Light, digestible (indie) game reviews.
I keep coming back to Gang Beasts, and I will continue to jump into some matches as time goes on.
*Based on updated Steam total play time.
Early Access Alert
Opinion is subject to change during Gang Beasts's development.
Gang Beasts is a very unique breed of fighting game. Rather than executing fireballs or memorizing 127 hit combos, you’re flailing around wildly hoping to knock somebody unconscious and toss them aside, all while dressed up in your dinosaur onesie. The physics-based combat consists primarily of punching with your left or right fist, kicking, and headbutting.
That said, it’s a hilarious game. Part of what makes it shine are the different levels you can fight in. Levels include a ferris wheel, two suspended scaffolds, on top of a blimp, or in a subway. On each level there’s always some interesting ways to kill your enemies, so watch out because they’ll be coming after you to throw you into the path of an oncoming train or to break the wires holding your scaffold in the air so you plummet to your doom.
Having played this with some friends locally, it can get downright hilarious when there’s a lot of different things going on at once, or when people start ganging up on somebody else. The online component works, but it’s still very much in beta, it seems. I experienced a few glitches where a round would end and it wouldn’t proceed to either the next round or the next map. Eventually I had to quit the game altogether and join a different server manually because quick joining a server put me right back in same one.
As with any fighting game, do yourself a favor and play this one with a controller. The keyboard controls feel weird. I played the game with a wired X Box One controller and didn’t have any issues with it. With the punches being on the left and right bumpers, my hand was cramping up after a while, but that didn’t bother me.
All in all, Gang Beasts is a lot of fun, but there’s a lot to learn. It’s easy to pick up and just start wailing on somebody, but to really excel at it you need to do some internet searches for more advanced tactics. I ended up watching some videos on YouTube and learned some things that I couldn’t find explained anywhere. An in-game tutorial (basic and advanced combat) really would be a very welcome addition to the game.
Now get in there, punch some people in the head, and throw them from the top of an 18-wheeler driving down the highway.
Wait For a sale