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Gamescom 2017: Brawlout Is Like Smash Bros. But Just A Bit Less Interesting

by Daan Koopman - September 19, 2017, 10:26 am PDT
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Brawling the night away from some frog looking dude and his friends.

Brawlout is one of those games I didn't really follow. Sure, I heard its name being dropped, but I wasn't sure what to expect. The focus during Gamescom 2017 was on the upcoming Nintendo Switch version, which has a lot of potential. The thought of a Smash Bros. styled game on the go is interesting, even if it is a little shameless.

From the get go, it is clear that they are going for the party brawler audience. You will see that with how the gameplay operates. Instead of balanced options, Brawlout is content by being on the offensive side. There are little ways to block and only a limited amount of attacks buttons. It doesn't take long to understand what you are dealing with. This is a really good thing as it allows anyone to hop in, despite their skill level and knowledge.

Another great part is how varied every character feels. Every participant has their own skills, which is good for players who like to tinker around. One character I have an immediate fondness for was Paco. He is a frog like creature with four arms and a sticky tongue that can prevent certain defeat. Next to that, he had some great hard hitting moves that were welcome additions. Recently introduced was The Drifter from Hyper Light Drifter. He uses his sword to create distance between him and his opponents, which I got really into. His downward spike was particularly impressive!

I guess where I'm bummed about Brawlout is in the character designs. It is not like I hated them, but they didn't stand out to me. Characters like Chief Feathers and King Apu were truly fine to play as, but I stopped remembering them after I was done playing. Maybe I'm being a bit harsh here, which is totally fair, but their uniqueness solely comes from their attributes. From trailer or gameplay footage, you can't really make any sort of assessment I feel.

After playing Brawlout, I'm pretty sure that I want to toy around more. Its gameplay ideas and concepts are well put together to keep me intrigued. That being said, I hope that more interesting looking characters are joining the roster soon. The Drifter and Paco are a great start, but it needs a little more to keep me on board. Hopefully, in time, I will begin to appreciate what this party brawler is bringing to the table.

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Genre Fighting
Developer
Players1 - 4

Worldwide Releases

na: Brawlout
Release Dec 19, 2017
RatingEveryone 10+
eu: Brawlout
Release Dec 19, 2017
Rating7+

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