Bomberman: Act Zero

a game by Konami
Platform: XBox 360
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
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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 Bomberman, 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.

Seriously.

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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