Bloodsports.TV is a cooperative hero defence video game developed by Fatshark and Toadman Interactive. It was released in 2015 via the Steam.
Bloodsports.TV takes place in a ravaged post-apocalyptic Sweden. A Gladiator arena is located in Stockholm, which is full of angry villagers, animals and monsters, who survived an uncountable amount of nuclear detonations and bio-weapon plagues. Players enter the battle as combatants in a show, where they have to survive endless waves of monsters to entertain its viewers with a quirky commentary.
The player takes control of one of the available characters, alone or together with other players, and loads into an arena. After a brief amount of time, waves of enemies will come out, and the players will have to defeat them. After that, there is a short time window to replenish health, purchase upgrades and do other side-objectives. Then the next wave comes. Some of the waves also include unique bosses.
The co-op experience allows you to team up with your friends to form a crew and select one of four unique classes. Each class has two different deadly Gladiators, and each one of those has unique abilities and play style. The four primary roles are:
Slayers focus on dealing damage to a single target.
Bruisers are tanks, and their purpose is to deny an area to the enemy and draw enemies away from more vulnerable targets.
Regulators take care of the crowd control, killing a large number of weaker enemies.
Medikus are healers that keep other Gladiators alive during the battle.
Items are objects or artefacts that provide exclusive buffs or stat boosts to your Gladiator to improve your performance in and out of combat. Players can purchase items with coins, which they earn by defeating the waves of monsters, slaying elite beasts and also as a bonus at the end of each round. Players can only purchase items while standing inside the spawn point, and it's also possible to sell them back for a part of the original cost.
The game features four difficulty levels: Amateur League, Pro League, Master League, and Apocalympics, which of those also have several sub-difficulties. Players can also choose from custom game lengths with a different number of waves or Endless Mode.
The Path to Glory is a way of tracking your progress through the game. It has five tiers with four separate paths to the top for each of the implemented classes, merging at the last fifth tier. Players progress through each level by completing a class-specific challenge and defeating a fixed number of bosses. Each rank grants a permanent bonus to the player's Gladiator depending on the selected class.
Each time players finish a match in Bloodsports.TV they receive a score for their performance depending on the chosen difficulty. The global leaderboard is always available in the game, so players can compete to become the most skilled crew of Gladiators in the world.
Bloodsports.TV is suitable for both fans of the genre and new players. It has a substantial amount of game experience to explore and learn, and there are plenty of challenges for hardcore and casual gamers. Even though the game focuses on the PvE aspect, the leaderboard lets players compete against each other worldwide. Bloodsports community always welcomes new coming players to join the battle.