Releasing in the form of a cross-platform open beta in April, with a full release slated for 21 May 2021, Knockout City seeks to deliver fast-paced, all-terrain dodgeball action.
The Velan Studios-developed title comes with a fair few moves for you to deploy, from traversing the world to throwing the ball, allowing you to take on your opponents as you see fit.
With plenty of options while in possession and without, these are the Knockout City controls that you need to know to master this free-flowing game of dodgeball.
In these Knockout City controls, you’ll find the left and right analogue listed as (L) and (R), and the directions on the d-pad of each console controller as Left, Right, Up, and Down. Pressing either analogue to activate the button is shown as L3 or R3.
Knockout City controls on PS4, PS5, Switch, and Xbox consoles
Easy to pick-up, but with plenty of variant moves to learn, the Knockout City controls below will see you through the action when you have and haven’t got a ball to hand.
|KO City Controls||PS4 / PS5 Controls||Switch Controls||Xbox One / X|S Controls|
|Use Glider||X (in midair)||B (in midair)||A (in midair)|
|Close Glider||X (with Glider open)||B (with Glider open)||A (with Glider open)|
|Double Jump||X, O/Triangle||B, A/X||A, B/Y|
|Dodge||(L) + Square||(L) + Y||(L) + X|
|Pick-up Ball (empty-handed)||(L) towards ball||(L) towards ball||(L) towards ball|
|Lock-on to Opponent||R2 (hold)||ZR (hold)||RT (hold)|
|Charge Throw||R2 (hold and release)||ZR (hold and release)||RT (hold and release)|
|Cancel Throw||L3 / Square / L2||L3 / Y / ZR||L3 / X / LT|
|Fake Throw||R2, R3||ZR, R3||RT, R3|
|Lob Shot||R2 (hold), Triangle, R2 (release immediately)||ZR (hold), X, ZR (release immediately)||RT (hold), Y, RT (release immediately)|
|Curve Shot||R2 (hold), O, R2 (release immediately)||ZR (hold), A, ZR (release immediately)||RT (hold), B, RT (release immediately)|
|Deflect Incoming Ball||Square (towards ball)||Y (towards ball)||X (towards ball)|
|Catch Incoming Ball||L2||ZL||LT|
|Perfect Catch||L2 (last possible moment)||ZL (last possible moment)||LT (last possible moment)|
|Charge Pass||L1 (hold and release)||L (hold and release)||LB (hold and release)|
|Call “Here” (without a ball)||L1||L||LB|
|Enter Ballform||R1 (hold)||R (hold)||RB (hold)|
|Pick-up and Throw Ballform player||R2 (hold and release)||ZR (hold and release)||RT (hold and release)|
|Charge a Ballform Throw||R2 (hold)||ZR (hold)||RT (hold)|
|Control Charged Trajectory||(L)||(L)||(L)|
|Call “Throw Me” (in Ballform)||R2||ZR||RT|
|Emotes||Up / Left / Down / Right||Up / Left / Down / Right||Up / Left / Down / Right|
How to get Overcharge in Knockout City
You can get Overcharge tiers by receiving a Pass (getting the ball while empty-handed from a teammate who pressed L1/L/LB to pass to you) or by performing a Perfect Catch.
The Knockout City controls for a Perfect Catch are the same as the controls for a regular catch, but you need to time the pressing of L2/ZL/LT to make the catch at the last possible moment.
You can also perform quick one-two passes for a faster Overcharge tier by passing the ball (L1/L/LB) to a teammate with a ball, and then they can reflect it straight back by pressing L1/L/LB.
Receiving a pass – which is done automatically – will give you Overcharge, but it can’t push your Overcharge bar beyond Tier 1. A Perfect Catch will add a tier to your Overcharge and can charge you up to Tier 6.
Getting into Overcharge will allow you to throw the ball faster in Knockout City, giving opponents less time to dodge or catch your throws. When you have four or more tiers of Overcharge, the ball will become Supercharged, making your throws incredibly fast.
What do the special balls do in Knockout City?
There are several specialist balls to use in Knockout City, ranging from ones that impact your movement to others that can deal huge amounts of damage.
Find the special balls at the ball spawners randomly on each map; most of them require the same Knockout City controls for throwing as regular balls.
- Moon Ball: While holding the Moon Ball, you can jump higher and hit opponents further.
- Sniper Ball: Hold R2/ZR/RT to target long-range opponents, keeping the aim on them for a Full-Lock. Release the aim with Full-Lock charged to throw a super-fast shot with the Sniper Ball.
- Cage Ball: The Cage Ball traps anyone it hits in the Ballform, caging them in the form for a set period of time that cannot be shortened. The Ballform players can be picked up and thrown.
- Bomb Ball: The Bomb Ball detonates on impact, hitting everyone within its explosion range – which includes your teammates and yourself.
The Knockout City controls on the PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox X|S, and Xbox One are clear-cut and fairly simple, but offer enough variety for you to try some different techniques in the dodgeball-derived game.
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