Roller Champions : Chaotic roller derby at its finest

Roller Champions
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Recently, video game releases have been treading a thin line between hit and miss, but the fault does not exactly lie with developers. With so many titles being released almost daily, similarities between games are bound to happen. However, these similarities sometimes reveal a serious lack of originality. This, however, is not the case with Ubisoft’s latest release: Roller Champions.اضافة اعلان

Roller Champions is a 3v3 roller derby bonanza jam-packed with fun elements. On the surface, this is not most people’s cup of tea, but with easy-to-learn controls, a straightforward game design, and a user interface that does not make you dizzy, Roller Champions is a unique game worth checking out.

Once you load up the game on either your PC or console, the first step is creating your character. You are then tossed into a tutorial set in a massive skatepark. Here, you are introduced to the basic controls and goals of the game.

Controlling your skater will need getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, you will find yourself zooming around the skate park, testing how fast you can go, figuring out what maneuvers are achievable, and seeing how to get the best out of the momentum you have been building up. It is satisfying, to say the least.

Although movement might seem like the biggest aspect of this game, you will soon find that it is only the start. While there is a reasonable amount of movement options and controls, the true star of Roller Champions is its combat. The actual goal in Roller Champions is not just to glide around in your skates but to score goals in your match-type of choice. So you will need to master tackling, dodging, passing, and hopping around the map to ensure you score points.

Match types and what to expect
Being a new release, Roller Champions is not full of content regarding match types, but due to its super simple premise, it does not need anything fancy yet. There are essentially three game types: quick matches, ranked, and custom games. The most played game type is currently a quick match.

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In quick matches, expect a wait time of between 30 and 50 seconds, which is standard for most online titles. Games typically last five to 10 minutes, considering the way to win is to score five points. But the rule set makes this more difficult than it sounds.

When the game starts, a ball is spawned from one of four pillars around the map. This usually means another team is guaranteed to begin with the ball unless you or a teammate is quick to get where your opponents are situated before the ball spawns. Then, chaos ensues. To be eligible to score points, your team needs to complete one whole lap around the stage. But if the opposition takes the ball from you, the lap counter resets. If you do manage to complete a lap, the goal is officially open for you to take your shot. You could easily score a point, but where is the fun in that?

This is where Roller Champions adds a risk and reward element. Completing one lap allows you to score a point but completing a second before scoring will increase that to three points, and completing the third lap will make one goal equal to five points.

You could end the game with a single goal depending on how much you are willing to risk. And you will see a lot of this as you play since ending the game with a single toss is very rewarding.

As a free-to-play title, the game provides an abundance of microtransaction opportunities. Unfortunately, if you aim to give your skater a unique look, you will either spend some cash or grind, grind, grind.

That can be off-putting if you are the type of gamer who enjoys being able to customize your character. The easy fix for this is to get the game’s premium battle pass, which will end up flooding your inventory with a bunch of customizable goodies. If you are trying to justify the price point, think of it as buying the game for $10.

Roller Champions has been a blast from the get-go, even more so if you have friends to play with. With satisfying movements, interactive gameplay, great tunes, and frequent dopamine fixes when winning, Roller Champions has debuted with a derby-licious bang.

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