View Full Version : Chaos League review by King_Ghidra

12-07-2004, 21:03:27
Here it is! Thanks to King_Ghidra for the review.


Support CG and buy the game online here: http://www.digitaljesters.com/shop.php?id=B4703C9A4E

12-07-2004, 22:31:47
Great review it certainly looks like a very interesting game.

12-07-2004, 23:01:46
Wow...very impressive writing, Mr. KG. I think I might like a game like that...but it's hard for me to play much on my PC...I'd like to see something like that on the console.

12-07-2004, 23:17:59
Hey, CG needs more stuff like this.

Good work!

13-07-2004, 01:28:51
Excellent review. Well done K_G.

Sounds like a wicked game! :beer:

Download a demo - including a multiplayer demo - from here: http://www.download.com/3120-20-0.html?qt=chaos+league&tg=dl-2001&search.x=0&search.y=0&search=+Go%21+

13-07-2004, 01:36:54

if a pacy receiver has run clear of your last man and is haring towards the line - when even the quickest player would not catch them, a well timed fireball can halt their advance in a pinch.

Nope, not a Venom review.

Good job, though.

13-07-2004, 02:00:58
Very nice K_G, if a little lengthy!

13-07-2004, 08:20:28

13-07-2004, 08:56:56
sounds great, will have to get this.

13-07-2004, 08:59:00
Anyone know the minimum specs? There's nothing on the website that I could see.


13-07-2004, 09:18:58
I have the minimum specs at home. Will post them later tonight.

13-07-2004, 09:29:01
Cool. Thanks.

13-07-2004, 12:07:38
cheers to nav for sorting the screenies out and posting the article proper

and thanks for all your kind comments :o

get a second opinion or download the demo before you buy though, i don't want any (more) irate posters on my back :D

13-07-2004, 13:24:18
or up your...


13-07-2004, 16:41:44
A game you can play in 20 minutes... shocking.

13-07-2004, 19:14:04
downloading demo now

13-07-2004, 20:14:12
Originally posted by King_Ghidra
get a second opinion or download the demo before you buy though, i don't want any (more) irate posters on my back :D

You can hold nothing on me in that category.

13-07-2004, 20:59:08
I quit playing MTW after conquering 60% on Easy level.

It lacks something. Fun, but lacking. Like just about every other game/comic/movie/etc. ever made.

Greg W
13-07-2004, 22:40:12
BGH. More off-topic than, er, Poly...

13-07-2004, 23:32:55
Did you hear something? Sounded like "...bzzzzz....click...blimey!....sheila...buzzz...h oot...tweet...croc!...bzzz...wahwahwah".

14-07-2004, 01:31:17
He can't remember back more than one post. Brain damage from ingesting too much vegimite.

Greg W
14-07-2004, 03:20:30
Hey, veginamite is good for you. :mad:

14-07-2004, 08:13:41
Originally posted by Nav@work
I have the minimum specs at home. Will post them later tonight.


14-07-2004, 08:44:14
sorry didnt get home till 11.30, then completely forgot. :D

14-07-2004, 08:53:36
I've downloaded the demo and will try and get it to run on my laptop tonight.

14-07-2004, 08:56:02
its pretty low, something like 700mhz.

Anyway its pretty dam good.

I played it for a bit last night and was thinking, its OK but probably no long term appeal. Then looked at the time and realised it was 2am and I had been playing it for 4 hours.

So actually its pretty good, the demo is well done, lets you play 3-4 matches into a league season befor stopping.

Played with the barbarians, not very tactically clever, just lined up my 5 biggest guys across the middle of the pitch and started a massive brawl. Once I had sucked in the opposing forwards I would get one of the quaterbacks (usually played 2) to break off one end of the line and either try and carry the ball forward or get a pass away to a receiver. usually I would have a lineman who had flattened his oppopsite number to shield the ball carrier or pre emptively tackle one of the full backs. Won most games by around 6-1 although the wood elves gave me some problems - their receivers seem very fast and their passing game is quick. In the end I just started matching tacklers up for every player that crossed my line and then ran the ball forward agasint them with my quaters/linesmen.

