A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
All 60 players are battling it out to qualify for next round and ultimately be last Fall Guy standing. Some rounds might require players to team up, but most are cute, yet cutthroat, competition.
Positive Role Models
Although players can customize their Fall Guy with costumes and emotes to show off personality, they're basically generic competitors and pieces in the larger party game.
Ease of Play
Controls are easy to pick up and play for all ages and experience levels. Difficulty lies in working through each round's objectives, making your way through competition to avoid elimination.
Violence & Scariness
Players can bump each other around the obstacle course, even knock them off into the abyss, eliminating them from play. Some games involve chasing players, yanking an attached tail off of them. Eliminated players can immediately enter the lobby and start a new game.
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Products & Purchases
Variety of cosmetic items available at in-game shop. Currency and other items can be earned simply by playing or via purchase with real-world money.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a downloadable online multiplayer battle royale-style party game for the PlayStation 4 and Windows PCs. Players compete against 59 other competitors in a series of wild mini-games, avoiding elimination and trying to earn the top spot as last Fall Guy standing. Violence is minimal, with players simply bumping into opponents and getting bounced around by various hazards and obstacles in each round's stage. There's no communication between players, outside of customized emotes, though some rounds might require some level of teamwork to qualify and move forward. The game does feature both seasonal play and an in-game store, which gives players ways to both earn and purchase a variety of cosmetics for their Fall Guy character.
Is It Any Good?
What do you get when you mix together the cutthroat competition of a battle royale, the fast-paced but casual antics of a party game, the hilarious hazards of a game show, and cosplay for good measure? Whatever it is, it's probably going to be pretty close to Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, a zany hybrid of games that's easy to pick up and nearly impossible to put down. Sixty players, represented as little customizable jellybean people, race through a handful of randomly selected stages that slowly whittle away the competition. But rather than dodging a hail of gunfire from opponents, players instead run, jump, and dive through various obstacle courses and mini-games. The only player-on-player violence occurs when one player accidentally (or maybe not-so-accidentally) bumps another off the track and into the abyss below.
The controls, while simple, aren't exactly razor sharp in their precision. Instead, Fall Guys sort of stumble and fumble their way through each labyrinth of obstacles. While this might seem like it would take away from the experience, since all players are on the same level, it's still an even playing field. Plus, it adds a lot to the charm of the game, much like a match of human bumper cars. Even though the goal is to try to beat the other 59 competitors, players earn rewards just for participating. And, once eliminated, a player can just dive right back into the lobby and get ready to try again. From the first dash out of the starting gate to the final battle to claim the top spot, and every chaotic moment in between, Fall Guy: Ultimate Knockout stays true to its name, delivering a leisurely knockout blow to its battle royale competition.
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