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REVIEW: Fall Guys

REVIEW: Fall Guys
David McGinley

Have you ever heard of Fall Guys? If you’ve been on gaming twitter or reddit over the last few weeks you certainly will have. It’s shot to the top of the most played charts on Steam and I have no doubt it’s up there on PlayStation too. What is it and is it worth the hype? Let’s find out.

Fall Guys is simply summed up with Mario Party meets Fortnite. It’s a battle royale game with bright fun visuals split into various different rounds until there’s one winner who gets the crown. There’s a mixture of modes where you either play on your own (against up to 50+ players) and where you are in teams with other random players, whittling the numbers down until one remains. This great video courtesy of Twitch shows you just how much fun (and frustration!) can cause!

Simple right? Yes! Fall Guys’ excellence is found in it’s simplicity. There’s three buttons – jump, dive and grab and that’s all you need to traverse huge obstacle courses, push a ball to the goal, dive through hoops or even run up a mountain of giant fruit trying to knock you off. It’s simple, fun and there’s no pay to win. Result! You can earn currency (or pay) to unlock special outfits and customise your Fall Guy which is nice.

Fall Guys has to be one of the most fun and accessible games I’ve played in a while. It’s the perfect anecdote to some of the heavy games we’ve seen over the last while such as The Last Of Us 2. It’s also got quite short games with getting to the 5th round only taking about 10 minutes. It’s perfect for warming up for a night of gaming or for streaming. 

Now, it’s not perfect but we’re confident that Devolver Digital can fix these quickly. First up, the servers are **understandably** hammered right now, especially because it’s blown up on Twitch and it’s free this month on PlayStation Plus – if you have a membership then there is no reason not to pick it up this month. This means it’s been frustrating at times to get into a game and we’ve seen some issues with games involving balls (pushing them down an assault course, hoarding them, playing football) being slightly dodgy as the servers struggle to keep 40+ players actions registering correctly. Player parties could also be bigger so larger groups could play and yes… more games and variety is always welcome too. Honestly though, we’re nitpicking at this point.

Fall Guys is the perfect 2020 game. It’s fun, light and a welcome distraction. We can’t wait to see how it evolves over the next few months and years. The game’s biggest challenge is now keeping it’s huge player base entertained so here’s hoping they’ve been paying close attention to the likes of Fortnite, Overwatch and Rainbow 6 Siege. If you have PlayStation Plus, you have *no* excuse not to add this to your library (or pick it up on Steam!). 

Review Overview

Graphics
7.5
Gameplay
9
Multiplayer
9
8.5

Great

The perfect remedy to 2020's woes, Fall Guys is just 100% fun.

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