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on 19 July 2014
I have two words to describe this game...BORING and FRUSTRATING. The game has two modes: Classic, which is just like the turn-based board game it is based on, and a smoother real-time version. The classic version may recreate the old board game, but that isn't enough to sell it to me. When it's a board game, you have a person to laugh and joke with. With the computer game it's just cold, predictable AI. The game is more a matter of luck than strategy as each action you take has around a 50% chance of succeeding and if you fail, your turn ends. The real time version is just plain boring. Your teams duff each other into oblivion with only the merest semblance of tactics (he's got the ball, let's gang up on him). The matches go on far, far too long (2hrs) and I cannot find an in-game save option. Players do not get stat boosts when they level up, but gain an endless list of forgettable new skills, half of which seem pointless in the real-time version.

The whole feel of the game is cheap and tacky with awkward interfaces and a lack of dynamism. A few moments made me laugh, like when my ogre decided to eat the ball, and the commentators' banter, but these moments are repeated so often they soon become annoying.

If you want a better violence-based sports game, I would steer you in the direction Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD edition, which has the delightful Blitz Ball sub-game. Here you get to recruit a myriad of different players with different skills and abilities, develop their stats, earn new and useful skills, find winning tactics, and put them to the test in short, tense, dynamic turn based matches. And what's more, you get a nice story to go along side it when you want a break.
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