Welcome to the sport of the future in Ubi Soft's Deathrow. Mixing two genres
which we all love, sport and violence, Deathrow is sport of the future.
Incorporating brutal combat and a
futuristic disc game, Deathrow presents itself with a gamut of gameplay
options for all players, not to mention and impressive multiplayer support for
up to 8 players for a fully fielded team.
The essence of the title is the bloodsport and Deathrow provides that in
spades. There are two main options being the viewpoints that you will play the
title in, one being the sports view which provides your contemporary overhead
The other one and my preferred is the action view where you only really see
the character you are controlling at any one time. There are guidelines
showing you the angle of your throw and the position of the goals and where
the disc is currently located.
Not only does this bring you into the thick
of the fray, it also allows greater control over your player, especially when
engaging in combat with the other team. The amount of moves available to
players when fighting is staggering and I must confess that on more that one
occasion I was happy to let the game's impressive AI look after the goal
scoring whilst I ran around kicking butt.
Possibly the only problem with this game
considering how much it does rely on violence is that when fighting there is a
disconcerting feeling at times of being aloof from a lot of the action as it
is occurring. The rumble in the controller doesn't respond at moments that I
believe it should and the combatants don't always look as though they are
truly hitting each other.
Graphically Deathrow is an absolute treat
to look at and takes advantage of the powerful XBox graphics hardware. The
title features bump mapping and specular lighting amongst other techniques to
bring you gameplay and visuals that will immerse you in the game itself. It
runs smoothly and doesn't seem to take many hits as far as frame rates go
considering the amount of action taking place at any one time on the screen.
I guess before getting too much further
into the review I do have to tell you that the game does include a LOT of
obscene language and the use of such is pretty gratuitous. The main times I
heard it was during fights and when one player would taunt another.