Knockout City was originally showcased during a Playstation ‘State of Play‘ Livestream back in February. I thought it looked pretty interesting at the time, but unfortunately, it slipped my mind and flew under my radar. Luckily, someone reminded me that it just had released and I jumped into action to download the free trial. After having spent some time the past couple of days playing with my kids, we think it’s something pretty special.
Knockout City is a 3v3 or 4v4 online multiplayer game where dodgeballs are your weapon. You start the match with nothing, but there are different power-ups you can find on the map, from Gravity Balls (which allow you to jump like you’re on the moon) to Bomb Balls that will blow up unsuspecting enemies. You even need to find regular dodgeballs in order to stand a fighting chance, or you can roll yourself up into a ball and let your teammates throw you. It’s hilarious.
The levels are pretty inventive. You’ll fight on construction sites, rooftops, and even a tiny area of a giant metropolis where a train periodically comes through and will run you over if you’re not careful. There’s also a Season Pass that has a bunch of different cosmetics you can unlock to really stand out among the crowd.
What’s really great about Knockout City though is its cross-platform. This means if you’re playing on PC, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, or PlayStation, you can play together. It’s also on Xbox Game Pass thanks to the EA Play deal. This means that if you have Xbox Game Pass, you can play Knockout City at no added cost. My son likes to play on PC, my daughter plays on PS5, and I make the noble sacrifice and play on the ancient PS4. I wish more games were this flexible.
Currently, you can play the game for free up to level 25. After you hit level 25, it’ll either cost you $29.99 USD to purchase it outright or $4.99 USD a month to subscribe to EA Play. I’m not sure I’d be willing to fork out $90 to play, since it’s me and my two kids playing. EA Play is the way I would go. There are other games like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on EA Play, so it’s worth it to go that route if you don’t want to commit. It’s still too early to tell if there is enough content to justify the $30 price tag. I’m pretty tired of Fortnite, but at least that’s free-to-play. We’ll have to see what comes next, but the foundation here is solid and Knockout City is the most fun my kids and I have had playing a video game together in a long time.