|System: Wii, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Hudson Soft||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Hudson Soft||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Jan.29, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The gameplay is pretty standardized and repetitive, despite the different mini-games available. If you wanted this title just for the mini-games, you'll be disappointed. Furthermore, if you were hoping your friends would join you and compete against you, Bomberman is the wrong choice. Instead, you have to consider it a single player game and a personal challenge with the goal of conquering all the mini-games and becoming the champ. Fortunately, there's a saving grace: Bomberman Land includes everyone's favorite and classic Battle Mode. Here you will indeed be able to play against three other friends, exploring the new maps and picking up all-new, exciting power-ups. However, this won't be available right from the beginning, so you'll have to be patient with the Story Mode if you want to savor the goods.
Bomberman Land's visual presentation is on the cheap side. The 3D look that was once considered splendid is back in all its glory; sadly, we're talking about what was good on the Nintendo 64 and the Dreamcast, which doesn't really reach today's standards anymore. Even though it's not all that basic and primitive, little more is offered in the game, graphics-wise. They tried to add more details to the formula, but at the end of the day, it's just not that good. I guess kids can always be fooled, but the rest of us are ready for more; if we're going to purchase Bomberman yet again, the least we can ask for is an appealing, up-to-date presentation. Instead, we're punished with more of the same.
We could speak similarly about the music, although at least there's a bit of variety within the mini-games. The tunes are simple and cheery, as it's typical of this kind of games. There's no talking in Bomberman Land, as they decided reading the never-ending subtitles would enrich the story and nourish our gamer-brains with knowledge. Oh well, what can you expect?!
Like I said, if you're looking for another mini-game frenzy and can't wait to invite your friends over, be careful with what you choose; this is not the one. If you just want to play mini-games for the sake of it and you think you were cut out to be the next Bomberman Land champ, then go ahead! Can't get enough of the classic Bomberman Battle Mode? You'll find it here! But beware; there are other cool games out there that may deserve your attention. I suggest you continue doing your research.
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