3/11 – Blood Bowl

Hello and welcome. My name is Katosepe and I’ll be your host for today’s Video Game of the Day.

Today’s game is the 2009 video game adaptation of the board game, Blood Bowl, developed by Cyanide Studio.

Blood Bowl is a spin-off of the popular Warhammer games and is set in an alternate version of the Warhammer Fantasy universe. The game is a parody of American Football with the rules and names often directly reflecting aspects of the NFL.

Two teams face off with 11 players on the field at once. Players can win the game by either scoring the most touchdowns or killing off the entire opposing team. Blood Bowl can be played in one of two modes, either real-time or turn-based strategy. Real-time mode plays more like an NFL game, reminiscent of the 16-bit Mutant League Football with more RPG elements. Turn-based strategy mode feels just like the name sounds, more like a tactics RPG with a sports setting.

During play, players must manage their team and alter the roster as necessary by swapping out injured players. In a career mode, players must also manage their team by healing injured players or even replacing killed players. As the team’s ranking increases, they gain access to higher level players. After each game, players gain EXP based on their performance in-game. This will allow them to level up and increase their stats. The career mode can go on for as long as a player wishes to continue.

Blood Bowl also has online play, including a tournament mode which lets players organize online tournaments of up to 25 players.

Blood Bowl was later released on Xbox 360, PSP and Nintendo DS although none were as well received as the original PC release as each console port had a number of reported bugs and issues which drastically affected gameplay. The handheld versions had save corruption issues which would take hold after only a few hours of gameplay and the Xbox 360 version would often revert players back to lower EXP levels. The original PC version was noted to be difficult to learn, due to the adaptation of tabletop rules, but was fun to play once it was learned. Cyanide would go on to make a sequel, Blood Bowl 2, in 2015.

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