Written by: Delbert Lennox
“If XCOM And Madden Had A Baby This Would Be It 8/10”
What is it?
“Blood Bowl 2 is a turn based, fantasy sports game developed by Cyanide Studios and published by Focus Home Interactive. The game was developed for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.”
How Does It Play?
Blood Bowl 2 is a game based off the ideas of American Football, if American football had turn based mechanics and you beat the living crap out of the enemy team just for fun. Blood Bowl 2 put you in the shoes of a coach for the worst team ever, and it’s your job to turn this team into a success. How do you do this? Well fire the whole team, hire new people and kick the crap out of the other team. In the game you take turns coordinating your players to do objectives, you can make your players attack the other team, but every attack has a roll with multiple outcomes, depending on the enemy type the outcomes will be limited, if you make a tiny player take on a giant ogre (yes there are many fantasy characters too) you might have a bad role and end up getting your own player knocked out. Each game is 16 turns, and by the end of the 16th turn you want to have more points than your opposing team, how do you score points? The traditional way, you take the ball and run it to the opposing teams field.
How Does It Look?
Blood Bowl 2 looks quite well for what they are trying to achieve, The characters look very cartoony, and are based on the fantasy races, Humans, Orcs, Dwarfs, Skaven, High Elves, Dark Elves, Bretonnians, and Chaos.
The game characters often look silly while running about the field, but who am I to judge when I’m playing a game about Fantasy races playing deadly football?
Is It Fun?
Blood Bowl 2 successfully combines turn based strategy and bloody sports into one game, this is a great new combination I haven’t seen too often, and it does make for some great fun. Personally I love the little cinematics watching one character smash another one into the ground.
What Do I Think?
I think that Blood Bowl 2 is a hidden gem, that many would enjoy if they knew more about it, and while it does do a great job mashing fantasy, strategy, and football together, I think it would be much more interesting to see them make a more story driven game with the mechanics of XCOM, the fantasy characters, and an epic tale for them to Quest on while retaining the turn based aspects.
Overall, I would say this is a great game.
If Xcom and Madden had a baby, this would defiantly be what would come of it. 8/10