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Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 30, 2009)
Généreux jeu de massacre, à la croisée des chemins entre fantasy, football américain et jeu de stratégie, Blood Bowl est une petite perle. Terriblement prenant, même lorsqu'on encaisse une série de défaites, le jeu associe un contenu conséquent à des graphismes soignés, le tout serti dans un gameplay redoutablement efficace. Au fil du temps, on finit par s'attacher aux espèces de tarés qui nous servent de joueurs et on ne vise plus qu'une chose : les emmener au firmament des meilleures équipes de Blood Bowl. Autant dire que le soft n'a pas fini de tourner sur nos 360.
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Game Informer Magazine (Jan 28, 2010)
If you’re already a Blood Bowl vet, the Blitz mode makes this version worth your time. But even though I find satisfaction in pulling off even the simplest of the game’s maneuvers, setting up all of its dominos is just too exacting for my taste.
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GamingXP (Dec 07, 2009)
Nach dem in der endgültigen Version sich auch die Ladezeiten etwas verkürzt haben, können wir das Spiel durchaus empfehlen. Jene, die sich Zeit nehmen und sich die Spielmechanik aneignen, erwartet ein wirklich gelungenes Sportspiel. Sowohl taktisch als auch voll mit Action geht es hier zur Sache. Ihre Mannschaft bricht sich die Knochen, spielt in ständiger Todesgefahr und freut sich über jeden Punktgewinn. Neben diesen brachialen Vorgehensweisen, ist „Blood Bowl“ aber auf jeden Fall auch anspruchsvoll. Nicht immer fair, was sicher auch zu Frustmomenten führt. Hat man sich aber erst einmal daran gewöhnt, steht der sportlichen Betätigung nichts mehr im Weg.
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Console Monster (Jan 05, 2010)
If you're considering making an investment in a massive time sink of a game, then Blood Bowl could be your answer. It is definitely a game for the reserved thinking man - there is no way it can be beaten with simple button-mashing. Time has to be put in to learn the tactics necessary to succeed but I can guarantee that it is all worth it when the victories start pouring in. The online community is also something to be taken into account; a very small population had me unable to find games and when I could, my opponent quit out as soon as the tables turned in my favour, so perhaps if you're looking for a LIVE gem, then you need to open another treasure chest. I strongly suggest you avoid this title if you're not fond of putting in too much effort with video games, as in that case, it will offer little reward for your 40 bar.
70
Cynamite (Sep 07, 2009)
Blood Bowl bietet einen gelungenen Mix aus Sport und Strategie und lehnt sich stark an das Warhammer-Universum an. Einsteiger werden sich allerdings anfangs mit dem spiel schwer tun, zumal der Echtzeit-Modus sich zu hektisch spielt, um wirklich für Spielspaß zu sorgen.
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MS Xbox World (Dec 12, 2009)
Overall, Blood Bowl is a game that will appeal to fans and non-fans alike, providing the later stick with it and give it a chance. Unfortunately, most won't, and understandably, will look elsewhere soon after loading the game up. It will divide gamers with its turn-based tactical mechanics, but richly reward those who learn and master it. Don't let first impression's mislead you, as soon as you get to grips with the unique controls, win a couple of matches, score 20 touchdowns and brutally crush a few skulls of the opposing team, you'll want more and more! It's never going to be a game ranked number one on Xbox Live, nor will it sell millions of copies like the mainstream titles out their, but what it will do is instantly win over fans of the original, and offer a unique and appealing experience to newcomers alike. It's not a game of the year contender, but it is a good, solid, brutal and original title, with a lot of character, and plenty of fun to boot!
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Meristation (Nov 27, 2009)
Blood Bowl es una propuesta diferente. Al igual que en las demás versiones, estamos ante una recreación fiel del juego de tablero, que consigue trasladar toda la diversión, la estrategia, la intensidad y lo alocado de los enfrentamientos a la máquina de Microsoft, con un buen resultado. Su principal aspecto negativo es que, al ser una recreación tan fiel, nos vemos lastrados por unos dados que pueden ser muy injustos, lo cual nos obliga a desarrollar tácticas mucho más minuciosas y que intenten evitar el riesgo de error casi constante. Con mucha práctica y, sobre todo, con un divertido multijugador en el que las cosas se equilibran, Blood Bowl se convierte en una apuesta interesante para los amantes del universo Warhammer, de Blood Bowl, de los títulos deportivos, e incluso de los que busquen partidas rápidas y divertidas. Podría haber dado mucho más de sí, pero lo que oferta deja un buen sabor de boca.
