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Genre Arcade
Publisher Devolver digital
Developer Mediatonic
Minimum Requirements Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz / AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz processor, 8 GB RAM, graphics card with DirectX 11 support and 2 or 3 GB memory, such as NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon HD 7950, 2 GB per hard disk
Recommended Requirements Intel Core i5-4690 3.5 GHz / AMD Ryzen R5 1500X 3.5 GHz, 8 GB RAM, DirectX 11 graphics card and 2 GB memory, such as NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 / AMD Radeon RX 460
release date August 4, 2020
Age qualification from 0 years
Platforms PC, PlayStation 4
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Played on PS4

When Sony announced the PlayStation Plus in August, the Russian audience was primarily outraged over the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 remaster, which is not available in this region on PS4. At the same time, almost no one talked about the second game – some kind of another indie, which is even too lazy to download. Then these people did not even suspect that the collection would be one of the best in recent years, because it contains Fall Guys. Cheerful, exciting, original, making you smile or yell at TV – in general, a wonderful game that won the attention of millions of people in a matter of days.

⇡ #In the spirit of old TV shows

If you watched the show “Big Races” with Dmitry Nagiyev (or Japanese “Takeshi Castle”), you can roughly imagine what the novelty is. A crowd of 60 participants goes through one after another mini-games, overcoming dangerous obstacles and trying to get to the finish line (or fulfilling another condition), and with each stage the number of players decreases. In the end, only one person will win – the one who successfully passes all the sections preceding the final (there can be from three to six, depending on the skill of the opponents) and performs best at the last level.

Usually, there are few people left in the fight for the finals, but sometimes there are fifteen of them

Usually, there are few people left in the fight for the finals, but sometimes there are a dozen of them

According to the text description, it seems that this is another royal battle, and in a sense, it really is. Here are just no jumps from the plane, frantic searches for weapons and digging in the inventory, there are no funny little people can only run, jump, dive and grab other participants with their hands. The stages are chosen randomly – you can start with a long obstacle course, where falling into the abyss means death, or you can find yourself on a level with three dozen swings, from which almost everyone rolls down and where the mistake is punished only by returning to the save point.

Over time, you start to show yourself better in such races. At first, a spinning hammer and huge balls swinging on ropes seem like a danger, but a few attempts are enough to run them with ease. But since a couple of dozen other people are constantly rushing around, from whom you do not know what to expect, the chaos does not disappear anywhere. People stumble, jerk each other, tilt swings, get in the way – a complete mess. In the game “Dodge Masters”, where fruits are falling from all sides, and participants are running along conveyor belts, it is especially easy to face a series of failures – either a strawberry will fly into your head, someone will fall, or you will turn the wrong way.

The main thing in this mini-game is not to run in the middle. Chance of getting shot down is too high

The main thing in this mini-game is not to run in the middle. Chance of getting shot down is too high

⇡ #The team is to blame

However, if it is not so difficult to achieve success in single races, then team challenges can be compared to tossing a coin – the outcome often does not depend on you. Periodically, the game divides all the participants into groups, offering them all sorts of tasks: bring as many eggs to their base as possible, jump over the rings that appear on the map, jointly push the ball to the final point, or play football. Even if you do your job conscientiously, partners can get caught … not very good, to put it mildly.

The saddest thing is that it is either difficult or impossible to help them. In the same football, you can stand on the gate to hit enemy balls. But in this case, the rest of the team will most likely run aimlessly around the field and will not score anything. In the “Circus show” with jumping through the rings, you can control some area, but the map is large and who knows what your colleagues are doing there, as long as you honestly earn points. In one of the mini-games you need to attach a tail to yourself – the team with the least number of tailed beasts loses at the end of the match. And here, all the more, there is nothing to help people – they have attached their own tail, and the rest can pick their noses and bring defeat.

In many team modes, you not only help your comrades, but also interfere with your opponents

In many team modes, you not only help your comrades, but also interfere with your opponents

Matches don’t last too long, and the search for the next game is very fast, so you don’t have to get very upset about losing. But it’s still a shame that insurmountable circumstances negate all your successes in the previous rounds. Even though you are the first to run in obstacle races three times, your skill is still leveled in team competitions, where a lot depends on luck. And just to get rid of these stages, taking them out in a separate menu, the developers are unlikely to succeed – among all the team mini-games about half. We’ll have to put up with “randomness” until more entertainment is added here and new modes begin to appear.

⇡ #Can be forgiven

But even taking into account this drawback, after the next loss, you immediately start the next match. It is very difficult to tear yourself away from Fall Guys – and the gameplay is excellent, and the animated characters are very funny, and the perky music stuck in your head for a long time. At some point, you begin not only to worry about your victory, but also deliberately interfere with other participants in order to get rid of competitors. In one of the mini-games, you need to avoid collisions with advancing walls and sometimes jump over beams. In this round, I once managed to “kill” five men, holding them until the last moment and not allowing them to run away or jump, although under normal conditions few people die there.

Something like this in the States are sales on

Something like this in the States are sales on “Black Friday”

The game has a store with cosmetic items, but the currency for participating in matches is given in such huge quantities that you almost never experience a shortage. And the coolest legendary items can be purchased exclusively for crowns – the second currency issued for victories. You can’t buy it in any way, so you can’t get the most beautiful things for “donation” – only by efforts! Plus, the starting battle pass with dozens of items was made free for everyone who bought the game – there are new coloring pages, funny costumes, emotions, and even three crowns.

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Fall Guys has a great future for sure – the potential for development is huge. You can come up with tons of fun levels and interesting modes, and numerous publishers (and even those who do not have corporations for games) are already proposing to add branded costumes to the game. In the early days of the console generation, Sony helped Rocket League developers by donating the game they still love to this day on PlayStation Plus. And towards the end of the PS4’s life, a similar story takes place with Fall Guys – something that could have gone unnoticed, like the recent Rocket Arena, conquered a huge audience in just a week.

Advantages:

  • original and perfectly realized idea;
  • funny visual style with funny animations of men;
  • two dozen mini-games, the number of which will grow with updates;
  • a lot of cosmetic items, the most beautiful of which can be obtained only for victories;
  • great soundtrack.

Disadvantages:

  • in team matches, victory is often determined by chance;
  • lack of cross-platform multiplayer.

Graphic arts

Fall Guys looks simple, but very stylish, and numerous cosmetic items make each participant unique.

Sound

The fun music is so cool with what is happening on the screen that it makes no sense to include your own playlist while playing.

Single player game

Not provided.

Collective game

Two dozen mini-games will captivate you for a long time, because every time everything happens differently. It’s a pity that team games can spoil the impression if bad teammates come across.

General impression

Excellent multiplayer entertainment that is more addictive than other popular battle royale. It’s very interesting how the developers will support Fall Guys in the future.

Rating: 8.0 / 10

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