9.3 isn't a bad score indeed but what does he based his judgement on? The bad side he points out isn't even strong.Originally Posted by Atomheart
Of course at the core SSBB is still a fighting game like Melee like SSB. That's sorta like saying I don't see what's so great about this version of a car, it has four wheels and drive faster..
If you're looking for an entirely new game then it wouldn't be called SSB now would it?
The feature that they add creates much more fun in the game, like final smash. The rush to run and get it and the rush to run away if you didn't. They even enhanced single mode further than Melee adding a story line. What I'm trying to say is that this game isn't just a mere "let's add more character and stages and call it a sequel" They actually put their time in developing new things that enhances SSB.
As for the online, Sakurai has already said what he feels about a rank board and online battle with anyone. You need to take in consideration this is a fighting game as well, so you can't expect same features as FPS online. Other than that I don't think it's too bad.. actually I think we're taking for granted that SSB is going to be online. He's trying to broaden Smash's audience. Indeed, that's why most of the stage are flat and uninovative like that article point out, so new player can adept to the game easier. But that's why there's stage builder.. let your own innovation run there.
Anyways, I'm probably babbling on too much. The article was written nicely but I don't see any support for the score he gives. And some down side he points out is more personal opinion than anything.