Blood Bowl 3 sees the return of one of Games Workshop’s most underrated tabletop games in a third sequel to its equally underrated digital incarnation. Teams of Orcs, Elves and Humans face the sporting wrath of Dwarves, Skaven and other fantastical folk on a brutal path that’s kind of like American football if you were allowed to stomp, tear and generally dismember each other.
Blood Bowl 3 is based on the latest edition of the tabletop game, and brings in a number of the updates found there. Many of the pitches have features that can affect how matches are played out, including the appearance of creatures like a giant Kraken to make things even more interesting.
The campaign is built around the theme of sponsors, and star players who are the faces of those sponsors. Cyanide wanted players to create their own teams, from any race, with the results giving plenty of opportunity for comedy and satire.
It’s a really interesting series, taking the basic premise of American Football and mashing it with the Warhammer universe. The previous entries in the digital series have recreated the turn-based tactical gameplay with some real style, particularly the last outing, and it’ll be intriguing to see how they make use of the enhanced power of the new consoles while adding to what’s gone before.
Dave reviewed the last entry back in 2015 (gulp!) and awarded it a solid 7/10, saying, “It’s everything you’d expect in a Blood Bowl game, with a great tutorial for newcomers and a coat of paint, looking as good as the Citadel Miniatures you’d see in the window of a Games Workshop. While the core game has been sadly out of print at the store for some time, this is the most accessible way of getting your Blood Bowl fix.”
At least one of the downsides of Blood Bowl 2 was the extremely slow loading times, something that the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S should be able to utterly decimate with their super speedy SSDs. You might have one in your PC too if you’re particularly lucky. Hopefully they fix they other nagging problems too – I’m definitely hopeful!
Coming from Cyanide Studio to PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and the humble Nintendo Switch on August ___ 2021, this is one game of fantasy football you won’t want to miss out on.