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GameCube Reviews: Super Smash Bros. Melee

 


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The Final Say!
Gameplay
9.5
Graphics
10.0
Sound
9.5
Value
10.0

Super Smash Bros. Melee - reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: 30 May 2002
Review Score: 9.7/10 
Distributor:
Nintendo

Forget your Tekkens, Virtua Fighters and DOA's. Forget your Street Fighters. Super Smash Bros. Melee is here and now you can once again do combat as Mario! What more could you ask for from any fighting title?

Seriously, the Super Smash Bros. Games have always held an allure for me mainly due to the fact that for one: They always look great and two: they always play extremely well and this game is no exception

For those of you who are new to Nintendo consoles, you might find yourself looking at a few unfamiliar faces with this title. They are all the mainstay characters of the Nintendo Game Universe, and they can belt the stuffing out of each other in this title alone.

Don't be put off the game for it's cutesy look if you are into the 'serious' fight games as underneath it's cuddly exterior, Super Smash Bros. will have you button mashing and combo creating along with the best of them.

When going into any menu, be prepared to be blown away by your choices. There are so many! It was believed that Nintendo was just going to revamp the N64 version. They proved a lot of people wrong.

For example in single player mode, you have the following modes:
Regular Match - Event Match - Stadium - Training.
These are all highly comprehensive game modes that are a ball to play. However I must confess that as much as I love single player, it's the multiplayer part of fighting games that I enjoy most and Super Smash Bros. has options in spades:

Melee - Special Melee - Tournament Melee - Custom Rules
Sure it only looks like there are four choices per mode, however there are options within options! For example under the Special Melee menu, there are 10 options to choose from for a totally different melee experience every time. A personal favourite is the slow mo melee, give it a try.

Super Smash Bros. Melee is a game that demands respect and quite frankly deserves it. Have a play with it before really playing with it. An absolute must is to pause in the middle of battle and check out the graphics using your camera. It staggers the imagination when you see that the characters look as good as they do. It's as though they all just stepped down from the intro CGI movie and into your game. Everything is modelled to perfection and I could not detect any faults in any of the graphics I saw.

Even during some intense bouts, I could not see any clipping (for example, a character's hand disappear into his opponents body) or even any seamlines on the player models or environment. The game is perfect in that respect.

Gaming arenas are varied and will send some of the old school Nintendo gamers back to the days of SNES and beyond. Despite  the amount of activity happening onscreen, the game does not chug in the slightest, and I can assure you that especially in 4 player mode, that action gets frantic!

Even during some intense bouts, I could not see any clipping (for example, a character's hand disappear into his opponents body) or even any seamlines on the player models or environment. The game is perfect in that respect.

Gaming arenas are varied and will send some of the old school Nintendo gamers back to the days of SNES and beyond. Despite  the amount of activity happening onscreen, the game does not chug in the slightest, and I can assure you that especially in 4 player mode, that action gets frantic!

It's not often that I comment on manuals, but Super Smash Bros. Melee had one of the most comprehensive manuals for a fighting game that I have EVER seen, covering what seemed to be every topic and every fight mode. This little booklet is superbly printed and basically a benchmark as far as I am concerned. Too many clever games are cast to one side because the players couldn't figure them out.

Soundwise, the game is a treat playing a soundtrack comprising of old time Nintendo classic themes and other upbeat tunes for you to fight to. Actual fight sounds are quite varied and all characters have been given enough time in the audio booth to be very convincing.

There are 14 characters to choose from and 18 arenas to fight in. More are unlockable later for even more gaming pleasure.

Super Smash Bros. Melee is the best fighting game on the GameCube I have seen and is a fantastic piece of work. Excelsior!

- Tory Favro

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