With Super Smash Bros Ultimate stealing all the headlines there is no better time than now to look at the most amazing mash of video game characters, Project M!
For Fans By Fans
The back story of Project M is actually really interesting. The team behind, Project M Development Team. Took Super Smash Bros Brawl for the Nintendo Wii and added a ton of content to it, most of which the Super Smash Bros fan base wished was in the game in the first place.
Bigger, Stronger, Faster!
Super Smash Bros Brawl in its own right is a fantastic game, but the people behind this wanted to make it more like the original Nintendo 64 game and Super Smash Bros Melee on the Game Cube. Those games were faster paced and a little more frantic than what Brawl offered. What is interesting is that while Project M is faster paced than Brawl, they have managed to give it its own fighting style and it feels fantastic. Fights are quick and exciting and you really feel like you have complete control of your combatant.
Balance Is The Key
One of the things that drove some people nuts about the Super Smash Bros series was how unbalanced it could feel. For example, if you played as Donkey Kong it is very easy to just keep spamming his ground attack for massive damage. Some characters feel way too overpowered and others feel horribly weak. This was one of the main driving forces behind Project M, that along with the quicker gameplay.
Many characters have been buffed, nerfed or had a complete rework. The most obvious example is Wario who plays very different and more resemble the Wario from the Wario Land series of games rather than Wario Ware. They have also made changes to characters like Fox, Falco, Princess Peach and any more. One cool character addiction was the return of Mew Two and Roy who were in Melee but cut from the Brawl roster.
Cool New Content
As well as bringing back Mew Two and Roy. New stages were added to the game along with some other stages getting a bit of a rework to kick things up a notch. The addition of new costumes for characters was something that the Smash Bros community got a real kick out of. One of the most fun additions to the gameplay was All-Star Versus Mode. In this mode, you need to pick a new character for each life you have. It adds a whole new dimension to the gameplay and makes you think before you act. They did have some more new content such as levels, game modes and best of all characters like Knuckles from the Sonic series.
Project M was so well made that this was the game that was often used at fighting game tournaments over the default Smash Bros Brawl. The balancing of the characters and the quicker paced gameplay made it so Project M was a lot more reliant on skill than the game it was based on.
While Project M is classed as a “mod” the amount of love, time and attention to detail that has gone into it makes it more of a full-on remake than a mod. The character balancing alone makes it worth playing and if you love Smash Bros Brawl, but want it to be more in depth, faster and just generally a fuller more impressive package, you have to get online and check out Project M. While Nintendo has made the team “shut it down” you can still find and download Project M fairly easily.
- Characters are much more balanced
- Brings back two missing characters
- All-Stars Versus mode is awesome!
- New costumes for your favorite characters
- Quicker gameplay is more fun
- Super Smash Bros Ultimate may make it irrelevant
- Could have added more new characters