Bomberman: Act Zero Xbox 360

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  • Summary: Deep within an experimental underground facility, humans are imprisoned as test subjects and trained to become soldiers. Equipped with armored battle suits, the subjects must fight for survival and eliminate each other to determine who will become the Ultimate Human Weapon. As Bomberman,Deep within an experimental underground facility, humans are imprisoned as test subjects and trained to become soldiers. Equipped with armored battle suits, the subjects must fight for survival and eliminate each other to determine who will become the Ultimate Human Weapon. As Bomberman, your objective is simple: destroy your opponents before they destroy you. Survive through 99 stages as you try to escape to the surface. Scramble for hidden items including speed, bomb, and armor power ups. Evade looming bomb blasts from a new tension-filled perspective. Choose from the classic one-hit, one-kill gameplay style, or utilize a new life bar and item system for a more aggressive gameplay style. Earn multiple achievements in single and multi-player modes to increase your Gamer Score. Up to 8 players can engage in frantic battles for survival online through Xbox Live and earn points to become the ultimate weapon on the World Rankings. [Konami] Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 41
  2. Negative: 36 out of 41
  1. The lack of stage types and offline multiplayer hinder the game's longevity a bit, but overall, Act: Zero plays well, the new FPB mode is fun, and the Standard mode still offers classic Bomberman fun. [JPN Import]
  2. Had it been released as a slimmed-down Xbox Live Arcade title, Bomberman Act: Zero would be a surefire hit, right up there with Zuma in terms of addictive, stage-based gameplay. But instead, Bomberman Act: Zero is a $49.99 standalone title that you simply shouldn’t buy.
  3. AceGamez
    40
    A proper next-gen update to the classic franchise is something I'd love to see, but with its myriad of flaws and questionable change in style, this game simply doesn't cut the mustard.
  4. This game has less to see than most budget titles I’ve seen, and it still carries a top shelf price tag.
  5. The game play was weak, the graphics weak, and the audio even worse. I was fed up and bored with this game after just a mere six minutes of playtime.
  6. While the Internet play is the frenzied, chaotic fun you've come to expect from a "Bomberman" title (though it has some loading issues), you're completely unable to blow up buddies sitting on the couch next to you.
  7. For this pile of crap with a multitude of problems, no variety and fewer options than virtually every Bomberman game released since the 16-bit era, do you know what the asking price is? Oh, no, this isn’t some bargain bin title – they’re charging a full $50 for this sick, anorexic puppy. Do I even need to go on?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 9 out of 13
  1. BenG.
    Mar 28, 2007
    10
    There is no conspiracy, market ploy, or outstanding flaw with Bomberman Act Zero. It's just a Bomberman game that you can play online. There is no conspiracy, market ploy, or outstanding flaw with Bomberman Act Zero. It's just a Bomberman game that you can play online. (and with an optional new mode) I'm not really sure what's so hard to understand about that. This really hit the spot for me. In this game, there are two modes, 1) the standard mode which is top-down perspective like classic Bomberman, and 2) "FPB" mode in which the camera is third person. In FPB mode everyone has a life bar so FPB mode is actually more fun and has more depth. The only thing wrong with this game is that you can't play on the same screen -- you have to go online to play. Expand
  2. JordanH.
    Dec 17, 2007
    6
    This game isn't as bad as people say. The new FPB mode is pretty good. It adds a new style of gameplay to the series. Sadly, you This game isn't as bad as people say. The new FPB mode is pretty good. It adds a new style of gameplay to the series. Sadly, you can't save your progress, so you'll have to try and do all 100 stages in one sitting, which is very time-consuming and difficult. I haven't got past Stage 15 myself. The online multiplayer would be good if people actually played it online, but no one does, so I've never tried it. Overall, the game isn't that bad. It's just repetitive, time-consuming, and the online servers are always empty. Expand
  3. Mar 8, 2017
    6
    Bomberman Act Zero, when played online, is by far the most fun online bomberman game in recent memory. Having said that, online mode is theBomberman Act Zero, when played online, is by far the most fun online bomberman game in recent memory. Having said that, online mode is the only enjoyable mode. With a campaign which forces you to repeat the exact same loading screen on the same map up to 100 times and a missing local multiplayer, this unfortunately is also the most lackluster Bomberman game of all time also. Bomberman Act Zero attempted to take a more mature look by changing the character design to this cyborg looking bombermen, and changing the look of the maps to a much darker theme as well as the bomb design to a futuristic looking orb. None of it feels like bomberman. However the main reason I cannot score the game high is due to a missing local multiplayer, a staple of all bomberman games. This is the worst move I've seen by a developer, and there was no reason at all to remove the most important element of any bomberman game. Now to the online, the game features an online ranking system adding depth and skill to the online play. Bomberman also has new and improved powerups such as bomb through and block through as well as an infinite bomb powerup, used perfectly with line bomb. The FPB mode allows you to get a close up view of bomberman, also adding a health bar to the character, however the classic bomberman view is still the best. Overall Bomberman was a great online game around the time of release but as of now there are no redeeming qualities that warrant a purchase of a game that removed the most important element - the local play. Expand
  4. Aug 3, 2016
    2
    What in the world? I have been tricked because I didn't pay for this.
    The gameplay is terrible and I was surprised there wasn't any
    What in the world? I have been tricked because I didn't pay for this.
    The gameplay is terrible and I was surprised there wasn't any multiplayer.
    2 out of 10
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  5. Andyman
    Sep 3, 2006
    1
    Whoever decided Bomberman: Act Zero was a good idea should be locked in a wet basement with no Internet connection, and with nothing but this Whoever decided Bomberman: Act Zero was a good idea should be locked in a wet basement with no Internet connection, and with nothing but this game to play. Hudson Soft: We want the real deal... genuine old-school Bomberman, complete with the classic cartoony graphics. We want it on Live Arcade, we want 8+ player battle royales online and offline, and we want downloadable arena add-ons. We DO NOT want some festering pile of filth substituted for our favorite party game. Thank God I only borrowed this nauseatingly bad game. Expand
  6. Spartan
    Sep 4, 2006
    0
    Bomberman: Act Zero is yet another failed attempt at resurrecting a classic arcade title into the next generation of gaming. Instead of the Bomberman: Act Zero is yet another failed attempt at resurrecting a classic arcade title into the next generation of gaming. Instead of the classic "top-down" view of Bomberman that the game was clearly designed for, the developers have instead thrown in an abysmal "first-person" perspective. It isn't even first-person -- it's actually a close-up third-person view with a camera that must be controlled MANUALLY by the player! With a whole bunch of stuff going on in the game world, this gets extremely frustrating. As a failed attempt to remedy the situation, Bomberman is now allowed to absorb multiple bomb blasts before dying -- a departure from the original arcade version. The lack of any kind of save game feature -- which means that you start over from level 1 if you die -- further adds to the already extreme frustration. Throw in the lack of offline multiplayer (which is absolutely inexcusable for a Bomberman game), and you've got one of the worst games of 2006. Even if you're a hardcore Bomberman fan, whatever you do, avoid this game at all costs! Expand
  7. Jan 14, 2017
    0
    Why this exist?Why this exist? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY? Expand

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