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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Review

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It all started 20 years ago where characters from various Nintendo franchises would duke it out on the Nintendo 64 as Super Smash Bros. As the years go on, the series would continue and many others would join the fight, becoming one of Nintendo’s money-making franchises. March 2018 is when Nintendo announced a new Smash Bros. & at E3 2018, it would be revealed. Months of waiting and anticipation would soon follow & by year’s end, it would arrive. Fitting too because Sakurai states that this is the game where everyone is here! This is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Need I say any more than it has already been said?

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a game that is packed to the brim with content. You have the Smash mode where up to 8 players can pick their stage, their character and then duke it out. In addition to standard rules, they also include Custom Smash, various special rules that help add a lot of fun to an otherwise great mode. They can range from stamina, super sudden death and many others. Smashdown is an interesting one where players choose characters and after a battle, they can’t use said character and must switch to the next. It’s a neat mode, requiring players to use multiple characters to win. Tournaments can also be created, where it can hold up to 32 players to see who will be the best. New to this game is Squad Strike, a team battle mode for Smash Ultimate where you choose from up to 3-5 characters and battle in either Tag Team or Elimination. It’s an interesting mode and a fun one at that. Yeah. That’s a lot for a simple mode.

As for single-player content, there’s plenty. Classic Mode makes a return except this time they decide to change things up. Each character has their own path to take with opponents to take on along with special conditions to boot. Not only that but they can choose the intensity and the more skilled players get, the further it rises, reaching at a maximum of 9.9 Intensity, ending with a boss fight. It can range from a showdown with both Master and Crazy Hand or a fight against another boss. They aren’t long and only the most skilled can pull it off at the highest intensity. Not only that but it supports up to 2 player co-op. That’s cool. You also have Training Mode to test your skills and there’s also Online. Online is pretty much split between two modes: Global Smash and Elite Smash. Global Smash is pretty straightforward where you pick a character and play online with friends. You win matches, your global smash power rating goes up and vice versa. Elite Smash however is only accessible if characters reach a certain amount. It’s pretty much Ultimate’s version of Ranked Battles where you will fight the best of the best. Good luck, you’ll need it. Considering that the game has the biggest roster in fighting game history, you will definitely need it. Fortunately online is very good.

Speaking of which, the roster has without a doubt the biggest to date at around 74 characters. Every character from every Smash Bros. game is here from the 64 era to the Wii U. In addition there are several new characters joining such as the Inklings, the Belmonts Simon & Richter and many others. Not only that but some character appear as Echo Fighters, characters that are similar to other characters but have a few differences. Unlocking them is the fun part and it’s all the more rewarding & there are many ways to do so.

Smash Ultimate also offers something new in the form of Spirits. Spirits is the game’s main gimmick that replaces trophies and instead provides something unique. Many spirits you accumulate will come in two kinds: Primary, that comes in four varieties with 3 being of a weapon triangle with a 4th as neutral and Support, spirits that offer unique advantages when equipped with a primary spirit. Primary spirits can be leveled up in many ways and in some cases can evolve into more powerful spirits. Spirits also comes in two different modes: Spirit Board and Adventure Mode. Spirit Board is a mode where you pick a character and take on spirit-controlled fighters to unlock spirits. All the challenges come with special conditions. There are also events where you can acquire certain spirits and as of Ver. 2.0.0, up to 4 players can tackle the Spirit Board offline.

The other mode is Smash Ultimate’s adventure mode, World of Light. It’s plot has everyone in Smash Bros. Ultimate gearing up to take the fight to a new evil, an angelic being named Galeem, who has an army of Master Hands. It ends in failure as Galeem unleashes its power to wipe out everything and reshape the universe, as it wants with everyone else turned to spirits. As for the fighters, they end up getting captured and are used as puppets for the spirits to control. Kirby is the only survivor and he must travel to this strange world, rescue his allies and defeat Galeem & anything else that gets in the way. Compared to the Subspace Emissary, there isn’t much in terms of exposition. You pretty much end up in a strange new world and you explore, battle enemies, get spirits, free characters, etc. All the while the game has a bit of RPG where you use smash orbs to improve yourself in a variety of ways. Players can take around 20 hours to complete it with the addition of a New Game+ that happens after beating it. It’s a pretty good mode but it can get really grindy after a few hours. It shouldn’t stop you from giving it a chance and you won’t be disappointed.

There is so much more in this game that this review can’t do justice. You have access to multiple control options like Joy-cons (together and separate), Switch Pro Controller and even the Gamecube Controller. Each play well but the Switch Pro is a recommended. Amiibo support is in this game, similar to Smash 4 on 3DS & Wii U where you can train Fighters and use them in battle. Smash Ultimate has over 800 tunes that span so many franchises and all of them are awesome. There are over 100 stages for players to do battle in and they span over 20 years of Smash history. Presentation-wise the game is a major step up from Smash 4 and the game runs at a solid 60fps, even when it isn’t docked. What else is there that needs to be said? It’s truly ultimate indeed.

