Publisher: Hudson Entertainment
# of Players: 1-8
Xbox Live Arcade - 07/18/2007
Bomberman Live Review
I remember my friend telling me about this game called Bomberman many years ago, and how much fun it was to play. I never got my first true taste of Bomberman till the Bomberman 64 was released for the Nintendo 64. While many people dislike this game, I was instantly and hopelessly addicted to its simple nature yet the depth that it provided me, as well as the multiplayer matches very late in the night with my friends. This was one of the staple multiplayer games for my friends and myself so many years ago. Since that time I have seen many other games released under the Bomberman name, including the very poor Bomberman Zero that was recently released. I was overjoyed to hear that the “classic” Bomberman was going to get a release on Xbox Live, and I couldn’t wait to try it. Was it worth the wait?
The basic premise of this game is simple: use your bombs to find hidden upgrades in crates and then try to blast your friends and be the last man standing. The controls for this game are really easy. First of all, you can move your characters around with either the d-pad or the left thumb stick. To place or throw a bomb all you need to do is press the A button. The X button allows you to line up bombs or punch. B button detonates remote bombs. LB shows the HUB. The RB shows the gamertags of all of the characters. Finally the right trigger kicks a bomb. Getting familiar with these buttons is a must if you want to survive online. Luckily the control scheme is very easy to get adjusted and you will be playing like a professional in no time.
There are two different modes you can play in: local play or Xbox Live. Both local play and Xbox Live allows you to play with eight different people. In local play it can be four humans and four CPUs, and Xbox Live it can be eight different human players. Then you can choose from eight different arenas to play in that have their own traps and themes, then choose which game mode you want to play in. Each arena has several different modes to partake in which helps give you more options and give greater replay value to Bomberman Live. One of my favorite modes to play is the Paint Bomb mode, because in this mode the object is not to take everyone out, instead you must try to paint as many of the tiles on the board as fast as possible. If you get hit by a bomb you will then go into the “revenge cart” riding around the perimeter throwing bombs on the map, trying to take someone out so you can get back on the game board.
All the powerups in the center, who will get there first?
There are two different matches to play on Xbox Live: player match or ranked match. Player match allows you to jump right in to Xbox Live and play against fellow gamers. Tournament allows you to compete with everyone around the world, but collecting points. It is the ultimate brag right to check out the leader boards and see your position on there in comparison to your friends. Once you choose which mode you then can choose to play a battle (which is a series of matches in a single area) or a tournament (which is a series of matches in different arena). What is nice is that any mode that you can play locally, you will be able to play on Live, but expect it to be better since you will be playing with all live people instead of the CPUs.
Once you have figured out which mode you want to play in you then have a couple of options. First is a quick match, which will just load you in the first game it can find. Next up is custom match where you can define the type of game that you wish to partake in. If you can’t find anything to your liking you can then host your own game by choosing create match. Sometimes this is the best way to go since you can tweak the rules to your own liking.
If you like to customize the appearance of your characters in video games, then you will love this game. Bomberman Live offers you the ability to customize three different parts of your character: headwear, face, and body. There are many different parts for you to mix and match. It is really funny to go onto Xbox Live to just check out some of the zany combinations of that player have chosen to represent themselves. You can choose from many different themes that include cowboy, clowns, gladiator, pirate, ballerina, and much more. The only way to get these costume pieces is to unlock them during the game' it will take a while to gather all the parts but once you do it will be worth it to see what you can come up with.
That will hurt
There are two reasons why people love this game and first off is its simplistic nature. Someone who has never played any of the Bomberman games can pick up the controller and start playing in a matter of seconds. Next up is the more you play it you recognize how strategic this game can be. This ranges from deciding which power-ups to use, finding ways to trap your enemies, and how to use the level that you are on to your advantage. The more you play it the better you become, the more strategies you come up with to where you find yourself completely and hopelessly addicted to it.
Bomberman Live is rated for everyone, and it contains comic mischief and tobacco references.
Review Scoring Details for Bomberman Live
Even though this is a very simple game to learn and play you will be amazed at how fun it is. There are numerous things that you can do to improve the quality of your matches, such as various power-ups, different “costumes” to customize your own character, and many other things that will keep you addicted to this game for hours on end.
The graphics for this game are really simple and their main job is to make sure that you know where you are and what you can blow up.
The sound for this game isn’t really one of the focal points for this game. There are simple explosions and a light soundtrack, that neither adds nor takes away anything from it.
This game is obviously made for the younger generation of gamers as it takes no time to breeze through this entire game.
While there are myriads of Bomberman games and sequels out there, this one brings back the fondest memories of this franchise. The gameplay is simple and the execution of it is strategic; it is fun for all ages.
This game is made for multiplayer and with up to eight people in one match the game will get frantic and you will love every moment of it.
Playing Bomberman Live has brought back many good memories of playing this game so long ago with my friends. With all of the various game modes available it is well worth the 800 Microsoft Points ($10 USD) to buy it. See you online!
Bomberman is back with a vengeance
Reviewer: Michael Knutson
Review Date: 07/23/2007