Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout has proven to be one of the most successful and popular games of 2020. Despite the fact that it was relatively unknown until its August 4 release, it has become a huge hit.
Developer Mediatonic’s unique take on the battle royale genre shows that games like Fortnite and Apex Legends don’t have a monopoly. Other titles can still make a big impact by switching up the concept of the battle royale game to create something unique.
But for those who have not played Fall Guys, the game can look quite complex. Thankfully, this guide should help you get a better idea of exactly what Fall Guys is. This also means it might help in deciding whether you want to download and give the title a try.
So, if you’ve heard about Fall Guys and want to know what all the fuss is about, simply read on. Here is everything you need to know about Fall Guys.
Fall Guys is basically a battle royale game show
Unlike other battle royale games that are focused on combat, Fall Guys is more of a game show. Each round sees players eliminated if they fail to make it to the goal or get past certain obstacles. The last person left standing at the end is the winner. Think of television shows like Takeshi’s Castle and Total Wipeout for the general idea of what to expect. Most of the rounds are individual efforts but a few are team-based. Each round is randomly picked meaning every game should be different.
Fall Guys has become a big hit
Almost immediately after it launched, Fall Guys proved to be a big hit. Millions of players downloaded and tried out the game in its first week of sales. In fact, Mediatonic explained that 1.5 million users played the game on launch day. The impressive stats have continued throughout August. In its first week, Fall Guys beat out both Horizon Zero Dawn and Grounded on Steam’s weekly sales list, proving just how popular it is.
Fall Guys is only available on PC and PlayStation 4
When Fall Guys launched on August 4, it was only available for PC and PlayStation 4. The game is unavailable on other platforms. This effectively means that those who only have a Nintendo Switch or Xbox One cannot play the battle royale title.
Mediatonic has since said that they are willing to consider porting Fall Guys to other consoles. However, the studio is concentrating on supporting the current versions of Fall Guys on PC and PlayStation 4 before working on extra editions.
Fall Guys has had a lot of server issues
Unfortunately, the success of Fall Guys has also been one of its biggest problems. Mediatonic is a small indie developer and the studio simply did not anticipate the demand for the game. The sheer number of players attempting to get online caused a wide array of network issues.
Many users had difficulty even logging into the game and those that did suffered from disconnects. Server issues have now largely been ironed out but are still regular enough to become annoying. Hopefully, as time passes by, Fall Guys will become far more stable.
Fall Guys is very accessible
Unlike many other battle royale games, Fall Guys is quite simple. Players only need to use three different buttons and the two analog sticks to move around the world. Compare that to Fortnite where players have to be able to jump, shoot, switch weapons, and build structures.
After all, Fall Guys only really asks players to jump, dive, and grab players. Most people should be able to pick up and get to grips with it fairly quickly. Ultimately, this also makes Fall Guys accessible to those who have difficulty using normal controllers.
Fall Guys has lots of costumes and outfits
One of the main draws of Fall Guys is the fact that it has so many customization options. There are a multitude of costumes and outfits that players can unlock. Once players buy the cosmetic items with in-game money, they can wear them during matches.
Current costumes include generic outfits as well as themed ones. One such example is a collection of Valve-themed costumes that includes Alyx and Gordon Freeman. Meanwhile, several big brands like KFC have expressed interest in having items included.
Fall Guys is available for free on PlayStation Plus in August 2020
PlayStation Plus is Sony’s equivalent service to Xbox’s Games With Gold. The paid subscription entitles players to a selection of free games every month. To celebrate the launch of Fall Guys, Sony added the game to PlayStation Plus for August. That means that anyone who has a subscription can download and play it at no extra cost. Unfortunately, it will only be available until September 1. So, if you want to take advantage of the offer, you have to hurry.
Cross-platform play is not possible in Fall Guys
While Fall Guys is only available on PC and PlayStation 4, there is no crossplay between the two platforms. Those playing on a console will be unable to play with those on PC and vice versa. The reason behind this is that each platform has its own servers. The developer has confirmed it plans to implement cross-platform at some point in the future. But, for now, it is not a priority as Mediatonic looks to improve the overall experience. That puts Fall Guys at a disadvantage when compared to most other battle royale games.
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