Some familiar faces are spoiling for a fight
Following in the footsteps of PS3’s PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, this fighter features online or local skirmishes with up to four players. The majority of the cast is wholly original, composed of seven base characters that become a total of 18 when variants are included, and there are a few special guests on the roster too. The protagonists of indie hits Hyper Light Drifter and Guacamelee! have already been confirmed, and we’re promised at least one more established name will be revealed in a future announcement.
Brawlout attempts to offer something for everyone, with a variety of fighting styles to choose from and combat that is easy to learn but will take time to truly master. From what we’ve seen the characters have obviously learned their skills from the best, showing off a variety of fancy tricks. Beside aerial combos, your fighter can grab ledges, wave dash, and also dash midair.
On top of these standard moves, each character has a specialised fighting style. For those that like to get in close quickly, land a few blows and then backstep out of there, the agile assassin Sephi’ra is for you. If you’re more inclined towards projectiles, Captain Feathers has got you covered. If you want to get up close and personal then grappler Paco can bring the pain.
And you’ll certainly need to pack a punch if you want to be the champ. Each blow increases your opponent’s damage percentage and consequently the distance they’re flung back after each hit. The aim of the game is to damage your foe enough that you can send them flying off of the stage with your final strike. To help you along the way is Rage mode. As you fight, this’ll build up and can be unleashed to give your combos that extra kick.
We’re looking forward to see who else will be stepping into the ring later this year. We’re crossing our fingers for the likes of Shovel Knight, your Stardew Valley farmer or Madeline of Celeste fame to dash onto the scene. But when the third familiar face is confirmed, we’ll be sure give you a gander at the new fighter.
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Above The full game will offer an array of modes for up to four players, from quick bouts to knock-down, drag-out fights.