Excellent for what it was designed for
Anyone who gave a bad review do not know about Games Workshop or what this game was actually designed as. It is designed after the table top turn based game by games workshop..This is not a typical football game like Madden. It is turn based as opposed to continuous play. This is a great game to play if you are used to the old vibro football games or even if you and your friends have played the table top version before. This game has given me hour of fun for a VERY cheap price. If you had played the classic table top game the rules are exactly the same! This is a great game to play against friends or just do the campaign. There is a live version I have not checked out yet but hope to see it soon. Again fun game if you like turn based games..not fun if you do not understand turn based games lol
Blood Bowl - from the table-top to the console!
The 360 version of Blood Bowl is the console version of the popular table-top football game published by Games Workshop. It's been around as a miniatures table-top game for almost twenty years, and is currently maintained as a "specialist game" by Games Workshop with a free downloadable rulebook available online. This console version of Blood Bowl offers the same experience as the table-top version, plus a real-time version that can be played on-line against opponents on X-Box Live. Note that the real-time version is NOT an arcade football game like Madden or NFL Blitz - it's simply a real-time version of the same table-top mechanics, with "freeze time" available to issue orders to your players. For those unfamiliar with Blood Bowl, it's "fantasy football" in a very Tolkeinesque way - teams of Humans, Orks, Dwarves, Wood Elves, Goblins, Lizardmen, the rat-like Skaven and the mutated forces of Chaos beating the hoo-ey out of each other on a fooball field. Rules are vaguely similar to American "gridiron" football, with throwers, catchers, blitzers and "big guys" who are massively powerful and equally stupid - there's a chance that when you need them to do something, they'll just stand around drooling! Teams are bought from an initial pool of 1,000,000 gold - they end up going QUICKLY! Any spare gold can be used to buy handy things like an apothecary to treat your players, cheerleaders to psyche up the fans, or most crucially - extra re-rolls. Gameplay is an innovative "turnover" system where players move, block, try to pick up and throw or catch the ball, or foul players lying on the turf. One team has a set period of time to make their moves with one player after another - the catch is that if they fail at a roll with one player (say on a block, or catch, or a "go for it" roll to move further than normal) then a "turnover" is declared and that team's turn is over. "re-rolls" can be bought to allow a single re-roll of a failed try, so they're VERY important! The rules convert well to the 360 interface - pick the player, make their move, and it checks the rules and rolls the dice for you. The graphics are nothing to get too excited about, but they're nice enough (some of the animations are particularly good!), and they really get the spirit of the wild, goofy Blood Bowl material across quite well! There's one-off matches and a campaign where you move your team around, playing matches, earning gold and experience and preparing your team for greater and greater tournament challenges! In closing, this version of Blood Bowl is a "must buy" for anyone who played and enjoyed the table-top game. Those unfamiliar with the original version can still have a great time with this fast-paced fantasy sports strategy game if they're willing to accept the tongue-in-cheek fantasy background that Blood Bowl unabashedly embraces.
This game is a good attempt at making the original table top game into a console game. The interface is not bad but pretty much this game is Warhammer meets football. Most Madden fans might not like it since it is turn based football The controls are a little something to get used to and the graphics are not top rate but the are better than expected and it is well worth the buy. Also keep in mind that I usually don't buy sports game because of the simple fact that most of the time it takes no real skill to play sports games and that does not seem like a good thing to waste my time with them. This game actually takes a little skill and is not something that you can just jump into and win right off the bat which is one of the biggest problems with the madden games. So if you want a challenging but fun and great game then buy blood bowl.
Rip Off? Not Likely.
I've seen several previews panning this as a copy of anything from WoW to Mutant League Football. Blood Bowl is a 22-year-old franchise and originally part of Warhammer lore, and one of the most fun two-player board games out there. Mutant League Football, if anything, was a ripoff of Blood Bowl (kinda like Warcraft and the Warhammer series, right?) Plagiarism is a pretty serious thing to call a studio out on, so please do a little homework before making that accusation.
People are wrong.
This game is being made from an OLD OLD Warhammer Fantasy boardgame, it isnt copying anything, and it isnt something that is turning WoW into a sports game, this is a game, that was originally a boardgame made by Games Work Shop. Look these things up before making comments that aren't true.
Great Game... on the PC
Blood Bowl is a fantastic game that mixes the tactical elements of the tabletop game with the action of a sports game. There's even a mode to turn it entirely into a sports game, forgoing any of the tactical aspects in favor of a cruching bash-em-up game of the same ilk as Mutant League Football. Unfortunately many things aren't going to be surviving onto the console port. - No customizing your character models appearance - No customizing your team colors - No ability to create an online league - No ability to gain star player points in online games. Honestly this is more for the single player game only which really kind of kills a game in this day and age of online multiplayer. I don't even really play online and this change bothers me greatly. So if you're into this game then the PC is the place to get it. If not you might as well play ghostbusters.
This game is the worest game I have ever bought. Do not buy this game you will regret buying this game. I stuck it in my console and boy this game was dreadful. I thought it would be a cool game and it turned out to be a game that should have never been made to play. How can they even say this game was a football game. This game will go down as the worst game of 2010 hands down a 5 year old could have made this game better than what they did on this game. The controls on this game along with the poor excuse of a football game will make any one avoid this game. All Pro football was a way better game than this game was. Its to bad that they didnt make this game like Arena Bowl for the sega gennis. the hockey game and football game on that system was great. To bad they didnt use that on this game.
Well ive watched some online videos about the game and also some gameplay videos and its looking like this should turn out to be a fun and interesting game. Im a big fan of steategy games and this looks like it wont disapoint so im probably going to be picking up this title. The Grapics are extremly nice, I love the slightly cartoonish look to the characters and surroundings. Also The Character/Team customization looks AWESOME! I cant wait to choose my race and begin leveling up and customizing my players! BUT! BE WARNED! If you think this game is going to play like MADDEN football or another football game you are very very wrong. But in the end this looks like my kind of game and the layout and interface look very fine and polished so im definatly getting this game and it looks like it will have TONS of replay value.
For those who do not know: Blood Bowl is a side game made by Games-Workshop. It is basically a football oriented version of Warhammer Fantasy. So it is not a copy of mutant football or warcraft sports, it is just a video game version of Blood Bowl. When I saw it I was shocked that they even did Blood Bowl, because I don't know anyone who actually plays the real one!
this game is the worst game i ever played it has terrible gameplay i recommend no one in the the world to ever play this game it was aflatout epic fail