|On Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition
||[Nov. 10th, 2010|01:27 am]
So I'm a sucker for turn based strat games. I'm an even bigger sucker for turn based strat games with lots of options. I'm an even bigger sucker for turn based strats that allow for customization of teams. And being able to use those teams that I put some much effort into against real opponents online is an aspect of play I wish existed in every game.|
Not a huge sports fan though, but for this game it doesn't seem to matter. But in the Warhammer fantasy universe? yeah, I'll give it a shot.
Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition has delivered, for me atleast.
The single player games are decent with a long sweeping campaign mode that lets you make your own team from the almost 20 different races available. I've noticed that even on easy the computers still progress with point and abilities slightly above your own team, which I had heard from Aaron was an issue with earlier incarnations of this game. That is to say, the issue with late game was the computer couldn't keep up to an uber team. I have yet to experience that, but can say that the computer regularly kicks my butt.
The multiplayer in this game is astounding. You get to make your own team again, you can participate in leagues online, which are pretty popular right now so its usually a limited wait time for games, and the match up systems works on player rank so you are generally playing a team of similar rank/power as yourself. More importantly you can make your own private leagues to play among friends, (so you could easily make a Blood Bowl Campaign that's electronically generated instead of doing it in real life). If you don't feel like putting in the effort to create your own, there are plenty of already existing leagues that you can jump into freely.
The game stays pretty true to most of the Blood Bowl rules, but I think there is more balance in the races (atleast it seems that way). Your players level, can be upgraded, can be injured and can die. There are a bunch of underhanded things you can do before each game such as bribing and hiring mercenaries to assist you(I think a bit of sorcery but I haven't had enough money to do that yet). The game itself is as cruel as any Gamesworkshop production and reminds me alot of what I've imagined Necromunda would be like, if the point was to play an semi-organized sport.
All of that said, I hear legendary Edition is the best version of the game, comes chalk full of a bunch of races not available in any of the other releases, and is available on steam. You need a legit copy to play online, which as far as I'm concerned is the best reason to play. The rules take awhile to get used to and at times it feels like a really bloody version of battle chess, but I like that kind of stuff alot. If you pick up this game let me know please, so we can start a league together and play games on occasion.