It’s not to say that Smash Ultimate isn’t perfect. There are some faults. World of Light can be a bit grindy at times and the Spirit Boards can have challenges that are outright be unfair. Should they stop players from enjoying it? Absolutely not.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate serves as a culmination that celebrates 20 years of the franchise history. Everyone is here with the biggest roster to date and it delivers in so many ways. So much content that will have players spend so many hours enjoying whether it be the single-player or multiplayer online or off. It plays great, runs great and is also a go-to game if you have a group of friends. Just like every other Smash, if you have a Nintendo Switch, this game is a definitive must buy. It’s great for those who have experienced Smash and a welcome start for those who haven’t. Everyone is here and it’s only missing one thing that would make this all the more worthwhile… you.

I give Super Smash Bros. Ultimate a 9.5 out of 10. It’s a must buy game, worth your time and money.

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LEGO Marvel’s Avengers Review

For this review, my copy is a review copy given to me by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Available for the following: PS4, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Written by Jose Vega

In 2012, a film called The Avengers was released in theaters to widespread critical acclaim. It was the result of several Marvel films that would lead to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes uniting against an other worldly foe. The Marvel Cinematic Universe would form as a result. It sets the stage for future films all while introducing characters old and new for a modern age. Four years later, WB and Tell Tale Games would take the MCU and bring it to a completely different world… Legos. The result is LEGO Marvel’s Avengers. But you probably wish to ask yourself? Does it deliver? The answer is yes. It does in so many ways that it’s worth the price.

Like many LEGO games before, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers takes us through several films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with The Avengers and the sequel, Age of Ultron along with both Captain America films, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World. It’s a pretty good selection and it lets fans relive some of the films’ many moments and in true LEGO fashion, they provide some very funny bits when it comes to the characters. I had a few moments where I laughed because the humor is very spot-on. It fit the LEGO environment and I liked it. It was great. The voice acting is ripped straight from the many Marvel films. I feel personally that’s one of the game’s faults. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not bad because some parts of the game with the voices actually make it feel like you’re watching the movie. But I wish that many of the people behind the films could maybe re-record their lines so that way it can feel alive. But they did include new lines into this game and I say personally that’s a good thing. In fact, it’s very good, in my humble opinion. I hope that in future LEGO games, they bring in the actors behind the films to provide voice work. It can help provide a better experience.

We move on to the gameplay and like many of the LEGO games, it’s roughly unchanged. That is a good thing because you know the saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Warner Bros. and Tell Tale Games did a superb job doing so keeping the gameplay simple yet fun. All you do is collect studs all while beating up bad guys, solving puzzles with the characters you play with and trying to find any secrets that you’ll encounter such as Mini-Kits, Red Bricks and rescuing Stan Lee. Yes, everyone. Stan Lee is in the game and you’ll be encountering him a lot. Heck he even provides his voice to the game and that’s awesome. I love it. The game spans across 15 levels with the story mode spanning 12. Three of the levels can be accessed within the Space area that serves as a level select. Hub areas can also be chosen and in them, you have the opportunity to explore, complete missions to unlock characters, take part in races, find secrets, etc. There are a lot you can do in the Hub worlds that it can take you hours. Speaking of which, the story mode will take you roughly 7-8 hours with the free play taking a couple more if you want to find all the secrets in each level. Coupled with the hub worlds and their many secrets and you have a game that will take you hours, if not days. LEGO games really want you to put the effort needed and like many of them, they reward you for it. LEGO Marvel’s Avengers also has co-op so you and a friend can team up, take down bad guys and destroy everything around them. It’s a good alternative since if you are playing solo the AI can sometimes be unreliable. But I could be wrong since in some instances, they do provide a good distraction towards your enemies so you can complete objectives. There is also additional content courtesy of the season pass and at $10, it’s very acceptable since they add more characters and missions adding more to the game. I feel that it’s DLC done properly. Kudos to them.

Regardless of this and many other issues, the game is fun. If you enjoyed the previous LEGO games, then you’ll have no problem jumping into this one. It feels familiar but with the addition of an open world sandbox for you to explore makes this game a satisfying experience. I promise you that you will not be disappointed. That is a fact.

I rate this game an 8.5 out of 10. It is a great game that is enjoyable, easy to get into with hours of replayability and a challenge that feels right. Add in an open world sandbox and you have a game that delivers. I recommend this game to anyone that wants to experience the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the eyes of LEGOs.

Final Rating: 8.5

Pokemon Omega Ruby – Delta Episode

As of today, I’m officially done with the Delta Episode meaning Omega Ruby is finished. If you want to see all the episodes, they can be found here. Enjoy.

And if you want to see today’s episode of Smash Bros. Wii U Online, here ya go.

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Pokemon Omega Ruby – Day 8

I apologize if it is really late but hey, I’ve been busy. The good news is that I’ve completed the Delta Episode. It’s three videos split into three parts so I hope you enjoy it.

Monday December 1st is when I will do a channel update that will explain a couple of things and set up for tomorrow. I will write a script for it since it’s easier. Hope you enjoy nonetheless.

And if you want to see today’s (or yesterday’s) Smash episode, you can find it here.

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Smash Bros. 3DS Last Hurrah Pt. 1

With the Wii U version coming on Friday, I figure why not do a sendoff before the Wii U comes. What you’re going to see is a compilation of Smash replays that will span 3 days. Today will have my friend battles against SLOPlays along with a template test that may probably be used for Smash on the Wii U. Enjoy.