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A Chaotic Touchdown or a Fumble? - Blood Bowl 3 Review

image showing a human and an orc wearing football gear facing off in a field

Image: Games Workshop

Hey there, fellow gamers! Today, we're delving into the bloody and brutal world of Blood Bowl 3, the latest in the turn-based strategy series from Cyanide Studio. Does this unique mash-up score a touchdown, or does it fumble on the goal line? Let's find out in this Blood Bowl 3 review.

Gameplay (7.5/10) Blood Bowl 3 continues the series' trend of turn-based strategic gameplay, merging fantasy warfare with football tactics. The diversity of teams, each with unique strengths, weaknesses, and special abilities, adds a layer of depth and complexity that strategy enthusiasts will relish. The addition of new races and teams in this sequel enhances the variety and replayability. However, the learning curve for newcomers is steep, with many intricate rules and mechanics to learn. Furthermore, the reliance on RNG (random number generator) can sometimes feel punishing, leading to unexpected failures or wins based on luck rather than tactical prowess. This randomness can be a double-edged sword, either adding excitement or causing frustration.

Graphics and Sound (8/10) The presentation in Blood Bowl 3 is a noticeable improvement over its predecessors. Teams are detailed and distinct, and the animations during gameplay, especially during the more violent actions, are delightfully over-the-top.

The sound design is fitting, with the raucous cheers of the crowd, the grunts and cries of the players, and the crunch of bone-on-bone adding a satisfying realism to the proceedings. The bombastic commentary adds an entertaining layer, although the repeated lines can grow tiresome after extended play.

Story and Characters (6.5/10) While Blood Bowl 3 isn't a narrative-driven game, the inclusion of a campaign mode helps to provide context and add flavour to the matches. Each team comes with a backstory inspired by Warhammer lore, which should appeal to fans of the franchise. However, the game could do more to flesh out its characters and teams. A deeper exploration of team rivalries, player backgrounds, and the world of Blood Bowl itself could have added additional layers to the experience.

Blood Bowl 3 delivers a unique blend of strategy, sports, and Warhammer fantasy. While the learning curve is steep and the RNG can sometimes feel unfair, the depth of the gameplay and the charm of its violent take on football make it a game worth checking out for fans of the genre. However, those seeking a narrative-driven experience or a less punishing difficulty level might find Blood Bowl 3 lacking.

Overall Score: 7.5/10


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