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Developer: Bandai Namco Studios, Sora Ltd.
Release Date: December 7th, 2018
Platform/Console: Nintendo Switch
“The following is a contributor post by the Valiant Vision Mage.”
Super Smash Bros. is a series of party-fighting games, which play like action-platformers, and take place in a crossover of many video game universes. It seems each game is amazing for its time, but dare I say that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is not only the “Ultimate” Super Smash Bros. but also the “Ultimate” game of 2018! This is even greatly the case in how it was presented before release.
The excitement all started roughly 10 months before the posting of this article. Toward the end of a Nintendo Direct on March 8, 2018, they had said “That’s all for today’s Nintendo Direct…well, actually, we have one more announcement!” Then we saw the smallest and most important teaser of what is probably the most ambitious crossover in history:
…and this was only the beginning! At Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018, Nintendo didn’t do much to help other games on the platform by taking up so much time. They did, however, have amazing presentation for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The waiting, accompanied by excitement, still wasn’t over though. There was still a dedicated Super Smash Bros. Direct, a segment in a standard Nintendo Direct, a final Super Smash Bros. Direct, and something at the Game Awards mere hours before release in the United States!
But enough of the bringing of excitement, let’s get into the game itself:
One of the biggest draws about this game is multiplayer combat, which includes over 70 playable fighters. It can be great, but also too much at times. There is an unprecedented amount of content in this game, but this can be exciting or intimidating depending on what you’re looking for.
The amount of content also comes at a cost: the amount of ways to play. While the base game now has so many ways to play the core of the game, there are barely any modes aside from the core. There are some cool things for certain, such as a refined Classic Mode. However, aside from the base game, Classic Mode, World of Light (adventure mode), and Century Smash (Multi-Man Smash), there isn’t too much else to do.
But with the refined gameplay, added to an already great multiplayer format, the gameplay is the best that it has ever been. In addition to gameplay, there are over 70 playable characters, over 100 different stages, and an optional Spirit system with a lot of variety and references to classic and modern video games (including third-party).
I’d compare Super Smash Bros. to a small cake, but only in terms of circumference, not the flavor or amount of layers, because this is a FLAVORFUL, MANY-LAYERED cake. This game has so much within its core to try out, more than I could have ever imagined otherwise. And with characters, stages, items, spirits, and variances in rules, there is so much in the already epic core gameplay! This makes it an amazing competitive environment, whether it be friendly competition or a tournament. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a great fighting game and the best “party” game I’ve ever played by a mile. It…no, the entire series, takes an important place in video game history.
+ Offered an exciting ride in waiting nine months for it to release
+ Refined gameplay from previous entries
+ Great for competitive multiplayer if players are of similar skill level
+ The most ambitious crossover in video game history at the very least
+ An unprecedented amount of content (characters, stages, etc.)
+ Layers and layers to core gameplay
+ Hundreds of references to video game history
– Not many ways to play other than the game’s core mode
– The unprecedented amount of content may be intimidating (depending on you)
– May be hard to play with people of different skill levels
The Valiant Vision Mage wants to be part of changing the future of gaming journalism. He enjoys more than anything the positive interactions with fellow gamers, and hopes to gain more interaction through blogging about his experiences with games. He puts the experience of a game higher than how it looks or sounds. So when it comes to talking about good experiences in gaming, you may run into the Valiant Vision Mage. Read more at lodestarvalor.wordpress.com.
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