Saturday, June 12th, 2021

Knockout City Review (Switch eShop)


As experienced dodgeball professionals at Nintendo Life, we know that the most important aspect of a successful video game based on the king of sports is to nail the sound of the ball when it hits the face and/or hits strongly. prison. The opponent’s body.Really need to make the elasticity, rubbery, cringe “Pin in!” Just right, we are happy to report to you that the knockout cities did just that. This is a fast, smooth and colorful arcade sports game based on a team, with the correct basic knowledge, and some clever adjustments and twists on it, thus providing some excellent and addictive actions.

If you are the type of player who tends to avoid online competition, rather than the type that is complicated by constant death, steep learning curve, long game time, or many of the current popular squad-based products, then this Efforts that are easy may deserve your full attention. Getting started, the way to measure success, and most importantly, have fun In knockout cities, it’s actually as simple as picking up a dodge ball and throwing it out. Obviously, Velan Studios (Mario Kart Live: behind-the-scenes developer of the Home Tour) had long and hard thinking about how to make it accessible at a very basic level, and the decisions they made got rich here. Return.

Entering the knockout city for the first time, you will be guided through an easy-to-understand tutorial that will guide you through everything you need to know, from how to walk around, throw and catch the ball to more “complex” things (such as hanging Shot), curve ball, perfect catch and team pass. Picking up the ball, pinning the opponent or receiving the ball is not that simple, and this is all the information you need to start succeeding. Just enter the ball here, you will grab it from the spawn point, lock the “ZR” to your nearest enemy, then release it to see the auto-tracking shot enter the target of your choice-you even No goal is required. Catching an enemy’s attempt to nail your reward is as easy as paying attention to the red indicator on the edge of the screen, which means you have become the target, and then press “ZL” regularly to catch the ball when it arrives. That’s actually all the content, you can freely explode in the five arenas of the game, throw balls on the skulls and earn points for victory.

Of course, for those who want to excel (form a tribe and climb the league leaderboard (once they are online)), there are layers on top of it, the depth of collaboration with it is surprising, and there are many clever ways to turn the ball. The team’s situation supports and wins, becoming the true king facing the people. As you can see, the five Splatoon levels currently available in the knockout city are all related to verticality and environmental hazards. Therefore, your 1950s oiler avatar can jump, spin, dodge, flip, sprint and even slide on the stage. , So as to bring you a lot of fun. When you avoid injury or avoid injury or close contact with opponents, you can take a variety of options.

By holding down the direction and pressing “Y” to dodge, it can be used as a clever way to deflect the enemy to launch an attack, and as a method to deal with the opponent, knocking down the opponent a few feet, and possibly knocking down the opponent to the nearest position. Lifting the shaft or leaving the skyscraper, he was immediately hit and pointed to the board. Press “A” or “X” to rotate and flip can be used in combination with “ZR” to hit the ball with big strides and bends to help your ball go around obstacles, and click the right stick to make a fake throw, help You and your opponent’s timing matches their attempts to seize.

Although some of the real fun here is scrolling yourself Become a ball, or let your teammates do the same thing, offering yourself as projectiles to each other. This is a hilarious mechanism-a very clever idea-but it also has huge tactical advantages. A normal shot from a regular ball will successfully hit an opponent twice, while using a teammate will instantly kill you. This is a key aspect of the game, and a successful team will know how to use it at the right time to gain an advantage. You can also hold down the throw button when you have teammates for the ultimate shooting, throw them high into the air, let them control their descent, and then land in the explosion, capable of destroying multiple enemies. once.

In addition to all this, your staff also need to communicate, which is an element of the game, and in this early stage, its use is very low. Every time you pass the ball to your teammate, it will automatically add a certain charge to the passed ball, which means that when you launch the ball, the ball will move a little faster. Pass a few times between your teams (up to six levels), and you will get a viper-like blow, almost impossible to catch the ball successfully. Of course, the catch itself will also play a role here. A precisely timed catch of the opponent’s shot will immediately overload the ball, thus providing you with a hot rocket to send back to their face.

Obviously, with all these little tricks and tricks, you can build a lot of strategies in the game, where you can see that you are thoroughly washed out by playing against an excellent team (a staff proficient in the dark skills of dodgeball) , This is sometimes when we are placed in a random team, people just bluntly refuse to participate in things like throwing and passing, which has happened to us several times. However, getting some friends to gather together and communicate effectively, or even just use the basic expressions included in the game to yell when playing with strangers, can easily avoid a lot of potential frustration.

To be honest, if all of this sounds a bit complicated, it’s actually not. You only need to master the most basic knowledge, these additional mechanisms and fancy bits and pieces are naturally in place, because you are constantly playing rhythmically. A short and exciting little game, so far we have rarely seen us yelling on the screen. The five stages provided at launch are also a good combination, beautiful and compact, with sufficient verticality, and a series of interesting environmental fragments and bobs, from springboards to rotating burger restaurants, from highways to busy highways On the highway, you can jump between cars, these pipes will immediately attract you to the entire arena and build a construction site around a huge neon wrecking ball.

As far as the model is concerned, in this respect, knockout cities do appear in a barebones way. So far, the classic 3v3 Team KO can easily become the star of the show. Here, you made it to the public with the best result of the three rounds, and you won ten points and won a game, which makes the game enjoyable and full of movement. At this stage, you also get 3v3 Diamond Dash (requires you to collect KO’d opponent’s diamonds to fully earn points), Party TKO mode (play only with special balls-this change will replace the full crazy smart strategy of the default game ) And 1v1 confrontation mode (for stubborn lonely people). The special balls that appear in the party mode will also appear in the KO team’s normal games. For us, this is their most effective place. Odd sniping, moon or bomb balls will be slightly changed and added during use. Fun, rather than cautious use of their total destruction is the only option, as in the TKO party.

When playing in any mode, as your level increases, you will gain experience points and unlock a steady stream of smooth cosmetics—luckily, there is no unlockable content that can affect your core abilities or strengths—you will even earn game currency , Holobux (also available for real money) is spent in the store on clothes, hairstyles, facial expressions and everything else. The extra XP has many daily goals to complete. Block Party activities are currently rewarded during the game’s release. In general, “Knockout City” feels like it’s really embarking on a prologue. Of course, there are not many modes provided so far, but with the advent of more stages and game types (including league and 4v4 modes), the things currently available are certainly enough to attract us, and considering that there are free on all platforms After a ten-day trial, there is actually no reason not to jump in and see how you like this.

Regarding the performance of the Switch, Velan Studios also managed to deliver goods here. The texture may have been reduced from other versions of the game, but when flicking between this port and our Xbox version, from an aesthetic point of view, there is actually no outstanding difference or concession, Fortnite and Splatoon are graphical The color mashup style successfully transitioned to Nintendo’s mixing console. In fact, we can even say that this game can be played on a portable computer, which makes the Switch version the only way to play the knockout. There is also an option to switch between quality and performance modes, allowing you to dial back the graphics to increase the frame rate from a rock-solid 30fps to 60fps. We have all tried, although 60fps can be selected is very good, but we have to say that we prefer the quality / 30fps option, because from a visual point of view, the effect in performance mode is quite good.

Since the cross-process and cross-platform gameplay in all available systems was included from the beginning, it seems that the knockout cities have indeed positioned themselves for a large number of future successes. Even in some cases, this model is slightly inadequate. In the early stages of the game’s life, so far, we can’t help but impress us. This is a farce arcade sport achievement that players of every skill level should check out as soon as possible.