Super Smash Bros. Brawl was a game that was hype-filled. Every day I would check the website to learn any new info, see any new characters, stages, music, etc. When I saw that Snake and Sonic were in the game, I almost crapped my pants. Not really, but I was excited. I used to play the original Super Smash Brothers on the N64 every day at my friends house. Melee wasn't a game I got into but it was fun. Now it's time to review one of Nintendo's most content stuffed games, ever.
Right away when you play this game you'll notice a new mode was added, the Subspace Emissary, a story mode. You'll play through the game unlocking characters and then choosing a few heroes or villains to go into a sidescrolling level, collect items, and fight enemies. It's repetitive and the story telling isn't the greatest, mainly because none of the characters talk, but the cinemas are fun to watch. Basically trophies are brought to life to fight each other. Mario, Peach, Zelda, Kirby, etc. A spaceship comes out of nowhere and scoops some of the good guys up, flings Mario/Kirby away and your adventure begins. You'll run into other characters and have them join your side. The objective of story mode? Speed run through levels and collect things. The story is much more fun to play through with a friend.
The gameplay is the same as previous games. It's not a fighting game, but a party game. You choose a character and fight up to three other people. You need to hit them to get their damage up so they can be hit farther until they can be hit off-screen and lose a life. Its fun for awhile by yourself, the real fun is with friends though. Some characters play the same but most have unique fighting styles. Lots of stages and tons of music are shoved in this game and it makes for a great bonus. There are quite a few modes like a survival mode, home run, challenge, etc. You'll be kept busy for awhile. Also with a stage creator (which doesn't have as many options as I'd like) that adds to the enjoyment and sharing options such as a picture and video sender you will be kept busy.
The graphics in this game aren't bad for the Wii. All the characters look more updated and more realistic? Anyway, the special effects, explosions, and cinemas look fantastic and kind of emulate a Legend of Zelda style. Not surprisingly. The audio in this game is perfect. Tons of classic and remixed tracks are included and really add to the experience. No voice acting though. I forgive Nintendo though, I think it would be weird to here Link or Mario talk again, *cringes*.
At first the online was crap. Online lagged and froze but Nintendo fixed it now. It runs pretty good with occasional slow down and lag but it's mostly stable. Sharing stages is fun and sending them into Nintendo is a cool feature. Playing the campaign with friends and trying to collect everything will keep you coming back but after you've received everything it gets boring. Fast. More modes for online would be great but Nintendo is still working out the kinks with their online services (I guess).
The game has wonderful audio and fun gameplay but the sometimes laggy online and lack of a good story mode does hold it back a little. Some characters play the same but playing as your favourites will defiantly please you. A rental the least, Super Smash Brothers Brawl is a great party game to play with friends and a great addition to any Super Smash Bros. Fan's collection.