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  • Summary: Strikers Edge is a medieval dodgeball with weapons, ancient warriors, and special powers. Challenge your opponents in online and local multiplayer, ascend to the top of the ladder and become the best striker.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Mar 6, 2018
    80
    Overall, Strikers Edge is an admirable fighting game that inflects a new direction in the genre. The game is still niche, and is lacking in both aspects that do it the most credit, but the end product is a marvel to be inspired by and improved upon.
  2. Feb 13, 2018
    75
    There’s not a ton of content here, and it’s not the kind of game that is going to keep you engaged for hours a day. For $15, however, it doesn’t need to be.
  3. Apr 10, 2018
    75
    Local multiplayer lacks the narrative trappings of the campaigns, but serves as a solid extension of the core gameplay. Online multiplayer, however, is where Strikers Edge falters. After several attempts to evaluate it, I was never successfully matched against an opponent. So, for six-eyed folks in search of a frenetic couch co-op game, look no further. Strikers Edge is an underdog to root for. The rest of us might be better off renting Dodgeball instead.
  4. Feb 2, 2018
    70
    Stirkers Edge is a game with a very classic arcade feeling. If you want something like that, particularly focused on the multiplayer, this can be a good option.
  5. Feb 16, 2018
    65
    While Strikers Edge has interesting ideas, it fails to expand on many of them making for a bare-bones experience.
  6. 65
    For a short time, I was genuinely in love with this game. It managed to be so damn fun, despite the fact that it was whipping my ass right and left. The low-fi production values and unique character designs and power-ups only deepened my affections. However, the fact remains that while it was fun, it was a supernova of a game. It burned hot and bright for a short period of time and then fizzled out almost as quickly. It’s surely worth a glance, but it may be best to wait until you can play this with friends, where it has the chance to truly shine.
  7. Feb 5, 2018
    58
    If you're looking for the next must-have competitive multiplayer game then you may be disappointed with Strikers Edge's basic gameplay and lack of content. However, its frantic fast-paced formula is fun enough to be worth playing from time to time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 1, 2018
    9
    Dodgeball is a fun game, whether you suck at it or not. There aren’t many activities in school that allow you to throw things at people withDodgeball is a fun game, whether you suck at it or not. There aren’t many activities in school that allow you to throw things at people with the intent of hitting them without some sort of negative consequences soon following. That means pegging Seth with that big rubber ball brings quite a sense of satisfaction and pride. So what is the best way of translating that to a video game? 1v1 or 2v2 seems to be optimal with the newest game from Fun Punch.

    It’s worth noting right now that Strikers Edge is a multiplayer game, much like the recent Nidhogg 2. Is there a campaign for the characters? Sure, but it’s more of a training area once you’ve completed the optional tutorial for gameplay. This is made most obvious when seeing almost all of the trophies/achievements are tied to online play. The campaign allows you to view the different stages the game has to offer and find out which character you enjoy playing the most. There are several characters to choose from, each with their own special abilities that will help or hinder your chances of winning, depending on your skills and who the other team is using.

    This is a game that comes off as simple at a glance, but has a lot of depth. There aren’t many buttons to know – attack, dodge, aim, move, block, and special. Two of those are the analog sticks, which leaves you with four buttons, all of which are shoulder buttons. This makes the most sense as your thumbs will be occupied at all times with moving and aiming. While the computer will likely not give you any issues (depending on the difficulty you choose), much like Smash Bros, your hardest opponents will be humans. And honestly, once you start playing it, you’ll be begging for the challenge.

    Admittedly, I was drawn to Strikers Edge because of its aesthetic, but it soon had its claws in me with the different play styles associated with each character. Much like a fighting game, you’ll soon find certain characters are better against others, and the varied locales bring different strategies with environmental defenses that break after a certain amount of damage. I can honestly see this becoming a huge game for streaming, and potentially even the e-sport circuit. If you’re playing on the PC, the game also includes a Twitch centered mode, which allows the community to choose what’s going to happen with the match. Certain modifiers are shown prior to it starting, and are then voted on by the community. This makes the game a more interactive experience for viewers, and also adds something new to the game for those playing.

    The weakest offering here is the campaign. While I appreciate the effort to provide something for those of us that aren’t huge into multiplayer games, it feels like a last minute add-on opposed to a hand crafted experience. There’s some exposition detailing what’s going on with each character, but the meat of it is the battles, and while you’ll go up against more than one opponent at a time, it never provided a sense of accomplishment. Perhaps if there was more of a reason to complete it, I’d have enjoyed it more. I also found myself waiting several minutes at a time for online matches to start up. I believe this has much more to do with the amount of people that had the game and when I was playing it than anything else. While these types of games basically live or die depending on their player base, I believe this will grow quickly once people actually see it in action.

    Strikers Edge seemingly came out of nowhere, and proves once again that Playdius is a publisher you need to be watching. I believe this is also Fun Punch’s debut title, and what a way to enter the game space. We’ve had a lot of great debuts recently from budding developers, but when genres you normally don’t care for are able to make you crave more from them, that’s something altogether different from the norm. Even if you only plan on playing this locally at parties or small get-togethers, it’ll make a great impression on everyone that picks up a controller and launches a spear.
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  2. Feb 4, 2018
    6
    Waited years for this game to be released after trying it at EGX in 2016. Sadly after purchasing it on PS4 I noticed some critical gaps inWaited years for this game to be released after trying it at EGX in 2016. Sadly after purchasing it on PS4 I noticed some critical gaps in what would make it a great game. Firstly the frame rate for some reason isn't a static 60fps. It feels like it's locked at 30fps making it no where near as smooth as I was hoping (I'm sure the PC game is a lot better for this). This is crucial as it's a game that requires a lot of precision.

    The other disappointment is that for single player there's not quick vs AI mode. There's a campaign but you have to choose one character and go through a series of missions - you can just pick a character and battle against one or three other AI. I really have no idea why they left this out.

    So, if you've got friends over and want a good couch game for up to four players, this is still good fun despite the frame rate and lack of single player options.
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