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"Super Smash Brothers Brawl"

6/19/08

Honestly, I thought that "Super Smash Brothers Brawl" was going to be cooler...it probably is, if you like prize fights ala "Street Fighter" with Peach going up against Yoshi, or watching Kid Icarus fight a freakin' airbag called Kirby.

Occasionally, the speed and the gimmicks of this platform fighting game are interesting...but, overall, this is for hardcore Nintendo fans only.  As a party game, it wouldn't be bad if it wasn't so chaotic...which is probably a Me issue, since I'm older now and can't deal with so much happening on the screen at the same time.  The adventure portion of the game blows, but it is the best way to unlock all 40-ish characters in the game...the controls are fairly easy, since each character has essentially four moves and a special attack.  The stages are also cool, but edges and pits make for a miserable experience if you are getting bounced off of cliffs all the time, losing your character valuable points in the two-minute fight setup.  Online, this game was atrocious and I have not gotten a good game online yet, in terms of connection and total chaos.

This one isn't even worth talking about!

Rating:  eBay

 

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Bellview Rating System:

"Opening Weekend":  Buy this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why that's a good move.  A game experience that will almost guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end. 

"$40":  Usually after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly, or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new games.  Usually, that's about $40.  You'll feel good getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.

"eBay":  This game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from either half.com or eBay.  You also might let a friend buy this game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make them feel better.  Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy Seconds."

"Rental":  Like my cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something worthwhile.  For games in this category, this is the maximum amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.  Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.

"Dogshit":  Games like this should have never been released.  If you play this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the experience.  Further, if you can get this game for free, don't do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience for you!

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