I’m not a big Football fan. For a multitude of reasons, the sport’s always bored me. It’s always felt like an underwhelming process of lining players up tediously, only to then have each player undergo explosive movements for a few seconds, only to then make hardly any progress down the field. Then the teams repeat, repeat again, and keep repeating. I didn’t let my preconceived take on Football affect my enjoyment of Mutant Football League Dynasty Edition, though, because it offers so much more than just the sport’s aspect.
The game’s got wacky rules, a weird art style, and boasts quality in most regards. I had dug into Mutant Football League a bit at E3 2018, but not enough to really gauge all the title had to offer. I’m happy to say, though, the game built itself well on the positive aspects present in the demo build.
Visually, Mutant Football League Dynasty Edition impressed me. The demo hadn’t looked great, featuring pretty choppy animations and an all-around blurry art style. In the final game, though, it looks – and runs – damn well. It’s got a charming, dirty look to it. It’s reminiscent of arcade games from the past, though taking a more modern approach to shading, character and stage design, etc. It ultimately looks like what it’s supposed to be: an arcade-style take on the modern Football game.
Mutant Football League Dynasty Edition shines in its variation, in which its teams and their stadiums each bring something new to the table. Each stage has its own hazards, such as fire pits, rocks, buzzsaws, etc. They add to the frantically intense gameplay, especially when playing with a friend, as you become largely unaware of where the hazards are. It’s a subtle part of the game that becomes emphatically not-so-subtle in the midst of gameplay, bringing out a certain level of frustration with the title. It’s the kind of frustration, though, that encourages you to get back at the opposing team and utilize your unfair advantages. In Mutant Football League Dynasty Edition, these unfair advantages are called Dirty Tricks.
Dirty Tricks are plays that utilize elements you’d never see in other Football games, from killing opposing players with chainsaws to bribing the referee. There’s a distinctness to each of the plays, making for rad, different matches throughout a session with the game. Player deaths are quite common, too, making for a truly odd occurrence in-game. You’ll run a play and see a few deaths reported after the fact. It’s never brutal, though. This aspect actually further emphasizes the off-the-wall, strange writing in Mutant Football League Dynasty Edition, further exemplifying its loony nature.
The title offers gameplay including up to four players locally. The most fun I had with Mutant Football League’s multiplayer, however, came with a mere 1v1 matchup. The sheer intensity of the local multiplayer was enough for a friend of mine and I to be entertained for multiple hours, multiple times.
Ultimately, Mutant Football League Dynasty Edition does most right. In fact, there’s no single element I can point to that genuinely hurt my experience with it. It’s not a masterpiece by any stretch, as it doesn’t do enough to truly cement itself as wholly worthwhile. With that being said, there’s no denying the great fun to be had with the game. Old school, arcade-raised gamers will dig Mutant Football League Dynasty Edition, as will the modern sports fan.
A review copy was provided by the publisher.