Brawlhalla is a 2D platform fighter developed by Blue Mammoth Games that is completely free to play! What was that TopRamen, did you say free?!? 100% free to play ladies and gents, no hidden costs ,fees or subscriptions, just good old fun. If you’re a cheap bastard like me than you’re probably already on the Steam store downloading it, if not here’s a conveniently placed link to Brawlhalla’s page.
Welcome back! While your 100% free to play game is downloading, how about we go over some of the basic to get you ready for this magical journey into cheapdom! Brawlhalla is a fighting game that is based around different types of legends. Some characters have a Norse mythology background, while some are reminiscent of ninjas or samurai; there are even cyborgs and aliens! There is a weekly cycle of free champions that are available to you, while the others remain locked.
Now wait one gosh darn second Mr. Ramen, I thought you said it was free!? Before you mouse over to your second monitor and cancel the download, you have to understand that in order to unlock these characters you need to gain in game currency. The more you play, the more you win, the more you level, the more currency you gain. Now I’m not going to tell you that getting every character is going to be quick and easy, but c’est la vie. You shouldn’t be complaining anyways, it’s a change of pace. Think of it as just gold farming in a different game! And besides it’s much more fun!
If you’re someone who values their time, or just has too much money to spend, you can purchase the “all the legends forever” pack which gives you access to all the legends now and forever for $21.99.
I have to admit, Brawlhalla is easily one of the most addicting games I’ve played in a while. Getting into the game is relatively simple. Choose a game mode choose a character and off you go. The different game modes include: couch potato for local play, single player for verses or tournament, online for free-for-all or 1v1, custom online for friends, and ranked for ranked 1v1 and 2v2. Personally with ladder anxiety I shied away from ranked battle and chose online 1v1 and free for all.
The actual combat is a lot smoother than I anticipated. Usually fighting games are determined by your ping, the rule is if your latency is too high then say goodbye cause you’re gunna get wrecked. That wasn’t the case with Brawlhalla. Although my ping was fine, some of my opponents had relatively high latency. They were still able to pull of some sick moves and leave me questioning my existence.
Every legend has access to two different types of weapons, which periodically fall from the sky. You must pick up the weapons to use them, but can throw them away at will. If you don’t like the spear, that’s okay. Just hurl it at your enemy, and go find another. The weapons you get are random, however I usually found the ones I preferred after throwing away one or two weapons.
Your character has 5 basic moves, quick attack, heavy attack, throw, jump, and dodge. Yes the attacks are directional and yes you can combo a basic quick attack into a quick up, into an air born heavy. What I found most interesting about the combat was the unique interactions with the throw ability into a combo. At times I found myself throwing my weapon into the enemy to create an opening, picking the weapon up and then unloading with a heavy attack. This tends to be a bit more difficult in the 1v1 setting, but works really well in free-for-all; as there is so much going on.
Each time you knock an opponent off the stage you gain +1 to your score, however if you get knocked off you lose -1. If you happen to fall off the stage yourself, or detonate one of your own landmines which causes you to get knocked off, you lose -3. They call these “accidents”. Thanks for sugar coating it Blue Mammoth Games, you really understand your demographic ;D
One of the obvious issues that computer gaming has had to overcome is how to deal with games that require specific movement. Generally movement is dictated by W,A,S,D, which is fine for basic movements but can feel very cumbersome at times. Brawlhalla offers you the ability to use several different preset options to use the keyboard only or to use the mouse and keyboard. I found the combination of the mouse and keyboard to work quite well, and didn’t feel like I was missing much. However, I can tell you that when I played this game at PAX using the PS4 controller, having the joystick gave me more accurate change ups. You can argue with me all you like but at the end of the day it comes down to personal preference. Personally, I can use the mouse and keyboard combo all day; not running off to buy a controller any time soon.
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