I am often amazed by how some of the simplest games possible are in fact some of the most fun to play. For example, if you have a simple shooter with a bunch of classes and items to get, throw that into some diverse modes, and you technically have hours of fun. Such is the case with Ultimatest Battle. Which is available now for Steam.
The game is free-to-play which is good, as it’s battling for supremacy against games like Awesomenauts and the Worms titles. And in fact, the team fully acknowledged that they are influened by titles like Worms, Team Fortress 2, and more, and it shows, but in the good way.
Ultimatest Battle is simple, but that’s also where it shines. You’re given a “Nub”, and are told to pick a class for them. Each class has its own specialties and weapons. You can be a solider and have balanced gameplay, be a Viking and get up close and personal with players (with your axe…) be a ninja, be a healer, be a Glutton, etc. No matter what playing style you have, you’re going to find a Nub that will fit it. What’s more, each character has a variety of weapons to use based on their class. Soldiers have shotguns and rocket launchers, Ninjas have Katanas and bows, Vikings have axes, it’s all very diverse, and it makes it all the more fun when multiple classes are in a single match.
Make no mistake, this is a fun game, there is strategy involved. The levels are big, and what’s more, they’re destructible to an extent, which can open new pathways for you to find and fight your enemies. This can include blowing up obstacles in your path, or literally digging through the level to open up a tunnel. It’s all very deep.
Which is a good segway into the modes. There are a LOT of modes in Ultimatest Battle. There’s Quick Match, Death Match, Control Point, Attack and Defense, Save The Princess, Double The Princess, Arena, and some very special modes that I wasn’t able to play, but there are more. Including a Zombie Mode. Each mode obviously plays different, and that’s good, as it gives players even more variety. And I definitely suggest some of these modes, as they’re really fun.
The other thing Ultimatest Battle ensures that you have is options in weaponry and style. There is an in-game store where you can buy new weapons and clothing to outfit your Nub. Every weapon has an upgrade, but choose wisely, as not all upgrades are made equally. For example, I bought a remote controlled rocket launcher so I could aim my ammo more precisely. And that’s cool…but it also does less damage. So be sure you check what you’re buying before you get it.
The art and music of the game are simple, but very elegant. I liked the very colorful style of the levels, as well as the Nubs. As for the music, I was surprised by just how diverse the music got. In one mode it was very simple, yet in another mode it was a lot more upbeat and I couldn’t help but smile.
Now, there are some things that hold back Ultimatest Battle from a higher score. While perusing the modes, and trying to enter them, I got numerous notifications about the server not being “near me” and thus to expect a lot of lag. And so I went to other modes instead of risking having a lag filled experience. I would hope that more servers would pop up for this game so that this warning is not needed.
Also, the store for the game is a bit convoluted, I had to click numerous tabs just to find things I wanted as it was stuck on a default tab. And when equipping weapons, I wish it would show a “plus/minus” icon for whether I’m actually equipping a better weapon or not.
Aside from that though, I would say Ultimatest Battle is definitely something to try out. Not the least of which is because it’s free to play, and thus it’s not costing you anything to try it out.
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