phenomena is quite popular with the younger market and Activision
have released a game based on this popular franchise that involves
cards and fighting. Although based Bakugan the card game which involves the player putting
down magnetic cards and then carefully rolling a Bakugan onto the
cards, the developers have pretty much replicated the gaming system
quite well. Once your Bakugans are on a card, you then need to engage in the battle system which is similar
to those other card games available on the market but the magnetic
cards does put a unique twist into this franchise.
24 action packed
levels with 8 Battlefield environments
6 unique arenas
35 Bakugans with
2 all new 2 uniques
characters with 2 uniques ONLY available in the video game, each
human character is customizable
Over 200 player
cards: 12 never before seen
More than 250
Full Story Mode,
Tutorial, Single-player and Multi-player
However when it comes to the game, the younger gamer must compete in
the Ultimate Battle Tournament and allows them to fight other
Bakugans and even tweak them with more skills and powers. By winning
fights, you are awarded more G-Power cards which assists your
Bakugan in the battles that they face.
Like the card game, the
battles are generally reliant on the cards that you have at your
disposal. Although you have a set number of Bakugan at your
disposal, these can be upgraded to be made more powerful and of
course have their pros and cons which is where the tactical aspect
of the game comes into play.
There is even a
story behind this card game that revolves around Rikku who dreams of
joining these legendary battles with his Bakugan. As fortune
dictates, his friend Dan decides to lend him a Bakugan and as he
experiences the fighting first hand, his fortune shines on him even
more and he discovers a new Bakugan that will allow him to compete.
Although never playing the original card game before, my 12-year old
nephew has informed me that the game is quite accurate, although
noted that it is more fun. Probably due to the inclusion of various
mini-games that include a shooting game, a shake game which requires you to shake the controller to boost up
your G-Power and a timing game.
Like the card game,
you need to throw your cards onto the battlefield and by shooting
them, it unleashes them and when an enemy is near, they transform
into these mythical creatures to fight.
With this in mind, it seems that the game would have been more
suited to the Nintendo Wii, due to its more sensitive motion
controls and for the older gamer, it really doesn't offer you much,
however with that said, the game has definitely been created for a
target market. I would have also liked to see more hands on fighting
but then again I could always go to Tekken 6.
Apart from the various single-player modes, the game does allow up
to four players to compete to locally that is definitely for fans of
Bakugan and rather than competing against AI opponents, you can fuel
your focus on real players which for me was a little bit more fun.
Of course, it does help being a fan of the franchise.
the title has a cartoon feel to it with some over the top special
effects, well animated monsters and an easy to navigate menu system.
There are even some interesting cutscenes to help progress the story
along as well. The sound effects are good as is the soundtrack which
suits perfectly as is the over the top voice acting!
At the end of the day, if you're a fan of the series, you'll
definitely be putting this under your Christmas tree or getting
someone else to but for the older gamer, it's quite lacking any true
concepts that we can understand. If you are a fan of those
real-world card games that are so popular now, than you might want
to give Bakugan: Battle Brawlers a chance. The only other issue is
that unlike the real card game, this title loses its portability
factor which may be an issue for fans of the genre.