I just picked up DeathRow today on the strength of IGN's review and I must say I'm very impressed with it after several hours of play. It's a refreshing and innovative experience and it's nice to have a good playing Xbox game with graphics that couldn't be done on the other two systems. Graphics- Simply put, this game looks outstanding. It definately has the best graphics on the Xbox(DOA3 excluded). This is one of the few Xbox games to have that extra little layer of detail that the box is capable of. The graphics engine appears very similar to what is in Halo, with less emphasis on textures(since the ultra high rez isn't needed here) and more emphasis on special effects. The light sourcing is amazing, with lighting of various colors coming from all directions. The pixel shading/bump mapping is out in full force, Rallisport Challenge Ice Race style. The arenas all feature the awesome Halo style reflective surfaces. They're all well done and varied, with my two favorite so far being a ninja dojo(with a mountain range you can see through the windows), and an underwater arena, which actually has dolphins swimming under the glass below your feet. All in all, this is a damn fine effort, although you probably won't be able to see all of the detail if you don't have an HDTV. Sound- The music is some sort of futuristic techno rock, good, but forgettable. I've heard you can use your own but I haven't bothered to look into it yet...that would be perfect for this type of game(and also may explain why they didn't put much time into synthing music for it). The sound is great though. Bone crunching tackles, roaring crowds....and did I mention the cursing ? This game is delightfully obscene, and it's an absolute riot. The players always have something to say, and it really helps draw you into the game and adds to the immersion factor. They actually took the time to record pre-match insults specific to each team, which was an extremely nice touch. One of my favorites so far was when my team(Ex death row convicts fighting for freedom) was told by the CPU (team of army soldiers) "We're going to be your own personal execution squad, Motherfuckers". During the match, if the people around you aren't cursing enough for your tastes, you can hit the black button on the controller to throw out a taunt. Gameplay- This game is basically violent 4 on 4 futuristic frisbee hockey, if that makes any sense. You can play it from an elevated camera and it will control similar to most sports games, or you can play from a Max Payne style camera and it will control similar to a first person shooter. Although initially you'll be more comfortable with the sports view, the game is much more entertaining and unique once you get used to the action view. The face buttons are used for: Punch/Pass Shoot/Kick(combos similar to jacky's spinning kicks in Virtua Fighter) Evade(my characters so far do a simple roll although I've seen the Ninja team doing flips/cartwheels) Jump(self explanatory) The black button and white button are used for switching players and taunting, respectively. You can also hold down L which acts as sort of a shift key, and it will let you do an awesome diving tackle or a sliding soccer tackle when combined with the punch or kick button. Holding down R causes your player to face the disc. Punch+Kick will let you grab an opposing player and do assorted mean things to him. You win the match either by beating up the other team so badly that they can't continue(tough to do), or scoring more goals. The teams are all very varied, both in looks(ninjas, soldiers, robots, ect) and play style, and the matchups all play out very differently. Against a fast and agile team, I got off to a quick 5-0 disadvantage. However, I was able to keep pummeling the other team with my squad of convicts and by the final period, they were crippled pretty badly and I was walking all over them. In addition to the great variety in team matchups, there are also tons of arenas and each causes the game to be played differently. Some are small cramped areas that lead to high scoring games, whereas others are vast multi-level affairs where each goal counts. So far, I only have 2 minor gripes with the gameplay. The first is that there is no radar showing the arena/players/disc ect, which would have been very helpful. However, the game does do a good job of making sure you know where the disc is in relation to your player, and also which team has possession. The other is that since play doesn't stop when a goal is scored, the computer can some times rack up several goals in rapid succession and destroy a decent lead. It works the other way too though, and I've made some thrilling comebacks myself. I should also mention that the AI is great and your computer teammates will score goals and fight instead of sitting around like idiots. You don't have to take point if you don't want to, instead you can just beat people up and let your teammates score for you. Presentation: There are several nice touches, like the ability to train players, and you also get emails between matches. Sometimes you'll get a chance to place a bet on a match, and occasionally you'll be offered drugs that might give you a stat boost or might mess you up. There are also random events that can cost or give you money. I made a bit of extra cash by signing a "sponsorship deal", but I have also lost money from "my bank account being hacked", and my team of convicts completely vandalizing a hotel. These events are all shown with still pictures, it would have been nice to have some CG or game engine cut scenes. Overall: Although the futuristic extreme sports gimmick may be a bit cliche and cause you to shy away, I highly suggest that you check this game out. This game wasn't even on my radar due to the premise until I read IGN's review, but after playing it, I can definately say it's in the top 5 Xbox games, and a killer exclusive for MS. It takes a bit of time to get into due to the complicated(but actually very well thought out) controls, but once you master them, Deathrow is near perfect.