While this title should be in every Wii owners library, it does not differentiate itself greatly from its predecessor.
Steel_Rain777 wrote this review on .
Now with Brawl, I was to believe we would receive that kind of sequel, but sadly it is a mixed bag for me. Don't get me wrong, Brawl is still one great game, soem of the best multiplayer action you get on one console(or online). But the fact of the matter is, Nintendo didn't shy away to heavily on the Melee formula, making Brawl feel somewhat of a clone to it's predecessor.
Although The smash series was never intended to be a single-player romp, it's nice that their are a few single-player features in this entry. Stadium mode and Classic are brought back, but the new Subspace Emissary is introduced in this title. Nintendo's take on a whole new adventure mode for the Smash universe. It's a nice addition,but unfortunately it feels tacked on. It's fun at first but the repetition, lack of voice-overs whatsoever, and boring enemies will probably turn many off. the mode seems to be naturally 7-9 hours long, so it can tick off those who just want it to end.
the Smash series always shined in it's multiplayer component, and in Brawl it is no different. For some reason, however, it just doesn't seem as fun as Melee. I would find myself playing Melee for hours on end, but Brawl i can only play for a max of 2 hours or less(with 4-players mind you, not the single-player modes), thereafter having to play somethign else. This can due to the fact that it feels like a clone at many times, besides Final Smashes or cause it seems slower-paced than Melee. To me it's these two reasons as well as the axing of certain sound effects. I'm sorry, but these style of games(fighters,beat-em up, button mashers) have to have good sound effects. Brawl took away many of the whacks and thumps i used to love in Melee, like the sound of the bat when it hits someone's head after being thrown(it sounds really stupid now) or the loud smack from Luigi's chop. Music on the other hand is really great in this title, offering up classics from the Mario, Zelda, and Metal Gear series. Graphics on the other hand is a pure mixed bag of confusion. The game does not look as good as Super Mario Galaxy or Metroid Prime 3, but at times can look real great. But many times it can look blocky and blurry and can tend to look as good as Melee, sometimes worse. I'm playing on a 1080p Sony Bravia LCD, it could be Wii games just don't look goood on LCD's only DLP monitors....I don't know.
Now on the Wii, we can take multiplayer online through Wi-fi Connection. Here is one of the features I was must looking forward to in Brawl, but feel like we all received the shaft. Being able to play friends is fun, but the fact that Nintendo is still using it's hokey friend-code system is stupid and unnecessary. Friend matches allow, just about as much customization as if you were playing in the same room, but "Anyone Matches" allow for only a 2-minute romp with no customization to be found anywhere. I don't who's idea that was, but it was a stupid one. Plus the fact you can only have four-preset 20 character phrases as a means of communicating is uber-lame. WFC in this game is a sure miss, which I hope is impoved upon greatly.
The game offers up a total of 35 playable characters this time around. May seem a lot, but there are many clones to be seen, far to resembling of other characters in the game or past entries. Solid Snake, Metaknight, Olimar, Sonic, and Pit are great additions, but characters like Toon Link, Wolf, Falco, Ness, Lucario, Marth, were not needed for being to similar to other characters. the roster is good, but I was hoping for more varied cast.
Brawl is a solid title, but I wouldn't go as far as saying it's the true sequel to Smash Brothers Melee. It's more of an updated Melee with somewhat better graphics(at times), a handful of new stages and characters, and final smashes. I still have my copy of Melee, I would suggest others to keep it as well. It's still a classic to this day, and I cansee myself going back to it, even though I have Brawl. Nintendo did many things right with this entry, but it didn't do enough significant changes to make Brawl stand out on its own. Hopefully the sequel will have less clone characters, vastly improved online mechanics, as well as true sequel feel. Fans of the series, I recommend purchase, no doubt about that. But, do not expect it to be a big change over Melee, or you will be disappointed.