Super Monday Night Combat
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|Super Monday Night Combat|
|Release||April 18, 2012|
|Genre(s)||Third-person shooter, multiplayer online battle arena|
Super Monday Night Combat was a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game developed and published by Uber Entertainment for Microsoft Windows. The game is the sequel to Monday Night Combat, and was released on April 18, 2012. In May 2018, the game became no longer playable due to a shutdown regarding the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mandate.
Inspired by Defense of the Ancients, a custom map and modification for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Super Monday Night Combat puts players in a familiar position but from a third-person perspective. Players begin playing by getting into a matchmaking system that picks the number of required players in order to form a match.
There are different online game modes to choose from, including Super Crossfire, Turbocross, Snake and Super Blitz. Super Crossfire is a 5 versus 5 competitive online mode that consists of matches between the Hot Shots (red team) and the IceMen (the blue team). The main goal of the Super Crossfire game mode is to destroy the opposing team's Money Ball through Bot hits, damage infliction, and other in-game assaults. To win the game, players must venture beyond several turrets that can only be destroyed by pushing Bots (non-player characters) through their lane. Once the bots reach the enemy turrets, the turrets' shield deactivates and players can destroy the turrets until they reach the Moneyball. As players destroy enemy bots and kill enemy players with guns, they will gain money- awarding experience points that increases the character's level and allows for the upgrading of skills depending on the chosen character. The money looted can be spent to spawn more waves of bots, purchase products at vending machines to refill health and speed up the character, and activate multiple functioning buttons that vary in use depending on the map.
Since the gameplay was greatly changed from the predecessor Monday Night Combat, Uber Entertainment released a game mode with re-imagined gameplay, called Turbocross. Turbocross is a game mode that specializes in high speed and intense gameplay. Uber Entertainment modified the conventional format to appeal to a more "hardcore", or demanding fanbase. The game mode includes an increase of damage done by players, the ability to rebuild turrets once they are destroyed, a slower health regeneration, and health not being restored, among other things.
Super Blitz is a survival mode that sets 5 players against the announcer of the game, GG Stack (voiced by Greg Stackhouse). The players must face waves of bots aiming to take down the players' Moneyball while being taunted by the announcer. As the match goes on, the announcer takes a break every 10 rounds that will allow the player's time to build, rebuild or heal turrets and play various mini-games to prepare for the upcoming wave of bots. Although this horde mode does not have an end, every 10 rounds before the break, a final wave begins that spawns the strongest type of bots, Jackbots.
Super Monday Night Combat was announced on August 24, 2011, during Pax Prime 2011. As the sequel to Monday Night Combat, the game was largely expanded in terms of content and functions and greatly increased in accessibility because the game was a free-to-play model. The game began closed beta testing around October 2011 under an NDA, allowing the developer to communicate and receive feedback from their testers in order to advance.
After release, an update was released every week to every other week as the rules to the game changed. These included new content in the game such as new Pros, maps, game modes and equipment alongside multiple features, gameplay tweaks, and bug fixes.
Super Monday Night Combat received generally favorable reviews according to Metacritic, with an average rating of 76/100.
- "'Super Monday Night Combat' Shutters Due to European Data Regulation". Variety. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- "Super Monday Night Combat for PC". Metacritic. Retrieved 16 September 2012.