Blood Bowl 3 may have just been released, but it’s already kicking off on Steam.
Cyanide Studio’s latest installment comes eight years after Blood Bowl 2, but it seems some players don’t think it was worth the wait. Right now, the self-proclaimed “iconic death sport” has a “Mostly Negative” aggregate rating on Steam – which is a 73% disapproval rating – accumulated from nearly 800 players.
“I love Blood Bowl, but this game is a mess,” said one hapless player.
“Currently, a day after release, it’s buggy – I wouldn’t buy it until it’s fixed, and if the previous games come out, it’s going to be a while before it’s fixed enough,” added another. “Get it in a few months when it’s 20% off and it’s been fixed. The UI isn’t great either, but it’s worse than “can’t use” so that’s not the main reason for not recommending it.”
“I mean it’s Cyanide. I knew it would be bad but I’m a loser and I love a little Blood Bowl,” opined a third. “So I went in with extremely low expectations, imagining that the game would be ugly, unstable and lacking in features, and I hoped that over time it would become decent or good. But damn yeah, it was a lot worse than I expected.
“Blood Bowl 3 is lazy and greedy. They don’t care. I really believe that,” they added. “DO NOT buy this game. I encourage those who did buy it to refund it if it’s not too late. Maybe if BB3 dies we can see a really passionate company get their hands on the license.”
It’s not all bad, though – 27% of players approved, but even so, positive reviews often come with caveats, like this one:
“Compared to Blood bowl 2, which I have 600 hours on, the game is honestly good. Normal BB gameplay with updated rule sets, improved models and animations,” they said. “The UI still feels slow and clunky compared to BB2, but it’s an easy fix going forward. It should have been released as early access, but hey, what can you do.
“I think the complaints are mainly due to the current consumer perception of the predatory monetization of MTX,” they added. “I understand the negative reviews because you have to be a Blood Bowl fan who also sees the potential in a solid core feature set and also be optimistic that they won’t be too predatory with their DLC prices once they release a game. indisputably unfinished. .”
For those wondering, it’s still unclear how the game is faring with console players – Metacritic hasn’t yet opened up ratings for users – but it sits at just a 3.4 out of 10 for PC as well.
For the uninitiated, Blood Bowl is a cross between fantasy and football, blending Warhammer and sports into a mix of touchdowns and turn-based combat. While originally slated for February 2022, later November 2022 publisher Nacon ended up pushing the release back to February 2023.
Blood Bowl 3 is available now for Nintendo Switch, PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S and next-gen consoles.