Super Smash Bros Brawl has been one of the most anticipated games for the Nintendo Wii and now that it has arrived! It’s an amazing game that will please not only Nintendo fans but newcomers to the game. The game is simply every character ever created in Nintendo history brought together in a massive, fast-paced, battle royal for victory.
The basis of the game is simple. You fight your enemy and smash them off the screen. The controls system uses only three buttons. One for the basic attack, one for special attacks and a block button which rarely gets used! The controls can be customized to suit your gameplay and all control styles can be used like the Wii remote horizontal, Wii remote and nunchuck and the classic controller. Each fighter has a percentage on the screen which increases as you take damage. The higher the percentage the higher the risk of being smashed off the screen giving your opponent a score. The character with the highest score at the end of the battle wins the game.
The simplicity of the gameplay causes this game to be one of the most accessible fighter games to date, allowing anybody of any level to play. This is not to say that the game has no depth. There are 41 characters, each with their own unique special moves and fighting style and the game involves a lot of strategies. You have to know when and where to be in the battle and how to strike in certain situations.
If you have been a fan of the Super Smash Bros Brawl series, you will feel right at home with this game. It is the same game, just bigger and better in every way. The single-player mode has all the same options as before – the classic mode, the stadium mode, training and events. The new addition to the Wii version is the adventure mode – The Subspace Emissary. This mode allows you to progress through a side-scrolling platformer, which ends at each level in a fight with a boss character.
You play the game through each level with the individual characters pursuing their own adventures, which then lead to an endpoint where all they all team up to fight a common enemy. This mode takes around eight hours to play and does get a little repetitive at times, but is rewarding to watch the amazing animation cut scenes in between each level. The presentation, animation and general look are very professionally done. Getting through ‘The Subspace Emissary’ mode is also the quickest way to unlock all the characters. The other ways are to play the game hundreds of times before you unlock them. To do it faster you could play co-op with a friend, which certainly makes the game easier, but also more fun.
The multiplayer mode is what makes this game a must buy. The game has all the modes the previous games have, but with more options, making the game altogether much better. The actual gameplay is much tighter and better balanced. They have also added a mid-air dodge and new smash ball, which allows your character to perform a devastating finishing move.
You can play as every Nintendo character that has been unlocked (including secret characters), as well as new third-party characters, such as Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid and Sega’s famous Sonic the Hedgehog.
One of the most exciting additions to Super Smash Bros Brawl is the fact that you can now play online. This is an amazing addition to the game as it plays brilliantly on the internet without any lag. All the options are available online in the way that they are offline.
To try and criticize Super Smash Bros Brawl would mean bringing up small points that can’t be helped about the game. The game is fundamentally the same game as it was back on the N64 and if you didn’t enjoy the game then, you are probably not going to enjoy the game now. The online component, which is a brilliant addition to the game, has no leaderboard or stats tracking. This is a bit of a let down in a game that can be very competitive for the player. Also, the fact that there is no speak option or any real way to communicate with your opponent is a real let down.
To close this, Super Smash Bros Brawl is highly recommended to anyone who owns a Wii. The game has depth, accessible to anyone, runs at 60fps and 480p widescreen, and has an amazing soundtrack (314 songs to be exact) and many unlockables to keep you playing for a long time.
I give it 5 out of 5
I graduated from Bradford University in 2006 training in Animation and special effects. I have a massive love for animation and especially in games. I currently train with AnimationMentor, the Animators from Pixar and Disney. I also train as a martial artist, Tang so do, Tai chi and Capoeria, which is probably why most of my interest in films and games are usually action and fighting related. I really enjoy Manga movies (such as Fist of the North Star) and action movies such as Equilibrium, Matrix Trilogy, Blade, Night Watch, Drive, Hitman, Troy and Underworld. I’m also a big fan of psychological films such as Memento and Irreversible too. I have been playing games since I was little, first ever games console was a Super Nintendo with Street Fighter 2. Since then I have been completely loyal to Nintendo and have owned every Nintendo console, including the rare Nintendo watch, to date. My main interests are action games such as Smash Bros, Tekken and Mario Kart, however I do also like games which lean more towards good storylines such as Metal Gear Solid.