Smash Bros 4? No complaints.
All in all, there is not a single thing I dislike about the new Smash Bros title.
I say this being a long-time player of the series— having played it since it debuted fifteen years ago, and 75% of my lifespan has been devoted to this game. That’s a pretty staggering thing to realize.
And after all this time, after seeing all the revisions and refinement to the series, I have absolutely no complaints about this upcoming title. I support everything the series has come to so far, and let me explain why.
In a nutshell, my childhood started with and revolved around this series. During that part of my life I had to go without video games for several periods of time, so my experience with it was pretty on-and-off. And it wasn’t even until after I left home that I was finally able to get my own copy of Melee (my favorite title) and keep it indefinitely.
During the last few years, when I started thinking critically about game design and production, I hailed Melee as the best title out of the three— Hell, even series creator Masahiro Sakurai told us that Melee was in fact the “sharpest title” in the series. And I stuck with that ideal, going so far as to shun Brawl because it was so far unaligned with how Melee handled in terms of gameplay and content. I described Melee being fast-paced and edgy, while Brawl felt sluggish in comparison, and the character roster was unbalanced and full of gimmicks like Solid Snake and Captain Olimar.
But my opinions were problematic at best, because I hailed them as fact and dismissed anyone who thought Brawl was better. In hindsight, I felt angry that Melee had lost the attention I thought it deserved (and still does).
And now my ideals have changed a bit. I have been keeping a close eye on all the features the upcoming title promises. The character roster, the multiplayer options, the stages, the items and so on. And after I stopped worrying whether the game would be as “sharp” as Melee, I actually started to get excited about the game for just being something new. I mean, I got psyched just to know that I’m going to be able to take Smash Bros with me and play it wherever the hell I want.
The roster is very solid. The most deserving characters are returning with their best designs yet. Every model is very refined, yet not too overwhelmingly detailed. Every moveset is (so far) balanced and they’re playing even more to a player’s preferred style, like the close-quarters style of Little Mac or the jack-of-all-trades ability of Mega Man. The newcomers are a better pick from the quality arsenal of Nintendo franchises, including the newly-announced Shulk of Xenoblade Chronicles. And franchises like Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing are getting a wider scope of attention than ever as their respective games increase in popularity.
I think the best part of the new title is that the production team listened to the community, and as a result, incorporated characters and gameplay mechanics that we deserved, like the For Fun/For Glory multiplayer modes, or having a ‘Final Destination’ version of every stage. Or having Charizard as his own character.
And that’s why I like this one so far. I have nothing bad to say because it’s come so far since I first played it.
matt1546 asked: Since it seems to be a topic few on the internet can agree with, what is YOUR definition of a "Social Justice Warrior"?
Extremists. People who generalize and stereotype others while they pretend to be against stereotypes. People who make sexist statements when they claim to be against sexism. People who victim-blame victims that disagree with them. People who try to speak for minorities that are perfectly capable of speaking for themselves. People who want special privileges for having the same values that any decent human being should have by default.
There is standing for what’s right, and then there’s becoming the very monster you’re trying to fight. If you become a bully in the name of ending bullying, you’re simply contributing to the problem.
The difference between an activist and a “social justice warrior” is the difference between a person who has faith, and a member of Westboro Baptist Church.