The year was 1993, the field was Sega Genesis. A game based on the sport of American Football was released. But this was not Football like anyone really played before. The idea was kinda out there…replace human players with mutants and add some uncommon, yet funny hazards to the field and the result was Mutant League Football.
But then on January 19, 2018, we received the spiritual successor to Mutant League Football from Developer Digital Dreams Entertainment with Mutant Football League. But somehow, someway the Developer knew we wanted more and they gave us more. So how does Developer Digital Dreams Entertainment and Distributor Nighthawk Interactive’s total package of the predecessor play out and does it score a touchdown? Let’s find out with Mutant League Football for the PlayStation 4.
But before we really get into everything, I have to say this warning. If you plan on playing with children or if anyone has sensitive ears, be prepared, not only of the violence but the strong language. So with that said let’s continue.
For those that may have not played either the original or the new and improved Mutant Football League, take the sport of Football, replace the players with mutants, throw away the rules, and try to survive. That pretty much sums up what you can expect, but there is much more. As you can see each of the players has a health bar and once you get hit or tackled, the health of the player will start to go down. It is very wise to try and keep that health up so that your player does not die. Yes, die. Your players can die and when they do die, the game will play a beautiful R.I.P. song.
One of the many things that will separate Mutant Football League from the rest is the ability to have hazards on the field. What is really nice is before the start of the game, you will be told how many hazards will be present on the field. These can range from the lava pits of hell just waiting for you to fall in, to spikes moving up and down waiting to impale you like Dracula was an owner to even lightning to name a few.
Another thing that is a joy is the slapstick commentary that at times you cannot help but laugh.
One thing about Football that people enjoy are the players, the teams, and even where they play. When you have players that sort of named after players you might recognize but seemed to have received the mutantized treatment, it is pretty funny. Players such as Wham Neutron, Bomb Shady, Throb Bronkowski, and even Von Killer. But being mutantized does not stop with the players, but the team has also received the special treatment. Teams such as Hexxon Oilers, Kansas City Creeps, Nuked London Hatriots, and even the Killadelphia Evils are here to get in on the action.
Each field has its own special feel and atmosphere depending on the team you are playing or playing against. Plays are pretty standard with some new ones thrown in the mix. But what I love is how you can have dirty plays. I want to thank the Developer for adding chainsaws, shotguns, and even resurrection into the game. It really adds to the fun of the game. But what feels even better is when you are playing against someone online and they have they are winning and they are racking up the score that they could use to play the lottery, you can bribe the ref which then could penalize the other team for anything and I do mean anything. But on the flip side, if you feel the ref is being unfair, you can attack the ref which just adds to the chaos.
I mentioned violence and death. Usually during a Football game, once the ball is down, you move on to the next play. Here in the MFL, we encourage you to do elbow drops, kick the other players when they are down, and even kick them…just kick them anywhere. But expect blood…lots of blood and body dismemberment. Oh, the satisfaction of destroying the other team’s Quarterback. But don’t you worry, if the other team has enough points and if you can kill all their Quarterbacks, then it is possible for you to take the victory, which is nice plan c.
But you might be asking what do you get with the Dynasty Edition…why should I get this version? I am glad you asked…
The Mutant Football League: Dynasty Edition includes:
Retail Exclusive Team Content – New contenders are stomping onto the field, with the addition of two new teams, the Purple Mutant Eaters and Hexxon Oilers, each with their own arena;
Dynasty Mode – Become the coach and GM of your favorite MFL team. Win multiple championships to become the leagues next Dynasty. Includes roster management, team salary caps, custom playbooks, player trades, cumulative player XP, free agent signings and multiple season gameplay;
New Playable Races – Rampaging Werewolves and Hell-Spawned Demons join wisecracking Skeletal Deadheads, Armored Bruiserbots, Criminal Aliens, Mutated Humans, Monstrous Orcs on the field;
Multiplayer Options – Two-player online or four-player local multiplayer gives gamers the choice to clobber one another or team up and crush opposing miscreants;
25 Unique Teams and Fields – Players can select from 25 teams including the Nuked London Hatriots, the Killadelphia Evils and the New Goreleans Zombies, and 24 unique fields that offer a slew of deadly obstacles including landmines, booby traps, fire pits, toxic moats, and buzz saws;
Hall of Fame Commentary – Original announcer of NBA Jam and NFL Blitz, Tim Kitzrow delivers unforgettable, adult-oriented play-by-play commentary for every game;
Dirty Tricks Gameplay – Players can get their hands dirty for an advantage, with tactics such as Bribe the Ref, throw Bombs, or equip Shotguns and Chainsaws to inflict maximum carnage against the unsuspecting competition;
Multiple Play Modes – Punishing play modes include Training Camp, Exhibition, Practice, Playoffs and Full Season;
Post-Play Mayhem – Players can keep the action going even after the whistle blows by bludgeoning opponents with brass knuckles, body slams, and rib-crushing kicks.
So yes you actually do get a lot here.
And yes, that is a monster that can come out of the ground and eat you.
The different modes are pretty fun as well. Training will make the most non Football person able to understand what is going with very simple, yet make you feel very special. The exhibition mode allows you to get in a quick game with short quarters, Full Season and Playoffs will sure to give every Football fan the experience they are looking for.
Online is pretty fun. There was only one time where I could not find a match, but what I really like is how if you are playing a game against the AI and a real player is looking for a match, a box will appear stating that this player is looking for a match and asking if you would like to join. So I think that was a really nice touch that the Developer added.
Sound wise it’s good. Hearing the sounds of the chainsaws or having players try to go tackle your player only to have the spikes come out of the ground, you can almost feel their pain as you receive that report that most of them died. R.I.P. team…R.I.P.
Control wise I did not have any problem. Sure I could blame the controls as my almost last injured QB would go and throw only to throw it into the hands of the other team as they scored and you wish you could bench them (you can bench players) but since he was your last one, you have to stick with him.
Really if there was anything that I would like to have added would be global leaderboards. It would be great to see how you ruled the world with your team. Is it a deal breaker, no, but still that is what I would have liked. But if you are looking for a fun arcade Football game with hazards, injuries, and death, then there is no need to look any further.
Mutant Football League is out now and at retailers near you. A review copy was provided. To learn more about Mutant Football league, please visit the site and make sure you don’t forget to join the MFL Fan Club and make sure you like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. To learn more about Digital Dreams Entertainment, make sure you visit their site. To learn more about Nighthawk Interactive, please visit their site and like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
In case you missed the trailer, please enjoy. Until next time, I have some more refs to go and bribe.