Diehard GameFAN: Bakugan Battle Brawlers Review (WII)

Bakugan Battle Brawlers is the sort of game that's solid and well designed in most of the major important points, but drops the ball when it gets to the smaller, but no less important details. It's not that the game is bad; the story is fun and works well enough, the game is visually and aurally well designed, and the gameplay is surprisingly simple to learn but complex to really master. There's plenty of depth to the battle systems, and between the customization options for your decks, the unlockable content in Story Mode, and the fun multiplayer options for players who want to jump in and battle, there's a lot to love about the game. However, the multiplayer doesn't allow friends to combat each other with their custom decks and there's no online play, so anyone looking for something more than casual battles will be disappointed. Further, there's no option to play as custom female characters because Diehard GameFAN guesses Activision only wants boys buying the game, you can't disable Battle Games in multiplayer matches under any circumstances, and the customization options for created characters are meager, leaving the whole experience feeling good, but unsatisfying. As a starting point, Bakugan Battle Brawlers isn't bad and is fairly enjoyable all in all, but it stumbles in enough areas that anyone who's looking for more than just bare-bones multiplayer and a solid Story Mode might want to wait for the inevitable sequel instead.

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