Not so impressed with the magic bits seems to overcomplicate things and the smoke bombs are just silly.

Love the commentary

14-07-2004, 10:17:29
Cool. I might well download it then.

14-07-2004, 19:23:02
Minimum specs.

Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP
Pentium 800 Mhz
128 MB RAM
32 MB Nvidia Geforce / ATI Radeon graphics gard
1GB Free Space
DirectX 9.0 compatible Sound Card

14-07-2004, 23:44:20
Not bad at all.

15-07-2004, 01:15:34
It works on my laptop apart from the fact that for some reason all the player models are invisible. As is the ball. I can see stuff like the flies flying around the Trolls, but the Troll itself isn't there. Same happens with all the players. I can click on them and stuff, just not actually see them. Arse!

15-07-2004, 01:20:30
It could well be because I've not got DirectX 9. Anywhere I can download and install that on a comp that doesn't have internet access? All I can find on the microsoft site is their websetup thingy.

Greg W
15-07-2004, 06:48:05
Try here (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=141d5f9e-07c1-462a-baef-5eab5c851cf5&displaylang=en).

Discovered that by typing in www.microsoft.com/downloads/. and then looking at the links at the top. :p

Or just grab a recent game with DX9 on the CD. Most of em have it.

15-07-2004, 08:04:09
1 Gig free space?! Fuck.

15-07-2004, 08:26:24
Time to dump some used-up porno, Mike?

15-07-2004, 08:27:46
I think it's actually music files that's eating up my hard-drive. I could uninstall some games I haven't played for years. :)

15-07-2004, 08:27:48
Originally posted by Greg W
Try here (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=141d5f9e-07c1-462a-baef-5eab5c851cf5&displaylang=en).

Discovered that by typing in www.microsoft.com/downloads/. and then looking at the links at the top. :p

That's the websetup one, smartass. :p Note that it's only 10kb in size because it's pretty much just a link to the MS online setup program.

Or just grab a recent game with DX9 on the CD. Most of em have it. [/B]

I think that's what I'm gonna have to do. I'll have access to some games like that when I get home next week, I think.

19-07-2004, 09:21:17
I was looking in PC gamer today and i saw they had given this only 60% in their review.

I have to say it was a pretty weak review. He didn't mention half the features of the game (although obvously didn't have 2000 words to play with like i did).

The reviewer mentioned some of the things i said, like the dfficulty of selecting the players/ball at times, but he seemed to have real issues with it. Which is fair enough i suppose.

He made one point which i forgot to mention which is that the ai of the players is not so good. If you don't give them orders they tend to stand around doing nothing. However, i think the guy missed the point that in order to maintain tactical positions this is sometimes exactly what you want. The game allows you to set individual players aggression radius to varying levels to determine how close opposition players are before they respond, so this is really quite under your control. I think it is a bit of a non-issue.

For some reason they made a big deal out of what i took to be issues with the review code, like some of the unfinished translations that i mentioned. Perhaps this is a big faux pas in the review world...

well either way, that reviewer didn't like it, so as i said before, play the demo first if you're thinking of buying the game

19-07-2004, 09:32:11
yeah I read that and i didnt seem to match the demo I played which was pretty good.

Also I dont want the other players to run around under AI control. I want the bastards to stay where I put them and hold the line.

Really getting into this now, I espeically like the lightenning bolt blast trick, nice way to create a 2 man overlap. (funny - i tend to play this game like a rugby match)

Le Chuck
01-08-2004, 21:56:32
There is also a pretty active online community already, leauges have formed and its quite easy to get a casual game going.
this is a superb game used to play Blood Bowl with a friend, this is really just a real time rip off, but who cares.
cant wait to get the full version :bounce:

02-08-2004, 02:06:22
Originally posted by King_Ghidra
I was looking in PC gamer today and i saw they had given this only 60% in their review.
I wouldn't worry about it KG, my own experience is that magazine reviews rarely match the scores of my reviews.

