The Bomberman games, in one guise or another, have been around since the early 1980’s, and the fact that the series is still popular is indicative of how compelling the arcade gameplay is. Navigate a maze, drop a bomb, blow up a friend to much hilarity; repeated over dozens of iterations. Considering how well-practiced the gameplay formula is, it’s absolutely jaw-dropping that Super Bomberman R 2 plays a pretty lousy game of Bomberman.
The sequel to 2017 Super Bomberman R, R 2 has all the spit and polish you’d expect of a modern release. There’s a full – if pretty repetitive and easily ignored – single-player campaign, cartoon-like cut-scenes, plentiful game modes, scores of unlockables, and both local and online play. It is, without a doubt, the most complete Bomberman ever released. And yet, in all the ways that count, Super Bomber-Man R 2 is a spectacular fail. You see, the Bomberman bits of this Bomberman game just aren’t very good.
Take the visuals; top-down, sharp, and gloriously shiny, they certainly look the part. The problem is that, unlike the simple 2D sprites of Super-Bomberman’s 90’s heyday, it’s very difficult to tell if your cute little psychopathic mass-murdering 3D avatar will avoid a bomb blast or not. Think you are safe? Wrong! The dodgy collision detection will ruin your day. Then there are the controls, which are all over the place. It’s like the Bombermen are made of ice, sliding further than your futile stick-wiggling intended. They also corner like an old Skoda that’s had its wheels removed.
There are also far too many power-ups, icons, and general madness. At points, you might as well forget trying to tell what is going on, let alone spotting your Bomberman in the visual chaos. I get it, it’s aRead more on thesixthaxis.com