There are few things more enjoyable in my life than me and three of my friends duking it out on my old gamecube, K.O-ing each other with various objects. I am of course talking about Super Smash Bros. (it doesn't matter which one, but if I had to choose, Melee.) The reason this game is so good, is it takes a simple, fun, addicting style of game play, and adds layers, and layers, until it looks like a cake made out of onions. All of Nintendo's best characters each with a repoitoire of moves, each unique (except the few duplicates like Mario and Luigi, link and young link, etc.) I've played this game from head to toe, from the minute I got it. Whenever I'm feeling down, or sad about the world in general, I hop on and completely rape level 9 Bowser with Falco, wielding a sword made of lasers.
So how do you tell if the game is good?
Well, thats simple. If you start playing, and keep playing, fast forward seven years and your STILL playing the game, its a good game. If you don't want to wait that long, It only takes a few hours.
Start with the basics. what type of game this is, does it appeal to you? is it a type you've played before?
Are there noticeable problems or annoyances with the game? A great example of this is Noob toobing in MW2, or the sniping in black ops (seeing a trend?)
Are you having fun, or was it just hype? a tragic example of this for me was Batman Arkham Asylum. people (read as: my friends) told me this was the best game ever, and I played through it a year ago and was simply "Mehh."
In the long term, does this game have infinite gems and easter eggs, achievements worth getting, or highschores worth. A PRIME (read as: AMAZING!) example of this was the Black hole in Super Smash bros melee. yes, I have made and conquered THE black hole. try not to stare people.
I'm not going to go into how, You can find it online, but I will post a blog if someone wants it. The point is, Creating the black hole (or the giant jigglypuff in brawl for that matter) was the best hour and a half I have ever spent on a video game. sure we crashed the game a few times, and tensions ran high, but even better was the satisfaction of wasting a perfectly good Sunday on a video game. I guess the point that I'm trying to make is, Super Smash Bros. is fucking awesome. read