When I was first introduced to Gang Beasts, I didn’t know what to think when I heard the name. It sounded like some lame beat-em-up from the 80’s—or at least that’s what I pictured. But I was so wrong.
Gang Beasts is basically a party game that operates on silly sound effects and a backwards and messy approach to fighting. And when I say messy, I mean don’t expect it to be easy when you go to swing a punch or take out an opponent. The controls are wonky for a reason, and it makes the game that much better.
The online multiplayer is only in beta right now, but you can download the actual game and play locally with your friends, and request to be sent a beta key. But there’s a stark difference from just playing with your friends in the same room to playing with strangers online: you can be as much of a dick to them as you want and not feel bad about it.
In Gang Beasts, there will be a ton of opportunities to just be a horrible, horrible person to someone else. You can knock them out and toss them in a grinder, cut the wires holding a platform they’re on so they drop to their death, throw them off a platform etc. With the way this game is designed, it’s almost like the developers want you to be a jerk. So why not take advantage of it? When I’m playing against my friends though, I’m less likely to be a complete and utter dick about it. We’ll actually try to fight fairly and not resort to low blows and while it’s still fun, it’s not the same. There might be a mean move in there every now and then, but nothing that would be considered awful. But with online players, you don’t have to look them in the face as they fight you. So being a total jerk is a welcomed opportunity that I love taking advantage of. And you know what? People are horrible right back to me—it’s really great.
Lately, it has seemed like there’s a lack of games that are local multiplayer and I welcomed Gang Beasts with open arms for that reason. But now that there’s also online multiplayer, I kind of understand why it’s been more popular than local multiplayer.
If you want to sign up for the Online Multiplayer Beta, you can do so by following the steps on the Gang Beasts blog post. Meanwhile, you can check out a brief gameplay video below to understand just how insane Gang Beasts gameplay really is.