Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. If 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.
  2. At least we have an adequate alternative to normal living room football. You also need the same amount of tactics, but simply have more choices! All the stuff you ever wanted to do in a sports game such as doping, corruption and fouls awaits you here. But you really need time to get used to the gameplay. If not, you won't really have fun playing this title.
  3. The greatest achievement of Blood Bowl developers has been staying uber-faithful to the original board game rules, delivering us a deep and very rewarding game that should meet the tastes of every turn-based strategy lover. Unfortunately, the game stumbles on an bad user interface, complete lack of online leagues support and a too basic tutorial that fails to explain the game fundamentals to newcomers. If you're already a fan of the board game you'll surely like it, but everyone else should consider buying it only if willing to dedicate several hours to learn the game basics.
  4. If you're considering making an investment in a massive time sink of a game, then Blood Bowl could be your answer. It is definitely a game for the reserved thinking man - there is no way it can be beaten with simple button-mashing.
  5. A neat mixture between sports, tactics and the famous Warhammer franchise, but overall too hard for beginners.
  6. Overall, Blood Bowl is a game that will appeal to fans and non-fans alike, providing the later stick with it and give it a chance. Unfortunately, most won't, and understandably, will look elsewhere soon after loading the game up.
  7. A extremely hard game when playing against the CPU, but also extremely fun. It requires a lot of practice in order to use the best tactics, players and tricks, but it's worth it. The different races with their own abilities add replay value, along with the many game modes and the multiplayer.
  8. If you can get over the compromises through which the X360 version went starting from the PC one, you may enjoy a fun and compelling game. Board game's fans should surely give a close look.
  9. Blood Bowl is a missed opportunity as evidenced by the potential of the source on which it’s based. If you really want to get into the depth and fun of Blood Bowl, you’re better off checking out the board game.
  10. Blood Bowl's disjointed real-time mode is hard to control and keep track of, making it a complete waste of time. [Apr 2010, p.81]
  11. 65
    Videogame versions of board games have not killed off the real thing. If Blood Bowl for Xbox 360 is the best the medium can offer, then they never will.
  12. 64
    Blood Bowl is a respectable attempt at bringing the ideals of a board game to a videogame. It has decent elements of personality, but the abundance of text and rule memorization can be a downer when all you want to do is get into a game.
  13. Blood Bowl is the classic example of a game made and packaged for the fans. Anyone who knows this digression sports Warhammer in its primary form, you will learn in this release without major gaming concerns, the only obstacle to see a largely untapped segment in online PC version is much more complete through the online leagues. If you do not know of the existence of the Blood Bowl until this review, before any purchase is absolutely recommended a field trial, given that most players could remain seared by a strategy so complex and could find the way in Real time too superficial and linked to that to turns.
  14. A correct game, but we encourage buyers to get the PC version, which has an online league that really makes the difference.
  15. It misrepresents itself, it isn't particularly pretty, it alienates newcomers because it's so difficult to comprehend, and it may not even appeal to Blood Bowl aficionados because it's so pricey. And that leaves it as an extreme niche product.
  16. It is unfortunate that this installment is overshadowed by so many faults because the nature of the original game lends itself well to the Xbox visual capabilities.
  17. The Xbox 360 version lacks the updated finesse of the PC counterpart. [Feb 2010]
  18. 60
    Blood Bowl is an interesting concept that is just poorly executed. Fans of the tabletop game are better off checking out the PC version if they can. If you don't have any other option there is fun to be had here but you have to commit yourself to dealing with the shortcomings of this version.
  19. 60
    Tabletop fans will probably enjoy playing it when a flat surface and friends aren't available for the pen-and-paper version. For everyone else, it's best to go into Blood Bowl understanding that it's best played with others, and largely a brow-furrowing affair when played solo.
  20. It's little more than Xbox 360 shovelware that no one's going to pick up. Do yourself a favor: If you absolutely must own Blood Bowl the video game, pick it up on PC. Not only will you save $10 bucks, you'll get an extra playable race, better controls, and a more vibrant community.
  21. There's fun to be had in this adaptation of the Blood Bowl tabletop game, but it strips away some important features.
  22. Blood Bowl is sure to alienate those expecting something akin to Mutant League Football, Pigskin Footbrawl, or similar fantasy-based football games. The poorly designed tutorials, dated visuals, clunky interface, and deliberate pacing are not going to attract those who aren't already familiar with the tabletop game.
  23. Horrible tutorials. [Issue#55, p.92]
  24. 50
    Unless you are already a Blood Bowl fanatic, do not buy, rent or waste any of your time with this game.
  25. Blood Bowl is quite a disappointing game which is hard to play and not much fun.
  26. Tabletop fanatics may find some enjoyment here. As for the rest, your money is better spent elsewhere.
  27. All in all, there are better sports games and better fantasy games out there, and the fact that there aren’t many “fantasy-sports” games is probably all that will save Blood Bowl from being completely overlooked.
  28. One for board game veterans only. [Feb 2010, p.109]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Jul 18, 2013
    If you can get past the learning curve it is a pretty decent time killer. The game shines brighter on pc though, but on consoles its worth getting a cheap used copy. Full Review »