Hi everyone, this morning I am bored. I get it, no one wants to know I am bored, you want to know the reason I'm posting, well here's a game that I thought by many of a generation of players walked by and didn't play. Though, if you've played the last one in the series, that isn't the one I'm reviewing. Also, I'm not reviewing the first one. I'm reviewing the one for the Gamecube. That's right, not for the Boy but for the Cube. The one for the Gameboy I though had lost its touch on the series' main mechanic; Epic 3D battles. Nevertheless, I bring to you a Custom Robo Battle Revoloution Review!
Custom Robo Battle Revoloution (CRBR) was a game series that was recieved much better in Japan than in America. IGN gave it a 6.5 and called it "Okay". WHAAAAAAAAAT?!?! Was my response after playing the game. Sure it had its ups and downs, but everyone should have at least tried the game here in America before calling it "Okay" and sticking with IGN's opinion. Sure, IGN and others rapped on how it called itself an RPG and how it was "Not hard enough". But, it's time for me to testify against some of that.
Gameplay: Take note people, this is a game that you play with your friends. Say that together with me now, FRIENDS. This game has fun in store for you if you sit in a dark basement and want to pull an all-nighter trying to beat this game's story mode, but nothing compared to playing against 3 other friends at a party or something like that. But first, i'll discuss the story's gameplay. The story mode is supposedly "Not hard enough". (Thank you IGN) You walk around post apocalyptic/war earth, where everyone believes that the whole world is inside of a dome for a very dark reason and the main character's father wants him to become a Custom Robo Commander during this time. The story starts off with the main character wanting a job at a bounty hunter's organization. But apparently in the future, it's legal to give a teenager a job as a bounty hunter so you get the job and actually kind of act as a cop for the dome area. You get parts from defeating enemies in a well developed top-down shooting battle system, but you can also make the battles be FPS too. The parts can be used to customize your Robo, a robot that you use your "Mental energy" to dive into and control. The parts can vary from bodies, guns, bombs, pods, to legs. The customization you make can give you different combo attacks against enemies or just be fun to try out some new parts. IGN, this can be hard at times thanks to trying to figure out which combination of parts can work well against certain enemies. Not one combo of parts beats everything else (Unless they're illegal parts). The other mode that you play against your friends in is just great fun. You can screen-peek at your foe's parts to make a combo to counteract or just try to beat them with your current combo of parts. The fun here may be tripled if your foe is incredibly skilled at the game and you are too. Only things bad would have to be the fact if your opponent used illegal parts secretly, it really annoys the bajeebers out of you.
Graphics: This game blends American cartoons and Japanese anime to make a nice 3D graphic milkshake. Some robos may look a little bland and color swatches and same NPCs are seen countless times throughout the city, but overall, they did an okay job.
Music: There's some pretty awesome blood pumping techno tracks that make you immersed in the idea of "Heck yeah! Taste Wyrm Gun you not-so bodacious robos!" Also, there's great mood setting of some musics tracks for sad moments happy moments, and scary moments.
Controls: Done well, though not very memorable. Sometimes you might find yourself trying to use a bomb and you use a pod.
Fun: This game is like Gauntlet Dark Legacy. Just you = Meh, it's just okay. Friends and you = Imma kick you robo butt hole! No, vice versa! Nu uh (Basically, an insult battle while repeatedly shooting guns at each other virtually, don't get me wrong, it's fun)!
Result: Overall... 7.9 (C+)
I really talked this game up... then gave it a C+. I split the grade between playing with friends and just by playing with yourself. If you've got nothing to do at parties and you've got a Gamecube, buy it now, it's a great, great game with friends. Otherwise, if you're looking to be a true game and go cross-eyed playing Japanese RPGs in the dark. This game may not be for you, or it may if you like the whole concept. Try the DS version though if you're looking to play by yourself most of the time, its better for that sort of thing.
This is Jeff for 1-UP Games.com, going back to my regular life to be AFK :D.