We’ve all heard the same phrases over and over, “it’s a smash bros clone”, “why play that when you have smash bros”, “sony wanted to cash in on the genre”.
I had my doubts about the game, I watched some gameplays and it seemed fun enough for me to want to try it out, PS+ granted me that chance and I took it. I’m glad I played the game, people seem to nitpick at every single flaw the game has without looking that the core gameplay is still fun. One thing I can say for sure is that the game will never reach Smash Bros competitive status online or on tournaments, but that’s alright, the game is excellent at casual multiplayer fun, I’ve spent several hours on my PS3 with friends, battling over and over.
It still has enough to differentiate itself from SSB, the main thing being Super Attacks needed to kill opponents, a great mechanic that rewards patience, you need to be careful, and you need to think whether to do a LVL 1 Super Attack and risk being blocked, dodged or interrupted, or wait for a more safe LVL 2, it adds more strategy and timing to the battles. I like that every character has its own level that get you unlockables for that character (although I hate that you can’t level up while playing with a friend to prevent boosting).
It still has its cons, my main problem is that 1v1 games are a pain in the ass, they take way too long, it takes time to charge a LV2 Super, while LV1 are avoided easily and going for them is pointless most of the time, but 4 player FFA is a lot of fun. Some items are way overpowered (ice bomb), some stages are annoying as hell (uncharted plane), and you can’t play Arcade mode disabling these two annoyances. The best characters in the game are DLC (Kat and Isaac Clark).
I know people still hate it, either because some consider it a rip-off and don’t even give it a fair chance, or people who gave it a chance and still weren’t pleased, I can’t blame any of them, but in my opinion, it still is a fun game to play with some friends, or even to kill some time.