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Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

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Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Review

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Amy Morton / 20 Oct 2020

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Fall Guys is a crazy arcade game from Mediatonic and Devolver Digital. It was a hit even before release, and after its release attracted such a large audience that the game's servers collapsed, unable to withstand the influx. Release date: 4 August 2020

Popularity 5/5

In 2016, Psyonix took the gamble by releasing Rocket League Racing Football on PS Plus on the game's first day. The authors of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout decided to take advantage of the experience of Psyonix: the game is available on Steam at a democratic price, and on PS4, it can be downloaded by owners of a PS Plus subscription. History repeated itself: the free distribution, as well as the massive advertising campaign before the release, contributed to the fact that the arcade soared to the top line of the sales charts on Steam, and its servers periodically "fell", throwing players out of matches.

Tournament 4/5

Fall Guys is a collection of mini-games in which players compete against each other in insanely silly contests. During the match, they will have to go through several tests, each of which reduces the number of participants: at first, there are 60 of them, but after the first, say, 20 players are eliminated, then another 15 - and so on until there are less than a dozen people left in the final round ready to compete for the crown of the winner. The tests' rules are simple and intuitive, and even defeats do not frustrate: a few seconds of waiting - and now your jelly man is already participating in a new competition.

Challenges

Challenges are of two types: races and arenas. In the first, players must run from start to finish, overcoming various obstacles; here, the winners are those who are among the first to cross the finish line. 

In the arenas, the players are given a variety of tasks. This can be, for example, football, where the participants, divided into teams, try to push the ball into the opponent's goal; the losing team is eliminated. Or a location with rings that you have to jump into, like in a circus, to earn points for your team. Or a map with platforms located one above the other, which consist of collapsing cells: here you need to hold out longer than opponents, while the platforms disappear under your feet.

Summary

Fall Guys is all about fun. The runs are short and chaotic, the picture is bright, and the animations and ridiculous falls are very funny. You do not need to use any cunning tactics: everyone is on an equal footing, and you cannot beat your opponents. The fun can be overshadowed only by periodic disconnections: the developers did not foresee such an influx of players, and therefore occasionally crashes happen right in the middle of matches.

 

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