Blood Bowl

Platform(s): Nintendo DS, PC, PSP, Xbox 360
Genre: Sports
Publisher: Focus Home
Developer: Cyanide

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'Blood Bowl' (NDS/PSP/X360/PC) Goblins and Skaven Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2008 @ 3:09 a.m. PDT

Blood Bowl, based on Games Workshop's board game, is a "game" of American football played by the insane warriors of the fantasy Warhammer universe, allowing you to create and manage teams that will take part in epic battles where fair-play is for sissies.

What would Blood Bowl be without ferocious Orcs battling valiant Human teams? In previous screenshots, you saw the Orc players displaying their typical tactic of breaking through the opposition's scrimmage line in order to open up gaps for their Blitzers to exploit. This kind of vicious play style might make you wonder what the courageous Humans could possibly do against these bloodthirsty and ultra-violent green giants!

Well, don't underestimate the valorous Humans! Even though they lack the additional strength and special abilities inherent in some of the other races, they don't suffer from their weaknesses either. Human players are skilled at running and throwing the ball, and they are perfectly capable of taking the fight back to the Orcs, who mainly rely on their strength and armour to knock down their enemies. What's more, the Human teams can boost their ranks with the help of "Big Guys," in the hulking form of Ogres, who make up for their low intelligence with their superhuman strength, which can often be decisive in muscle matches and certainly a major asset in confrontations with the terrible Black Orcs, the biggest and meanest players on the Orc team.

Besides the skills that are native to each race and player in Blood Bowl, you also control your team's finances, which must be managed wisely. A large part of your winnings from Blood Bowl matches will surely go toward the purchase of equipment, armor and other team assets like Cheerleaders and Apothecaries. Not to mention the experience your players earn as they play more matches (if they survive!), which will greatly improve the abilities of your cherished players. With many pieces of armor to choose from for every part of your players' bodies, each with a diverse assortment of characteristics, Blood Bowl allows so much customization for teams that YOUR team will be unlike all others, and you can set yourself apart during both solo and multiplayer games!

We have previously unveiled the 4 first races of the game (Orcs, Humans, Dwrafs and Lizardmen. Now it’s time for Goblins and Skaven to enter the arena!

The Goblins are small and cowardly creatures, renowned for their low intelligence yet sneaky attitude. One can often find them accompanied by gigantic Trolls (who are even dumber), in formations that seem more humorous than dangerous. Goblins, due to their small height and agility, make good receivers, but their chance of blocking a human-sized adversary is nearly nonexistent. Make no mistake about Goblins, though, they often use the most perverse weapons and techniques to counter their low strength – including the unique “Goblin throw!” In this play, a troll will grab a Goblin and throw him into position deep into enemy territory bypassing the opponents defensive line altogether. - a must for Goblins teams, as long as the Troll doesn’t decide to eat his small teammate before executing this move!

On the other side, Skaven, born of the foul magics of Chaos, are half-man and half-rat creatures, and though far from being the strongest or toughest players in Blood Bowl, wow are they fast! Many teams have been surprised by a Skaven slipping though their defensive lines to score a dazzling touchdown. Skaven can also call upon the phenomenal power of a Rat Ogre to counter their opponents and block the toughest players.

Besides the skills that are native to each race and player in Blood Bowl, you also control your team's finances, which must be managed wisely. During a championship, a large part of your winnings from Blood Bowl matches will surely go toward the purchase of equipment, armor and other team assets like Cheerleaders and Apothecaries. Not to mention the experience your players earn as they play more matches (if they survive!), which will greatly improve the abilities of your cherished players. With many pieces of armor to choose from for every part of your players' bodies, each with a diverse assortment of characteristics, Blood Bowl allows so much customization for teams that YOUR team will be unlike all others, so you can set yourself apart during both solo and multiplayer games!

Various races of players are available : Orcs, Goblins, Elves, Dwarves, Humans, Lizard Men and Chaos.

Once you've picked your team, you'll be able to progress it through the various leagues, taking on opponents that have their own particular strategies.

Blood Bowl will be playable in two modes :

  1. Real-time : for fast-moving and action-packed matches
  2. Turn-based : for a more strategic style of play.

A multiplayer mode is also planned so that leagues can be created and managed on-line.

Blood Bowl is in development on NDS, PSP, X360, and PC, scheduled for late Q1 2009.


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