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gamingbuttonBack in 1987, Games Workshop released the board game of Blood Bowl. Based on American Football, the blood letting game was huge for us back then and when news hit that a 2009 PC (and XB360) version was to be released, I was most excited.

So much so that I couldn’t wait for the October hard copy release in Australia and even the September Steam release wouldn’t keep me calm.

I went and paid money and bought it direct from the Blood Bowl website.

So what do I think of it? Glad you asked.

The gameplay has a couple of options. You can play the original boardgame rules or play the Living Rulebook rules which has all the extra injuries and skills etc. You also get to play real time or turn based.

For me, it was about replicating the boardgame so I play the Blitz rules (Living Rulebook) and turn based.

And it is fun. The flashbacks are there to the old days of the frustration of Skaven running past you to score and the joy when they meet your minotaur who scraps them of his feet. The ‘please please make this pass” tension as you throw the hail mary in the final turn to steal a win…It is fun very very fun. BUT!

Yes there are a couple of buts with this game.

The load times before and after a game are a joke. If you play a 24 team competition, be prepared to be able to bake a cake as you wait for the PC to compile the AI matches.

The controls are fine but could have had a bit of refining down but this is only slight once you are aware of them.

Multiplayer! The big reason for wanting to get my hands on the game. A nightmare to set up a match between yourself and a mate. Very slow search engine to locate the game, crashes when trying to import the other players team and vice versa. Saying that, they have released a new patch to address this but I have not tried before this review.

Graphically. Are pretty good. A very nice amount of blood flies and you can zoom right in to see the pain. It is nothing outstanding but for an essential sporting game, it looks good.

Sound. You can tire of the commentators after a few games, the sounds of the hits are satisfying and the crowd going wild and louder as you approach the touchdown line makes for a very exciting match.

Post Match/Pre Match. The management of your team before and after the match was one area I was looking forward to. I was not disappointed. You can train a player before the game to get a boost for one match, you can buy sports performance enhancing potions, you can bribe the ref you can even bribe the other teams players. After the match you add up your Star Player points and level up your player to give them extra skills in Strength, Agility, General and even a mutation or two. One of my favourite players in my Tides of Chaos team is the Chaos Warrior with Tentacles and a Prehensile Tail, try running pass that bastard you skaven skum.

Look overall I have been playing this game pretty much non stop since last Monday (20th). I thoroughly enjoy it enough to over look its shortcomings but if you were not a Blood Bowl gamer of old, you may have trouble getting in to it.

It would have been a bigger success if the price was around the $40-50 mark instead of the $60-70.
After several games vs some mates, I need to adjust just how fun this games is and add at least an extra fish

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