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Platform PS3, Win, Linux, Mac, PS4 Publisher Die Gute Fabrik Developer Die Gute Fabrik Release Date 2014-05-06

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Sportsfriends review: life of the party

Funded via Kickstarter two years ago, Sportsfriends is a four-part collection of local multiplayer indie games — BaraBariBall, Hokra, Johann Sebastian Joust and Super Pole Riders — from four different developers. Like most local multiplayer games, Sportsfriends is about getting your pals involved. The collection was billed as a party game that anyone could play or enjoy watching, and it's a promise that Sportsfriends delivers on beautifully. Sportsfriends feels completely natural as a compilation, thanks to its running hook: competition. In BaraBariBall, your goal is to score points while keeping your opponents down with kicks, punches and special moves — a simple premise that delivers a surprising amount of depth for a game with only three selectable fighters. While players...

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Sportsfriends - Overview video

For one thing: I am not terrible at Sportsfriends — at least, as not as terrible as I am at real-life basketball, or real-life hockey, the latter of which I've literally never played. You can play Sportsfriends without worrying about suffering a serious injury, unless you're playing Johann Sebastian Joust with some big, strong jerks. It's also just so much more fanciful than actual sports; unless there's actually a sport out there played with vaulting poles and suspended tetherballs. In this Overview, Chris Plante and I give a whirlwind tour of Sportsfriends four constituent indie games, and attempt to shoutcast a round of Johann Sebastian Joust that none of us can actually see. If, for some reason, those four aren't enough for you, don't forget about Sportsfriends' two secret games!

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How to find Sportsfriends' two secret games

The first is Bennett Foddy's Get On Top, which was previously available in browsers and on Ouya. The game, which forces you into an awkward one-on-one wrestling match with an opponent, can be accessed from the main menu by inputting the following code: Up, Right, Down, Left, Up, Right, Down, Left, X To play FLOP — which we lovingly referred to as Wiggly Pong before learning the game's official title — you have to enter the Konami Code from the main menu. Which is to say, the following: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, O To see these two bonus games in action, check out the ever-so-helpful video above.

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Sportsfriends launches May 6 on PS3 and PS4, PC 'some weeks after'

Sportsfriends, Die Gute Fabrik's compilation of four frenetic sports-esque games designed for local multiplayer action, will be released May 6 in the Americas on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, the studio announced today. The game will launch May 7 in Europe and Australia for €13.99; in the Americas, it will cost $14.99. The Linux, Mac and Windows PC versions of Sportsfriends will be available "some weeks after" the console release, according to the description for the game's launch trailer on YouTube. Die Gute Fabrik originally planned to release Sportsfriends last fall, then said it was aiming for January before delaying the title again. Sportsfriends supports Sony's cross-buy initiative, though only in one direction: Buyers of the PS3 version will also receive a copy of the PS4...

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Sportfriends for PSN ready 'in just a few weeks,' PC versions in the works

Die Gute Fabrik multiplayer sports game compilation Sportsfriends has been submitted for certification to Sony and is expected to launch for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 "in just a few weeks," according to an update sent to the project's Kickstarter backers. The game was submitted to both North America and European branches of Sony last week and the timeline is set if "things go according to plan," reads the post. Developers will likely know in a week if they need to make further changes to the game. Additionally, Sportsfriends is up and running on Mac and Windows, with a Linux port and controller support for all versions still being tweaked. These PC versions are running on Gaijin Games' Atrophy Engine, and Die Gute Fabrik hopes to release a beta of these versions for backers only...

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Check out Sony's list of PS4 games hitting in 2014, DriveClub is TBA

A post on the PlayStation Blog blog today by social media manager Sid Shuman corrals a list of the games headed PlayStation 4 in North America this year. The list is broken down into six categories, beginning with Out Now, which contains games already released. Spring releases include Child of Light, Sportsfriends and Watch Dogs. Summer releases include Destiny, Murdered: Soul Suspect and The Elder Scrolls Online. Fall's releases contain Dragon Age: Inquisition, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number and The Witness. This winter, games scheduled to hit PS4 count Assassin's Creed Unity, Guns of Icarus Online and Ray's the Dead (pictured above) among them. Games with release dates to be announced include Batman: Arkham Knight, Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor,...

