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  • Summary: Rule the city through lightning-fast multiplayer matches featuring mind-blowing dodgeball mechanics. Increase your attack by passing to power up dodgeballs, targeting your opponents with a variety of specialized balls, or “balling up” at any time to get thrown by teammates. Assemble anRule the city through lightning-fast multiplayer matches featuring mind-blowing dodgeball mechanics. Increase your attack by passing to power up dodgeballs, targeting your opponents with a variety of specialized balls, or “balling up” at any time to get thrown by teammates. Assemble an All-Star dodgeball Crew with your friends for multiplayer matches in a seamless cross-play experience! Together, knock out opponents in 3v3, 4v4, or free-for-all matches. Pass, throw, and strategize to dominate as a team and unlock distinctive, Crew-only rewards. [Electronic Arts] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jun 2, 2021
    90
    Knockout City is one of the best team-based PvP games to come out in years. It's a fresh take on the American schoolyard staple that proves that lowering the mechanical bar for entry doesn’t have to come at the cost of deep tactical gameplay. Every match has the potential to be a dynamic “combat” experience that even the most hard-boiled shooter fan can appreciate, all thanks to the clever balance between throws and catches, exciting special balls, and well-designed maps to brawl through.
  2. May 21, 2021
    90
    Clever and unique dodgeball battles make this an easy pick, especially during the free trial.
  3. Jun 5, 2021
    80
    With air-dashes, balletic pirouettes and the ability to curl yourself into a ball for a teammate to hurl, this is a long throw from the official sport that hopes, one day, to enter the Olympics. Games are just as taut and competitive, however, with lots of scope for showboating. No competitive online game in 2021 can be merely a competitive online game, however, and, like Fortnite et al, Knockout City has an entire superstructure of unlockable items and progress meters, with an eye to turning the game into an enduring entertainment platform. Whether or not it hits that elusive target, beneath the capitalist carapace this is wonderful game-making.
  4. May 27, 2021
    76
    Knockout City, as it stands today, is a very entertaining online multiplayer game, easy to learn but not without its own complexities. Future growth is always fickle and hard to predict when it comes to online games, but Knockout City might be able to carve out its own niche.
  5. May 24, 2021
    75
    While we may regret the screaming artistic direction and the game modes that lack craziness, we cannot deny that the core gameplay of Knockout City is really fun and well thought out. By putting aim aside in favor of feints and co-op, the title from Velan Games offers an exhilarating experience with real personality. Everything loses in clarity once in close combat, of course, but does not spoil the experience for all that. Knockout City is a highly recommendable experience.
  6. May 21, 2021
    75
    Knockout City is the fun version of a dodgeball game that you can only play online. Despite the easy-to-learn gameplay, beginners may quickly lose interest thanks to difficult balancing.
  7. May 21, 2021
    65
    On the right map with the right team, you’ll encounter some fantastic PVP moments. Though tonally it’s more miss than hit, Knockout City is at least worth trying out; but without much variety of content as of review, I'd wait until the game reaches its potential.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
  1. May 27, 2021
    10
    I personally loved it, thought it was really creative and character art was avant-garde sorta. The team based gameplay is amazing so if you'reI personally loved it, thought it was really creative and character art was avant-garde sorta. The team based gameplay is amazing so if you're looking to play with friends look no further. Definitely a fun game to mess around with. Expand
  2. May 23, 2021
    9
    very fun and addictive game .. lots of potential and a good alternative to rocket league
  3. Jun 11, 2021
    9
    So much fun. Easy to pick up. Innovative multiplayer gameplay. Extremely satisfying and enjoyable.
  4. Jun 2, 2021
    8
    Knockout City is a fun arcade game. If you look at past it being an arcade game, you are of course going to be frustrated and not find it fun.Knockout City is a fun arcade game. If you look at past it being an arcade game, you are of course going to be frustrated and not find it fun. It's a light-hearted game about gangs in a city that fight turf wars via 'Dodgebrawl'.

    There is enough given in the training session to get new players up to speed quickly. The low skill-ceiling is inviting but goes into greater depths the more you play with friends. You soon learn how to chain combos, passes, specials, and the different types of throws. Surprisingly, a fun time even with random players (when they don't AFK/leave).

    With all that being said, I do think it's a bit overpriced for the content it offers. Maybe if it was $15 or even $10 it probably would be selling a lot better. The in-game store is definitely an EA trademark but you can safely ignore it if you choose to. I give the game a solid 8/10, I believe there is a ton of potential for the game and excited to see how Velan Studios continues its development with new content (that hopefully isn't just cosmetics).
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  5. May 22, 2021
    4
    Knockout City, at the surface level, seems like a pretty fun game. What lies beneath the surface, though? Nothing. It's very shallow, theKnockout City, at the surface level, seems like a pretty fun game. What lies beneath the surface, though? Nothing. It's very shallow, the mechanics are basic, and there isn't much enjoyment to be had past a few matches. I won every match I was in, and after about 5 matches, I can safely say this game requires no skill to win, and the skill ceiling is very low. It might be a fun game for kids, though!

    It's on XBOX Game Pass for PC, if you have ultimate. It's worth checking out, but I wouldn't expect to get any real mileage out of it. I'd hard pass on paying the $20 to buy it from Steam or whatever other storefront.
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  6. Jun 14, 2021
    4
    O jogo é muito bom, utiliza o modo competitivo 3v3 em um jogo de queimada, muito bom para jogar em equipe inclusive. Como o jogo começouO jogo é muito bom, utiliza o modo competitivo 3v3 em um jogo de queimada, muito bom para jogar em equipe inclusive. Como o jogo começou agora, tenho expectativas de melhoras e de valores mais justos, pois ele não vale a quantia de 100 reais. Dei essa nota baixa devido ao grande nível de bugs, como ausência de um jogador na partida, problemas para conectar ao servidor em partida e tudo isso por um preço alto. Venho pedir para que a empresa tenha noção de que o jogo está em um funcionamento decadente, por mais que ele seja bom. Seu funcionamento é um tanto duvidoso, tenho medo de que um dia não tenha ninguém para jogar, porque isso realmente pode acontecer. Expand
  7. Jun 17, 2021
    0
    Flavor of the month game incoming: 6 million Youtube views in the past week, overwhelmingly positive reviews on storefronts, positive reviewsFlavor of the month game incoming: 6 million Youtube views in the past week, overwhelmingly positive reviews on storefronts, positive reviews coming in at an average of about 5-7 hours of gameplay (and there's maybe one genuine positive review on this page as I write this). Unfortunately due to the rather shallow mechanics, asinine rules regarding team balance, and open advertisement of "loot" and "epic outfits" at the top of the game's store pages everywhere, it's rather obvious that the game is another stale chip to serve up monetization on; a financial, if not mechanical, improvement over "Rocket Arena." Very few people will be playing this regularly by Christmas.

    Shout out to whoever downrated this review: in June 2021 this game had 1/10 the average player base that it had in May 2021 when it released. Gosh, who could have seen that coming?
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