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What new ideas the game brings to the table and how well old ideas are presented.
How good a game looks, taking into account any flaws such as bad collision or pop-up.
Does the game’s music and sound effects get you involved or do they make you resolve to always play with the volume down?
Basically, the controller to human interface. The less you think about the hunk of plastic in your hands, the better the playability.
Flat out, just how fun the game is to play. The most important factor in rating a game.
For a guy who has a good understanding of the myriad rules and
tactics in football, it came as a shock that I was a total novice when
it came to Blood Bowl. It turns out the two sports have almost nothing
in common. I will say this, though: If you’ve ever seen a football
coach smile on the sidelines after a routine play because everything
went exactly the way it was drawn up, then you’ll have an appreciation
for the strategic intracacies and moving parts that have to come
together to perform basic moves in Blood Bowl.
The game uses
Warhammer-esque fantasy races (each with different characteristics) in
11-on-11 contests where the objective is to score the most touchdowns.
The action features ref bribes, the injury or death of players, dice
re-rolls, fan interference, mercenaries, and more as regular
occurances. This 360 version adds online play and a new Blitz mode to
the classic game that allows you to play in realtime and features
equipment upgrades, contracts, training, and other enhancements. These
new elements add quite a few cool nuances to the traditional gameplay.
every move you make in the game is determined by dice rolls checked
against your player’s attributes and the appropriate modifiers. While
this is nothing new, Blood Bowl adds a heartbreaking twist: In most
cases a failed dice roll means your turn is automatically over. When I
say “most cases,” I’m talking about some fundamental moves in the game
like picking up the football or blocking. Consequently, everything you
do in the game requires a high degree of risk assessment, and your turn
is always a carefully constructed sequence of events with little margin
for error. Good players know how to play the odds in their favor, but
in the end the game still comes down to the tumbling dice.
you’re already a Blood Bowl vet, the Blitz mode makes this version
worth your time. But even though I find satisfaction in pulling off
even the simplest of the game’s maneuvers, setting up all of its
dominos is just too exacting for my taste.
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