Most of these so called 'reviewers' play the demo or the tutorial, and write their review, and that is that.

So many games out there, speed is important.

05-08-2004, 09:07:58
The PC zone review i saw the other day said 78%, 'a sure-fire cult hit'

chris i hear you, but then i also appreciate that these guys get a lot of stuff, so perhaps if something doesn't seem great straight away they don't waste too much time with it.

I guess partly it goes back to that discussion about reviewing games that you like. I already declared my passion for the kind of game chaos league was, i wonder if someone less interested in the concept would have reviewed it all so glowingly. I like to think they would, but...

05-08-2004, 09:39:47
Well you declared that in the review so at least you gave the reader the context.

Apparently I've won a copy anyway so we can play MP like the old days. ;)

05-08-2004, 09:57:12

05-08-2004, 10:14:47
The subject matter is a major problem with reviewers, I sometimes have to force myself to play a review game (You know how many freaken 'Tycoon' games there are???)

Sometimes games I looked forward to have blown massive chunks (Pax Romana comes to mind), other times the games are better than I suspected they would be (No man's land for example.)

I decided at some point that I write the review for myself, and just put my feelings about it, and stopped trying to be 'objective,' since you really can't be.

21-03-2005, 11:17:26

OK, now I have this game and have started learning how to play I'm up for some MP action, of course everyone's probably bored of it by now. :)

21-03-2005, 11:39:15
i'd give you a game, but no decent web access at home :cry:

i've been meaning to get back into this for a while now, i wonder if chaos league 2 is in the works at all?

21-03-2005, 11:40:49

Its time for Sudden Death

The scores are even, the final gong for the match has rung, a winner is needed. Its time for Sudden Death.

Following on from the success of last summers game Chaos League, Digital Jesters' is proud to announce the brand-new expansion pack, Chaos League: Sudden Death.

Chaos League: Sudden Death will feature new races each with their own unique talents as well as over 15 additional hero characters and many more features.

Chaos League: Sudden Death will be due in June 2005.

21-03-2005, 11:43:54
Ah cool. Well when that comes out you'll have web access again. :beer:

23-03-2005, 12:18:04
Found out yesterday I'd been playing on rookie! :)

Moved up to amateur, much more of a challenge. Had a go with third division teams Dark Elves against Orks and drew 3-3 but with hideous injuries. Tried a game as dwarves vs goblins but I was really struggling. They are SO slow!

This is currently getting playing preference to both Half Life 2 and Doom 3.

23-03-2005, 12:42:11
Originally posted by Funko
Tried a game as dwarves vs goblins but I was really struggling. They are SO slow!

I found one of two things worked:

keep the team in a close line and advance up the pitch destroying everything that comes your way and try and pick up the ball at some point

defend very deep, thus avoiding the threat of someone skipping past your lines who you'll never catch

i scored most of my touchdowns by making breaks into empty spaces after a big melee had knobbled most of the opposition

23-03-2005, 12:45:00
Yes... I pretty much came to the conclusion that 'standard' tactics wouldn't work. Like Blood Bowl I'm not sure Dwarves are really my style though, I like the beautiful game. :D

Probably my ideal team are those immensely gay Wood Elves. They are next to try out.

With the Dark Elves it was a mixed bag of randomly knicking the ball and passing it to someone who'd been left alone and just woken up and running like hell!

Lots of learning to do but enjoying it. :)

24-03-2005, 09:52:41
Started a campaign yesterday as humans, decided to rush into that rather than play more races... probably should have done the former.

Beat one team (undead) then got totally destroyed by a dwarf team... I seem to be having real problems with knockouts and injuries. Hmm. Even got a player killed! Woo! Then lost to some fucking goblins... they had a minotaur though, that was tough.

24-03-2005, 18:27:24
I wish my crappy little laptop could run this game. :(