A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
No such thing as good sportsmanship here. Dirty tricks are as much part of game as first downs or quarterback sacks. In fact, one way to win is to kill enough players on the other team to force a win by forfeit.
Positive Role Models
No teams or players would ever be remotely mistaken for role models. These creatures are baddest of the bad, foulest of the foul. They lie, cheat, curse, beat their way through game ... and that's just the referees. Players are even worse.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, easy to learn, with just enough tweaks, extras to add some variety. Playing against AI can be tough and dealing with dirty tricks can get frustrating, but it's never enough to take away from the fun.
Violence & Scariness
Features over-the-top violence, complete with plenty of gratuitous blood and gore, against all manner of monsters, mutants, aliens. Players beat each other up during and after plays. They also use weapons to bludgeon or decapitate opposing team, and even use traps to blow up other team. The level of blood and gore can be adjusted or turned off in game options.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of game's commentary and dialogue make use of sexually suggestive humor.
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No shortage of profanity, with "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole" appearing frequently. This can be turned off in game options, though.
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Products & Purchases
Spiritual successor to classic Mutant League sports franchise for Sega Genesis, which had spawned a series of sports games, and even an animated series in its heyday.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
While no actual drug use is shown, There's plenty of drug references in commentary. Over course of a match, players can expect to hear occasional references to just about every illicit drug known to man (or ogre).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mutant Football League: Dynasty Edition is an action/sports game available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows. This is an arcade-style football game, with basic controls that are relatively easy to pick up and play, but unique twists on traditional gameplay can be frustrating at times. It features over-the-top violence and profanity-laced commentary in an extreme fantasy/sci-fi parody of American football, though both the violence and gore and profanity can be adjusted in the game's settings. The running commentary and one-liners includes some crass jokes related to drug use and sexual content, and since they don't necessarily include profanity, they can occasionally slip through regardless of the in-game settings.
Is It Any Good?
"Full contact sports" takes on a whole new meaning when you're dealing with booby traps and bloodthirsty creatures itching to win at any cost. At least, that's the premise behind the over-the-top, postapocalyptic arcade football game Mutant Football League: Dynasty Edition. Right off the bat, it needs to be said that this isn't exactly a wholesome, family-friendly take on football night. At its default settings, the game features more profanity, lewd jokes, and bloody violence than a cheesy '80s horror flick. That being said, most of the mature content can be either muted or cranked up to 11 in the game's settings. Of course, even on the lower maturity settings, it's still going to be more gladiatorial than gridiron.
No matter which way you choose to watch the action in Mutant Football League: Dynasty Edition, you're in for a fast-paced and fun arcade experience. With a reduced 7-on-7 lineup, the pace of the game is nonstop. The controls are straightforward and effective, and working the field is relatively easy, especially with the newly included custom playbooks to fit your personal offensive or defensive schemes. The one drawback is that your AI teammates sometimes charge blindly into traps and hazards, especially during big plays. There's nothing more frustrating than running down the field for a touchdown, only to learn four of your players are six feet under. But this can happen on both sides of the match, so it generally balances out. The same thing applies to the game's various dirty tricks. These game-changing plays can drive you nuts when they're used against you, but you can't help relishing when you successfully pull one off for your team. Even better now is the inclusion of a Dynasty mode, giving you the reins of your team as you try to build a misfit bunch of monsters into a multiple year contender for the Mayhem Bowl. That means signing free agents, balancing your salary cap with resurrecting dead players or boosting their stats, and trading players that just don't hold their weight. It works very well, and adds so much more depth to the gameplay. As insane, as brutal, and as dirty as Mutant Football League: Dynasty Edition can be, it's still surprisingly balanced and just a heck of a lot of fun.
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