Super Smash Bros. Brawl Initial Impressions

Super Smash Bros Brawl Initial Impressions

I bought Brawl last night and since then have played the game for just over 10 hours. I’ve mostly played the Subspace Emissary as well as one run through classic mode with Snake and 20 of the single player events. I also played a quick online game with Gmoney and another one with a random person.

I guess overall Brawl is really just Melee, but greatly expanded upon in all areas. There are better graphics, more characters, and more stages. There are lots of new items and tons of trophies, songs, and stickers to collect, as well as a huge increase in the amount things to do while playing solo.

The Subspace Emissary stands out to me as the newest real addition to the series. It’s basically a story mode, where you’ll see character story lines told through tons of different CG scenes as you progress. The levels are side scrolling and played out through a bunch of different locations. Each level you play through with a certain group of characters depending on whose storyline is being focused on for that level. You’ll be fighting against the Subspace Army who are just up to no good whatsoever.

I’ve really enjoyed Subspace Emissary so far. It’s a lot longer then I expected it to be…I’m only about 55% of the way through after playing it for this long. I mean, it’s not 40 hours or anything, but for a fighting game I think it’s pretty good. There are tons of secrets throughout the levels, and it’s really fun seeing the odd pairings of characters (Pikachu and Samus, for example). There are boss battles along the way as well which are a nice change of pace from the side scrolling levels.

Online play was…OK. The one random match I got into had a bit of lag, so it was really difficult pulling off what you were trying to do. I honestly wasn’t expecting a ton from the online portion of the game, so I can’t say I’m disappointed. I would love to see Nintendo setup their online similar to Microsoft (minus the 12 year olds yelling at me), but I just don’t see that happening anytime soon, so I’ll be happy with what I’ve got, a super simplistic match making system. At least I can play with friends, that’s all that really matters.

Overall I think Super Smash Bros. Brawl is pretty radical. There is just so much to do besides normal vs. matches to keep you occupied for a very long time. I wasted a lot of time just looking through all the trophies I had received. If you liked Melee, you’ll love Brawl. It’s everything it’s predecessor was, but better in every way possible.

10 thoughts on “Super Smash Bros. Brawl Initial Impressions”

  1. This makes me think twice now before I blow off this game. I am still boycotting because nintendo doesn’t know how to advertise. I will teach them a lesson. This is until this afternoon when I may actually buy the game. BOO YAH.

  2. This makes me think twice now before I blow off this game. I am still boycotting because nintendo doesn’t know how to advertise. I will teach them a lesson. This is until this afternoon when I may actually buy the game. BOO YAH.

  3. So there I am last night getting so pissed that Ike can’t jump to save his life and I kept getting knocked off the stage when I only have maybe 20 more enemies to kill when I realized something. The controls for This new Smash Bro.’s are going to take some getting used to. I guess I could just try and plug in my gamecube controller, but then I might be at a disadvantage when I travel to friends houses to play and they only have Wii Controllers.

    So I played Classic Mode Twice. Once with Ike and once with Pikachu. There is really nothing new there. I must say some Brawlin went on, but it was more like a melee at times (just so much going on at one time). I did like how songs could be unlocked and stickers. That was cool.

    The highlight was what I will call the story mode. The graphics and animation were very well done. I only cleared one stage so I can ‘t say much, but it was cool. A nice change for this new game. It would be cool though if the characters could speak though.

    So after playin a little I can say I am pleased with this game up till now. Lets hope that stays the same after playing more.

    Question:
    While there is a Hyrule Castle stage in the Melee Category (which is cool cus it takes me back to better days before law school) I am wondering if there is going to be a redone Hyrule Castle Stage?

  4. So there I am last night getting so pissed that Ike can’t jump to save his life and I kept getting knocked off the stage when I only have maybe 20 more enemies to kill when I realized something. The controls for This new Smash Bro.’s are going to take some getting used to. I guess I could just try and plug in my gamecube controller, but then I might be at a disadvantage when I travel to friends houses to play and they only have Wii Controllers.

    So I played Classic Mode Twice. Once with Ike and once with Pikachu. There is really nothing new there. I must say some Brawlin went on, but it was more like a melee at times (just so much going on at one time). I did like how songs could be unlocked and stickers. That was cool.

    The highlight was what I will call the story mode. The graphics and animation were very well done. I only cleared one stage so I can ‘t say much, but it was cool. A nice change for this new game. It would be cool though if the characters could speak though.

    So after playin a little I can say I am pleased with this game up till now. Lets hope that stays the same after playing more.

    Question:
    While there is a Hyrule Castle stage in the Melee Category (which is cool cus it takes me back to better days before law school) I am wondering if there is going to be a redone Hyrule Castle Stage?

  5. I forgot to mention I only use the Gamecube controller, the Wiimote stuff is supposed to suck. You just have to carry a Gamecube controller on you at all times.

    Not sure about the remade stage.

  6. Do you find it easy to use the gamecube controller? Are the controls pretty much the same as in Melee? What prompted you to use the cube controller over the wii-mote?

  7. Do you find it easy to use the gamecube controller? Are the controls pretty much the same as in Melee? What prompted you to use the cube controller over the wii-mote?

  8. I thought it was different, that puts it nicely. All smash bros games are good in their own special way, but I expected brawl to be better than Melee.

  9. Even though I like brawl it just did not impress me as much as it should have.
    The online could have been much better, and it was very limited.
    I know it’s nintendo, but still.

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