Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Game Review
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was one of the most hyped up games since the reveal on March 8th, 2018. Since it’s release on December 7th, 2018 the biggest question has been if it's what it was made out to be.
For many people it was exactly what they were looking for in the sequel they have been waiting years for. With all the brand new maps, characters and challenges to complete, people were ready to get their hands on this game.
This new rendition of the infamous Super Smash Bros series is bigger than it ever was before. Including 74 fighters, 108 stages, 1297 spirit characters to collect and a brand new adventure mode.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate carries on the saga of having a skilled matchup for competitive gamers, or button mashing fun for the more casual players. It is up to each individual on if they use the basic input for some relaxed gameplay or go into the deep mechanics and strategies of the game. Either way you will find yourself enjoying every second of it.
To start out you have 8 characters to choose from; Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox and Pikachu. This means that it will take some time to grind out all 74 characters although many people seem to enjoy unlocking them as they play with their friends and find it exciting.
Now having a variety of 74 fighters to select from, it really allows the players to feel as if they are in a completely different fight each time they start a new round. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate gets its name from including all the characters from past Super Smash Bros games as well as an additional 11 new characters.
Who are the new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Characters?
Isabelle has recently gained a lot of attention simply because of how hard she is to unlock. Mainly people across multiple forums including reddit and gamefaqs have been creating memes (i.e people stating they would rather fight 1000 Thanos’ rather than Isabelle), looking for tips and tricks on how to beat her or are complaining about how powerful this one character is.
New features in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate consist of more clearness about whether or not a hit will turn into a K.O. or the optional radar which will show you the whereabouts of a player if he/she is offscreen. When there are only 2 fighters remaining, a new freeze frame effect will trigger when you land a K.O. hit. As well as the characters overall feeling a lot faster and much harder hitting than they have in previous Super Smash Bros games. Many players are happy with these changes as it only adds to the game without changing the core gameplay.
Although there are 108 stages in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, only 4 of them are new. Due to the high number of stages, it can also be hard to find which one you want as there is no feature that allows you to search/sort them. This is made up though with the new updated visuals on many fan-favorite stages such as Corneria and Fourside. That is not where it ends as the stages can now change in the midst of a fight (optional feature) and completely change up and transition the gameplay.
Now onto the newly introduced single player mode, World of Light. This is where you can collect the 1297 spirit characters which introduces an excellent mashup between Super Smash Bros and games such as Pokemon. An example of how these spirits works are they will change how the characters act and fight, so if one has the Snorlax spirit it won't be moving that much if at all as you would imagine. There are also spirits that can pose as much bigger challenges than a character with the mindset of a Snorlax. On such spirit would be Pauline as Peach who will now have a Hammer Mario and Donkey Kong chasing after you throughout the fight. Despite this, World of Light has its up and downs with around the first 10 hours of gameplay being new and exciting, whereas there tends to be a drop off for around the next 13-15 hours. Throughout those hours the game starts to feel repetitive throughout all of the spirit fights, however the game recollects for an hour-long exciting grand finale.
In multiplayer/co-op, there are many ways you can queue up to look for a fight. If you are looking for a quick matchup, you can search without the preferred rules option on. This means that the format, rules, time limit, stage and items can all be tweaked for a different fighting scenarios. The other option you have is turning preferred rules on where you can select which rules you want or don't want and it will match you up with an opponent that has the same taste. One problem some players are experiencing with multiplayer is with connectivity. Lag seems to be common right now, Nintendo seems to have dropped the ball on the multiplayer for now. Hopefully they work out the kinks as soon as possible because as of right now PvP is unplayable.
Overall, you won't be disappointed in shelling out the $60 for this game despite the rocky PvP performance. Having many stages to fight on and characters to unlock, you will have limitless hours of great experiences whether you are playing solo or with you friends. With all of the consistent and overwhelming amounts of content in this game, you won't be getting bored anytime soon.