Inspired by the Warhammer Fantasy world, Blood Bowl is an ultra-violent combination of strategy and sports games. The Legendary Edition features 20 playable races, including 11 that are totally new, each offering its own game style! Make a competitive team, train it and buy the best equipment.
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Release Date: Oct 28, 2010

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Inspired by the Warhammer Fantasy world, Blood Bowl is an ultra-violent combination of strategy and sports games.
The Legendary Edition features 20 playable races, including 11 that are totally new, each offering its own game style! Make a competitive team, train it and buy the best equipment. Brutal victory after victory, improve your players' skills to make them into true Blood Bowl players!
This is a no holds barred bonecrunching sport! Even if tactics are your favoured route, you can also choose from a large selection of incredible and vicious moves: bribe the ref, devastating spells or illegal weapons…
Blood Bowl Legendary Edition also includes new stadiums and new game modes such as the "Story" mode. Here you will learn of Blood Bowl's origins and play the sports' most legendary matches in its most spectacular stadiums!
Blood Bowl can be played online. Create your team, improve it and lead it to the top of the official rankings! Develop your own private internet league to organize your own tournaments!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP3/ Vista SP1/ 7
    • Processor: Pentium 4 2.4 GHZ/AthlonXP 2400+
    • Memory: 1GB (XP)/ 2GB (Vista/7)
    • Graphics: 128 MB 100% DirectX® 9 and shaders 2.0 compatible (NVIDIA GEFORCE 6600 / ATI RADEON X700 or higher) Not compatible with SLI. Intel, SIS and Via/S3G graphics controllers non-supported
    • DirectX®: 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB
    • Sound: DirectX® 9 compatible
    • Multiplayer Requirements: Internet connection required for online gameplay.
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AdderTude
13.5 hrs
Posted: September 11
NOTE: This review is strictly for single-player, as I don't care much for multiplayer to begin with.

Very heavily dependent on RNG, which appears to favor the AI much more so than the player. Additionally, the real-time mechanic doesn't seem to count some of the attributes at all, such as AGI when trying to get away from opponents, who more than frequently get to knock down your players, especially teams that rely on brute force like the Orcs or Norse. Can't really run away, and if you fight, your players get KO'd more than they do the KO'ing (if you don't play a brute force team). Unbalanced AI (even on Easy) keeps me from recommending this game. I have a love/hate relationship with this game, which is leaning more towards the "hate" side because of how ridiculously unfair the AI is. I call it the "loaded dice" algorithm.
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WithThe5th
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 9
0/10 archaic verification system.
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frooty
0.9 hrs
Posted: September 9
It's not worth what you pay. Even on easy mode, everything's against you from the start, the dice all seem loaded, it seems there's not a single roll made wrong on the opponent's team while everything you do is blocked or countered 90% of the time. For a fun game, one that makes you want to play it again, or to have any real value to actually giving it the time of day... Blood Bowl fails, and it does so epically.
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YOSif
0.2 hrs
Posted: July 31
verry goood
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Rick Grimes
8.0 hrs
Posted: July 25
Product received for free
Fun with friends if only i had any but hounstly it is a fun game it's funny and is cool
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Sarah Hawke
23.7 hrs
Posted: July 13
I was adopted into a cult that convinced me to get and play this.

I did not enjoy it. This game isn't for me, maybe it's for you, it's not for me.
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idlemartin
10.4 hrs
Posted: June 28
Good faithful re-productioin of Blood Bowl. The table-top rule book should be considered recommended reading as the tutorials arn't very deep.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
I know there are a ton of fans of this game and it's later releases,
but one thing I need to let people now, this game has a ton of rules
and a very steep learning curve.
From the way the store page is set-up I got this game thinking
it was a turn-based version of American Football with a fantasy theme.
I couldn't have been more wrong.
The game requires a LOT of reading, practice, more reading through Wikis,
rulebooks and online videos.

