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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. Single-player won't occupy you for long -- the daft AI and total lack of variety will see to that. Live play will keep you smiling for a little while, but the sad truth is that Act Zero is totally inadequate. Treat it like it's one of the bombs getting flung around the map and run the other way.
  4. This game has less to see than most budget titles I’ve seen, and it still carries a top shelf price tag.
  5. Somewhere in the desert, next to that landfill full of ET Atari 2600 game cartridges there is a growing pile of Bomberman: Act Zero…exactly where it belongs.
  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 9
  2. Negative: 7 out of 9
  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. TomasB
    Oct 13, 2009
    3
    They...raped Bomberman. Why did they rape bomberman. Potentially one of the best platformers of all time... raped. He is no longer a totally They...raped Bomberman. Why did they rape bomberman. Potentially one of the best platformers of all time... raped. He is no longer a totally awesome little guy with a cool sword and kickass, unrealistic bombs. He is a extreme guy with chains who kills just about anything that moves, and even so... He got raped, by his own creators. Expand
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. ChadeW.
    Sep 27, 2007
    0
    Ben G.... This is NEXT Gen gaming, we're talking about here. If this were a gamecube title, I would understand a little better Ben G.... This is NEXT Gen gaming, we're talking about here. If this were a gamecube title, I would understand a little better (Gamecube+few online games= crap). But... simply saying this is a COMPLETE game is an insult to all the truly complete games out there. When you get a beefier bomberman for a character, I expect a beefier bomberman game. Collapse
  7. Dec 23, 2011
    0
    Bomberman Act Zero is wholly a Pure Unoriginal,uninspired,boring,ugly,and yet,the most horrible Bomberman Title Ever,Seriously.Why? THIS ISBomberman Act Zero is wholly a Pure Unoriginal,uninspired,boring,ugly,and yet,the most horrible Bomberman Title Ever,Seriously.Why? THIS IS NOT A BOMBERMAN THAT I KNOW!!!! Expand

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