Crispy Gamer

Diggin' The Dishwasher

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Ska Studios' The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai is every bit as good as the last time I played it - when it was still an XNA community game vying for an award. It went on to take that award hands down and was awarded a full-fledged Arcade license.

The first thing to note is just how brutal everything is in the world. The visuals are an epileptic’s nightmare, with psychedelic reds, greens, yellows and blues flashing on the screen; blood splatters smash against the screen like a windshield, and the finishing moves spray blood in every direction.

At it's heart it's just a beat 'em up with a bizarre story about cyborgs and a sister. Dead things, government agents, cyborgs  (of course) and robots assail you in dimly it rooms but you make the best of it by slicing them up and slamming them down with furious button combinations that deliver satisfying results.

As much as I’m digging the story, i don't know if my fascination with it  is sustainable.. five levels in and counting.. but there are lots of neat little features tucked here and there in the game. I'm going to try a little coop later tonight if I can catch up with Ryan.

This isn't a review of the game, or even an endorsement, but I do admire the creativity that went into this little Xbox Live Arcade game. From the rock mini-game to the the ability to warp across the screen like Nightcrawler from the X-Men, The Dishwasher is different than anything i've played in awhile. And there's a lot to be said about emotional connection. This strange character is interesting and I want to see where the story goes.

I can't say that about The Godfather II - another game i've spent the weekend playing.

Anyway I do urge you to at least download the demo and check out this decidedly dark and trippy little action game.