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Not Quite Super Smash Bros. but pretty close.

  • Dudesoft
  • 12/27/2011 05:49 AM
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Super Smash Brothers Crusade - by Felipe_9595

Super Smash Brothers Crusade!


Gotta Pick 'em All!


Where do I begin? This is an indie game made to mirror the style of gameplay found in other Smash Brothers games. Why do even need to remind people about this? Because, there are a lot of points that could quickly turn this into a scathing review. However, we must accept that the creators are not professionally paid game creators who made code from scratch etc.
Let's start with these bad points so they're out of the way and we can continue focusing on the good...

Mismatched graphics
For a game so well made, the majority of the cast have great matching graphics to each other and the stages. It's nice. Until you play as Megaman, Goku, Chun-Li, or Ryu. Suddenly these characters are glaringly out of place. They're ripped from their respective games and chucked into this game. It's like having a cast of RPGMaker 2k3 characters and some side guys join the team from RPGMaker XP.


Seriously, just... why?


Cheap Ass Characters
The main Super Smash Bros. cast have their usual, balanced gameplay. Then there's some of the new additions that kind of make no sense or break the game.
-Bomberman: Spam the rolling bomb for easy wins.
-Goku: Kamehameha is one button press. Almost no charge time, and it is a beam attack that cuts clean across most stages. Can we understand how this quickly becomes the worst possible character? You can't get back on the stage! Kamehameha...

Useless Characters
-Ristar: He is alright to fight against, because he is so easy. His main smash attack is “Throw own body at enemy”. In a game where the objective is to stay ON the arena, this is pretty bad! Still, I managed to get through single-player with him.
-Gooey is nigh useless, unless I really misunderstood how to use it.
-Toad: I really don't need to explain this one.

Game Breaks
This might just be bugs that need to be fixed, or I am amazing at breaking things. Here are the major bugs that I've found.
-Master Hand has on 4 occasions smashed into the far-left side of the arena and got stuck there, ripe for a cheap kill. While it is a yay that I beat single-player; it is a boo for challenge.
-Chun-Li actually broke the game. I beat Jigglypuff and Chun-Li's health bar disappeared, leaving me stranded in the level until I reset.

Young Link
Call me a picky bastard if you like, but Young Link is called Toon Link. Because it's Toon Link that they used for the graphics of Young Link. What the heck!

Costumes
There is a serious lack of character selection colours! In actual SSB games we're used to being able to swap outfits/colours of our characters. However, in this only Ryu and Chun-Li have this option, it seems! Which is really a shame, not just for the other characters-- but for the idea that these are probably going to stay the character graphics. Sad!

Controls
One thing you have to remind yourself is that you are playing a non-Nintendo made game. The controls CAN be a little frustrating at first. For instance, when the battle starts, and you're holding down left to prepare your start-of-battle attack, you will not be actually holding left. Button input doesn't take until the battle actually starts, so you'll need to re-press left. Sounds like a dumb gripe, right? It seriously takes some getting used to. The arrow keys do not = a d-pad. Lift fingers off key to press other key.

Alright, all my griping aside.

This game is actually really fun. It's one of those games I hope they finish and maybe keep adding to? The sky is the limit with Smash Bros once you drop the Nintendo Only limitation. The characters play like they should, and the fresh blood on the roster add to the fun! I've yet to unlock all the characters (I assume). Unless Bowser, DK and all the missing characters are not part of this game?
Levels are fresh and original, save for the throw back levels of previous Smash Bros. games, music is good quality, and sound effects are awesome.

Something I really need to emphasize on, and I mean it: The menu is great! It looks pretty, with nice animations and what-not. Navigation is very smooth, and the announcer's voice is almost spot on with the actual Smash Bros announcer! Very slick.
(yes, seriously download this game for the menu alone.)


There's Crusade for 4-player arcade mode (I seriously wish I could hook up four controllers to my laptop and invite friends over to play this game. Sadly, I stuck with the AI, which I should note, is a moderately good AI. I'm often able to trick the computer into jumping into my traps, but for the most part it does a good job. GOOD is the operative word today!


My money is on Goku.


Single-Player which consists of a set of battles leading to the end boss.
SPOILER ALERT:
It's Master Hand

There's about four fights, a mini-game, four fights, a mini-game, and another four fights? Maybe I'm exaggerating on the amount.
What I'm hoping they improve on: Story. I know this is a fighting game, but ever since the story-mode in SSB Brawl, I've kind of wanted some semblance to this carnage. It's not likely we'll get it, but one can hope!

Single-Player mode is also where you can choose to play the mini-games. The mini-games consist of “jump on platforms” and “hit targets”. Standard Smash Bros. affair. Also standard Smash Bros. affair: These mini-games are a little annoying to play. So, unless you liked them in actual Smash Bros, you probably won't like them in this.

What else is there to say? Overall this is a great game. I look forward to updates!

I'm giving this a fair 3.5 of 5 stars. The character graphics mismatching like that really takes me out of the game whenever I see it. The control annoyances really come out when fighting Master Hand or any AI above Normal difficulty. Lack of costume choices and the strange assortment of missing / added characters was very irksome: I like most of the cast, but removing Bowser and DK is like a slap in my face. My favourite badasses are no where to be seen, yet Goku wiggled into the cast. There is no justice!
However, the gameplay is still pretty good, music and most graphics match; the game is just pretty good! 3.5 of 5 seems fair.
Download this treat, folks! If you're a SSB fan, you'll probably dig this.


Kirby isn't the only person who can do weird things to people with his mouth.



3.5 stars

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Thanks for the review ^^

Just a few notes:

-Bomberman is bad LoL is one of the worst character of the game (Goku is broken as hell XD)
-Goeey is pretty good, he is top tier (spot 5 of 36) xD
- Young Link will be called Toon Link, that decision was made before i became a dev.
- I dont think we will add Costumes. Currently the Figher folder (Char sprites) Weights 130 MB, it would take too much space to do it.


I agree with everything else xD

Also, Dk is in the next demo :3
Dudesoft
always a dudesoft, never a soft dude.
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I should have noted that my review was of an unfinished game, but that should be apparent. I found great use in Bomberman! He has good potential, and like I said, I destroyed storymode by spamming bomb slide.

So looking forward to DK. I've been playing this a bit since reviewing, really am looking forward to more dudes!
i tried to download game; kept getting errors that the window needs to close...
The game has changed quite a bit, maybe you should revisit the game and maybe update this review?
author=Felipe_9595
Thanks for the review ^^

Just a few notes:

-Bomberman is bad LoL is one of the worst character of the game (Goku is broken as hell XD)
-Goeey is pretty good, he is top tier (spot 5 of 36) xD
- Young Link will be called Toon Link, that decision was made before i became a dev.
- I dont think we will add Costumes. Currently the Figher folder (Char sprites) Weights 130 MB, it would take too much space to do it.


I agree with everything else xD

Also, Dk is in the next demo :3


Its fun to revisit old post sometimes, thinking about costumes being an imposible feat... hahahahaha

Also, yeah, game is updated, you should give it a new shot @Dudesoft ^^
Dudesoft
always a dudesoft, never a soft dude.
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Maaaaybe I will! December is just around the corner, after all!
author=Dudesoft
Maaaaybe I will! December is just around the corner, after all!


<3
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