‘Blood Bowl’ Screens Depict the Way Football Should Be Played
Today we received some new screens for Blood Bowl, the brutal team sport that unfolds in a parallel fantasy world based on Warhammer and American football. Gamers can form a team of players from such races as: Orcs, Elves, Humans, Dwarfs and many other fantasy creatures, and launch themselves into battle in the bloodiest of arenas.
The last time I posted information on Blood Bowl, which was back in December, one of our readers berated me for never having heard of the game and accused me of having lived under a rock for most of my life because I was unaware of the tabletop game of the same name. I suppose because I played D&D on and off for most of my teen and college years I should automatically have heard of every tabletop or turn based game on the planet – but just because I have played many games in my life does not mean that I heard nor played all of them. Regardless of whether I was familiar with the game or not, I still found the concept very interesting and even two months later my interest is still piqued enough to warrant playing it when it hits stores.
Focus Home Interactive and Cyanide Studios have yet to give us a release window, but expect it to be made available for the DS, PC, PSP, and Xbox 360. In the meantime, you can get more information about the console version by looking over our previous post, and more of the new screenshots can be found here. You can also get more in-depth info after the jump.
Game description from Cyanide Studios:
What would Blood Bowl be without ferocious Orcs battling valiant Human teams? In previous screenshots, you saw the Orc players displaying their typical tactic of breaking through the opposition’s scrimmage line in order to open up gaps for their Blitzers to exploit. This kind of vicious play style might make you wonder what the courageous Humans could possibly do against these bloodthirsty and ultra-violent green giants!
Well, don’t underestimate the valorous Humans! Even though they lack the additional strength and special abilities inherent in some of the other races, they don’t suffer from their weaknesses either. Human players are skilled at running and throwing the ball, and they are perfectly capable of taking the fight back to the Orcs, who mainly rely on their strength and armour to knock down their enemies. What’s more, the Human teams can boost their ranks with the help of “Big Guys,” in the hulking form of Ogres, who make up for their low intelligence with their superhuman strength, which can often be decisive in muscle matches and certainly a major asset in confrontations with the terrible Black Orcs, the biggest and meanest players on the Orc team.
Besides the skills that are native to each race and player in Blood Bowl, you also control your team’s finances, which must be managed wisely. A large part of your winnings from Blood Bowl matches will surely go toward the purchase of equipment, armor and other team assets like Cheerleaders and Apothecaries. Not to mention the experience your players earn as they play more matches (if they survive!), which will greatly improve the abilities of your cherished players. With many pieces of armor to choose from for every part of your players’ bodies, each with a diverse assortment of characteristics, Blood Bowl allows so much customization for teams that YOUR team will be unlike all others, and you can set yourself apart during both solo and multiplayer games!