Mutant Football League: Dynasty Edition – Review (PS4)
Mutant Football League is the spiritual successor to Electonic Arts’ Mutant League Football. Which was a blast to play back in the early to mid 90’s. Bringing hard-hitting football way before NFL Blitz did. Where dodging chainsaws and land mines are just the name of the game and it gets much more over the top from here.
It starts off with some hilarious team and player name spoofs, I won’t go through them all but here are some examples; New Goreleans Zombies, Karcass City Creeps, or O’Hell Wreckem Jr. I got a good chuckle for a few minutes going through the names of the players and teams, the development team did a damn good job on that part. Also, take a little time and look at the detail of each stadium, quite impressive to look at.
When/If you play MFL, you have to remember that this isn’t Madden. Do not pretend this is Madden. This is a ruthless, action-filled, backstabbing game of football. Nothing is fair, and not frowned upon killing someone during a play. The core rules/ideas of the current NFL are there. Four downs, 10 yards for first downs, touchdowns are worth six, and field goals and punts are still in there. There are some minor changes such as seven players on each team on the field instead of 11. Then you have access to special plays, such as bribe the ref (where you get an outrageous penalty called against the other team), or a special play where your running back has a chainsaw and whoever runs into him gets obliterated. You only get to use these once a half so you need to know when and where to use these to turn the situation into your favor.
Remember how I said this isn’t Madden? If you think Madden isn’t fair, you’re in for a surprise. You need to think like a monster and know when to play one of those special plays, or beat up a player enough that he dies so a replacement comes in. This is especially helpful if you’re getting your ass handed to you and need to gain some momentum. You need to be ruthless to win, take those cheap shots after the whistle, be sure to use your bribes and other plays to your advantage.
The core game is fairly decent, it plays football. You have a ton of plays throughout different formations and even fake field goals and punts. I was really impressed with the depth of the playbook. There is online multiplayer while there weren’t too many people on at the times I was able to play a little alert pops up to let you know someone is ready to play online. I really liked this feature as I didn’t have to wait forever in a queue not knowing if anyone was out there. You could jump in a queue knowing it alerts people. If no one comes in a bit then you can jump back into singleplayer or continue your Dynasty Edition. I do wish they added a bit more to multiplayer than just games. Maybe online tournaments or something to that effect.
Dynasty Edition, for more hardcore players looking to have a deeper experience within Mutant Football League. You choose a pre-made team and their stats go to bare bones. Each player has their own XP and you build XP as you play each game depending on each players performance. You get a stack of money to manage your team, while most of it will probably go towards reviving your players after each game, XP is a must. From what I was able to see, if a player dies he loses his XP. It’s, of course, a slow grind in the beginning as your players are garbage, but eventually, your patience will pay off. The thing is, are the niche players this game is aimed at hardcore enough to want to play a dynasty mode? I really can’t answer that for every gamer but it did help my replay value.
Mutant Football League is a fun game loaded with action, over the top, ass-kicking, football. Though limited on features the Dynasty Edition adds some great replay if the game interests you at all. The niche of gamers MFL is aimed at should have a lot of fun while sports game fans may enjoy the depth of playbook and such, it may be too much to play.
Mutant Football League is NOW available at North American retailers!
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+ Fast over the top football
+ Very humorous from the names to the penalties
+ Dynasty Edition adds replay value
+ Multiplayer online
+ Decent football game under the shell
- Gameplay can be a little frustrating at times with controls
- Sport game lovers may not enjoy the lack of features or the outrageousness of the game
- The game is ruthlessly unfair...but you also need to play that way
- No online tournament or pull to play online