Running around arenas and whipping balls at your opponents sounds like a good time. Thankfully, Disco Dodgeball Remix brings the goods so tune up your favourite bot and get ready for a thrilling online competition.
Disco Dodgeball Remix is played by controlling a robot in first-person as you sprint around arenas while trying to pick up balls and throw them at your opponents. You basically move with the left stick, aim with the right, and hold and release the right shoulder trigger to throw a ball. The same button can be used to catch balls, too. There are some complexities to controlling your bot such as the ability to jump and boost (which both require time to recharge) and brake so you can line up a throw easier. Obviously, you can play by only using the basic controls but if you want to have a chance at winning matches online then you'll need to master advanced moves.
Overall, I found the gameplay to be quite enjoyable and the controls are easy to learn but they're still a bit finicky which causes some needless frustration from time to time. For example, it's annoying letting go of R2 only to realise that the ball wasn't in the ready position so you miss an opportunity to hit a competitor. Other than that, it's fun albeit simple stuff.
I'm glad that Disco Dodgeball Remix doesn't take itself too seriously. Being able to dress up your robot in all sorts of goofy accessories sets a lighthearted tone for each match so even if you lose, you can still have a good time. There's also a great soundtrack full of energetic dance music. I must admit, I'm a bit disappointed that there's no actual disco but the electronic tunes are still upbeat enough to make the atmosphere enjoyable and full of life. All of that being said, I wish the arenas had more visual variety. They can get quite complex with multiple floors and intricate structures but they all generally look the same. It is cool how their hue changes, though.
Disco Dodgeball Remix is a game that you'll want to almost exclusively play online. In this sense, it's a lot like the recently released Laser League in that playing solo or local multiplayer pales in comparison to jumping in online. There are so many variations and modes so every match feels completely unique. You'll find yourself competing for the most KOs and points, trying to take out an opposing team one by one with no respawns, holding a golden ball to get points while others try and take you out so they can claim it for themselves, playing an iteration of basketball, racing through checkpoints, and capturing the flag although in this case, it's a cube. When you factor in the cool power-ups and skill shots, you're left with a winning formula that's perfect for online play.
Even though online is the place to be, there's still a lot of single player challenges and unlockables to discover. For starters, arcade mode allows you to buy perks as you try and fend off AI competitors. More specific modes will have you try and survive, score as many points as possible while invincible, and learn the gameplay in a tutorial. As I've already touched upon, you can customize your robot and also craft new accessories with earned materials. It's a weird system but it's strangely satisfying. You can also browse through comprehensive statistics and leaderboards so you can see how your skills stack up against other dodgeball-loving robots.
Disco Dodgeball Remix may look like a goofy multiplayer sports game and it is. However, the amount of fun to be had is impressive so here's hoping that it attracts enough online players to make it a worthwhile download.
- + Enjoyable first-person dodgeball gameplay that's an absolute blast to play online
- + Silly robots and great dance music
- + Lots of challenges and unlockables
- - Solo or local multiplayer games aren't nearly as fun as online matches
- - Arenas could use more visual variety
- - Controls can be rather finicky