posted by CH4054NG3L (SACRAMENTO, CA) Sep 24, 2009
Member since Sep 2009
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So, the main hype of this game is that it's a SSBB clone. It's a similar concept, much of the same development team, and presented in much the same way.
If all you're looking for is SSBB, go play that instead. Unless you love TMNT, as I do, you'll likely find yourself just wanting to play SSBB instead. That's not to say Smash Up isn't worth checking out tho. It's got a decent variety of stages that get more fun as you learn to use the elements in them to your advantage. The Ninja Powers are fun and can greatly change the tide of a four-player match. The abillity to cling to, climb, and attack from walls is fun and can quickly close large gaps between you and the enemy. The character list is sadly, less than I'd hoped. I am far from unlocking every bonus in the game, but for those of us hoping for Usagi, disappointment strikes hard.
The largest difference between Smash Up and SSBB, in my opinion is that SSBB is more fun to play solo than Smash Up is. Once you blow thru the Arcade and Survival Modes a few times, you're left wondering if that's all there is to it. The 4-player matches can be quite fun, however, and have kept me occupied for several hours at a time the last few days. If you don't have 3 friends, get some more. Check eBay...?
Aside from some other unlockables I havent gotten to yet, I think I have experienced most of what the game has to offer. The mini-games are neat for the first couple times, but lack a real fun factor that you'd expect to be there from the team that made SSBB.
Smash Up is a more or less SSBB lite. It's got less features, less mini-games, less characters, and is frankly, less fun. But if you like the Smash Bros. series (I've played since N64, back when Pikachu was OP) then you will find some enjoyment from this game as well. It won't pull you in and run your life for months until your girlfriend starts to get jealous, but I am glad I checked it out.
Sure, we knew that it was a Super Smash Brothers Brawl redux. We LOVE SSBB! So, we figured that TMNT Smash-Up has to be somewhat fun. Wrong!
Bad visuals, minimal characters, no special moves or Super Attacks, limited levels to "smash-up" on and a small variety of dropped items added up to a big yawnfest for us (46, 14 and 7 years old). Noone complained when this one went back into the Gamefly envelope after a few hours.
I rate it a 4, because there were 4 turtles in it. We still believe in Turtle Power. I just wish that there was some mixed into this game.