Brawlout – Xbox One Review
If you hurt me, I wouldn’t cry. I would hurt you back
How do you imitate a game as revered as Smash Bros? The answer to that question is with kid gloves and a lot of love. No fighting game has come close to imitating it’s close quarters high speed fighting. The Smash Bros market isn’t the biggest out there so it takes a brave developer to take Nintendo on at their own ganee.
Brawlout throws its hat into the ring as an unabashed love letter to the game it so clearly wants to imitate. It’s a game much like Smash Bros with simple controls but with a plethora of moves lying in wait ready to be unleashed.
Each button is tied to either a normal attack, special attack, dodge or jump. The analogue stick changes each attack depending on which direction you move the analogue stick in conjunction with pressing a button. Holding the attack button and a specific direction charges up special attack which can do some serious damage and knock your opponent clear out of arena.You can’t block attacks but using your bumpers buttons allows you to dodge attacks and use some split second timing to your advantage.
You have a Rage Meter which fills up when you take damage or when you damage one of your opponents. This meter let’s you channel this energy into a Rage Burst which will push your opponents away from you or if your in the right place out of the arena or you can stop their combis mid flow. Fill this bad boy all the way up and you can unleash Rage Mode which increases the power of your attacks while reducing the amount of damage you take.
There are a few single-player options available including Arcade, Quick Match VS CPU, Practice, and Tutorial. The single player Arcade option is exactly what you would expect with you facing off against a range of combatants until you are the last Man/Woman/Animal standing. There are three difficulties for you to fight through from easy, medium and hard which increases the amount of people you fight rather than increasing the games difficulty.
Like all fighting games before it Brawlout will find its home with the couch play option. There is nothing better than taunting your family and friends while knocking ten shades of virtual shit out of them. Everything about Brawlout is perfect for these sessions where you’ve got some mates round and a load of ale. You can tweak pretty much anything you want so you have the perfect setup before you start that marathon session. If you enjoy cups of tea the ideal time to make one is just before your match starts to load because it takes forever.
The loading times are shocking and while thirty seconds might not seem like much it soon becomes annoying and just serves to drag out the urgency to start another round as quickly as possible. It’s a small thing but it really grated on me.My experience with the online multiplayer wasl very poor with the game lagging so badly the characters would just hang mid jump or the game would just crash and send me back to the home screen. Hopefully these are just teething problems and they will be sorted out with a patch
Brawlout feels very middle of the road and falls short of emulating Smash Bros. Everything about the game looks and feels solid but it lacks the finesse to really make it stand out.
Brawlout is available now for £15.99
Review code supplied by Terminals.