*** This is NOT American Football simulator ***.

This is a statisical sports game that uses dice rolls, a ton of rules and
each player has different abilities that you have to know what each one if for,
you have to know how the odds and dice rolls affect every action in the game
and it even uses Crowd/Fan reactions to determine how a play is carried out.

A very confusing mix and sports, dice, and magic abilities.
I know American Football rules very well and they did not help me at all!

The tutorial is not straight forward at all and seems to come at you as
if you understand a lot more about the game than you would.
When something isn't explained the tutorial just tells you to read the rulebook.

Sorry guys, but unless you already have played the board game and understand it,
OR you have days and weeks to dedicate to learning an entirely new type of sports game,
that has as many rules as a D&D gamebook, then you are going to be as confused as I was.
I honestly thought this was "Madden with Orcs". It is nowhere near that.

I am not downvoting this because it's a bad game.
It looks like if you had the time to learn everything yourself,
(The tutorial does NOT do it's job) then, this game might be something worth playing.
But if you come into this with the same expectations I did, you will be upset and feel lost.

I am downvoting this because the store page for this game did sell it as a "Madden with Orcs"
type of game, nowhere in the videos or descriptions did it make it clear just
how deep of a learning curve this game requires.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
This is one of those games. I wish that had a neutral response for a recommendation. However, as a first timer of this game. I must say it's really fun, and really challening.

First off, this game is great for the fans who played the table-top version. If your a fan of the
board game, then you'll be a fan of the games. Although not perfect, the game is at least enjoyable for the fan.

However, for the casual gamer who didn't play the table top version and decide to get this game for whatever reason. The learning experirence might be "straight-foward" but in reality it requires trial by error. Meaning, in order to get better at the game you'll have to lose a bunch of times in order to get better. My advice? Play with a friend who owns the game. But don't go straight to the multiplayer, the tutorial is there, but it doesn't come across as "helpful" sure it might sound easy enough, but that is why there is the "in-game manual" in that manual it broaden's the game and really get's in-depth.

The game overall has a bunch of stuff: teams with their unique players and stats. You can customize them, and fight in some very amazing locations. You have two modes a Blitz mode that can tailor your experience, and a classic mode that follows the rules of the table-top.

Lastly the game has a "luck" system. Sure it might not be so direct, or it could not exist at all and is mainly player error. What I am trying to say is. If you "rage quit" it's not the games fault. The game has everything right then and there to help you. And if you have to lose in order to win. Go ahead and lose at least you get the experience to make yourself better. Don't hate the game because it's "un-fair" no it's because you need to fully grasp the game's concept and mechanics.

Overall if you like this sort of game. I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
Oh boy, this f#cking game. I must be honest, all I knew about this game is that it was violent, and that I had played a demo around 8 or so years ago. And well, seeing it with a big sale like that, I couldn't really hold it and decided to buy it. Is it bad? Is it good? As usual I'm gonna start talking about what it does worse, then move up from there.

First and foremost, the worst part of the game has to be it's difficulty for new players. It's a board game of sorts directly ported to a video-game... But as it usually happens, good board games are complex as all hell, and that translates poorly for new players. It also doesn't help that the difficulty spike is directly at the start: you create your own team and then suddenly you're thrusted with little knowledge of how to play against teams that actually DO HAVE QUITE THE LEVEL ALREADY. Your team will be on a sick losing spree from the beggining because, even though the game says there's around 140 or so teams on the game, you'll be playing against the same mid-level ones over and over. If I start on a 0 prestige league, WHY THE HELL PUT MID-GAME TEAMS ON IT, EVEN ON THE LOWEST DIFFICULTY!? IT'S STUPID. However that's switched around later, when your team actually gets levels and becomes decent, the enemies are actually rather easy to predict.

The second other problem this game has is actually related to that one, too. Remember when I talked about this game being a board-port with tons of rules? Well, this game has a tutorial that last around 10 minutes and all it does is teach you how to move characters, knocking people into the ground and the bare minimum to start playing. It's kinda pathetic when the game has so many damn rules and can be so damn challenging and outright painful to play for new players. The worst part of it all is that I did a bit of research online, and on the Steam forums some people say that to understand the game correctly you gotta read the manual, and also giving a link to a PDF file of said manual... WHICH HAD OVER 50 BIG PAGES OF RULES. WHAT THE ♥♥♥♥. IT'S A F#CKING VIDEOGAME, NOT A SCIENCE PROJECT!

