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  • Summary: A brutal team sport unfolding in a parallel fantasy world based on Warhammer and American football, Blood Bowl invites gamers to form a team of players from races including: Orcs, Elves, Humans, Dwarfs and many other fantasy creatures, and launch themselves into battle in the bloodiest ofA brutal team sport unfolding in a parallel fantasy world based on Warhammer and American football, Blood Bowl invites gamers to form a team of players from races including: Orcs, Elves, Humans, Dwarfs and many other fantasy creatures, and launch themselves into battle in the bloodiest of arenas. This strategy sports game combines a fine balance of tactics and bone crunching action! The game offers two game modes. The first, which is fully real time, offers spectacular gameplay with intense battles between blocking linemen and daring displays of agility of players leaping and dodging through opponents tackle zones, while powerful spells and dirty trick special plays are unleashed across the field. All this creates a highly charged atmosphere. Of course, since it is sometimes difficult to keep an eye on the entire field at once, the game's interface offers different tactical and strategic setups, while the AI is responsible for managing the players on the field. The second game mode, an actual turn-based game, is a treat for players of the original board game because it is an exact replica of Games Workshop's tabletop masterpiece. The original rules have been faithfully reproduced, and it contains all of the devices, strategies, play and rhythm of the original game. [Focus Home Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. PC Format
    87
    I'm thoroughly impressed with Blood Bowl. [Oct 2009, p.99]
  2. 82
    Blood Bowl can probably result harsh for many at first, and the real-time option is not so well balanced as the one turn-based, but even though, this is a very recommended and solid experience.
  3. PC Gamer UK
    80
    If you can penetrate the mysteries of its boardgame-based rules, Blood Bowl can offer true barbaric happiness. [Oct 2009, p.74]
  4. PC Zone UK
    71
    If you're a fan of the board game, you'll like this adaptation - but if you're not, it's not going to sit well with any logical imagining that you've ever had for a Blood Bowl game. [Nov 2009, p.68]
  5. A neat mixture between sports, tactics and the famous Warhammer franchise, but overall too hard for beginners.
  6. Players of the board game will be pleased to see how close the videogame is to the original, with its well made multiplayer. All the others have to face the not so good visual quality and the broken AI.
  7. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    50
    A perfect board game does not mean a perfect video game. Controls and game system are pretty bad, no-brain AI makes things even worse. Only hope to improve playability are future updates and patches. [Aug 2009]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. JoshuaC
    Jul 16, 2009
    10
    If you like miniature games and strategy games. the turnbased elements of this game are great. the multiplayer interface could use some help If you like miniature games and strategy games. the turnbased elements of this game are great. the multiplayer interface could use some help but the Pro's well out way the cons Expand
  2. BradK
    Jul 26, 2009
    9
    I have always been interested in Blood Bowl, but have never been able to try it out. When i heard the PC game was a faithful recreation of I have always been interested in Blood Bowl, but have never been able to try it out. When i heard the PC game was a faithful recreation of the board game, i was excited to say the least. This game is all that i hoped it would be. I learnt how to play by reading the official board game rules, and suffice to say, it's pretty damn faithful! It's a hell of a lot of fun, with excellent multiplayer prospects, and is being well supported by Cyanide. If you're interested in the fantasy Warhammer universe, or a just interested in the idea of a medieval styled game of gridiron, you won't be disappointed! Expand
  3. PhilB
    Dec 30, 2009
    9
    As a fan of the board game I love it! I know that it's not easy for beginners to get in to, it but neither is the board game and it is As a fan of the board game I love it! I know that it's not easy for beginners to get in to, it but neither is the board game and it is supposed to be a faithful recreation after all. You wouldn't expect to learn chess in 30 minutes. If you want a game with an impressive depth of tactics and endless playability then buy the game, sit down and learn to play it! Expand
  4. JoeC
    Jul 8, 2009
    8
    Have you heard of the board game version of this video game? Well, this is still very much a board game, make no bones about it. If you Have you heard of the board game version of this video game? Well, this is still very much a board game, make no bones about it. If you wanted more of an action-type game, don't bother--the real-time adaptation of the game leaves much to be desired. The meat and potatoes is the turn-based version. If you like board games, chances are you'll really dig this game. The mechanics are clever and keep the action tense. There's tons of dice rolling, but there's also a ton of luck-mitigating factors to make a serious strategy game out of it. Skill plays a dominant role both on the pitch, and off it. Expect to grow an RPG-like attachment to your team as you watch it grow in size and ability through the seasons, and be ready to cry some large nerdy-man-tears when your star players get killed, never to play again. Nevertheless, tons of strategy and hours of fun--IF you're into strategy/board games, comfortable with a fantasy setting, and care enough about sports to laugh at it. Likely a seven or more if this applies. If this does not apply, you'll likely rate this no higher than four. Sounds and visuals will get repetitive. And since you won't fall in love with the mechanics, you probably won't come back. Expand
  5. Apr 18, 2011
    5
    For those who enjoyed the smashing board game, this bloody realisation is a faithful recreation. Those who donâ
  6. JohnB
    Jul 30, 2009
    5
    An over-priced, faithful interpretation of the original boardgame. With lackluster tutorials and inconsistent feedback from the game An over-priced, faithful interpretation of the original boardgame. With lackluster tutorials and inconsistent feedback from the game interface, this really is for Blood Bowl fans only. This is only compounded by the awful real-time mode which is if anything, a step back from Cyanide's previous title Chaos League. Play it with friends and you'll have a good time, play it by yourself and you'll end up screaming at the screen as you lose the game due to random dice-rolls. Expand
  7. Feb 26, 2011
    0
    I tried to play this game, after spending an hour in a horrific, uninformative tutorial and crashing multiple times while trying to choose myI tried to play this game, after spending an hour in a horrific, uninformative tutorial and crashing multiple times while trying to choose my team and trying to actually play this game I've decided that it wasn't worth the whole 2$ I spent on it on steam. Awful. Expand

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