Here, as promised, is the fourth portion 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 top 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.
Oh, Kirby. You spamming little pink son of a bitch, you. Oh how my girlfriend loves you. Oh how I loathe you (only because of her love for you).
Kirby was always one of my favorite characters in the original Smash. I felt as though he got nerfed in Melee, though, and I didnít spend much time with him in that game. Luckily, heís fun to play with again, so rejoice.
Now with more badass!
One of my favorite aspects of Fox has always been his Up+B explosive rocket diarrhea move. HonestlyÖ what the fuck is he DOING? I dislike the fact they lowered the damage on this specific move, despite how much I appreciate the lowered damage for the rest of his moveset. The dude should have at least one good powerful hit, right?
I guess the creative team agreed with me, Ďcause they gave Fox one of the most potentially devastating Final Smashes in the game, at least in the hands of (not a skilled player) but a complete bastard such as myself. While the tank he summons is huge and cumbersome and powerful, the fact you canít aim the laser turret kinda lessens the likelihood youíll ever actually hit someone with it, let alone off the stage, especially in stage with uneven terrain. A much more useful tactic is to get people to jump on the tank as they attempt to get around it and then fly to the top of the stage (via repeated jumps) until you hit the peak point and they get hurled off automatically. Properly timing your descent so you land before they respawn and then repeating the process for kills against opponents with 0% damage is an effective way to lose friends quickly. And boy is it a joy to perform.
Fox = Win. Because of all this, I like Fox again. Heís fun to play with. Not as fun as Falco, imo, but still not as bad as before. I like that they embraced his speed. The game needed a truly fast character. Fox effectively fills that gap without being overpowering to play against. Unless, of course, he gets the Smash Ball. In that caseÖ hang off the edge, Ďcause youíre in his jungle then... and youíre gonna die.
Thanks for reading. Come back tomorrow for my critiques of Pikachu and Marth!
And if you're bored, read my review of the game!
Or, catch up on my previous critiques:
Of Mario and DK! Or of Link and Samus!