Taking that aside, though, what do we have left? A really fun and adicting game, once you actually learn what the f#ck you're doing.

The gameplay, after you learn about it and get over the start difficult spike, is fun as all hell. Now sure it feels lame when the enemy team pulls off something completely stupid that somehow works, like a ball carrier somehow dodging three players and scoring a touchdown, but all races have their own advantages and styles of play. Wood elfs for example are great at doing large passes and evading blocks, however they just S#CK at melees and end up with multiple injured and DEAD players at them. On the other hand you have guys like the Orcs and Dwarfs, who are violent and while not having much control over the ball, can just win by injuring and killing other players. IT'S LIKE MADDEN MIXED WITH WARHAMMER, ONLY ACTUALLY FUN!

Talking about races, there's like 30 or even more of them, lost count. That's A LOT of variety, I'm pretty confident anyone can find a race that fits their playstyle, me actually going Dwarf because F#CK YOU, YOUR STAR PLAYER IS NOW DEADER.

The multiplayer is also fun. I've only played one match so far online but it was so fun and competitive that I can see myself going back to it once in a while.

Lastly, the commentators are actually quite fun to hear, as they comment on the races of each team, their characters and such. It sucks that the variety of quotes for each one of those is quite low, but hey, can't have everything.

Do I recommend this game? It depends. If you like board games and have tons of patience, then you'll have lots of fun with the game. If however you don't have much of that, stay away FOREVER. The game is HARSH with new players that don't have any damn idea what this game is all about. It also doesn't have Steam Overlay support, which is stupid.

TL;DR Edition: Fun board game ported into an actual video-game. The learning curve and difficulty spikes are some of the most harsh ones for new players, however once you learn about it you'll have tons of fun with it. And the multiplayer is fun too, still with players on it.
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113 of 142 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
367.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
8/10
While Blood bowl is a great game to play (Seriously, I've logged over 300 hours on this one!) You want the Chaos edition. http://store.steampowered.com/app/216890 On the other hand, sometimes it can be cheaper to buy this one AND the Chaos edition than to buy this one alone...
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57 of 63 people (90%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2015
You will lose.
repeatedly.
the other team will slip past your perfectly organized defense
your defenders will get knocked out somehow
you'll fumble the ball when it's right in front of your player
you will miss a throw, fail a block, lose players and watch everything you've so carefully organized be pummeled to gibs.

But you'll get better.
the more you play it, the more you'll understand the rules and how the nature of the game works.
you'll have that moment where a perfect play comes together, or you see an opening in the enemy team's defense and just go for it. And when you do score that touchdown? It feels great.

It's a difficult system to master and I'm sure as hell not there yet either. But from what I played on the 360 version and this, it can definately feel really rewarding when you nail it. And even if you don't? You can at least make your opponent have to work for it.

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37 of 44 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2014
"WELCOME, SPORTS FANS! ARE YOU READY FOR ANOTHER SKULL-SPLITTING, BONE-CRUSHING GOOD TIME?"

Ah, what fun it is to play the good ol' Blood Bowl! I used to play the tabletop version and fell in love. This version has all the charm (and frustration) of American football gone medieval, the best strategies lain waste to bad dice rolls, and multiple races with all the expected strengths and weakness common with Warhammer fantasy. The upgraded commentary from our two favorite Blood Bowl aficionados, Jim (Vampire) and Bob (Ogre), keep a smile on your face with every result... even the ones that go against you. The rulebook is also included from the tabletop version to define everything you need to know about the game.

