There's an ever-increasing amount of local competitive multiplayer games so here's a simple one that you may want to add to your collection. When you're ready, grab your favourite bullet and get ready to shoot your friends in the head.
Guilt Battle Arena may have basic gameplay but that's part of its charm. You only have one bullet and upon shooting it, you have to collect it again. As a Canadian, I don't know much about guns but I'm pretty sure that they don't actually work that way. Anyhoo, your character automatically marches back and forth along the floor of a small 2D arena and it's your job to turn them around, dash, jump, and shoot. Depending on the arena that you're fighting within, there are plenty of hazards that may end your life. For example, cannons could intermittently fire, exploding cats may pounce around, and homing rockets might stalk you. In the end, stringing together a chain of double-jumps and air dashes to avoid danger then crashing down to the floor only to blast your friend with your only bullet is pretty enjoyable.
As you can tell by the screenshots, the visuals of Guilt Battle Arena are quite silly and pretty generic. The same could be said about the mostly forgettable soundtrack. On the plus side, you'll unlock additional character skins as you play which helps mix up the visuals a bit. Speaking of which, the different arenas each look distinct although there certainly isn't that many of them.
You can play Guilt Battle Arena with up to four local players in either a cooperative or competitive mode. However, the co-op mode is best enjoyed solo as additional players make it far too confusing and frustrating considering once one player perishes, it's game over for the whole gang. On the other end of the spectrum, the versus mode isn't very fun with just two players. I'd say you need at least three to get any fun out of it. This is disappointing because there is no online multiplayer at all and there aren't even any bots that can take the place of human players. Because of this, be sure to have at least three controllers and a couple friends before purchasing Guilt Battle Arena. On the plus side, there are plenty of options to toggle and variations in the versus mode that add some much-needed variety. Changing up the rules and experimenting with different hazards can be fairly entertaining.
If you're playing solo then you can challenge an array of arenas in the co-op mode that basically acts as a survival mode. I found trying to get high scores and climb the leaderboards to be surprisingly fun although the basic gameplay starts to become monotonous almost right away due to its simplicity and repetition. In fact, it gets old fast even when playing with friends so Guilt Battle Arena is definitely one of those games to add to your multiplayer playlist rather than have it as the main event.
Guilt Battle Arena is a simple and goofy multiplayer game with a nifty one bullet mechanic. If that sounds fun to you then you may get a few minutes of enjoyment out of it but don't count on it being your next competitive multiplayer obsession.
- + Simple arena battles that you can enjoy with up to four local players
- + Decent amount of multiplayer variations
- + Getting high scores in co-op is fun
- - Basic gameplay gets stale after playing for only a short while
- - Needs at least 3 players to be fun
- - No online multiplayer or bots in vs.