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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: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 95
    I can’t get enough of Knockout City. Velan Studios put an impressive amount of work into a confluence of themes and mechanics that all work together in harmony for a symphony that resonates with a rubbery thwack. Everything feels polished to a degree that is rather monumental for a day one launch, and their plans to support Knockout City for the foreseeable future will ensure it stays downloaded on my hard drive. Every once in a while, a special game comes along that redefines the rules; that finds a unique concept that nobody knew they wanted, but that everyone ends up loving. Knockout City is one of those special games, a passion project built on originality that will surely go on to be bigger than anybody could have initially imagined.
  2. May 21, 2021
    90
    It feels like a lot of care has been put into Knockout City. The gameplay offers a satisfying loop, and the amount of customisation is staggering. As time ticks on, Knockout City could prove to be a big hit.
  3. May 21, 2021
    80
    Knockout City has surprised me. It has all the ingredients of a successful multiplayer game: an enjoyable core gameplay mechanic, a high skill ceiling, and the promise of continuous and meaningful support. It’s the type of game I could easily see becoming a popular esport. If you’re after a new competitive online game to play that’s fun and rewards teamwork, be sure to give it a try. If you’re an EA Play or Game Pass Ultimate subscriber, you don’t even need to pay anything for it. Velan Studios has taken the simple concept of dodgeball and turned into one of the most original and enjoyable multiplayer games I’ve played in quite a while.
  4. May 31, 2021
    80
    I have played many online multiplayer games in my time, but Knockout City has made a better first impression than most. With its easy-to-understand mechanics, along with the complex mind games involved in almost any interaction, it is very satisfying for quick play sessions. Despite some technical issues and a lack of single-player content and diverse game modes, what is there at launch is a lot of fun so far. Hopefully Velan Studios has more plans to expand the scope of Knockout City further with new maps and cosmetic options over time.
  5. PLAY
    Jul 5, 2021
    80
    Dodgeball meets platformer, and makes an enjoyable PvP baby. Easy to understand, much less easy to avoid getting a ball in the face. Don’t dodge this one. [Issue#3, p.152]
  6. May 21, 2021
    76
    Knockout City manages to stand out as a multiplayer in the field of gameplay thanks to a different, but familiar premise. Its accessibility invites everyone to participate, but it is in other aspects where it stumbles. A series of business decisions relegate his formula to something fun, but one that could have accomplished much more.
  7. May 21, 2021
    70
    A few hours spent in the company of Knockout City were enough to understand how it is a title with great potential and with a concept capable of capturing the attention of users belonging to all age groups due to immediate and fun gameplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Dec 2, 2021
    10
    Such a fun underated game with absolutely loads of potential. How games like fortnite continue to get popularity while this game goes underSuch a fun underated game with absolutely loads of potential. How games like fortnite continue to get popularity while this game goes under the radar blows my mind. Expand
  2. May 26, 2021
    10
    This game is so good and addicting to play. There seems to be alot potential in this game with content coming out in seasons and season 1 isThis game is so good and addicting to play. There seems to be alot potential in this game with content coming out in seasons and season 1 is here and there is loads to play with. I whole heartedly reccomend u buy this game and try out the free trial before it ends on the 31st of may 2021. Expand
  3. Aug 21, 2021
    9
    So much fun to play. Recommended for brawlers, Wish I had friends to play with though:(
  4. Nov 8, 2021
    8
    This is high-octane multiplayer dodgeball game you've been waiting for! Each map has it's own identity, and Knockout City has deep strategicThis is high-octane multiplayer dodgeball game you've been waiting for! Each map has it's own identity, and Knockout City has deep strategic gameplay with a very simple ruleset. The addition of being able to turn into a ball yourself for an instant knockout if you're thrown towards the enemy player is a really nice touch and adds that extra layer of variability. Fun maps, addicting gameplay, robust character customization, and heap of game modes means you won't be uninstalling this game anytime soon!

    Really happy to have picked this up with PS Plus!
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  5. May 30, 2021
    7
    I never really knew what to make of this game before; especially as I declined the beta invite; but now that the game has been officiallyI never really knew what to make of this game before; especially as I declined the beta invite; but now that the game has been officially released; I can now say that it's not a complete mess like I was worried about it being, but it's also not something I would buy right now given the server issues and lag I experienced in my time with the game. Though the art style is admittedly pretty neat aesthetically, it looks and plays like a game that came out in the PS2/Gamecube/OG Xbox era. It's not the worst game ever, but I don't plan on playing it more until updates are released to deal with bugs and PVP balance; and I recommend others do the same if they're on the fence. Expand
  6. Dec 3, 2021
    6
    Knockout City is an online team-based multiplayer game, rather than the usual guns and grenades however, you’ll be attempting to throwKnockout City is an online team-based multiplayer game, rather than the usual guns and grenades however, you’ll be attempting to throw dodge-balls at your opponents.

    The dodge-ball angle is certainly a new one, and the abilities such as being able to catch thrown balls or throw a team mate at opponents, means there is a little bit of depth to the gameplay. Despite this I never had much interest in playing any more after my initial few games however. Maybe it’s just that I’ve lost interest in these sort of online games, but I just didn’t find any reason to want to continue to play this over the hundreds of other online multiplayer games and I’d rather just re-download something like Titanfall 2.
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  7. May 31, 2021
    0
    You have to play with cross play disabled otherwise you will only run into pc hackers that will catch and throw with impossible reactionYou have to play with cross play disabled otherwise you will only run into pc hackers that will catch and throw with impossible reaction times. Try playing cross play and then disabling on console to test this out. Cross play with PC needs to be impossible with console player due to all the PC hackers. This game is unplayable in this state and the matchmaking times increase with disabling cross play. Save your $20! Expand

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