The Galaxy’s Most Violent Virtual Sport! Check out our web site at to learn more, watch video, or download the game! Are you tired of slow, boring games? Do you yearn for superhuman powers and extremely violent deaths? Do you like hookers, and your balls? Smashball is a fast-paced, ultraviolent first-person-shooter played as a highly structured team sport. Two teams use superhuman maneuvers, a high-tech grappling hook, and high-powered weaponry to try to get a single ball into their opponent’s goal. What's it like? INCREDIBLE MOBILITY! Smashball players can use their Turbo Power to amp up their speed. The Grappling Hook can be used to swing across open areas and wrap around corners. Combining the two allows for supreme feats of acrobatics. INTENSE ACTION! Play is focused on The Smashball. Every second has to be used to score. Brutal slugfests, fast breaks, and last-second saves abound. All weapons have Infinite Ammo, and players Regenerate Health, so you never get distracted from...

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Smashball, a Half-Life 2 mod with a futuristic sports slant, is now available to the public!

Posted by Krenzo on Dec 16th, 2008

Smashball, a Half-Life 2 mod with a futuristic sports slant, is now available to the public!




"Fast and Furious Action! Rend your foes into hamburger with a lethal array of weaponry. Grab the ball, pass it to your teammates, and don't fumble! Run or shoot the ball into your enemy's goal to win the game!"

"Match and Player Stats! On our web site, you can see your personal stats, as well as the results of any match played on an official server. As you play, you gain Experience Points and Levels. These make you a more versatile player by giving you access to special abilities."

"Fame and Fortune! Think you've got what it takes to make the grade? We invite the best teams and players into our Pro Division, where they can compete for cash prizes. We publish the best matches as high-definition video on YouTube."

Here's a recent match between two user created teams, the Djibouti Mom Lovers VS the Rapid City Rickrollers:

Match Stats: Smashball.tv

Video Round 1: Youtube.com
Video Round 2: Youtube.com
Video Round 3: Youtube.com
Video Round 4: Youtube.com
Video Round 5: Youtube.com
Video Round 6: Youtube.com

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stenchy
stenchy Dec 16 2008, 8:36pm says:

Sweet!

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FJS
FJS Dec 16 2008, 8:58pm says:

Looks really good and funny, I'll download.

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VulpineComplex
VulpineComplex Dec 16 2008, 9:15pm says:

Cool, will have to give it a shot.

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Sn4tcH
Sn4tcH Dec 16 2008, 9:21pm says:

Downloading NOW

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MrDev
MrDev Dec 16 2008, 9:33pm says:

A great idea, you guys have even set up brackets for teams and players I love this! Cant wait to try it out, Downloading now :D

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Terminal58
Terminal58 Dec 16 2008, 10:19pm says:

Epic, I'll play this a lot if it plays as good as it looks!

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RogerRamjet
RogerRamjet Dec 16 2008, 11:18pm says:

looks great guys... a nice twist on several other ball style games... Get rid of those hideous long range shadows and the overall look should be really good...

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Robok
Robok Dec 16 2008, 11:52pm says:

My first impression was "Smash-WHAT?". I'll definitely check it out, looks pretty good.

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Mastix
Mastix Dec 17 2008, 12:02am says:

Looks very fun!!! =D

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Tatsur0
Tatsur0 Dec 17 2008, 2:21am says:

Lots of fun, but with a ping over 100 (Living in Japan was at 120 on the best server I could find) ruined the experience considerably. Hopefully we'll see more servers but for the majority of players it's definitely worth the download. Nice work guys.

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce Dec 17 2008, 3:01am says:

looks awesome, will try later if I got time!

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angry_bot
angry_bot Dec 17 2008, 4:26am says:

Sooooo speedball, then?

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stonecold23
stonecold23 Dec 17 2008, 5:49am says:

yea looks fun

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Germanfragger
Germanfragger Dec 17 2008, 8:42am says:

Short: WTF!?

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Lez
Lez Dec 17 2008, 9:13am says:

Good fun, be nice to play against some people however :P

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rekondoergo
rekondoergo Dec 17 2008, 9:46am says:

downloading :D

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Robok
Robok Dec 17 2008, 11:23am says:

It's very awesome gameplay-wise, and the players on the server I played it were coordinating and such which really added to the experience. Overall I think you have a lot of potential as your main focus is fun and you definitely achieved that :)

ps. you should work on completing the mod graphics-wise, that's what it's currently lacking IMO.