I prefer playing the turn-based "Blitz" mode, which allows for some customization of your teams, players, and adds additional flavor of spells, crowds and riot-causing fans, as well as player equipment (upgraded helmets, pads, etc which add to your abilities), bribing the ref, and many more. I love to win and hate to lose because this game make you sweat for every inch of the Pitch (playing field)!

For the first time player, tutorials are included. The game is easy to learn but does have some complexion in the variety of rules to be tracked. I recommend to put it on easy mode and play a couple games to get the hang of it after you do the tutorials.

Multiplayer mode is also available and I use it! My friends who play with me love to rant and rave about the worst roll or that last second catch at the end of the match that scored the game-winning touchdown!

WARNING! This game will test your frustration limits! I mean, COME ON!, how does a strength 2 halfling charge a strength 6 minotaur and KO him!?? WTH, man!? LOL!

Again, I loved it back in the 80's when I originally played it tabletop, and this brings back all the fun! It did so well that it received a go at "Blood Bowl 2"!
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
122.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
American Football meets Warhammer is probably the best way to describe Cyanide Studio's sporting epic called Blood Bowl which throws gamers into this deadly universe. Apart from sporting and a healthy dose of violence, there is even some RPG and management aspects added to the game to keep things quite original and fresh. Throwing together a variety of characters from the world of Warhammer, gamers can now experience a sporting game with a difference as Orcs, Humans, Goblins and the like all fight for victory on the field and although these games were quite popular in the yesteryear of gaming, it's great to see a developer run with the idea again.

In terms of gameplay, Blood Bowl Legendary Edition is not your traditional sports game but you’ve probably guessed that already. As opposed to the console sport games, this title is a turn based strategy. The biggest change to this edition as opposed to previous games is that the developers have included a variety of new races into the mix such as High Elves and the Undead. Elves can also "glamour" their foes which does allow you to control them. The secret is 11 new playable races! Then you have the streamlined online play that actually makes it more fun to play it online as opposed to single-player. The only issues with online is trying to find another player and with offline, the AI is a little less than challenging.

If you haven’t played the board game or the previous PC game, I thoroughly recommend that you follow every step of the tutorial because as opposed to American Football, there are quite a few tweaks and changes to be found. From kicks to tackles and dodging, the learning curve of this title, especially if you are unfamiliar with American Football or rugby to an extent is quite high. Things become even more challenging with the inclusion of Blood Bowl rules.

Once you have completed the tutorial, the story mode is probably the best place to start which allows you to put your skills into action…slowly. In this mode, you play a mercenary trainer or "coach" for your selected race,as you play a variety of games. Another fun mode is the campaign mode which offers you a plethora of levels or games to play but offers some unlockable content as you gain new powers and players.

However the star of the title is playing the game online as you engage in a variety of matches and leagues. There is a new commissioner tool that has been added into the game. This gives the owner of a particular league, some power in terms of resetting matches or replays. This is how Blood Bowl should be played. Just be warned that dying sucks... especially when one of your stars decided to take a dirt nap from getting killed by an opponent or opponent. Or those pesky vampires that get blood lust and wish to feed on not only their opponents but also the fans!

Despite some flaky matchmaking and an apparent ability for less scrupulous players to 'predict' incoming dice rolls, online play in Blood Bowl is still a whole lot of fun. Custom leagues exist for those of you that want to dodge the minefield of random play, with a thriving community dedicated to providing decent opposition and eradicating the sort of rage-quitting and general idiocy that unfortunately rears its head during regular play with strangers.

Also it's worth noting that due to the hugely expanded roster the Legendary Edition remains very much open to questions of imbalance, but in part that's simply a design choice. Choosing a smaller team such as the Halflings will never give you a fair crack at winning, but including the weaker races will placate a large section of the audience that wants an authentic experience and a distinct challenge for veterans. Yes it's disappointing to see a bewildering lack of instruction to new players on how to avoid the more obvious mismatches, but you get the feeling that developer Cyanide rarely took their eyes off developing a title that served the old guard first and foremost - the type of people that will be only too happy to have a large range of playable races and head into every game fully prepared for the likely challenge of encountering each.

