Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, is the surprise hit of the year.
One of the most inventive, and original Battle Royales in the history of the genre, Fall Guys, has done very well for itself, especially when you consider it does not yet have crossplay and has only launched on two (PC/PS4) of the five major platforms.
Thankfully additional platforms have not been ruled out, and the developers have suggested that if the demand is there, Fall Guys will launch on other platforms.
Xbox and Switch look likely candidates, but I would not entirely rule out the possibility of a mobile port just yet.
With high-quality, competitive games like PuBG mobile, Call of Duty Mobile and Fortnite doing well on mobile, I see no reason why Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout cannot join the party.
This could be huge.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, had one of the best and worst launches in recent memory, It took me almost four days to get an into a match (on the PS4), as every time I tried to play Fall Guys, was down for maintenance.
With over 1.5 million players trying Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, within the first 24 hours alone, the servers were unprepared for the onslaught.
What is more impressive than these numbers if the fact Fall Guys come out of this multi-day downtime fiasco with a huge amount of goodwill and community support, some games lose their shirt and pants to an angry mob after a few hours downtime.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, maintains an impressive 97% positive score on google, 75% on Steam (after a review bomb tanked their score), and a 4-star rating on PSN.
The reason Fall Guys, weathered the storm so well is down to 3 main factors.
#1 Fall Guys, is genuinely an excellent title; it deserves the massive attention it has garnered.
#2 Excellent communication by the team, while downtime was frequent and server connection issues extremely common (I was disconnected from my first six games), the community was continually kept up to date on what was happening and how they were addressing the issues.
#3 The developer and publisher were not afraid to admit they had messed up by not anticipating just how many people would want to play as a stylish jelly bean, honesty goes a long way.
“We underestimated the number of jellybeans in the jar. We’re working hard to increase server capacity, but please be aware that matchmaking may be up and down during the launch window.”
We have established the fact Fall Guys, is an excellent title, now let’s take a look at just WHY its so good.
Aesthetics: The cute jelly bean-like playable characters offer themselves to endless cosmetic possibilities, with crossovers already hinted at with Cyberpunk2077 and Witcher, I am excited to see just how vast the costume selection will be a year from now.
Fall Guys, lends itself very well to tie ins with other videogame and entertainment franchises.
Spiderman or Batman Fall Guy? Yes, please!
Concept: A Battle Royale that is entirely non-violent and people of all ages can enjoy is something we have never seen before,m and frankly it’s refreshing.
The gameplay is challenging to master, but everyone can at least have fun attempting the various puzzles and obstacle courses.
Fun: I have not laughed so hard while playing a game in a very long time, many games have witty dialogue or amusing scenes, but Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, in unique in the fact it manages to be both challenging and hysterical at the same time.
While it’s an excellent game, it’s not a perfect game.
No-Crossplay: Right now Fall Guys, is in the honeymoon stage, and some games like Fortnite, Apex legends and PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds have lived in that stage for years.
These titans of the genre are an exception to the norm, most Battle Royale/Multiplayer games lose 70-95% of their playerbase once the streamers have started to move on.
While I doubt it will be quite so dire for Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, the sooner crossplay is enabled, the better, splitting up communities is a terrible idea in 2020, even for smash hits like Fall Guys.
No In-Game Community: Fall Guys, has very little in the way of in-game community, and while I suppose this is true for all Battle Royales.
I wish there was some form of lobby chat, as it stands now its a game of 60 strangers, who are unlikely to meet ever again, and even if they did, they most likely wouldn’t be aware of it due to the lack of in-game display names.
No Team Modes: I love the team maps, they are a lot of fun, but they are also very unfair.
To be eliminated after doing very well because half of your team were clueless or griefing is not enjoyable, it’s frustrating.
I would like to see team maps split to their own mode once the map/level selection is larger, as this would allow players to choose their experience.
Worth a Play?
Absolutely, presuming the developers continue to innovate and expand the selection of puzzles and maps, its the type of game you could come back to again and again.
The only thing that could kill Fall Guys, at this point is stagnation or a severe screw-up on behalf of the developers.
I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of 2020 has in store for the worlds favourite jelly beans.