Review

Death Tank Review (Xbox360)

In 2008, the Xbox Live service saw the rise to instant classics such as Castle Crashers, Braid, Geometry Wars 2, Mega Man 9 and even Bionic Commando: Rearmed. In 2009, while itís only been three months into the year, weíve only seen the releases of moderate hits such as The Maw and R-Type Dimensions. So it comes to no surprise that the once hotly anticipated Death Tank doesnít dish out a worthy experience for the price-tag attached.

At a $15 price point, this Xbox Live Arcade should warrant a high quality experience that keeps gamers coming back for multiple visits, but alas, Death Tank will have a short lifespan for many Xbox Live gamers. As a remake of a classic that originated on the Sega Saturn in 1996 as a bonus game attached to PowerSlave, Death Tank still holds its real-time values over the turn-based combat found in Worms. Similar in many aspects, Death Tank is a shooter that has players trying to gun down their enemy on hilly terrain with coordinating precise attacks on enemies from a distance with use of angles and trajectories.


Multiplayer cap is 8.
Lining up the perfect shot takes skill.

Choosing one of eight tanks, players can battle each other online in eight player multiplayer battles. The combat remains similar to what you may have experienced in the past but with improved visuals from its precursors. Moving left and right on the battlefield, players will swing their cannon in the air to perfectly angle their shots to hit their opponent in the distance. The action isnít frenetic by any means, but it does provide tense moments when you see the shot perfectly line up and hit your target. The real-time moments of dodging incoming missiles is mildly entertaining for 15 minutes or so before it becomes dull.

The biggest problem with Death Tank is that after the first few missions, youíll fully understand what the game offers and how limited the gameplay is. The enemy AI isnít too hard to overcome and almost every level requires the same tactics to advance. Boredom will set in once you realize that you can shoot with a blind eye and usually win your matches as long as you avoid incoming fire. Majority of your shots will end up hitting the enemy who will eventually put themselves in danger. Death Tank will sour on your taste buds as soon as you realize that youíve seen all the weapons and everything the game has to offer.

Having seen the end of the 20 rounds of advanced combat campaign, the only reason to push forward with the missions is to unlock new weapons and upgrades for your little death tank via the money you earn. From jump jets to bigger missiles, Death Tank doesnít employ a critical amount of replay value to keep players returning for more warfare. The multiplayer is as limited as single-player with a bare bones ranking system and uninteresting eight-player deathmatch. Players can associate themselves with player matches or ranked matches, but thereís not much diversity in game types or modes.


A lot of mayhem can go on due to the graphical effects.
The environments arenít varied, but at least look in-depth.

As for the graphical portion of Death Tank, the game of course looks better than its predecessors but that was to be expected. The levels arenít going to wow you, but then again, I donít think anyone expected them to. What Death Tank does do well is deliver great looking effects to your shots and explosions when they occur. Each weapon upgrade has a different effect attached to it, so make sure to try them all out before the end of your campaign. On top of that, the lighting that has been incorporated helps pave way to a better looking game.


Does Death Tank deserved to be purchased by dozens upon dozens of Xbox Live gamers? Probably not. Itís a nice diversion for players who are fans of the Worms franchise due to the real-time elements compared to Wormsí turn-based action, but Death Tank is priced too high for a title with a lack of replay value to hold you over.

