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Volleyball Unbound - Pro Beach Volleyball
 
 
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Volleyball Unbound has been greenlit!!
Description
Release date: 3rd quarter 2016
This game was made by a volleyball fan for volleyball fans. The intention was to finally create a serious beach volleyball game.
Of course the resources were limited but a lot of heart and time went into this project.

Features
  • Extensive career mode for males and females
  • Party mode for up to 16 people (4 people playing at a time)
  • Very realistic ball physics and player abilities
  • Very large range of locations and tournaments
  • Character editor - recreate the looks and abilities of any real world player!
  • Controls are simple to learn but hard to master
  • Emotion system: audience and player reactions reflect the complete course of the game
  • Smart AI with humanlike behaviour
  • Plug & Play support for most controllers.

Gameplay
To defeat your opponents you have the full array of shots and spikes a real volleyball player would have in the same situation. You will need fast reflexes as well as a cool head to keep the overview in any situation.
The ball physics are very accurate - even the spin of the ball is taken into account to calculate the flying trajectories. To hit the ball precisely you need perfect timing just like in the real world - so playing the game also feels a lot like playing in reality.
There are two control modes: either control just one player at all times or - more difficult but also more intense - control both players alternately whenever they play the ball.
Additionally you can always play cooperatively with a friend.

AI
The AI has several difficulty settings but always behaves very similar to a real human.
On the one hand it analyzes your style of play and  guesses your next action, on the other hand it sometimes makes unforced errors.
Just don't think you can successfully do the same shot in the same situation over and over again.


Emotion System
The audience and player reactions reflect the complete course of the game - not just the last rally.
There will be no inappropriate cheers just because one team, that is already way behind and will lose the match anyways, scores.
Again, even not so spectacular points might lead to some heavy cheers if one team is catching up!
This awareness of situations also affects the gameplay: e.g. AI controlled players are more prone to make unforced errors in a close match after they were intimidated by a block.

Character Creation
In the character designer you can create any type of player you can imagine, from a virtual clone of yourself to a world champion(if this is not the same in your case). The players not only look like their real world counterparts, they also have the same abilities(e.g. jumping heights, running speed, stamina, technique, ...).
You could for example create a fully trained version of yourself (and your partner) and look what would be possible.
While modifying a character you can always see his/her physical facts and some athletic results (height, weight, attack reach, sprint and middle distance). This makes it very easy to accurately recreate real world players.


Extensive Career Mode for both sexes
In career mode hundreds of teams competing at dozens of tournaments all around the planet are simulated.
You start out as local underdog in one of 30 nations. After gaining enough points at national tournaments you are qualified to take part in continental tournaments and eventually you become eligible for international tournaments.
After each tournament you can train your team to eradicate your most annoying weaknesses.
Before a match starts you can view the abilities of your opposing team. This way you can take advantage of their weaknesses or hinder them to utilize their strengths.


Plug & Play Joystick Support
This game can be played with keyboard and most joysticks. Just plug your controller to your computer while the game is running and press a button - no complicated setup process necessary!


Party Mode
Play custom tournaments(single elimination, double elimination, king of the beach, round robin) with up to 16 teams. Each team can either be controlled by two humans, one human, or the AI. Theoretically you could setup a tournament for 32 human players, where always 4 people play at a time!
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16 Comments
Dreamorria Aug 12, 2016 @ 1:14pm 
YES!!!!! YES YES YES!!!! I am a senior in high school and starting outside hitter on my school's volleyball team! I have been waiting for a volleyball game like this since I started playing!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
GreatBoolean  [author] Aug 8, 2016 @ 2:08am 
@saxysnake: This was exactly the motivation to create this game! There has not been a good volleyball game since a very very long time - especially on PCs.

@everyone: Thanks for all the nice comments!!!
saxysnake Aug 7, 2016 @ 4:21pm 
This looks like the void that I've wanted filled since Dig & Spike Volleyball back on SNES. There hasn't been a good volleyball game since then, I think. This has me very very excited if all these game play elements are in the game as a lot of Volleyball games since Dig & Spike have been very arcadey in their game play which make for a pretty dull volleyball. I'll be watching for this one.
diegosendrasoftware Jul 23, 2016 @ 3:22pm 
Looks fund and well done. I appreciate the originality. Volleybal games are not common these days. Voted yes.
ProgSys Jul 23, 2016 @ 12:59pm 
You may need to rethink your thumbnail, maybe a different angle.
UrbanZion341 Jul 23, 2016 @ 6:33am 
I am not interested in volleyall to that extent, ut I do love a good career mode. And its nice to see a volleyball game that doesn't just focus on a** and boobs. I can dig it.
Pimp my Reich Jul 23, 2016 @ 4:13am 
lol
vincentdaddy Jul 22, 2016 @ 6:39pm 
Looks like a game for me
MALIK MONTANA Jul 22, 2016 @ 3:11pm 
izi
Gorlom[Swe] Jul 22, 2016 @ 1:31pm 
Finally a game that knows what genre it is and tags jsut taht genre :D
I wish you good luck, but as this sis not my cup of tea i'll be pressing "no". :)