And yes, there's a ton of achievements to be had here. Only unlike every other game, getting them earns you real currency to spend in the shop!
This game is not rated by the ESRB. It has a very passionate community that loves to win, so some words will be exchanged from time to time and the occasional blood fountain for an overkill. Tiny things aside, this game is good to go for everyone to enjoy.
One thing to notice is the actual size difference. Size does affect your vulnerability to projectiles and your hitbox, so size DOES matter in Bloodline Champions.
In a game as intense as Bloodline Champions, the graphics can get in the way of the actual combat. The team at Stunlock Studios did a wonderful job of making the game flashy for a top-down perspective, but simple enough to see exactly where attacks are coming from and what attack they are before they hit, so you can dodge them or activate counterattacks. There is no what the hell just hit me moment, unlike a lot of arena games or games like Heroes of Newerth for new players. While the game does look good in motion, screenshots look pretty plain and this isnt a game youre going to show off to your friends for its graphical qualities.
One of the things they nailed, oddly enough, is the combat text mid-combat. Its the perfect size and duration on screen. It lets you know youre affected by buffs or debuffs, the stack amount, and disappears shortly afterwards. So many games make it difficult to see the strength or amount of debuffs in play, but this game does it quite well. Its pretty important since every character has a way to make big red words appear over anothers head, and some many at once!
All of the attacks have good audio cues to indicate impact, flight, and channeling. Since the battlefield is wide, some attacks will be happening off screen and you arent totally left out due to the good sound effects. Everyone has laughs and gloating for getting killing blows too, even the healers! The music that accompanies the combat could use a little more variety, but the themes themselves arent bad by any means. If anything theyre more energetic than youd expect, and are probably the best in the arena combat genre, though thats not saying much.