Ballblazer Champions

a game by LucasArts
Genre: Action
Platform: Playstation
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 2 reviews
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Ballblazer Champions
Ballblazer Champions
Ballblazer Champions
Ballblazer Champions

Although LucasArts is still keeping a tight wrap on this title, a limited amount of information has been supplied for the unveiling at the upcoming E3 show.

The blindingly fast sports gaming classic BallBlazer returns with an all-new, updated multiplayer version for the Sony PlayStation. BallBlazer has been redesigned to take full advantage of the latest technology and is set in a spectacular real-time 3-D environment to blow players' minds away with dazzling effects in intense competition.

  • MANUFACTURER - LucasArts
  • THEME - Action
  • NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2

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Game Reviews

Any old-school gamer worth his or her weight in Commodore 64 joysticks can't help but remember BallBlazer, LucasArts' 1985 8-Bit computer hit that combined speed, two-player thrills and brilliant gameplay into one incredibly fun package. Now LucasArts is unleashing a 32-Bit update to the classic, and-nostalgic gamers have no fear-BallBlazer Champions stays true to the original.

For the uninitiated, BallBlazer is a futuristic, soccer-inspired arena romp in which two hovercraft take pot shots on each other's goal with a blazing ball (hence the game's name). But here's the catch-each craft has a certain amount of energy that begins to drain once players nab the ball. Since this energy supply keeps the craft going at top speed and lets it perform turbo boosts, the player carrying the ball is at a distinct disadvantage. The other player can easily zoom up and swipe the ball.

One of the most common-and risky-strategies, therefore, is to continually launch the ball in front of you before it can sap too much energy. This tactic lets ball carriers move at top speeds, but it makes it easier for opponents to score a turnover.

Making things even more interesting are the arenas themselves. BallBlazer Champions offers 12 stadiums, only one of which resembles a regular sports arena. The rest are filled with hills, platforms, ramps, energy-replenishing and energy-sapping zones and destabilization zones, which knock your control systems haywire. The game packs eight different hovercraft, and some vehicles are better in certain arenas than others. The bird craft for example, does well in ramp-rich arenas.

Scattered throughout each arena are power-ups-including mines, missiles and cloaking devices-that'll even the odds. Of course, you could take the low-tech approach and ram the ball carrier to knock the ball free.

BallBlazer offers three modes of play: Single Match, Tournament (which lets you upgrade between matches) and a Split-Screen Two-player Mode. It is the Two-player Mode that'll keep gamers playing long after they've earned the title of MasterBlazer.

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