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  • Summary: A simultaneous-turn-based tactical game from the creators of Frozen Synapse. Defeat your opponent’s plans on a randomly-generated playfield in this brutal futuresport.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Mar 2, 2015
    100
    The graphical style is reminiscent of 90s cyberpunk game Speedball, the rules of the game are Bloodbowl-esque American football lite, but the turn-based strategy is as deep as a glacier, only with a ball and a clock to watch.
  2. Feb 24, 2015
    87
    There’s a lot to parse, but understanding the nuances of Frozen Cortex reveals a deep strategic experience that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Frozen.
  3. Feb 27, 2015
    82
    It doesn’t reach the elegant brilliance of its spiritual successor. Options in attack and defense are limited, presentation sometimes is confusing. But the poker for the right tactics keeps the momentum going and delivers intense matches.
  4. Feb 26, 2015
    80
    While its stark simplicity might feel cold or even cruel at first, Mode 7 have in fact boiled the Synapse formula down to something perhaps more beautiful, burning away its impurities to leave hard diamond.
  5. Apr 7, 2015
    75
    An interesting proposal that is still a little rough around the edges. An interesting and intelligent future sports game proposal.
  6. Mar 19, 2015
    70
    Some ultimate game where nerd and jock fuse together and assume their final form.
  7. Apr 19, 2015
    65
    That 'early access' feeling is still present in what is billed as a finished product. In fact, it is even stronger than before, with the unruly camera, horrible interface, slow-thinking AI, long loading times, and the help system presented in plain text format. And the promised career mode is even more bare-bones than in Qvadriga and Armored Core: Formula Front.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 15, 2015
    10
    Great, even better than Frozen Synapse (and equal with Door Kickers)

    Don't like sports? It doesn't matter, neither do I, and yet I love
    Great, even better than Frozen Synapse (and equal with Door Kickers)

    Don't like sports? It doesn't matter, neither do I, and yet I love this game! It's very tactical and fun. It's also visually pleasing and the replays look awesome. Has a nice single player league, upgradable robots, etc. Highly recommended. This is my absolute favorite game of 2015 so far, above Pillars of Eternity and others.
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  2. Feb 24, 2015
    9
    I like this game. Don't let the sports facade fool you; if you like turn based strategy, this game has a lot more depth than first glanceI like this game. Don't let the sports facade fool you; if you like turn based strategy, this game has a lot more depth than first glance suggests.

    Full disclosure: I was on the closed beta, so I've had more direct contact with the devs than your average player. My perspective may be biased.

    As a fan of Frozen Synapse, I was expecting more of the same this time around. The first couple weeks of testing showed promise, but the sports theme turned me off, and the absolutely brutal AI made it difficult to enjoy. They've since tuned the AI and match settings to be more accessible at the beginning, and even more ridiculously difficult at the highest levels.

    The real breakthrough for me came when I started to understand all the rules of combat. It IS a strategy game first and foremost, with a sports veneer. Winning is downright satisfying, since you know you'll never be handed a cakewalk. You start to accumulate tactics and tricks that give you little advantages here and there, and that depth is where it shines. The game becomes yours.

    The waypoint system is polished and intuitive, the graphics are clean yet pretty, and the cameras and animations are very satisfying. The music is excellent. There is a story that pops in and out of the single player leagues; you can engage with it, or skip over it as you see fit. It's interesting flavor, and gives depth to the coaches, but not mandatory.

    The multiplayer features are robust, and it's nice to be able to take as much time as you want to make your moves. Player-organized leagues. Multiple simultaneous games aren't unusual, so you'll never have to wait for a game. Email notifications of pending turns, YouTube auto-capture and upload... nice polish features.

    It's a tight, aggressive strategy simulation that's easy to understand quickly, and has room for complex plans and tactics. I think it's worth taking a look, if that's your style of game.
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  3. Nov 14, 2014
    8
    I found this piece very interesting and entertaining, although its clearly not meant for everyone or for the average Joe.
    It's basically
    I found this piece very interesting and entertaining, although its clearly not meant for everyone or for the average Joe.
    It's basically simulation of future sport, kind of American football variation, with possibility to make your own team of players with mixed skills. Deep design thoughts and sexy look included. I say give it a try.
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