Review: Gang Beasts (PlayStation 4)

Gang Beasts is a silly multiplayer party game with surly gelatinous characters, brutal slapstick fight sequences, and absurd hazardous environments, set in the mean streets of Beef City.

Pros:

  • Slick graphics.
  • 3.98GB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Character creation tool.
  • Local and online support.
  • Four modes- Football, Melee, Waves, and Gang.
  • 17 arenas ranging from construction sites to containers to factories.
  • Online, Just pick a mode and go.
  • Waves- Horde based where you face off against AI who get stronger and bigger as you go.
  • Melee- Classic first to X wins game mode.
  • Football- Well it kind of works but. My god its mayhem.
  • Arena fighter gameplay.
  • Wide selection of moves from punches to kicks to throws and head buts.
  • Controls are a little QWOP as it is very loose and wobbly. Sounds weird but to be honest it just works and stops people from going all EVO on your ass.
  • Creates so many amazing set pieces and fights. You can hang onto each other and hang on to the scenery. Headbutts can knock players out for a short time and this alone causes many ragdoll humor.
  • Anyone can pick up and play thanks to the control method and simple layout.
  • Many pre-made characters including many recognizable faces like Rick and Marty and Bob the builder.
  • You can set the settings for each match or have it where it randomizes.
  • Has a button to highlight all players so you know where everyone is.
  • Good soundtrack.
  • So much fun.
  • A game that is just as much fun to watch as it is to play.

Cons:

  • No practice area.
  • Lacks any tutorial.
  • Only one controller layout.
  • Waves are really difficult.
  • Hit detection is a bit off.
  • Few levels are not fun to play.
  • Needs a replay mode for the last elimination or just a replay mode in general.

 

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Accessability - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 10/10
    Fun Factor - 10/10
8.4/10

Summary

Point blank, Gang beasts is hilarious to play or watch. The ragdoll psychics, The level design and just well mayhem ensure you do nothing but laugh your ass off. I have found though that once you play against fully clued up players then the game really falls down, what I mean by this is that the game is at its best when no one really knows what they are doing. High-level play is actually the opposite of the whole ethos and is boring and slow to watch. In short, this is a brilliant local co-op game for family and friends but not that much fun online.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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