Deathrow (Xbox, 2002)

Deathrow chronicles the 22nd century sport of Blitz, which involves two teams of four players attempting to gain possession of a disc and hurl it through a goal suspended a few feet above the ground. Matches are eight-minute affairs, broken up into four quarters spanning two minutes apiece. To acquire the coveted disc, players are free to punch, kick, throw or slide-tackle opponents. Reducing an opponent's health to zero will have him or her removed from the arena for the remainder of the game; injuring all the opposition's team members results in an automatic win. <br><br>In addition to the visceral battles within the arena, the game offers characters that swear and taunt one another throughout the match, offering comments ranging from mild profanity to hand gestures to four-letter expletives. As each match wears on, power-ups can be collected to provide players with health or attribute boosts and credits. The team's strategy can be tweaked during a match as well, allowing a team to switch from a defensive frame of mind to a more aggressive one, among other variants.<br><br>Conquest mode lets players choose from a handful of playable teams, each differing in strength, toughness, speed, shooting, passing, and aesthetic appeal. In this mode, players will challenge tougher teams, climbing through the ranks and divisions, while earning credits that can be spent on improvements or unlocking game extras. These breaks in the action give players the opportunity to recruit new team members, improve the attributes of existing ones, or become embroiled in random events that can either help or hinder the team. <br><br>Matches can be viewed from two different viewpoints: Action and Sports. The first brings players closer to the action, offering a third-person view of the currently controlled team member, while the second provides a bird's eye view of the proceedings. Players will eventually have access to 18 teams (made up of 150 players) and 32 arenas. Multiplayer matches support up to four players on a split-screen, or up to eight players (one per console) by linking systems together. Deathrow also supports custom soundtracks, allowing players to import songs stored on the system's hard drive.

Product Review Summary

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Consumer Reviews

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Who would have thought Death Row would be such fun

byflash-hammer Aug 25, 2004
16 Helpfuls 17 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Good fighting,graphics, sound, custom soundtracks, fun
Cons multiplayer not as good due to camera
Recommended it? Yes

The genre of games that is the 'Future Blood Sport' that was popular back in the 16-Bit days with games like Speedball and Mutant League Hockey never really appealled to me, possibly because at the time the only sport I even acknowledged the existance of was the beatiful game, although the fact... Read full review »

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Unfolds like a dangerous flower!

bymochaboy Feb 13, 2004
9 Helpfuls 10 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Bad language. Drugs, ultra-violence, some sexual references, fast-action gameplay,...
Cons For Adults Only. No XBOX Live. No customizable players/ teams/combat moves. Steep...
Recommended it? Yes

Although difficult to pick up, once the controls are mastered, this game is unrivaled by ANY sports game one the XBOX OR the PS2. Seriously. Imagine the movie Blood of Heroes. You know, the one made in the 90's with Rutger Hauer playing an ultraviolent athlete in the apocalyptic future. Now,... Read full review »

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Deathrow only on xbox

bydrunkpunk Jan 29, 2003
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Really Good Game. Good Replay Value.
Cons No Xbox Live.
Recommended it? Yes

I got this game about 1 month ago. I started playing and realized that it was a great game. When you start off you make a profile and choose a team to play with in the one player mode or you can play with up to 4 players.

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Product Details and Features

Tech Details

Release Year 2002
ESRB Descriptor Realistic Violence
Control Elements Gamepad/Joystick

Key Features

Genre Sports
Rating M - Mature
Platform Xbox

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