Chaos League, although not the latest
offering from gaming giant Auran, is sure to be a classic which
combines a variety of different genres into one exciting game which
features elements of real-time strategy, role-playing and sports.
With that said, Chaos League is not your stock standard sports game
because in this game, the rules have been thrown out and almost
anything goes. Set in an ancient fantasy world of sword & sorcery,
the title contains dozens and dozens of different units and spells.
With all these aspects, Chaos League could be considered a cross
between Warcraft meets Fifa Soccer.
10 races covering 70 different
types of players, including monsters and star players. Each race
has its own style of play and its own strategy for moving up the
championship ladder. Each match takes place on different pitches
with their own special atmosphere.
170 spells and skills to improve
your players or to unsettle the opposing team during a match.
A slightly unusual atmosphere with
doping, corruption, pre-match hooliganism, trap-setting and
working the spectators during a match.
A solo mode with tutorials and a
Quick Match mode with 80 teams.
A career mode which implies, over
and above playing matches, the creation and management of a team
during a championship or a cup. Beyond the classic game-play of
trading players, hiring star players, pop-pom girls or a physio,
the successful management of a team hinges on the individual
progress of a player through the aggregation of his various
A multi-player mode via LAN or
Internet. Possibility for one-off matches, knock-out
competitions or League Tables.
A replay mode that allows you to go
over your matches whenever you want to analyse the relative
strengths and weaknesses of your opponents.
Some skills and magic require a
certain amount of experience by the on-screen creature before
they are fully effective. This means that their success rate
depends on how competent “it” is.
Skills work in passive mode. That
is to say they are used automatically. They can bring certain
advantages in such areas as combat & player physique.
Magic must be applied actively
during a game. Requiring more micro-management than for
“skills”, it sometimes procures a decisive advantage.
Each spell has a precise use, power
and time-limit. Some magic is defensive, designed to protect
your players. Other spells are designed for attack and can be
used to destroy opponents.
The gameplay of Chaos League focuses
around an elite team of 9 that is a futuristic version of soccer
where your team must fight their way through a plethora of obstacles
in order to retrieve the ball. Although in hind sight, this sounds
easier than said as your players face just about every imaginable
aspect of brutality ever faced. As your team progresses through the
Chaos League, their challenges become more difficult but their focus
is for the ultimate trophy that will lead them to not only victory
but also fortune and glory.
The interface of Chaos league is rather
straight forward with the main screen being divided into four
screens with the main screen displaying the main gaming environment
(the battlefield), the bottom pane displaying your team members and
the right pane for various spells, weapons and statistics.
Gruesome battles with swords and
sorcery make the battles one of the most entertaining aspects of the
game and with a limited number of players on your team, they are
quite easy to manage without worrying about 50 to 100 different
units. This really helps with the sport aspect of the title.
Needless to say the spells are quite impressive in the title and
virtually contain just about everything from all your good Dungeons
and Dragons spell books.
What really makes this sport game
different than sport games of today is the real-time strategy aspect
that forces the gamer to use a variety of different tactics and
strategies in order to create the right moves to beat their fierce
opponents. Add in some great RPG statistics and you have one
interesting game that will not only give players hours upon hours of
fun but some great replay value with different gaming modes. Career
modes to multiplayer options, Chaos League is definitely worth a
game to check out.
Graphically, Chaos League has dated
rather well compared to the games of today and really immerses the
player into this interesting universe with professionally designed
characters, realistic texture details and detailed gaming
environments. Match that with the sounds and music from the world of
Chaos League and everything meshes together perfectly.
In conclusion, Chaos League is an
addictive game that comes at an affordable price which features
state of the art graphics, addictive and easy to master gameplay and
great realistic and brutal sounding sound effects that will call to
the inner animal within us all. Chaos League is worth every cent and
then some! What you waiting for? Go get some brutality!