Finding myself extremely bored with terrible otome games I went back to my roots and decided to play the World of Light (which somehow reminds me of the 2.0 FFXIV opening) of Smash Brothers Ultimate.
First let me talk a little bit about Smash Brothers itself. It’s a long series of well, fighting games where you can basically be a nintendo (or sega, or square enix) character and duke it out.
Obviously you can only play so much before you are bored of just fighting in the same few stages with the characters you’ve unlocked. The way you unlock characters in normal vs mode is really odd too because as you’re fighting randomly, a random character appears to challenge you and if you so happen to be on a character you aren’t used to playing (like say you wanted to try out Peach but you normally use Pikachu) you are now stuck fighting the locked character on a character you aren’t used to. If you fail, god knows when they show up again. So with all of this I got kinda bored and decided to try the spirit adventure – aka what basically the “point” of this game is and the main “story.”
The story is basically a bunch of these Smash Brothers characters have been taken over by the evil lords of light and darkness and made clones to fight against you. So the only way to save
Eorzea the Smash Brothers World is to free the fighters, defeat the clones and defeat the 2 bosses. And so you begin the game with Kirby, who I still can’t properly use, and you make your way around the map unlocking characters. Eventually I stumbled upon what would be one of my best fighters: Donkey Kong.
It was just my luck but I so happened to unlock a lot of support spirits that gave physical attack buffs. And so thanks to that, suddenly all the struggles I had with the game vanished. I also finally figured out what to do with all those snacks and money and leveled up my spirits and basically brawled my way to the ending. On the way I also picked up some moves with Peach, Isabelle and Cloud Strife.
So once you clear out all the maps, get all the fighters etc it’s time to fight the final bosses. In order to ensure you get the BEST end you must keep the balance between light & dark (aka make sure one doesn’t take over the other in the background of your screen.) The hardest part for me was where you have to constantly jump up because if you don’t the moving screen will kill you.
I’m pretty terrible when it comes to moving screens so I ended up having my husband basically fight the final bosses lol. We picked the floatiest team which was Isabelle, Bowser Jr. and Pikachu. Well Pikachu doesn’t fly but my husband pretty much played with him exclusively. Ultimately based on who died first and who lived we finished the game with good ‘ol balloon swing Isabelle. xD
So once you finish and defeat them the credits roll which look like something out of my middle school miracle of life movie. Or perhaps the end of Evangelion?😂
Literally identical!! 😂There’s one more mode you can play like a mini story mode for each “fighter” though all it does is unlock a special ending photo I guess? For example like this:
Anyways while I had a rocky start and sucked bad, eventually I got good (aka unlocked fighters that are easier for me to play with) and was able to make it through the game. Some stages were hell and I just made my husband play them lmao. There’s events every couple weeks to win various spirits but I think once I completed the true ending, I kinda feel like I’m done with the game. I missed a couple fighters somewhere in the world of darkness but I can’t be bothered to come back for them because the reward is just some silly screenshot. Some of them are cute but eh wasn’t really worth the annoying puzzles for me.
I do have to say the game is not novice friendly at all. This was my first Smash game and I really struggled getting into it and had to change my controls to remove the jump buttons from being all over the place. I think if you are struggling you should change the controls and go into practice mode to practice things like jumping on and off and catching edges in case you get knocked off. Staying ON the stage is actually a huge hurdle for beginners so I recommend “floaty/flying” characters like Peach, Isabelle, Duck Hunt Dog or Bowser Jr. Characters like Cloud Strife look cool and do great damage but if you get knocked off you ain’t getting back on. Not sure if there’s a demo or not, but I still can say I recommend this game, if anything, the story mode was pretty enjoyable and gets much easier the more you unlock and the more support spirits you have to help you out with hard enemies and stages.