Steam Fighting Game Takes Risks That Super Smash Bros Won’t

September 23, 2015 - Super Smash Bros

Steam Fighting Game Takes Risks That SuperSmash Bros Won't

Confession: notwithstanding being mostly a PC guy, we venerate Super Smash Bros. Now my skip of a Nintendo console isn’t most of an issue.

Rivals of Aetherwhich usually launched on Steam and rocketed true into a service’s tip 10 best sellers—is not bashful about a primary influence. It might not be wearing Mario’s heading shawl and overalls (everyone is NAKED; also, animals), though all from a feel to a cultured screams Smash Bros.

I mean, let’s start during a impression and map preference screens:


Steam Fighting Game Takes Risks That SuperSmash Bros Won't

Steam Fighting Game Takes Risks That SuperSmash Bros Won't

Look familiar?

Combat, meanwhile, brings with it a informed smorgasboard of pound attacks, specials, directional conflict inputs, and light platforming—just like grandma Sakurai used to make. Observe:

And yet, Rivals of Aether is not utterly accurately a clone. After an hour with it, we would call it some-more of a new entrance in whatever fighting/party diversion sub-genre Smash Bros birthed all those years ago, in that singing summer field of good vibes and improved violence. It takes some risks with a determined regulation by upping a speed and adding a totally new set of defensive mechanics, afterwards commanding it all off with characters that were created, initial and foremost, for a fighting game. Basically, Rivals of Aether feels like a plain substructure for a some-more competitive-focused Smash-style game. It’s not there yet, though given a instruction a growth is pointed, it could get there someday.

The brief version? It’s solid! The longer version? Well, there’s a reason we called we here today, atop this raise of cracked holy grails, to listen to me talk; some things in Rivals of Aether are different. For instance:

  • Ledge-grabbing has been transposed with a wall-jump automechanic (that can usually be intent after you’re out of post-special tumble mode). So, in theory, edge-hogging is out, or during slightest unequivocally different.
  • There’s no shield. You can still evasion roll, though a still defense has been transposed by a timing-based resist maneuver. Time it right, and you’ll delayed your opponent’s conflict and quickly describe yourself inaccessible (but still means to move).
  • There’s no grabbing whatsoever. For many players, that’s A HUGE DEAL. I’m awaiting a good concentration on position, conflict timing, and parries, generally for range-y characters.

  • For improved or worse, levels are tiny and Final-Destination-y. Again, a concentration here seems to be some-more on foe than merrymaking it up. Maybe this is sacrilege, though we kinda skip a variety. A larger, some-more elaborate turn or dual wouldn’t hurt.
  • The characters (of that there are usually 6 during a moment) are all impressively unique—at least, to play. So far, we can’t find any Smash Bros analogues outward of unequivocally elementary things like, “Rock Dude is vast and delayed while Raccoon Girl is quick though some-more vulnerable.”
  • Characters’ fighting styles are built around component themes. So, for example, a aforementioned Rock Dude can make vast mill pillars that he can pile-up by by rolling around like a Goron from The Legend of Zelda (or Sonic The Hedgehog or Regular The Armadillo). Other characters, meanwhile, have a harder time violation them. Also, he can make them in skinny air, holding other players by warn and throwing off their timing. Based on what I’ve played so far, it’s a cool, focused proceed to impression building.

  • If, however, you’re here for Nintendo-caliber personality, you’re substantially gonna be disappointed.
  • No L-canceling. we didn’t notice this since we was never a quite advanced Super Smash Bros Melee player, though Steam user Cirby willingly forked it out. The prolonged and brief of it is that liberation after alighting in Rivals of Aether is super fast—no involved technique required. You usually strike a belligerent and go.
  • It’s a flattering quick diversion in general, that I’m certain Melee fans will appreciate.

Basically, Rivals is streamlined in places where it creates sense, though a new mechanics seem like they open adult a vast probability space for strategy—and they do this intentionally, rather than on collision like a Smash Bros array infrequently seems to. So distant we don’t adore a feel or, frankly, any of a characters as most as what Smash so far, though we haven’t even spent a fragment of a time with it yet.

What does all of this meant for people who’ve never played Super Smash Bros in any form in their whole lives? You now have entrance to a speedy, high-flying soldier where we try to hit people off a shade instead of emptying their health bars. The controls are, on their face, unequivocally simple, though high turn play is all about poise of surprisingly perplexing techniques involving timing, movement, and positioning.

Also would we check out this whale?

That is one ruin of a whale.

Now a vast downside: Rivals of Aether is, during a moment, in Early Access, so it doesn’t have a full impression roster, turn total, or mode selection. Online we can usually play 1v1, and if you’re personification alone there’s no story mode yet. I’ve had decent fun with riot four-person matches opposite a CPU (and also removing my donkey handed to me online, though let’s not speak about that), though we could see a fun being kinda short-lived. Compared to any iteration of Smash, Rivals is intensely barebones.

Then again, most like Smash, Rivals of Aether feels like a arrange of diversion that’s best played opposite your flesh-and-blood rivals (or friends, if we have any of those). Here’s anticipating it gets a good cloak of gloss and a some-more well-rounded underline set, and—eventually—evolves a same kind of staying power.

Update: For those interested, here’s how to play Rivals with a Gamecube controller.

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