Blood Bowl

Platform(s): Nintendo DS, PC, PSP, Xbox 360
Genre: Sports
Publisher: Focus Home (EU), SouthPeak Interactive (US)
Developer: Cyanide
Release Date: January 2010

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by Rainier on Jan. 1, 2006 @ 1:30 a.m. PST

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!

The brave and stout Dwarfs and the savagely agile Lizardmen have completely different tactics that lead to spectacular face-offs when these two teams play each other. Dwarfs are incredibly strong and are naturally gifted with the block ability allowing a relentless offence against opponents. They can face off against the most fearful creatures and withstand high levels of punishment thanks to Dwarf armour and thick skulls! Their down side is their slow speed and their poor agility. Opposing teams always have a hard time piercing through these veritable living walls.

Although physically weak, Skinks are one of the Lizardmen's greatest strength—they like to avoid combat and surprise the enemy with their agility and tremendous speed. If they are confronted by too solid of a defense, the Lizardmen team can count on the dreadful Saurus. These giant lizards represent their team's blockers and can easily punch a hole in any defense to allow their smaller team-mates to sneak through.

When defense is truly impossible to break (as Dwarf defenses often are!), the Lizardmen can then call in the monstrous Kroxigor, a lizard bigger and more vicious than all others… In the match up between Dwarfs and Lizardmen, the Dwarfs only counter to these mighty beasts are the Troll Slayers — tougher and more reckless than his team mates and thanks to his dauntless skill, brings the Kroxigor back to an even level. - With the teams introduced, Let the tackles commence!

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 Q2 2008.


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