Here, as promised, is the sixteenth portion (including my review and bonus characters) of my in-depth Super Smash Bros. Brawl critique for Rorschachís contest.
After writing this all out, I realized it is way too long for a single post. Iíll break it down into two characters at a time and release them over the course of the week so you can read who you like at your own leisure.
The following will detail my impressions and thoughts of every character in the second row of the final roster, two at a time. So, if you havenít finished unlocking the entire roster, or have been living under a fucking rock for a couple months, donít read any further. There may be a surprise or two mentioned herein. Iíll also offer up one or two suggestions for additional characters that I feel should have made the roster or deserve a spot in the next iteration. Enjoy.
Lucario is the way in which Pokemon characters need to be brought into the Smash fold. I stopped playing the Pokemon franchise roughly half way through the first Red title, but I still know that Lucario is a badass. Everything about him (her?) is awesome. Heís an anthropomorphic wolf thing that shoots laser beams and fights using Force/chi-like energy blasts. Oh, and if you beat him up, he gets STRONGER. Finally, a Pokemon thatís NOT Jigglypuff.
Now, I know that Lucario was included to pretty much fill the ďmysteriously powerful epic-like PokemonĒ gap that was left when Mewtwo went out of style, but I donít care. I think Lucario is a far better Smash combatant in almost every way shape or form. I hated Mewtwo. He was floaty and not nearly as cool as he should have been. Lucario more than makes up for it.
Iím sure most of you know Lucarioís moveset even better than I do, so I just wanna make a quick rant about his damage mechanic. As I mentioned earlier, as you attack Lucario and inflict damage he becomes more powerful (I envision him getting really pissed off at this process, too, like the Hulk). This is the single coolest gameplay mechanic in Smash. Ever.
The whole idea that a fighter is able to overcome adversity and prevail in the face of defeat is a story element used in tales ages old. The fact they managed to place that same ideology/mechanic within the confines of a game where you essentially just kick the living shit out of each other for fun AND did it effectively is fucking brilliant. I canít say how much I enjoy the IDEA behind Lucario. Dude could be the worst character in the damn game move-wise (which he isnít, by far) and Iíd still like playing as him. Motherfucker inflicts fear on his enemies. No one wants to be the guy punching Lucario. No one. They donít wanna be the person that makes him snap and go ape shit on everyone.
Also Lucario (Almendarez). It was in my Google search. I swear.
When I play as Lucario I like to stand still and just take every beating that comes at me. Why block? It only makes me less powerful than if I let Ďem keep hitting me. Iím sure you could argue that thereís some deep strategy for playing as Lucario where you hafta balance your health with your own damage potential and all that horse shit tournament players will tell you. Well, fuck that. Hereís the strategy: LET THEM HIT YOU. THEY WILL REGRET IT LATER WHEN YOU JEDI FORCE PUNCH THEIR FACE IN.
Downright coolest player in the game. Heís an ice cold killer. Recognize it. Fear it. Love it.
Lucario = Win. I have nothing else to say on the matter. Ness
I never liked Ness. Not once. Iíve never enjoyed playing as him. His bat smash is way too powerful and I find him too difficult to control in air. Heís finicky and takes way too much time to learn how to use effectively in actual combat.
Theyíve changed up his moves a bit to coincide with the introduction of Lucas, Mother/Earthboundís other native son, but it doesnít make a difference to me. I still find him abysmal to play with and legitimately un-fun.
If you liked him before youíre probably a huge fanboy of his series and nothing I say will matter. Itís not gonna make you change your thoughts/feelings towards him. You will love him despite how much I think he sucks. Iím cool with that. You should be, too. If you never played with him, I wouldnít suggest it. There are better fighters to learn how to use AND youíll have fun as you do so.
**Side Note: The new Earthbound New Pork City stage sucks balls. Itís fucking ginormous and the single worst arena in the game to actually have heated battles on. You canít see SHIT on the screen the moment people move away from one another and itís annoying as shit. If you wanna pay homage to the series, just play on the classic Onett stage. Itís way more manageable.**
Ness = Fail. Iíve never liked him. Brawl didnít change that fact. Whatever.
Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for my critique of Sonic!
Or read my review of the game!
Or, if you need to catch up on old critiques try these:
Mario and DK Link and Samus Kirby and Fox Pikachu and Marth Mr Game & Watch
Luigi and Diddy Kong Zelda/Sheik and Pit Meta Knight and Falco Pokemon Trainer Ike and Snake
Peach and Yoshi Ganondorf and Ice Climbers Kind Dedede and Wolf
And my bonus characters who should have made the roster:
Mega Man Bomberman
Thanks for reading!