If you’re lucky enough to have access to Spike TV and all its stereotypical manly programming, hopefully you’ve been able to watch and enjoy last year’s breakout hit, Deadliest Warrior.
If so, get your mace or katana blade ready – Deadliest Warrior is coming to the Xbox 360 with Deadliest Warrior: The Game.
For those that are not familiar with the show, let me quickly break it down for you. Deadliest Warrior takes two combatants, straight out of the history books, and pits them against one another in mortal combat. Each episode showcases a showdown between two of history’s greatest fighters including: Viking vs. Samurai or Spartan vs. Ninja.
The battle is broken down into several rounds where each fighter’s famed weapons are put in a real life “tale of the tape” – a head to head competition against one another like katana vs. axe or javelin vs. shuriken. Real life specialists will come in and demonstrate the weapons on skulls, carcasses, and other visually shocking dummies that are setup with sensors (to track speed, penetration, hit count, and other damage meters). The scoring of each weapon is rated on a spectrum of deadliness and after four rounds comprised of long range, mid-range, short range and special weapons, the data is run through a computer a thousand times. The outcome of the computer simulations is then shown to us as a full battle between the two challengers and ends with one killing the other and subsequently winning.
Now if this sounds like something up your alley, then I think it’s fair to say you are going to be excited about the upcoming Xbox 360 game.
Back in December, we speculated about the possibility of the franchise arriving on consoles, now it looks like it’s actually going to happen. Deadliest Warrior: The Game is planned to make an appearance on Xbox Live Arcade next month thanks to Pipeworks.
This could be the fighting game we have all dreamed about. Deadliest Warrior: The Game will take all of that real life data collected through the television show and input it into the game making the damage dealing effects as real as possible. The title will give players access to seven of the shows favorite warriors from season one as well as an eighth warrior coming from the upcoming second season – with additional characters potentially being made available via downloadable content.
The game has been designed around the concept of real life battles and because of this, matches are expected to last around 15-30 seconds. This is very much in the style of Bushido Blade, a similarly styled fighter, developed by LightWeight for the original PlayStation back in the late 90’s.
What long time deadliest warrior wager are you looking to settle? I hope to finally get an answer to shaolin vs. ninja.
Deadliest Warrior: The Game is expected to be available on Xbox 360 via Xbox Live Arcade after Deadliest Warrior’s Season 2 premiere on April 20th, 2010.