We get hands on with the Brawlout characters in a new competitive fighting game for the PS4, Xbox One and Steam for another of our EGX Rezzed highlights.
Before I go any further I’m just going to have to address the elephant in the room. Brawlout looks like Super Smash Bros and plays like it too. That’s not a criticism of the game, but it is undoubtedly something that Brawlout will have to overcome when it reaches the PS4 and Xbox One later in 2017.
The truth is, the PS4 and Xbox One need a game like this. It’s bright, it’s eye-catching and most of all it’s a whole lot of fun. In a world of gritty tactical shooters and sprawling open world games, there’s a lot to be said for a few minutes bashing the colourful Brawlout characters around a stage and trying to send them flying off the edge of the screen.
Furthermore, it feels like the sort of game you can easily pick up and play – perhaps because it uses a very similar control scheme to Super Smash Bros. but hey, no reason to fix something if it ain’t broke. Certainly there was no need for tutorials when we took the Brawlout characters for a spin during EGX Rezzed.
The real challenge for Brawlout will be whether it can do more than just look and play like Super Smash Bros. Sony have already tried (and failed) to recreate the magic with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale on the PS3. Brawlout is bold to be entering the fray with a roster of original characters.
But when I spoke to the developers, they were keen to emphasise that there’s a strong focus on the single player mode, which is designed to flesh out the Brawlout characters and explain what’s brought them all together to duke it out. Furthermore, the characters will be able to level up and gain new abilities (presumably in a way that doesn’t unbalance the gameplay).
Promisingly, Angry Mob Games have already shown great commitment to taking feedback on-board, having redesigned some of the fighters to give them more detail and character. Brawlout releases this week for Steam, with a PS4 and Xbox One release in the summer – by which time it will boast an extended roster of fighters and no doubt more refinements from the developers.