A few days ago I got an email (went to spam actually) informing me of a 30% discount on Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition for anyone who purchased the original version. 30% seems significant, plus I enjoyed the original Blood Bowl, and a year+ of fixes and improvements is definitely a good thing.
On the other hand, paying “new game price – 30%” for what is basically an expansion is not sitting well with me. The major change here is a whole bunch of new races/teams, which is great, but it’s still the same game from last year that I paid $40 for. I played the original quite a bit too, especially online, but what ultimately turned me away was the lack of auto-matchmaking, and unless I missed something, BB:LE still does not have this feature. If it did, I’d have pre-ordered already.
The addition of all the new teams and their stadiums is certainly interesting though. Granted, no auto-matchmaking sucked, but it sucked in part because of the limited number of teams and the difficulty some teams had against a specific opponent. When you suck against two teams out of eight, that seriously limits things. Two teams out of twenty is not such a big deal. Toss in a bunch of new allstar players, team special abilities, and whatever else LE adds, and we are talking about a significantly changed game in terms of on-field strategy.
Another point of consideration: I never got into a pre-set league that really took off, which is also one of the key features of Blood Bowl. Now, if say Inq got a league going with weekly matches, that would certainly up the value of the purchase, likely making it more than worth the cost. I can almost hear the rage now as some high-percentage dice roll fails or a star players dies.
Something to think about I guess. Plus if nothing else, it’s another quality game to keep on the radar for a later date.
How much is the LE retailing for? $40 still? If so, you’d only be paying about $28, which, while still kinda high for an expansion, isn’t too bad. Heck, it’s not even the price of 4 new maps for Modern Warfare 2.
Still, I doubt I’ll be buying it unless the price comes down. I enjoyed BB, but I stopped playing it a while ago.
Never picked this up originally, although I meant to. Eventually I suppose is slipped my mind entirely, which turns out was very beneficial… Now I am going to pick it up with all these ++bonus items. To be honest I hadn’t even heard of the LE.
Too bad I can’t get that 30% myself though! Unless Syncaine decides against repurchasing and can somehow “give” me that.
I got that same email and ho-hummed about it. I did enjoy the game for quite some time (didn’t get in a league as well Syn) but have the same reservations as you.
Too bad it’s a LTO. =)
Did some reading, I guess with the Dark Elf addition (after I stopped playing), they also added matchmaking to the game. Think I’m going to drop the $28 and pick it up.
Matchmaking was #1 in my wishlist from the old version. It sucked a bit combing through who was online looking for a match. Good to hear they added that.
Get in there! And set up the Hardcore Casual League while you’re at it :)
A blog league eh… that might just work. Now if only they would reply to my email about my original BB code…
It took them about three weeks to get mine to me last time I needed it. Hopefully they have sped that up, what with this cheaper option for current owners.