The graphics mirror the board game perfectly and all the characters look like their real-world miniature painted figures. The animation is good as are the stadium backgrounds and special effects. It’s funny seeing these mythical creatures compete in a sport game similar to American Football with its all regalia. The stadiums look pretty cool as well and there around 10 new areas for you to compete in. The soundtrack with its rock inspired mythic focus suits the game well as do the sound effects. Overall, it’s a good looking game, especially on high detail.

So do I recommend this game? If you’re a fan of Blood Bowl, than you’ve come to the right place but just be warned that online play is a must. Sports fans would probably be annoyed due to the limited control of the players but once again this game is a strategy not an arcade sports title.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Got this for $5 when it was on sale last week. What a steal! This game is easily worth the full price. You don't even have to like football or warhammer to enjoy watching a lizardmen punch a vampire in the face!
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
Recommended for anyone looking to get a start with playing Blood Bowl. Blood Bowl 2 has come out however the editions of BB1 are great value since they have more teams available and BB1 still follows the same rule set.

As for the gameplay, its essentially a combination of football, chess, and dice rolls. Many things do come down to random chance, but the goal is to ensure that you take chances in your favour to give yourself the best possible chance of success. Eventually all your players will die, you will lose the ball in the most random/unpredictable way and you with hang your head.

No the dice are not stacked against you, and your not going to win every game. If you cant handle that than this isnt the game for you.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
107.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
For sale on steam: Membership to a cult.

Specifically, the cult of Nuffle - Chaos god of random ♥♥♥♥ happening in an amusing way.
Welcome to Bloodbowl, a turn based tabletop sports game/religious ceremony of Nuffle based off the Warhammer fantasy boardgame of the same name.

For those unaware of Bloodbowl and what it is. It is essentially what happens when you take (American) football and set it in the Warhammer universe. For those who don't know American football, players take a ball and try to run it into the opponent's endzone, at the other side of the field.
This scores them a point, and whoever has the most points at the end of the match wins.
Unique to Bloodbowl, however, is that it's heavier on the action. Orks don't particularly enjoy making a run with the ball to see if they can score that way. They'll just get together and try to punch their way through the opponent's lines. And this can lead to injuries or even deaths on both sides.

Also different from the physical sport is that this is mainly turn based(A real-time mode exists too, if you prefer that). Players take turns moving their players and performing actions. It is surprisingly strategic and you need to think about your moves. You can do a lot of risky things, but your turn ends immediately if things go too wrong. If your players go down, if you fail to pick up the (Often slippery) ball, you score a point or you run out of time to make your moves - That's the end of your turn. This, combined with the chance based mechanics (It is based off a boardgame, dice are involved in pretty much all actions) and a critical success and failure system means that anything is possible. You can come back from the worst of positions, and you can always end up losing from the best of positions, but there is skill to be found here other than just random luck.

Skill, and strategy in Bloodbowl is not twitch based, build orders, or micromanagement. Instead of that, It's your risk management. If you can position your players so that they force your opponent to take risks, then it is likely that he will at some point fail at it. And then you can come in, get the ball loose, and try to score. If you do not know how to attack the opponent's defensive formation without taking unnecessary risks, you'll end up with players laying down and the opponent stealing the ball away from you.
The lack of 100% winning strategies, and chance based things mean that every match is different, and as such it has great replayability, variety, and new situations almost every time you play, while the online play, private leagues, and team progression means you will be able to play a long time without getting bored.

When things go well, and your worst player slaps down an ogre? Praise Nuffle!
When your elf catcher trips on his own shoelaces and breaks his neck? Praise Nuffle!
The end result of a match isn't the goal you're playing for. It's the journey there - If you don't take it too seriously you'll be able to enjoy this game, but if you can't stand bad luck where you can just roll critical failures every turn? It might just be frustrating then.

For fans of games that do things differently, or just fans of boardgames, I can recommend this. And if you're wondering about Legendary and Chaos edition then don't worry. They're compatible with eachother. You'll be able to play with people who own the other version too
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