Bakugan: Battle Brawlers Review
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Bakugan: Battle Brawlers box art
System: X360, PS3, Wii, PS2, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Now Production 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Activision 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 20, 2009 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

When the battle has been instigated, you will perform one of three mini-games to help increase your creatures' powers. There is a rhythm-based game, a shooter, and a stick-shaker. The rhythm game is a simple, Simon Says-style of mini-game where you tap buttons in a specific order at specific, timed intervals. During the shooter mini-game you will have to target various icons that appear on the screen and shoot them. Last but not least is stick-shaking. It involves flicking the analogue stick from side to side as fast as you can within the allotted time. There's really not much to these games, as there's not a lot of room for improvement. That's really all there is to it. In fact, you'll find that everything in the game repeats, including the Bakugan monsters.

Bakugan: Battle Brawlers screenshot

BBB does not do the PS3 or Xbox 360 justice. The cutscenes are as good as any anime, but that's not saying much. The in-game animation is choppy and sloppy, but in its defense, there are no technical issues with slowdown or latency. The music fits the gameplay, as it's frenzied and frenetic but not in a good way. Voiceovers are good, but the sound effects, like the rest of the game, suffers from repetition.

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To me it seems that BBB is best-suited for the DS. To a lesser extent, it might have made a decent PSP game, but it just doesn't cut it on the consoles. The Wii version could have capitalized on the interactive mini-game aspect instead of offering such a small smattering. Young players enchanted with the whole Bakugan franchise will likely enjoy seeing the game come to animated life, and they should get a few more hours of play out of the four-player mode. But those with less than a passing interest are advised not to attend this ball.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.8
Graphics
Unimpressive anime quality with jerky animation.
4.0
Control
Controls are smooth and extremely operational, if extremely limited.
2.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Average anime soundtrack, very repetitive.
3.0
Play Value
An interesting concept that doesn't translate well to a video game.
2.9
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • The world of Bakugan comes alive: The arenas burst with incredible action and new play mechanics. It takes the Bakugan play experience to a whole new level.
  • Epic storyline of Good vs. Evil directed by cartoon editor: Take your side in a brand new adventure and fight with Dan to defeat evil, save Vestroia and rescue Earth from total destruction with never before seen material!
  • Create-a-brawler: Create and customize your own Bakugan Battle Brawler with unique attributes that will separate your Brawler from all others on the planet!
  • Four-player multiplayer modes keeps the action going with your friends by your side.


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