're featuring the likes of Titan Souls, Pollen, NOCT, and We Happy Few.

Evolve's New Behemoth Is Terrifying
Behemoth is bigger than your average Evolve monster, but he sure knows how to roll quickly.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Top 50 Pokémon of All Time
Can you believe there are now six generations of Pokémon? Six!! That's a crazy amount of different creatures to collect. But which are the cream of the crop? Don't worry, Magikarp isn't actually one of them.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP shandog137
The perils of the Hype Train…
By shandog137
Posted on 03/09/15
The recent release of Evolve and The Order 1886 really got me to thinking about the disparity between the perspective of sales-driven publishers and the quality-driven purchases of consumers. The “Hype Train” is nothing new, but the way it is utilized has been creating far more...

The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai Review

Eduardo_Reboucas By:
Eduardo_Reboucas
04/10/09
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Beat Em Up 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER Microsoft 
DEVELOPER Ska Software 
RELEASE DATE  
M Contains Blood and Gore, Violence

What do these ratings mean?

When there's no more room in Hell, the dead will become zombie samurai dishwashers...


Back at around GDC last year, we were treated to a few trial games from Microsoft's XNA hub community of game creators through a limited time special edition of the Xbox 360 Live Arcade. Among these games was The Dishwasher, a bloody hack-and-slash game that demoed brilliantly well. Fast forward to now, the creators of the game, as Ska Studios, won the Microsoft's Dream Build Play challenge, and got funds to back the production of a full-fledged XBLA game.

click to enlargeThe convoluted setting to Dead Samurai is told through comic book panels: a story of an ex-dishwasher turned undead samurai who uses special "dish" powers and cutting tools to hack up everything that stands in his way, from government agents to rival samurai, and you guessed it, ninjas with lasers - not attached to their freakin' foreheads, disappointingly. The action is inherently button-mashy, as waves and waves of enemies come from all possible directions, desiring a rotten piece from our undead friend. Hacking endless foes is rewarded with a special currency used to acquire weapons, health, and other upgrades; that combined with hidden guitar picks make up part of the game's limited re-playability.

Unfortunately, however, is that Dishwasher is exactly the type of game that is perfect to be played as a demo. The button-mashing action quickly becomes repetitive, varying from dodging to attacking to dodging to attacking (to dying). Dying might seem a paradox for a dead samurai, and a paradox you'll see often, since the game tends to get punishing rather early on, even on lower difficulty settings. In a way, it could be compared to The Behemoth's Castle Crashers, without much of the charm or the four-player mayhem
 
click to enlargeA bit of variety can be credited, though, to the different weapons acquired throughout the game: cleavers, swords, and of course, what samurai would be caught dead without (ha, ha) a shotgun, which provides a bit of spice to the gallons of blood spilled on screen. Killing enemies can provide bonus points and health in the form of a pop-up button that appears on screen when it's time for a "fatality" move, and is more often than not, very bloody.

And blood - red or black, depending on your choice - will be spilt in an infinite amount as countless fools are cut, shot, and diced. Taking a cue from the visual style of old paper-doll stop-motion films combined with a now almost cliché inspiration on Tim Burton-esque washed out color films, The Dishwasher certainly gets points for looking different. On the other hand, this style tends to get in the way of the action, since characters - both heroic and villainous - tend to blend in with the environment, due to the distant camera favoring smaller units and bigger sets. Add to that the frenetic pace of the action and the blood, and it's a bit much at times.

The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai suffers from what a lot of games do - it starts off with a bang, making a great demo piece but has a hard time keeping the momentum. Sadly for The Dishwasher, its momentum is really short lived. However, if you dig the sort of masochistic experience found in bullet hell shooters and beat 'em ups like Alien Hominid, there is a challenge, albeit a repetitive one, in Dead Samurai.
C+ Revolution report card
  • Fun, bloody action
  • Tight controls
  • +/- Limited replay value
  • +/- Great as demo, not much more
  • Visuals get in the way sometimes
  • Frustratingly difficult early on
  • Multiplayer over Xbox Live is broken for now
    Reviews by other members
    No member reviews for the game.


More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai
Also known as: The Dishwasher Dead Samurai


More On GameRevolution