Bomberman: Act Zero
I've never understood the need to transform certain brands. With games like Metroid and Zelda, it makes some sense to evolve the main character to keep up with the times. But , well, he's something else. Instead of our good old super-deformed friend, we've got a steroid pumping metal combat monster in his place. I've got to say, I think it's a bit of overkill.
This game offers little in the way of pretense. You're here to play the basic Bomberman gameplay, against both computer and Xbox Live opponent, over and over again. There are upgrades that change the gameplay slightly, giving you more bombs, more powerful bombs, and the like, but that's about it.
To put it another way, this game has less to see than most budget titles I've seen, and it still carries a top shelf price tag. It also carries additional burdens in that the gameplay has broken down into a twitch-fest where each player tries to get their hands on the power-ups. This game is bad in single player, and even worse online.
If I didn't make it clear in my introduction, Bomberman doesn't suffer his new look well. Instead of his good old cartoony look, he's been updated to be all metal and anger, something that seems a little too marketing driven for its own good. Really, I would've been just as happy to play with a tricked out, bump mapped version of my old hero.
If I haven't made it clear, this game isn't worth it. We've all got access to the old games, and that's your best bet. Go retro.
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Who green-lit this abomination? Now !m a mature lad. and yes, I understand cutesy bomb-chucking characters may not be all that hip with the kiddos these days, but did the developers really need to transform Bomberman into a hackneyed Halo holocaust? Just the idea of replacing warm-spirited fun with coldhearted killing completely negates the happy-go-lucky feel of the original games. Butenoughaboutthetacky makeover; the real problem with Act: Zero is the fact that you get royally ripped off when it comes to gameplay variety. Sure, the singleplayer game has 99 stages, but considering the levels offer little to no differences, its more a marathon of monotony than anythinc closely related to fun. Not even the multiplayer the series5 hallmark saves this from being a dud. Hell, the PSP Bomberman loaqe 10fe) has more multiplayer options than its console cousin. Of course, that's not saying much, considering Act: Zero offers a whopping two modes to choose from. Even the new first-person bomber" view is lame all it does is hamper your view. Sorry, Man, you went from hero to a big zero.
Twenty-first century makeovers for classic game characters are one thing, but yeesh! seeing these revamped Bombermen (plus new heaving-bosomed Bomberwomen) in action is like watching Nintendo's Mario morph into a cold-eyed mafia hit man. It's like the Borg assimilated the cute, square-skulled TNT poopers of this classic series and then set them loose in a schlocky future-shocked world. But even minus the sense of crapped-on nostalgia, Act:Zero still doesn't offer enough stuff for its 50-buck price tag. You get repetitive single-player missions with soul-crushing music you'll switch off gn a jiff. And the all-important multiplayer doesn't deliver enough options or power-ups or even enough players. (C'mon, only eight?! Saturn Bomberman supported 10 players nearly 10 years ago!)
Hardcore Bomberman fans like myself recognize only a handful of games in the series as being great, with the rest being mostly missteps. And Act: Zero is the biggest misstep of all more of a misleap, really. Where, exactly, is the logic in a full-price, single-player-only Bomberman game that requires an Internet connection for multiplayer and saving stats? (It doesn't even support single-screen multiplayer!). The core game is still enjoyable, but no attempt was made to flesh out the singleplayer mode. And the camera is either too zoomed in or out (and hard to see without an HDTV) depending on the mode. Basically you have to be really desperate for some form of Bomberman to pick up Act: Zero.
The bomber joins the dark side in this next-gen makeover that has him looking like a really angry cyborg (or some bad Master Chief rip-off). Gameplay remains largely intact, despite some changes to the camera fit's set much closer now).