Average User Score: 8.9Nov 24, 2014I come from a casual Smashing background with no experience in the real competitive scene. To me it's a party game with a learning curve thatI come from a casual Smashing background with no experience in the real competitive scene. To me it's a party game with a learning curve that can keep you amused and bettering yourself for hours upon hours. I imagine I'll attend some competitive events as a spectator if the Smash eSports scene takes off again with this iteration, but overall my interest is essentially casual while writing this review.
That said, this is a fantastic new addition to the series. We had a "Smash Bash" party the day after release and had an absolute blast. Smash 4 is still a phenomenal party game and with the 8 player Smash you can involve just about everyone who's interested in playing simultaneously at modest gatherings.
Almost everything about this game is stellar, so let me just list my minor gripes:
- Smash Tour is somewhat dull
- There is no Smash Run like 3DS Smash on the Wii-U, only the aforementioned Tour
- Acquiring duplicate moves, trophies and customization items can be frustrating
- Sometimes the controllers get glitchy when you're using GameCube and/or Pro Controllers
- My friends are better than me
So Smash Tour is a board game adaptation of Smash Run. It's much less engaging in my opinion. In fact, it honestly just about puts me to sleep. Going between monotonous board movement and playing matches with characters you don't choose just isn't all that enjoyable to me. I really wish they would have just kept Smash Run on the Wii-U just like 3DS instead of this mode.
As for the controller issue I mentioned, we had particular trouble with the GameCube controller adapter, but it was easily rectified by unplugging the GameCube controller and plugging it back in. Sometimes our Pro controllers would send inputs without us touching them as well, forcing us to reboot the entire system to resolve. Overall though, we may have spent a total of 15-20 minutes fighting buggy controllers during a 10 hour Smash session, much of which had 7-8 players going... so it's really not that bad.
Those negative points aside, this game is nearly perfect.
The interface is fluid and beautiful. The game's graphics are simply astounding. I think I've only noticed one shadow in the Orbital Assault stage that I didn't like. There was a bit of feathered dithering going on that catches my eye. Otherwise the texturing, shading and lighting of the game looks so great it's unbelievable. It's about the most "realistic" cartoony graphics experience I've ever seen.
Gameplay is very smooth. In the 30+ hours I've put in so far I think I've noticed two instances of framerate drops... and it could have even been my imagination. I can't believe how smoothly things run in 8-man Smash. I was entirely anticipating a bit of a stuttery situation when things got heavy, but saw nothing of the sort.
I love what they've done with the game's mechanics too. Movesets feel mostly balanced and there have been improvements that I feel add to the competitive potential of the game. The Equipment customization is a neat system that adds to my enjoyment. When I don't feel like improving my game, I can still lazily farm better equipment, which has its own form of amusement and a feeling of progression.
There's so much content in this release and [almost] all of it has immense value to provide. Even the Angry Birds ripoff iteration of Target Smash can be fun and challenging. Events are great, the Co-Op/Competitive opportunities are prolific, and every mode aside from Smash Tour is super fun and well polished.
I have to give this title a 10. Even though I had negative points to express, there's just no way it's deserving of a score so low as 9. If I didn't already have a Wii-U for Bayonetta 2 and Hyrule Warriors, this game would have easily pushed me to pick one up. Super Smash Bros 4 is a fantastic title supplementing a legendary series.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9Jul 15, 2012I'm not usually one to do this, but I've got to throw my 0 in for good measure. This game has a 3 activation limit, which had me entirelyI'm not usually one to do this, but I've got to throw my 0 in for good measure. This game has a 3 activation limit, which had me entirely skeptical of their DRM from the get-go. Against my better judgment, I purchased this game on 7/14/12. It wasn't a fresh release where the servers are new, or even an extremely popular title in which the servers are expected to have much of a load. Regardless, and most unfortunately, no one is able to log on to Uplay (Ubisoft's mandatory DRM gateway) today on 7/15/12, and therefore are unable to play this game. The forums for Steam and Ubisoft are filled with people unable to even launch the game they paid for. If this were a newly released title, I wouldn't be bothered. Sometimes the developer/publisher just needs time to adjust to the demand. This, on the other hand, is just unacceptable. Get a torrent or something if you want to be able to play reliably. It's an incredible shame that purchasing a title legitimately results in such a headache.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.9Dec 20, 2011The Troll is strong with this one... people appear to be rating 0-3 on the DAY OF RELEASE. Anyone who has played an MMO knows that it isThe Troll is strong with this one... people appear to be rating 0-3 on the DAY OF RELEASE. Anyone who has played an MMO knows that it is impossible to glean insight to the game's worth in a single day. Even those (myself included) with early game access experience have not reached level cap and have not had nearly enough time to explore even a fraction of the whole experience. All of that said, I'm casting my vote just to even out the trolls. I'll come back and adjust my rating as I gain more experience with the title, but know this much; I am extremely satisfied thus far. My wife and I had a blast going through the starter zone together and I've been extremely amused solo'ing as I explore each of the classes. Graphics are superb, though you'll want to force AA on [Google it - it's not terribly difficult] and I like playing without shadows. The voice acting is top notch, and the music is wonderfully nostalgic. Gameplay, so far, is as to be expected from an MMO title; I have no outstanding remarks to make therein.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Sep 1, 2011While many (including myself) will be frustrated by the platforming, and sometimes seemingly unreasonable difficulty as the player is tossedWhile many (including myself) will be frustrated by the platforming, and sometimes seemingly unreasonable difficulty as the player is tossed between different gameplay modes, the game is entirely worthwhile. The gameplay, while simple, still has more depth than a lot of reviewers lead on. Don't be deceived by the single attack button - this isn't entirely a masher. There will be plenty of moments that provide an adequate sense of accomplishment if you take the game mechanics seriously. Timing, armament strategy and positioning all come in to play. While I wouldn't call the fighting difficult, I still consider it satisfying. I think the major problem is that you CAN make it through by simply button mashing. With enough attempts, it'll work... which leads many-a simple minded folk to believe the game is nothing but inadequate. Visually, the game is absolutely stunning. I adore what they've done with this, and am continually more and more impressed by the graphical nuances as I progress in the game. If you're one to enjoy a beautiful, artistic world; this is a must see. The music compliments the ambiance extremely well. I can't stress enough how well chosen this soundtrack is. Each world is supplemented with a pristine match of musical style.
All in all, this is not a game that will make you feel like an uber-gamer. It's not overly difficult... nor is it too simple, however. Don't expect groundbreaking gameplay, but don't underestimate the enjoyment of this title, either. Sit back, don't even bother trying to make sense of the story, and enjoy the overwhelmingly immersive experience.… Expand