Reviews: MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch
The Final Say!
- reviewed by Andrew B
Review Date: November 2003
Distributed By: Take Two Interactive
The premise behind MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch is simple, bring together a
plethora of celebrities and have them beat the living hell out of each other
by any means possible. The game is based on the television show of the same
name that now lets gamers across the world engage in deadly battles with
celebrities that they either love or hate. The game contains a variety of
celebrities that include show biz greats such as a Marilyn Manson, Anna Nicole
Smith, Jerry Sprinter, Shannon Doherty and a variety of other great
Everything that was included in the original clay-made television show has
been successfully implemented into the game that includes the "goofy" looking
clay-made effigies of celebrities, a variety of deadly arsenals such as
chainsaws, balls and even giant bananas and a blood starved clay audience to
help with the ambience of this interesting title.
MTV's Celebrity Death is basically a comedic fighter that allows players to
perform some outrageous fighting manoeuvres with their favourite celebrities.
The game gives gamers a choice of two different gameplay modes
but the most enjoyable method of play is called Episode that allows you to
play through an entire episode of the show. The episode mode is basically a
story mode and by successfully completing the matches, it opens up new celebrities
and areas where you can battle head-to-head in a deadly battle that only
celebrities could do.
As mentioned earlier, the game features a
variety of celebrities and each celebrity has their own special move when they
engage with other opponents. For instance, the deadly millionaire killing
ex-playmate Anna Nicole Smith (forgive the melodramatic introduction) uses her
gigantic luscious breasts to attack her formidable opponents, whereas the
hedgehog Ron Jeremy, ex-porn star and... (wait a minute... this is a family
orientated web site) but you get the drift, each character has their own
unique way of battling, whether it's the suave Mr. T who uses the A-Team van
to crush his opponents or Dennis Rodman with his deadly basketball, the
developers ensure that nothing becomes too repetitive.
The gameplay of Celebrity Deathmatch could
only be considered as a fighting game with hallucinogenic properties of a
world gone mad. The battles themselves are extremely entertaining and amusing
and the first time you see characters use their special movies, it will have
all gamers in hysterics.
The control system
of Celebrity Deathmatch is extremely easy to pick up and uses a
combination of the analog sticks with the buttons to control your
characters. As the game is basically a button masher, even the most
novice of gamers will easy master this title in no time.
also a variety of weapons that are located in the fighting arenas from
chainsaws, pick axes and street cones to help spruce up the fighting.
Although Celebrity Deathmatch is basically a button-masher, it
unfortunately lacks the prowess of games such as Soul Calibur 2 and many
of the moves become a little too repetitive and although the characters
can perform a variety of moves, they needed a few more tricks up their
Graphically, Celebrity Deathmatch on the XBox is a little too "rough" at
the best of times and although it looks like the original television
show, they look like they have been taken from a cartoon and appear more
2D than 3D. However, the developers have done a great job at recreating
the celebrities and gamers will have no problem at recognising the
celebrities that litter this game. There is also a variety of effects in
the game such as blood and guts splattering from the celebrities
themselves and some interesting lighting and shadow effects to give the
game that polished look. The backgrounds themselves are unfortunately a
little sparse and boring as was the original television show.
The musical score
of MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch features the original score that graced
the television show and helps with the atmosphere of the game. The audio
commentary is performed by Johnny Gomez and Nick Diamond who do a
wonderful job at commentating the battles between the celebrities and
are extremely funny and entertaining. The celebrity voices are a little
rough at times and it would of been nice if they talked a little more often than
just the odd occasional catch phrase. The sounds of the fights
themselves have also been implemented successfully into this title such
as the kicks, punches and various special moves of the celebrities
MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch is an entertaining game that allows gamers to
engage in huge duels between television and sporting celebrities,
although the fights themselves are a little sparse and lacklustre, this
will cause many gamers to feel that something is missing from this
entertaining title. With dozens of different celebrities, some extremely
cheesy audio and unfortunately some substandard graphics, I would
recommend that all gamers "rent" this title before they purchase it.
- Andrew B
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