Knockout City Reviews

Knockout City is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
IGN
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Jun 2, 2021

Knockout City's fantastic spin on dodgeball combat has surprising depth, making it one of the best team-based PvP games in years.

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No Recommendation / Blank
Jun 2, 2021

Velan Studios transposes the sport of dodgeball into what's a fun, friendly shooter that bears no arms, though it currently lacks legs.

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PC Gamer
Top Critic
90 / 100
May 28, 2021

Knockout City punches above its weight as a complex and uniquely fun competitive brawler.

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May 21, 2021

Clever and unique dodgeball battles make this an easy pick, especially during the free trial.

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8.5 / 10.0
May 21, 2021

At launch, Knockout City lacks in content, but it makes up for it with a strong base game and a ton of potential to grow in the future

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8 / 10
May 28, 2021

Knockout City's surprising depth coupled with its approachable mechanics make it an engrossing new multiplayer offering.

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Polygon
Top Critic
Unscored
May 21, 2021

Charging up a shot is still essential, as that makes it faster, and therefore harder to catch or dodge. A lot of successful Knockout City plays, for me, came down to knowing how long to charge up a shot. At certain close ranges, additional power is unnecessary. But there I was, in close-quarters range, laying on my right trigger out of ... instinct? blind faith that a stronger attack is better? ... while my unarmed opponent caught a lucky rebound and immediately bullseyed me. Other times, I fired way too early from a longer range, which often ended in my shot getting deflected in midair by someone else's throw.

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8 / 10.0
May 27, 2021

I'm shocked with how well Knockout City turned out. It's easily the biggest surprise of 2021, something everyone should give a go while it's still free to try.

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7.6 / 10.0
May 21, 2021

‎Knockout City is a fun multiplayer video game that takes advantage of a well-designed playable section, and very accessible mechanics that work wonders. As it is a game as a service it is inevitable that doubt will arise whether it will be able to have enough personality to be considered a success, and even if the base is good and the developers have great plans for the future, there are certain superficial elements that deserve to be explored in greater depth.‎

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76 / 100
May 21, 2021

Knockout City manages to stand out as a multiplayer in the field of gameplay thanks to a different, but familiar premise. Its accessibility invites everyone to participate, but it is in other aspects where it stumbles. A series of business decisions relegate his formula to something fun, but one that could have accomplished much more.

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8 / 10
May 21, 2021

I was thoroughly impressed with Knockout City. Velan Studios has created a dodgeball game that has solid mechanics and is really easy to pick up. The skill ceiling is also incredibly high, making room for some really competitive gameplay. With a plan to heavily support and add on to the game over time, Knockout City is a welcomed addition to the sports game pantheon.

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May 21, 2021

Knockout City is an absolute blast, even if it doesn't have many reasons to return after players have had their fill.

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9 / 10.0
May 21, 2021

It feels like a lot of care has been put into Knockout City. The gameplay offers a satisfying loop, and the amount of customisation is staggering. As time ticks on, Knockout City could prove to be a big hit.

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90 / 100
May 30, 2021

There are few games that have ever made me scream in anger or shout with unbridled joy as often as Knockout City and I absolutely can't stop playing. It's a near-perfect team multiplayer game packed with strategy, heart, and an incredibly impressive level of polish. Even if it's a bit buggy and lacking in content at the moment, I can't recommend it enough.

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Game Rant
Top Critic
May 25, 2021

Knockout City is a genre-defying take on the team-based multiplayer game, where players are not just teammates, but also tools and assets for one another. And although Knockout City struggles to find an identity, the game's ability to excel in accessibility while holding a high skill-ceiling makes it easy to pick up and even easier to keep playing.

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Jun 5, 2021

There's sublime fun in jet-cleaning a town, and a dodgeball-themed knockout contest has one eye on the Olympics

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May 21, 2021

Knockout City is a simple concept that feels great to play, both alone and with friends. It's the kind of live service game you dream of - one that's fun and fair, packed to the gills with unlockables, and thanks to its dedicated team, will only get better over time.

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Wccftech
Top Critic
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2021

Knockout City plays with some interesting ideas to turn Dodgeball into a simple competitive shooter, but it's clear Velan Studios has spent more time building a robust microtransaction system than appealing content.

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8 / 10.0
May 27, 2021

Knockout City, as it stands today, is a very entertaining online multiplayer game, easy to learn but not without its own compexities. Future growth is alway fickle and hard to predict when it comes to online games, but Knockout City might be able to carve out its own niche.

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9 / 10
May 25, 2021

Knockout City is a brilliant multiplayer brawler. Its well-balanced, skill-based gameplay is a joy, providing players with surprising depth just beneath the surface. While the number of maps and modes on day one is fairly small, the fun factor means this doesn't really matter, and updates will bring extra content to the game post-launch anyway. With a ton of customisation options, rewarding progression, and constantly engaging matches, this is knockout by name, knockout by nature.

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