Deadliest Warrior: Legends
|Deadliest Warrior: Legends|
|Release date(s)||July 6, 2011|
Deadliest Warrior: Legends is a fighting game developed by Pipeworks Software and published by 345 Games & Spike Games. Based on the Spike documentary TV series Deadliest Warrior and the sequel to Deadliest Warrior: The Game, Deadliest Warrior: Legends allows players to take control of various individual warriors from different time periods, utilizing their own unique set of weapons, armor, and fight styles. The game was announced on April 7th, 2011 by Spike Games, featuring a new campaign mode and a new line-up of playable warriors. On June 6th, 2011, a gameplay trailer was released on E3 Live on GT. On July 6th the game was released for the Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade, and July 26 for the PlayStation 3's PlayStation Network.
Much like Deadliest Warrior: The Game, Deadliest Warrior: Legends is a three-dimensional weapons-based fighting game with realistic damage. Each warrior is divided into three classes: the heavily armored champions, the aggressive berserkers, or the agile guerrillas. Each warrior has three different weapon categories: close range (one handed, e.g. sword), mid range (two handed, e.g. pole arm) and long range (limited projectiles, e.g. javelins). Most of the combat is the same as the previous game, but a few changes were made. There is no longer a health bar, and the stamina, projectile count, and timer can be turned off entirely. Guerrillas no longer have a slow acting poison for their secondary projectile weapon. You can use the new push ability to kill your opponent by sending them down holes in some of the arenas, or to create distance between you and your opponent. A new ability called grappling replaces special weapons, where if your attack connects, you enter a mode similar to that of rock-paper-scissors. If the defending opponent matches the attacker's input, the attack is blocked, but if the defending opponent does not match the attacker's input, either a leg-break, arm-break, or execution is pulled of depending on the button chosen.
A new Risk-like mode called Generals was added, in which opposing warriors wage war by commanding their armies. The simulation engine used on season 3 of the show factors in each warriors' strengths and weaknesses (called X-factors), and applies them to the situation and environment at play. Each of the warriors (excluding Mack, who is not playable in this mode) have a playable map which covers one of their campaigns, where players must account for their warrior's abilities when it comes to particular terrains. Upon taking a fort with your troops, you must defeat its warrior in hand-to-hand combat, or else the fort stays in their possession. Upon taking a neutral fort before you opponent does, you receive one of three abilities which will give you an edge each time your troops battle for the rest of the game. To win, you must take over the opposing player's home fort, and best them in an individual battle.
If you have a file of the previous game on your hard drive, you will have exclusive access to a variant of each warriors starting short or mid range weapon. They can either be the warrior's personal weapon (the version of William Wallace's claymore used in Braveheart), or that of a related warrior (Tizona and the Sword of Goujian), all of which have the same stats as the corresponding starer weapon. Also unlockable are joke weapons, which cause little damage and are drawn from the history of each warrior. Warriors playable at launch are William Wallace and Shaka Zulu from season 1, Attila the Hun, Alexander the Great, Vlad the Impaler and Sun Tzu from season 2, with Genghis Khan, Hannibal, Hernán Cortés, and Joan of Arc from the third season. Joan of Arc and co-host Richard "Mack" Machowicz, while first were only unplayable opponents, are playable through the DLC made available on August 10 for the Xbox 360 and on August 30 for the PS3. Their weapons and armor (excluding Mack, who emulates an individual warrior determined at random before each match) include:
|Warrior||Close ranged weapons||Mid ranged weapons||Long ranged weapons||Armor||Variant weapons||Joke weapon|
|Alexander the Great||Kopis, Makhaira||Xyston, Sarissa, Trident (Ancient Combat)||Gastraphetes, Javelin||Bronze cuirass, Linothorax||Ascendance Blade||Closed parasol|
|Attila the Hun||Hunnic short sword, Scythian axe||Hunnic heavy spear, Hunnic light spear, Scythian spear (Ancient Combat)||Magyar composite longbow, Magyar composite shortbow||Leather lamellar, Scale mail||Sword of Mars||Fishing rod|
|Genghis Khan||Ild, Mongol mace||Jida, Glaive, Ge Dagger Axe (Ancient Combat)||Mongol bow, Mongol crossbow||Light lamellar cuirass, Heavy lamellar cuirass||Temujin's Saber||Dead koi|
|Hannibal||Falcata, Celtic longsword||Sarissa, Dory||Soliferrum, Sling||Lorica hamata, Pteryges||Cry of Carthage||Wooden spoon|
|Hernán Cortés||Espada Ropera, Side-sword||Alabarda, Poleaxe, Lucerne hammer (Ancient Combat)||Pistol crossbow, Arquebus||Court regalia, Conquistador armor||Tizona||Toy scythe|
|Joan of Arc||Arming sword, Flanged mace||Hache, Bec de Corbin, Voulge (Ancient Combat)||Light crossbow, Heavy crossbow||Fullplate, Gambeson||Sword of Fierbois||Witch's broom|
|Shaka Zulu||Imbemba, Knobkerrie||Iklwa, Assegai, Tsonga Battle Axe (Ancient Combat)||Iwisa, Umkhonto||Traditional hunting gear, Royal war gear||Isizenze||Tribal flute|
|Sun Tzu||Jian, Dao||Zhua, Ji, Monk spade (Ancient Combat)||Repeating crossbow, Bow and incendiary arrows||Robes, Lamellar cuirass||Sword of Ghoujian||Hand fan|
|Vlad the Impaler||Kilij, Turko-Mongol saber||Military fork, Ranseur||Steel crossbow, Javelin||Breastplate, Chain mail coat||Sword of the Dragon||Pitch fork|
|William Wallace||War hammer, Scottish Broadsword, Burda club (Ancient Combat)||Claymore, Greatsword||Ettrick longbow, Ettrick shortbow||Chainmail, Leather cuirass||Braveheart||Wooden shovel|
On September 26, 2011, Spike confirmed a compilation of Deadliest Warrior: The Game and Deadliest Warrior: Legends on one disc called Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat. Additional content which was not in the original versions includes 30 new weapons (one for each of the three categories for the 10 Legends), a new Graveyard arena, and new gameplay modes. Also on disc are unreleased episodes from all three seasons of the show. It was scheduled to be released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on December 6th, 2011, but was pushed back to January 10th, 2012, and later to April 17th.