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Why you don't want an online mode in TowerFall

In the comments at the bottom of every review of TowerFall, there's someone complaining about the absence of an online multiplayer mode. From the comments on Polygon's own review: Sorry, but with no online play, no interest from me. It's simply amazing that the dev couldn't understand that the lack of this simple feature is necessary in this day and age for multiplayer. Party play in a room is just an [added] bonus. Or from one commenter at GameSpot: offline multiplayer only? that's annoying… some are online-only, this is offline-only... get your sh!t together devs... make both in one package! This is an attitude shared by most reviewers, too, like Chris Carter in his review of Samurai Gunn over at Destructoid. Sadly, there's no online multiplayer to be found — not even peer to...

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Bring games, make friends: playing your part in the local multiplayer revolution

There is a new resurgence of local multiplayer games hitting the market, including games like the Sportsfriends bundle and Towerfall, and many of them offer no way to play online. If you want to have fun, you need to invite people over, or find a group of players and a place to meet. It may be time to buy an extra controller or two. The problem is that many players simply don’t know other people who like to play video games, and that’s where the discussion ends. This isn't a problem that should keep you from playing different games, we need to begin thinking about isolated players as a problem that needs solving. It's up to you, not the game "It sucks to not have friends who share your interest. We’re not disputing that, but the solution is not to modify your interest so you can do...

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Sportsfriends delayed out of Jan., needs 'some more weeks' of work

Sportsfriends, the compilation of four local-multiplayer games from Die Gute Fabrik, will miss its previously announced release window of January 2014, the studio announced today. When Die Gute Fabrik announced last October that it was bringing Sportsfriends to PlayStation 4, the studio said it planned to release the game in January. In its Kickstarter campaign, Die Gute Fabrik had originally estimated a release window of October 2013. But in an update sent only to Kickstarter backers of Sportsfriends today, the developers said, "We're still working hard — and getting very close — but unfortunately we're going to need some more weeks." They added that they're "still on budget, and the four games are basically done," but they need the extra time to focus on getting the PlayStation...

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Unreleased multiplayer games delivered to Sportsfriends backers

Four unreleased local-multiplayer games are now available to select backers of Die Gute Fabrik's Kickstarter drive for Sportsfriends, the studio announced over the weekend in an email to those backers. People who backed at the $60 tier ("Super Sportsfriends") or above now have access to four games designed by friends of Die Gute Fabrik. The titles in question are Recurse (screenshot above) by Matt Parker and Lumalus; Shot Shot Shoot by Erik Svedäng; SMESPORT by Michael Brough; and Super Punchball by Dominique "Dom2D" Ferland and team. Die Gute Fabrik has also included the single-player title Miracle Adventures in 2113 by Noah Sasso, developer of the game BaraBariBall in Sportsfriends. All games are available on Mac and Windows PC, except the Windows-only SMESPORT. The backers in...

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Sportsfriends collection coming to PlayStation 4

Sportsfriends, the Kickstarter-funded compilation of local multiplayer games that includes Johann Sebastian Joust, BaraBariBall, Super Pole Riders and Hokra, is coming to PlayStation 4, producer Doug Wilson announced on the PlayStation Blog. The game collection had previously been announced for PlayStation 3, Windows PC and Mac, but the developer said last month it was hoping to release a next-gen version of Sportsfriends. Kickstarter backers who opted for the PS3 version of the game, Wilson said, will get a copy of the PS4 version for free. "For everyone else, we're still determining whether we'll be doing cross-buy," Wilson wrote. Developer Die Gute Fabrik, responsible for PlayStation Move battle game J.S. Joust, is aiming for a January release for the PS3 version of Sportsfriends,...

Sportsfriends Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2014-05-06
    • Publisher Die Gute Fabrik
    • Developer Die Gute Fabrik
  • Windows
    • Publisher Die Gute Fabrik
    • Developer Die Gute Fabrik
  • Linux
    • Publisher Die Gute Fabrik
    • Developer Die Gute Fabrik
  • Mac
    • Publisher Die Gute Fabrik
    • Developer Die Gute Fabrik
  • PlayStation 4
    • Released 2014-05-06
    • Publisher Die Gute Fabrik
    • Developer Die Gute Fabrik
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