Battlerite bills itself as a Team Arena Brawler. It takes the team fights from MOBAs, strips out everything else and distills those fights into intricate ballets of timing, fast reactions and tactics. I’m having a blast.
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Battlerite, the not-a-MOBA top down champion brawler, has been hazed in the battlefield of early access for long enough. The full version is out today in free-to-play form, though the release has been delayed until 3pm. I checked the game out last year, and it pushed all the right buttons.
To celebrate, Stunlock Studios are also launching a new bramble-based hero. You can see him in action in the trailer below.
Battlerite [official site] is getting into the summer spirit (is that a thing?) with a big seasonal patch. The patch brings a new support character – Blossom, the Forest Mender – to the arena brawler along with a new campaign mode, a new game mode, a bunch of new outfits and a host of tweaks and changes. Let’s start with a look at the newcomer: Read the rest of this entry »
“Even if you wouldn’t touch a MOBA with a ten foot barge pole, this might still be for you,” wee cherub Matthew Cox said about Battlerite [official site] when it hit early access last year. Because it’s not a MOBA, okay. It’s a team-based arena brawler which, sure, has heroes/champions/summoners/duelists/wizards throw down but it’s not a MOBA, rite. I understand tone is difficult to assess in text, especially coming from a sarky prick like me, but I mean it: Battlerite is not a MOBA. You can see for yourself later today, as a week-long free trial is launching in a few hours. Read the rest of this entry »
Battlerite [official site], the arena brawler presumably named after an all-night brainstorming session when a producer murmured “So you, like, er, battle, right?” and the room erupted into applause the exhausted producer couldn’t understand, this week welcomes a new warrior. Raigon, The Exiled Prince is a chap swinging a honking great sword, and I’m led to believe he’s another Battleriter based on a character (Reaver this time) from the game’s spiritdad, Bloodline Champions. Stunlock Studios have also announced the first official tournament, coming later this month. Read the rest of this entry »
Battlerite [official site] is called a “Team Arena Brawler” by its developers, which is a new one on me when it comes to the long list of attempts to name this genre about different kinds of wizards beating each other up. What they mean is: it’s a MOBA in which some of the MOBA bits have been cut away, leaving behind just the teamfights and the skill shots. It’s in early access, already frightfully popular, and it’s getting a free weekend which begins this Thursday.
Aside from starting a new tradition of unusually-named Steam Awards, Valve have also pulled out their worn and adored bargain bucket and have begun to fill it with games you’ll enthusiastically buy and probably never play. Yes, it’s their Autumn Sale. In the streets, the apocalyptic jockeying for TVs and blenders has started. The moon has turned blood red. And I looked and behold a pale horse, and his name that sat on him was Black Friday, and sales followed with him.
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The creators of arena brawler Battlerite [official site] are not content with adding two spooky champions just before Halloween, and so have revealed another champion that’ll be added in a patch tomorrow. What can this boyo do? Well, he can teleport a short distance, summon debilitating chains and read fire at you from a big book. His name is Ezmo The Mischievous and he can be seen in this preview trailer. He’s not from around these parts.
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Battlerite [official site] has got Hallowe’en all wrong. To celebrate The Big Spooky, the top-down team brawler is preparing to add two new characters tomorrow. That’s not how Hallowe’en goes. You’re supposed to menace players, Stunlock Studios. Force them to give you two new characters under threat of a good egging/spooking/kicking. Sure, I’ve heard that Battlerite – the spiritual successor to Bloodline Champions – is a lovely game, even in early access, but this seems wrong. We can only hope that Jumong, ‘The Beast Hunter’, and Ruh Kaan, ‘The Crypt Warden’, are cursed. Maybe everyone who plays them will melt into snakes and insects. Read the rest of this entry »
I have a terrible confession to make. While, on a weekly basis, I protest about the oft-unchanging nature of these charts, the truth is that a new entry makes me sigh. It means I have to laboriously type out new HTML rather than just copy the links from last week. This means terrible, unspeakable suffering in a week such as this, where there actually are quite a few ‘new’ games. Read the rest of this entry »
As it was prophesied, soon it will come to pass. The Steam Charts approach their endgame: where all sales and all pre-order shenanigans converge to ensure that just one game occupies all top ten placements. Soon, there shall be unity. Terrible, terrible unity. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’ve ever enjoyed a teamfight in a MOBA, I can guarantee you’ll get a kick out of Battlerite. That’s a bold opening statement, but Battlerite distills those clashes into tense, 10 – 15 minute matches where knowledge and reaction speeds are equally vital. Even if you wouldn’t touch a MOBA with a ten foot barge pole, this might still be for you.
I had all the characteristics of a blogger — frayed jeans, opinions, laptop, tea — but my depersonalisation was so intense, had gone so deep, that my normal ability to compile charts had been eradicated, the victim of a slow, purposeful erasure. I was simply imitating top ten articles, a rough resemblance of a best-sellers list, with only a dim corner of my mind functioning.
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I’m trying to think who it could be. I don’t really have enemies any more, or not knowingly so. Some forgotten bully from school who never left our hometown and is still obsessed with tormenting me? A fellow journalist whose article I might have drunkenly tweeted something rude about in 2009? Someone I unfollowed or unfriended because they were tiresome or awful? You Know, Those Guys? Or: all of them, working together. Pooling their life savings to buy as many copies of a certain game as they can. Make no mistake: someone’s out to get me. It’s the only possible explanation.
Fancy a new PvP arena brawler? Battlerite [official site] may be your cup of tea. Made by Bloodline Champions developers Stunlock Studios and billed as that game’s “spiritual successor”, it’s got colorful heroes, things to shoot, and whatever “battlerites” are. That sounds like it might be fun!