Oct 16, 2012

Derrick The Deathfin Review

Derrick The Deathfin is available exclusively for the Playstation Network and will cost you $7.99.

Cue the Jaw's theme, because Derrick The Deathfin is hungry in this 32 level adventure that spawns across the world. Derrick The Deathfin is a story of revenge as Derrick's parents are killed by humans who keep destroying the oceans with oil, and mysterious flaming tires from the skies. You travel the world to four different continents as Derrick destroys the waste facilities the humans have put up.

This game reminds me of Sonic the Hedgehog a lot (not a bad thing), especially the parts of Sonic where you're underwater. Thankfully, you're a shark now and can control a lot better than Sonic did in water. Derrick is about speed, keeping his energy up, and collecting gems. When you're going into each level you have to keep Derrick's energy bar full by eating different animals you come across. While you're doing that, you're also trying to collect pink gems, and you try to jump through flaming tires that are above the water. Collecting gems and jumping through tires are essential to moving past the first continent since you need a certain amount of gems and tires to move one.

I thought Derrick The Deathfin was ok. It was fun, but short. It took me between 1.5 - 2 hours to beat all 32 levels. I try to look at it like a movie ticket since given the playtime and price being near that of a normal cinema showing. I enjoyed Derrick, but near the end I was starting to lose interest. If it was any longer, I would have grown even more tired of it. Something that hurt the game was the fact that it didn't have online leaderboards. It had local ones so you could beat your highscores, but I want to beat other people!

Derrick The Deathfin does nail the graphics and humor. Every loading screen had a quirky quote that made me laugh. While the graphics were done in this cardboard fashion, "papercraft", I really like this style of graphics and it really fit in with the game.

The controls to Derrick were fine. The only problems I ever ran into was when I had to go through a tire using a red pepper. A red pepper being something you can bite into in the game that will give you a short speed-burst. There were cases it was tough to line up your shot when moving so fast. Besides that, I thought Derrick The Deathfin controlled well.

Final Say: It's fun, but short! It's a game worth playing if you're looking for a short, easy, and fun arcade game to swim through. It's also a pretty easy game for people out there looking to gather some Playstation Trophies. If that's not what you're looking for then move on to another game out there. Derrick The Deathfin has fun gameplay and graphics, but with no online leaderboards and a playtime of 1.5 - 2 hours to beat, this is just an okay game.

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