The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai
those of you who are unaware, a few months back Microsoft announced a
competition in which budding developers could create a game using their
XNA Game Studio software, and the selected winner would have their game
released and also take home a contract Xbox Live Arcade Publishing
contract. James Silva won the above stated contest and his creation, The
Dishwasher, is now unleashed onto the Arcade floor.
Dishwasher : Dead Samurai is a 2D Beat 'Em Up side-scroller with oozing
brutality and blood splattering lushness. It follows 'The Dishwasher' as
he finds himself having to battle his way through a series of Agents,
Zombies, and Cyborgs using a large arsenal of button mashing combos and
weapon switching trickery.
story line is, in comic book style, ludicrous and outrageous, in that
The Dishwasher is captured by cyborgs before being saved by his mentor
and chef who donates him Alien Blood to resurrect him from death all the
while giving him super powers of a magic style called 'Dish Magic'.
catch all that, yeah, I thought so. Sticking with the comic book style,
each level has a series of flashbacks, each revealing a tiny bit more
and slowly building the story line in a 'whodunnit' manor, ultimately
though the story line is so outrageous and blandly displayed that you
mostly end up fast forwarding it to cut to the level itself.
strongest point for this title is its arcade nature, the constant rapid
fire action and page long combos give it a true back gallery feel. Each
time you wear down a opponents you have the option to finish them in a
'clean' or 'brutal' manner, if you finish them in the correctly
displayed way you will also get a health and 'Dish Magic' bonus.
well as this, when you accumulate enough point you can upgrade your
weaponry, ranging from the speedy entry level Meat Cleaver to the slow
but spatteringly brutal Chainsaw and there are also health goodies along
the way. The gameplay is simple, yet effective and is packed with a good
15-20 hours of first play alone.
Unfortunately the gameplay also shows signs of it being a first
development title, with little testing the screen has obvious tearing
and flickers which can be very distracting due to the high action
nature. The multiplayer modes are basic with it rotating around online
co-op, but being a arcade title you wouldn't expect anymore.
As a complete package, The Dishwasher : Dead Samurai is good value at
800 points, and is a nice modern touch on a classic arcade style. If you
skip the comic strips and try to ignore the graphic issues, you can
easily gather 30+ hours play out of this title.