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By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 11, 2009
herodotus
Buffing up the graphics on an old PC classic doesn't necessarily improve things. The 3-D version of Tank! for PC was awful, with the camera spinning wildly so you never knew where you were aiming. At least they kept this as a platform game, as it should be. Still, should be a freebie.
By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Mar 12, 2009
Wowerine
This game could have been free, yes I agree. But I know that the there was no freaking way the 3D version could work, at least not for me! Goddamn, some games really are better in 2D. :)
By crawlroman (SI Core) on Mar 12, 2009
crawlroman
Looks like an upgraded version of worms blast=D
By benny180 (SI Core) on Mar 12, 2009
benny180
looks more like tank wars,the flash game.
By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Mar 12, 2009
Wowerine
Yeah, you mean the old DOS game, that was later remade into a flash game... One of my first games on PC that is. Standing next to some Caveman game, can't remember what was it called. :(
By benny180 (SI Core) on Mar 13, 2009
benny180
DOS?it was a great game still play it at my friends,they're not gamers!
By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Mar 13, 2009
Wowerine
No surprise there... This isn't a game you can call hardcore. I would like to get the game someday... And guess what, I just got the 2D Duke Nukem we were talking about a few days ago! It's so old, and yet so dumb, but one hell of a game. Brings a small sigh* out of my chest. :P
By benny180 (SI Core) on Mar 13, 2009
benny180
nice one!id say it brings back a lit of memories.
By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Mar 13, 2009
Wowerine
You bet! I remembered the first time I played the game. And that was one of my first encounters with a PC - I only watched from far away before I got my own, after I pissed my parents, and made them buy it. :)
By crawlroman (SI Core) on Mar 13, 2009
crawlroman
Oh, yeah.I think that duke was the first game I played on the PC,or was is rayman?I don't remember right but i'm sure I played right away i got my pc=D
By benny180 (SI Core) on Mar 13, 2009
benny180
i still have my first pc up the attic!
By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Mar 14, 2009
Wowerine
Haha! I sold every one until the one I have right now. I don't like to keep junk in my attic. It eventually stops working and becomes just a scrap of metal and plastic. So it's a very good idea to sell the old hardware. :)
By benny180 (SI Core) on Mar 14, 2009
benny180
well its already junk by now,apart from the gig of ram i put in it.....i should really take that out of it!
By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Mar 14, 2009
Wowerine
RAM is cheap these days. You can buy 4GB RAM from NewEgg fpr less than 89$.
By crawlroman (SI Core) on Mar 14, 2009
crawlroman
I also have my 4:8:6 =D that's the first pc i had=D
By Wowerine (SI Elite) on Mar 14, 2009
Wowerine
Mine was some antic crap. Pentium 2 was the CPU, 16 MB VRAM, 64 RAM... :|
By benny180 (SI Core) on Mar 14, 2009
benny180
you gave me a good idea there Wowerine.
By crawlroman (SI Core) on Mar 14, 2009
crawlroman
Damn,I got a Pentium 2 in the 4th grade,was so happy=D
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Mar 15, 2009
FoolWolf
I think that the 360 should let loose some old ones for free to support the console and giving it a worth of buying. Also because I'm cheap and don't want to spend money on small things! ;)
By ying12345 (SI Newbie) on Mar 15, 2009
ying12345
i love this game, its just a souped up version of worms
By crawlroman (SI Core) on Mar 15, 2009
crawlroman
That's what I said=D
By hunter612 (SI Core) on Mar 15, 2009
hunter612
Tank.....is this one the improved(by manifolds) tank from the video game era???I still have it on my ancient video game console.
By jormarakas (SI Veteran Member) on Mar 18, 2009
jormarakas
Ooh, The mighty tank game!!! Have spent a lot of hours with these kind of games, this would be kinda nice =) But since it costs, that will propably be the end of that for me.
By Hamarik (SI Core) on Mar 19, 2009
Hamarik
I have preserved my old video game console. It is oder than ps1 and it plais with casseted. On these cassetes i have super mario and tank and green barett.
By slaythat (SI Veteran Member) on Apr 14, 2009
slaythat
Death Tank offers an exciting twist on tactical action, but its price tag will leave you feeling robbed.

The Good:
Online play is exciting Simple but attractive visuals.
The Bad:
Outrageously priced One game-spoiling item Solo options are very limited
By melzerith (SI Core) on Jun 30, 2009
melzerith
I played this game over 20 years ago! On a Atari!!!!!!!!!