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Bird_of_Prey
Bird_of_Prey Dec 17 2008, 12:58pm says:

This looks really good! I'll give it a try when I get some time.

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Kamikazi[Uk]
Kamikazi[Uk] Dec 17 2008, 1:27pm says:

This is one sweet looking mod awesome work.

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SinKing
SinKing Dec 17 2008, 2:10pm says:

Krenzo again, eh? Are you not fond enough of yourself and the brilliant Empires mod, yet? Do you have to keep on creating great mods just to keep yourself satisfied? - Let's hope so!

-could also be you're just coincidentially playing that thang. Anyway, that is a dang hot mod!

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Krenzo Author
Krenzo Dec 17 2008, 3:47pm replied:

"Do you have to keep on creating great mods just to keep yourself satisfied?"

Yes :) However, I'm not the team lead on this one, just the lead coder.

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stonecold23
stonecold23 Dec 17 2008, 5:29pm says:

i found the controls quite fiddly and unintuitive. i was expecting the rope to be kinda elastic and propel me forwards with no effort.... but instead it seemed slow and cumbersome at first. could there be no auto aiming for the rope so you can concentrate on the game not your movement so much. it feels like the awkward movement detracts from playing the game a bit

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Krenzo Author
Krenzo Dec 17 2008, 6:09pm replied:

You have to swing on the rope like tarzan would. It's a pendulum, not a line that reels you in instantly like a Quake grappling hook. Just practice with it a bit, and you'll get the hang of it. Try spectating some people who have the motion down.

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WhiteHawke
WhiteHawke Dec 19 2008, 7:24am replied:

It shouldn't be a problem if you're used to Tribes: Vengeance, hehe.
The system is very similar and I actually like that grappling hook alot more than the Quake one. Requires more skill and gets better results.

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Dullshooter
Dullshooter Jan 1 2009, 3:44pm replied:

"get the hang of it" lol pun

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Warmfuzzy Creator
Warmfuzzy Dec 18 2008, 12:21am says:

stonecold23, that was actually a conscious design decision (tbh probably better described as a nifty emergent feature stemming from a design decision). If you fully concentrate on your movement, you can move really fast, but lose the ability to do anything else effectively except perhaps pass or run into the goal.

As a general rule, if hooking doesn't feel fun, you're probably doing it wrong. :D

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there_was_a_modder
there_was_a_modder Dec 18 2008, 8:40am says:

Melonz :D
Love the goo gun :D

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce Dec 18 2008, 2:50pm says:

played more on my own 6 player server. It's quite nice :D, had a good amount of teammwork also funny was when one of my team was standing inside the enemy goal and I randomly passed the ball to him when trying to score, resulting in a run(which is more points I think?:D)

anyway it's pretty good when u get the hang of it!

P.S melonz in my mod are way more awesome!

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InStars
InStars Dec 18 2008, 3:18pm says:

So are there any servers up?

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Krenzo Author
Krenzo Dec 18 2008, 3:32pm replied:

Yeah, there are 6 official servers up.

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ZedoMann
ZedoMann Dec 21 2008, 10:02am says:

Looks like fun...I'd better download it.

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DOLBYdigital
DOLBYdigital Dec 21 2008, 7:34pm says:

ill be downloading this one now.
Nice job although I agree with those large shadows in the video seemed strange.

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grantelicious
grantelicious Dec 29 2008, 7:50pm says:

1. Saying "The Galaxy's most violent sport" sounds lame.
2. Galaxies* not Galaxy's.

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Pynkfloyd
Pynkfloyd Jan 9 2009, 1:32pm replied:

No it's "The Galaxy's" most violent sport. Don't correct good grammar.

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grantelicious
grantelicious Dec 30 2008, 9:51am says:

I just played it and the game has potential but two things will kill it...

1. Poor map design
2. Poor art direction which is generic and makes the game uninteresting.

I think the game would be much more at home on Unreal Engine 3 but not much support for that.

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