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GamersGlobal (Dec 02, 2009)
Blood Bowl ist anders als typischen Sportspiele: brutaler, taktischer und vor allem anspruchsvoller. Ohne viel Einarbeitungszeit werdet ihr selbst gegen die KI die meiste Zeit kein Land sehen – online gegen Menschen schon gar nicht. Hat man das Spiel aber verstanden, macht es mächtig Laune und hält lange bei der Stange. Die sehr unterschiedlichen Rassen, die Lizenztreue und die Onlineliga sind nur drei positive Beispiele. Und doch bleibt dem Titel eine höhere Wertung verwehrt: Zu umständlich ist die Bedienung in Teilen, zu wenig motivierend die Kampagne und zu hoch und schwankend der Schwierigkeitsgrad. Und auch im Mehrspielermodus wird es dank weniger Stadien und einem nur rudimentären Managerpart auf Dauer eintönig und langweilig. Da fehlt dann doch die direkte Interaktion mit einem echten Mitspieler am Küchentisch. Den können wir auch direkt anbrüllen, wenn er soeben unseren Starspieler getötet hat.
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Multiplayer.it (Nov 27, 2009)
Blood Bowl non è un titolo adatto a tutti: già la struttura complessa lo rende indicato soprattutto agli appassionati del gioco da tavolo, o quantomeno a chi ha una certa propensione per gli strategici, in più l'estrapolazione dal contesto PC e dal confort dell'interfaccia via mouse complica maggiormente l'approccio, che può risultare addirittura frustrante sulle prime. Se si riesce ad entrare negli ingranaggi, tuttavia, la struttura profonda non mancherà di affascinare e divertire, in particolare nella modalità multiplayer, che può rapire a lungo l'utente "strategico". Da segnalare però lo strano ridimensionamento della versione console rispetto a quella PC, in particolare per quanto riguarda la riduzione delle possibilità gestionali e della compenetrazione tra l'organizzazione della squadra offline e online.
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GameZone (Feb 24, 2010)
Blood Bowl is a missed opportunity as evidenced by the potential of the source on which it’s based. If you really want to get into the depth and fun of Blood Bowl, you’re better off checking out the board game.
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IGN Australia (Nov 16, 2009)
Above all, the whole experience feels sterile. Videogame spin-offs of Games Workshop properties work best when they are loose adaptations that play to the strengths of the medium; Dawn of War being the perfect example. But a straight port of a complex board game will always feel inferior to actually sitting around a real table with your mates, gorging on beer and pretzels, and just letting the lazy hours sail by.
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IGN (Jan 29, 2010)
Blood Bowl is a respectable attempt at bringing the ideals of a board game to a videogame. It has decent elements of personality, but the abundance of text and rule memorization can be a downer when all you want to do is get into a game. With so many other great games from the holiday and early in 2010, it’s difficult to recommend Blood Bowl unless you have a serious hankering for a board game on your TV screen.
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Spazio Games (Jan 05, 2010)
Blood Bowl è il classico esempio di gioco fatto e confezionato per gli appassionati. Chiunque conosca questa divagazione sportiva di Warhammer nella sua forma primaria, potrà avvicinarsi a questa versione videoludica senza particolari timori, con l’unica remora di veder poco sfruttato un comparto online che in versione PC si rivela molto più completo grazie ai campionati online. Se invece non conoscevate l’esistenza del Blood Bowl fino a questa recensione, prima di un eventuale acquisto è assolutamente consigliata una prova sul campo, visto che la maggior parte dei giocatori potrebbe rimanere scottata da uno strategico così complesso e potrebbe trovare la modalità in tempo reale troppo superficiale e legata a quella a turni.
60
Blood Bowl is an interesting concept that is just poorly executed. Fans of the tabletop game are better off checking out the PC version if they can. If you don't have any other option there is fun to be had here but you have to commit yourself to dealing with the shortcomings of this version. No online leagues, customization and a sever lack of user-friendliness. If you are a fan of the tabletop game and do not have a gaming PC capable of playing the game I recommend giving this a go. Even with its inadequacies there is still an ample amount of enjoyment to be had.
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GamePro (US) (Feb 04, 2010)
Blood Bowl is like two good flavors henceforth combined into a sloppy sandwich: even if the sandwich looks tasty, and you can't wait to enjoy it, it's still a little hard figure out exactly how you're supposed to eat the thing. Tabletop fans will probably enjoy playing it when a flat surface and friends aren't available for the pen-and-paper version. For everyone else, it's best to go into Blood Bowl understanding that it's best played with others, and largely a brow-furrowing affair when played solo.
