Wow! Just when I thought that Super Smash Bros Melee was the ultimate in platform games that incorporated all my favourite characters along comes Super Smash Bros Brawl to knock spots off it. Nintendo have really pushed out the boat in terms of bringing some great characters together that are such favourites that fans just can’t help but be impressed and excited about this next offering.
Characters featured, (there are thirty five in all), include Mario, Link, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Bowser and Wario all with their unique personalities plus individual strengths and powers. Not only that, you are able to access characters from other games which is fantastic. There is Sonic the Hedgehog and Solid Snake both of who have their own special powers and weapons. It’s all about fighting your opponent making them slip from the platform to be eliminated. Whenever you win a match you are able to unlock new characters. You can customize your characters too which I enjoyed enormously. You can alter their unique powers, weapons plus even the way they move about, it’s great!
Multiplayer plays a big part in this edition both offline and online making it really exciting. You can however play as a single player, not as exciting to my mind but good none the less. The fighting scenes in multiplayer are awesome while they are much improved from Melee being tighter with better control. The fights can be customised too letting you choose things you want to keep or things you want to get rid of and replace.
The Special Brawl is mega as it enables you to choose your characters stamina, how they jump and use their weapons, what size they are along with great gravity control, it’s very special. You can play against friends who can all use their individual controllers, they have thought of everything this time. There are of course loads of trophies to be one plus stickers to collect as you play along jumping on elevators or climbing ladders, it is really fast paced which certainly gets the adrenalin pumping.
The Subspace Emissary story which is a bit of a side line tale is interesting. It is a very long story driven mode that will take time to complete so is great as a diversion from the main game play. It involves players, one or two to be precise, fighting Boss Fights that are challenging while enjoyable.
A fantastic feature that has been introduced is that you can create your own level and then submit it to Nintendo for their perusal. They will then decide whether to release it to other players. This will be done on a daily basis being available just on that day so will keep your interest going if like me you want to see who and what has been approved.
As far as violence is concerned it being a fighting game there is some but it certainly isn’t gratuitous although as always it’s a great anger venting game. The characters are cartoon like plus there is no blood and gore as in zombie games. Apart from Wario the character who breaks wind all the time there are no bad taste elements in Brawl or bad language so kids of any age group will love to play this game. Graphically it is a sheer delight while the audio is simply fantastic. Super Smash Bros Brawl is definitely the big event of the year for me.
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