The newest free-to-play battle royale has released in Rumbleverse from Iron Galaxy Studios. The over-the-top cartoonish brawler is similar to Fortnite, but mostly without the projectile weapons and guns. Instead, you can find many different melee weapons about the stage as well as using unarmed attacks. You can also throw items at your opponents, and even use things like street signs and trash cans as weapons.
Below, you will find your complete controls guide for Rumbleverse on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S (the PlayStation 5 version was played for this piece). Following the controls will be gameplay tips geared toward beginners of these types of games as well as some specific tips for the Rumbleverse game mechanics.
Note that the left and right sticks are denoted as L and R, respectively. Pressing on either is marked as L3 and R3. You can also remap controls to your liking in the Settings.
Below are gameplay tips for playing Rumbleverse. These tips are geared toward beginners of battle royale games, but there are also tips specific to Rumbleverse.
Rumbleverse has a quasi tutorial called the Playground. It is the third playable mode on the main screen (toggle with Square or X, hit Triangle or Y to play). You can either decide to play with or without the ability to damage and take damage from other players in the Playground. It may be best to play without the ability on to prevent any pesky interference (you will respawn if you are knocked out).
As you move around, you’ll see red and clear lights shining from the ground to the sky. There are various monitors in the clear lighted areas that will give you basic tips on playing, such as the above tips on landing a basic melee attack combo. The red light areas will be where you can experiment with various weapons.
You can also practice on the Playground Bots. Most won’t attack you (except for in the dodge area), so you can just practice on them as much as you want. Go for combos, which will build up your Superstar meter (the blue meter with a star), allowing you to enter Superstar Mode. You can then land a super attack with Triangle or Y. Even better, the more damage you deal to the bots, the more perks you’ll unlock, which will be activated during solo and duo play.
Rumbleverse has a plethora of customizable items for your character. You can change your gear, hair, skin tone, and more. A lot of options are locked in the beginning, though some can be purchased in the shop. However, you still have a good number to start with and will unlock more as you play the game. PlayStation Plus subscribers can unlock the pictured boxing gear.
Rumbleverse also has an in-game store where you can purchase customizable items. You’ll need to have what the game calls Brawlla Bills, the in-game currency. There will also be a battle pass that will most likely release when Season 1 officially launches on August 18.
While you play, keep an eye on the two (three with the Superstar) meters on the bottom of the screen. The yellow-orange bar is your stamina bar, which depletes from sprinting and climbing walls. The green meter is your health meter.
Stamina will replenish naturally, but slowly. Health will not replenish unless you use an item. You can eat items of food like the pictured whole turkey and other consumables like drinks and potions. There are also stamina potions that will continuously replenish your stamina during the duration of the effect.
It’s always great to have at least one health and one stamina recovery item on you so you can escape tricky situations in a pinch. However, note that the act of consuming an item will cause you to either move slowly or stay in place as your player literally eats or drinks the item. To use an item, pick it up with Circle or B, or use the D-Pad to grab it from your inventory, then use Square or X.
The best way to survive in Rumbleverse is to avoid conflict whenever possible. Sure, it’s fun to fight others and eliminate them, but that also leaves you open to the same. Try staying high, leaping across buildings and rooftops, to avoid as much conflict as possible. When you do have to engage, quickly escape when the opportunity presents itself.
The above picture shows making it to the top six, yet only one full battle was actually initiated until that point. Avoiding conflict can lead to making the top five, top two, or even victory, which adds more fame points (essentially experience points).
You’ll get the post-match screen once your eliminated or win. On the first run, second place was notched while completing all three initial challenges, shooting up to level two once the fame points from the challenges were claimed. The more damage you deal, the more eliminations you make, and the higher your final placement will lead to more points.
As with all battle royale games, the playable area of the map shrinks at certain time intervals. Eventually, it will be a small radius that really only has space for the final two brawlers. While avoiding conflict, head toward the center of the map (in general) to avoid the shrinking map. The final area won’t always be in the center of the map, but it’s more likely to be in the central area of the map than the edges.
If you get caught in the ring, you’ll have ten seconds to make it to the new playable area before being eliminated. You can still be attacked by brawlers trying to avoid the same fate, so beware!
In order to maximize your chances of survival, master dodging and blocking. There are several ways to dodge (using L2+R2 or LT+RT) and you can block with R2 or RT. When playing through the Playground, there is a dodge area where you can practice and be given info on the different types of dodging. The best part about dodging is that it briefly grants you a moment of invulnerability as you dodge. However, dodging uses stamina and if you block too much, your block will break. There are also unguardable attacks that can ruin your gameplan.
The most basic type is the backflip, which is simply triggered with R2+L2 or RT+LT. You’ll simply flip backwards, If you hit the buttons with a direction, then you’ll evade with a roll to the side you input.
There are two types of bailout dodges: Bailout on Hit and Bailout on Miss. Bailout on Hit allows you to perform a dodge after landing a hit to avoid the recovery period after landing a combo. Simply hit R2+L2 or RT+LT during an attack. Bailout on Miss does the same, but on a missed strike. Both use more stamina than a simple dodge, but Bailout on Miss uses the most stamina, so avoid that when you can.
Dodging and blocking can turn the tide of the battle against your opponent(s). Master them!
You’ll build up your Superstar meter by landing attacks and collecting blue stars across the map. When it’s filled, you can enter Superstar mode with R2+Circle or RT+B. In Superstar mode, your health and stamina will regenerate, and your attacks will be stronger. Further, you can land a super attack, which is unblockable if it lands, to deal massive damage and potentially eliminate an opponent. However, if you miss the super, you’ll be vulnerable to attack and even a super yourself!
You’ll receive daily challenges which you can reroll if you have any rerolls left. At launch, there were easy challenges, such as completing 12 long jumps or climbing walls. These daily challenges reward you with 50 fame points each, an easy way to level up. After completing the first three, another two appeared (pictured), making it seem like there can be a total of five daily challenges to complete.
The weekly challenges are likely to drop once Season 1 begins on August 18.
Now you have your complete controls guide for Rumbleverse. Master dodging and blocking, land your super attacks, and win!
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Bruce Lee is the Lead Editor for OutsiderGaming.com. He has a PhD in Education, but has always been a gamer. His main gaming interests are RPGs and sports, with some action and adventure on the side. Bruce still hails Chrono Trigger as the best game ever.