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TeamXbox (Feb 09, 2010)
Blood Bowl faces a serious uphill climb. And that's sad because the concept is far different and in some ways for more mentally involving than the derivative 360 pap that often populates the marketplace. But the facts remain – it misrepresents itself, it isn't particularly pretty, it alienates newcomers because it's so difficult to comprehend, and it may not even appeal to Blood Bowl aficionados because it's so pricey. And that leaves it as an extreme niche product.
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XboxAddict (Feb 16, 2010)
The Blood Bowl saga is not likely to end here. The RPG game has a tremendous following and to be honest I look forward to a ‘re-envisioning’. It is unfortunate that this installment is overshadowed by so many faults because the nature of the original game lends itself well to the Xbox visual capabilities. This title is likely to be picked up by many people (most paying the full $50), and there may even be a few that enjoy it…to those individuals I salute you…you are far more patient (and tactically minded) than I. I will say that I am looking to get together some buddies to have an old fashioned tabletop game of Blood Bowl since playing this release. Perhaps this is the true genius of the Xbox release…drive up demand for the old, reliable offering (I wonder what a painted Skaven is going for on EBay these days).
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Eurogamer.es (Jan 23, 2010)
En resumen, Blood Bowl para 360 es un buen título, adecuado no sólo para los seguidores del mundillo Warhammer sino para cualquiera que sienta curiosidad, ya que aprender no es demasiado difícil y las cotas de diversión son siempre muy altas. Eso sí, si realmente os interesa, os recomiendo encarecidamente haceros con la versión para PC, de verdad. Es muy superior en todos sus aspectos... y la liga online marca la diferencia.
56
If several more months were taken to polish the game, and if the "bargain" price were set at a far more realistic level, I would wholeheartedly recommend the title. As it stands, it's little more than Xbox 360 shovelware that no one's going to pick up. Do yourself a favor: If you absolutely must own Blood Bowl the video game, pick it up on PC. Not only will you save $10 bucks, you'll get an extra playable race, better controls, and a more vibrant community.
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GameTrailers (Feb 22, 2010)
Blood Bowl is sure to alienate those expecting something akin to Mutant League Football, Pigskin Footbrawl, or similar fantasy-based football games. The poorly designed tutorials, dated visuals, clunky interface, and deliberate pacing are not going to attract those who aren't already familiar with the tabletop game. If you are bored with current strategy titles on Xbox 360, and can live with some rough edges, Blood Bowl offers enough strategic depth to keep you interested for a season or two. Everyone else should treat the game like a blitzing orc and give it a wide berth.
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GameSpot (Jan 28, 2010)
Some board game faithful will tackle Blood Bowl simply because the core turn-based strategizing is so enthralling. Matches can be tense, tactical standoffs, and the game will keep you up past your bedtime because it's so hard to pull yourself away. However, the aspects that weren't culled from the board game--the interface, the commentary, and the bizarre real-time matches--feel messy and improvised, and the lack of league play and lack of team customization are inexcusable omissions. The fun you have with Blood Bowl comes from the core tabletop mechanics, not from the flimsy trappings developer Cyanide constructed around them.
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Kombo.com (Feb 20, 2010)
Unless you are already a Blood Bowl fanatic, do not buy, rent or waste any of your time with this game. The poor visuals, complicated mechanics and headache-inducing learning curve will leave you unsatisfied. With a jam-packed next couple of months filled with a number of quality titles, don't waste your time and money on Blood Bowl; something better will come along.
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Wonderwallweb.com (Dec 09, 2009)
Blood Bowl to me is a disappointing game, if it was pulled off properly then I could probably have seen the appeal however to me it’s just a mediocre title from a mediocre franchise.
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AceGamez (Dec 20, 2009)
In all fairness to Cyanide, the straight adaptation of the rules, intricacies and tactics of the miniature game is impressively handled and reverently faithful – even if the dice rolls are ridiculously unforgiving. Unfortunately, because everything else is so useless it still fails in far more departments than it succeeds. All in all, there are better sports games and better fantasy games out there, and the fact that there aren’t many “fantasy-sports” games is probably all that will save Blood Bowl from being completely overlooked. Though, incidentally, Cyanide’s own Chaos League (a game so similar to Blood Bowl that it landed the developers in serious legal hot water with Games Workshop when it was released in 2004) is slightly better. If you’re a fan of the boardgame then stick to the miniatures. If you’re not, my advice is to keep away from what is ultimately a fairly hollow and lifeless experience.