Knockout City Review

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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Ben Kendall.

OverviewOverview

Knockout City is a futuristic sports game were rival crews take on dodgeball style battles. It combines arena battles with projectile combat. With the focus on the ball as much as the other players, this brings more strategy and a great emphasis on sports gameplay than games like Overwatch or Fortnite.

You can customise your character and create a team with friends. Then take on opponents in online matches opponents. These are sprawling battles that take place in large open city environments. You learn a range of trick shots and coordinated team moves to take down opponents. Passing the ball powers it up to increase damage.

Although each match is either 3v3, 4v4, or free-for-all, there are a range of ball types, locations, and game modes. These will be expanded each season with new content and game options.

The result is a high octane game that combines the skill-based locomotion of Rocket League with the more direct competitive nature of games like Overwatch. It’s easy to pick up but requires practice to master.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/05/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting and Sports

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: @VelanVentures

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 6 minutes and 12 minutes to play a round of this game.
 
Players: You can play this with 8 players online. Cross-Play: You can play across different systems.

CostsCosts

Knockout City usually costs £17.99 to £24.99.
 

Knockout City

Xbox One £17.99
PS4 £17.99

Knockout City Block Party Edition

Xbox One £19.99
PS4 £17.99

Knockout City Deluxe Block Party Edition

Xbox One £24.99
PS4 £24.99

Knockout City Deluxe Edition

PS4 £24.99
 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.
 
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. There's a Brawl Shop in the game, where you can buy cosmetic items for customisation with Holobux. You earn Holobux just by playing and levelling up, but if you want to buy Holobux with real money.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 7 because it features mild violence in a child-friendly setting. This game features non-realistic mild violence. When human characters are hit with dodgeballs, they flash red and are knocked backwards. When defeated, they fall to the ground in slow-motion. Players can also be hit by cars. This simply knocks the player backwards and does not cause injury.

ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Fantasy Violence. From a third-person perspective, players control human characters as they run around futuristic cities, grabbing whimsical balls (e.g., sniper ball, multi-ball, bomb) and throwing them at opposing players. Gameplay can be frenetic, with cries of pain, explosions, and slow-motion effects. Some knockouts depict players' bodies flailing out of bounds when hit, though there are no deaths or serious injuries.


Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 10-16 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Although you cannot select the game's difficulty, you are automatically matched to games with other players of a similar skill level to you. There is an optional tutorial divided into several sections that enables you to hone your skill and learn the basics, as well as a training mode that enables you to practice without the stress of a real match.

During a match, there is no text, but outside play most of the information is displayed textually. It contrasts well, either light on dark or vice versa, and is generally quite large, although some of the extra information (about game modes and the like) can be smaller.

There is no in-game map, but during a match you are shown the position of your fellow team members with translucent markers that appear over the gameplay. Due to this translucency, they have a tendency to blend into the background. If you are looking at any player in the match, their name and health hover above their character and they are clearly marked using arrows.

Although the game is generally high-contrast, members of the blue team can often tend to blend into the bluish-gray of the pavement and concrete present in many areas of the game. To combat this, players are outlined in their colour, and the previously mentioned arrows can also help to locate players, but it can still be difficult at times.

In the Controls section of the menu, you can view the control scheme and remap buttons, as well as select whether you need to toggle or hold a button for a specific action to occur.

Many actions, such as successfully hitting an opposing player, are marked by sound effects. Each action's sound is different from others, allowing you to quickly comprehend what is happening. Not being able to hear these cues shouldn't make it any harder to keep up with the action, even when multiple things happen in rapid succession due to the many visual indicators also present.
 
Our Knockout City Accessibility Report details 31 accessibility features:

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