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Review: Deathsmiles

A horizontal side scrolling shoot ’em up released by Japanese developer Cave back in 2007, This game was recently ported over to the XBOX 360. The game itself features several different versions of the original game, which varies from the original arcade version to the “mega black label” version that adds 1 new playable character and a couple extra stages, to XBOX specific versions featuring only slightly enhanced graphics.

Plot wise, Deathsmiles is about as simple as they get. You choose from one of 4 young (and questionably dressed for their supposed age) girls who have to fight through various areas against amassed demonic hordes. Beyond the lolita factor, the gameplay itself is standard bullet-hell fair with enemies coming at you from both sides (similar to the classic Forgotten Worlds). Graphics even with the enhanced 360 version modes are subpar at best, making me wonder if this was just a straight port of the arcade versions without any real effort on the developers part. Also, this is a game which has achievements for practically everything, including pausing the game. Beyond the difficulty of getting a 1-credit playthrough of the game, getting achievements is simply a matter of playing through multiple times over.

The collectors edition of the game runs $49.99 and features a bonus soundtrack & a collectors face plate. Beyond that, the game content itself is barely even worth a 800 point download let alone the price of a full game. At best it’s a all right rental, but definatly not worth the money.

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2 Responses to “Review: Deathsmiles”


  1. July 23, 2013 at 5:14 pm

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  2. 2 Zan
    June 8, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Although most of your points are spot on, I can’t help but feel like this review was done in a somewhat half assed manner. While few, there are some glaring text editions to be made. You also used “plot wise” and yet covered only the gameplay part. I’m guessing it’s because you don’t know Japanese? No excuses for not covering the soundtrack and voice acting, though. Incidentally, I believe your little remark about their outfits was uncalled for. On the grounds that their particular kind of costume is questionable for any given age, not just theirs in particular, inside any inappropriate context. Not to mention it is rather suitable for their own, since it is an important element of the plot itself.


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