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The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai

Developer: Ska Studios | Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Players: 1 Player Game | Genre: Action

Release Date: 04/01/09

The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai is one of the titles Microsoft is heavily promoting in its new revamped XNA program that will allow users to make and eventually publish games on Xbox Live using the XNA tools. Although the full program that will see games on the marketplace won't be available until later in 2008, titles like The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai will soon be on your console. Fortunately for gamers, The Dishwasher isn't a dish washing simulation. However, I am sure there is at least a small portion of the market that would find that idea appealing. Instead, of washing and scrubbing dishes with soap and water, players cut through Ninjas in this bloody and gory side scrolling action game.

As a game of this type would suggest, the controls are very simple and easy to pick up. Attacks utilize the X button, for normal, and Y button, for a harder attack, and use the B button for finishing moves. Jumping is also performed with the A button. Even with this early build, the controls are absolutely flawless and even allow players to attack and do backflips off walls.

The demo begins in the Foghorn Cafe with a brief comic book cinema to open up the story. But as I mentioned above, the objective here is to cut through ninjas and paint the level in their blood and guts. At the end of the level a boss appears. Though skilled players will not find him to present much of a challenge.

The biggest problem with The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai is that the demo just isn't long enough and no release date has been given by either Microsoft or Ska Software. Hopefully we will see more titles like this playable on our 360 consoles in the very near future. Until then, we eagerly await a full release of The Dishwasher.

By Kaleb Rutherford - 04/08/08
ESRB Details: - Blood and Gore, Violence - The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai is a side-scrolling action game in which players assume the role of an 'undead' dishwasher who kills enemies with an assortment of blades, cleavers, and chainsaws. Combat is constant as Cyborg enemies are typically dispatched with over-the-top kills accompanied by sprays of cartoon blood. Players can decapitate, dismember, and impale enemies using various 'finishing moves,' highlighted by screen shakes and slow-motion camera effects. Blood spray and splatter is commonplace in this highly-stylized action game.

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