HyperBlade introduces the 3D battlesport of the future. Players engage in a futuristic street-hockey style game played out on the interior of an elongated ellipsoid arena. Body-checks (weapons are included) go for blood in this game as players can be gruesomely eliminated from the game, including the option to score with an opponent's dismembered head. Power-ups, speed boosts, ramps, and simple team management (for substitutions) are all part of the experience. Some strategy is required for play, but it's mostly pure action.
The game also features multiple skill levels, 12 teams (from a US tournament league), and head-to-head network play (IPX and TCP LAN only).
If you are looking for a 3D version of Speedball, this is as close as it gets.
Credits (Windows version)
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Average score: 67% (based on 14 ratings)
Average score: 3.3 out of 5 (based on 16 ratings with 2 reviews)
i liked the ammount of action and the many different techniques you can use.
i didn't like how completel mean the goalies were. if you just slowed down within the vicinity of one of those, they would attack you and not stop. and you couldn't injure them!
The Bottom Line
very pumped up, futuristic game of hockey.
Windows · by Herschel Hoffman (5) · 2000
The thing I liked the most about this game is how much fun it can be for a nice quick game. The action is fast. The graphics were very good for the time. The variety of domes make it interesting. If you ignore the backstory of how the sport "evolved" and just enjoy it as a superviolent, super fact hockey/lacrosse mix, you can have fun with it.
The idea of teams is not flushed out well. Each team as 4 players (+goalie which you never control), all the players stats, have the characteristics of that team such as fast, or tough. This idea could have been carried farther though. There are no trades, you can't make your own players. You also can't play a season. You can only play a gaunlet trying to beat all the teams for a trophy. The game is also rather violent. You get more points for scoring with an oppenents servered head. That was a little too much for me.
The Bottom Line
I would compare this game to a snack. Many games such as, SimCity, Diablo, etc, are a full course meal, but sometimes all you want is a little snack. Hyperblade is a great action/sport snack. You get in play a game which takes 15 minutes and then get back to the work you really need to do. The action is fast. The gameplay is light. It's fun if you don't take it too seriously. I have not played multiplayer, I tried once, but I couldn't get it to work. This game is a good example of the whole genre of super violent, futuristic sports.
Windows · by Andrew Grasmeder (221) · 2000
Cancelled Sega Saturn version
Supposedly there was a Sega Saturn version in development which never materialized.
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Electronic press kit for HyperBlade with interviews and a behind the scene look at the game.
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Game added June 26, 2000. Last modified January 18, 2024.