Super Bomberman R Online
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An infectious, frantic multiplayer blast, Super Bomberman R Online's major caveat comes from its place amongst the current raft of Stadia exclusives. It doesn't seem to be the place that people are choosing to play major multiplayer games, but in the case of Super Bomberman R Online, that's a crying shame.
Super Bomberman R Online is THE reason to get a Stadia account. While the paid premium pack can deal some unfair advantages with the initial release, the innovative mixture of classic Bomberman gameplay and a Battle Royale twist make this the best exclusive, and perhaps game available on Stadia, so far.
Yeah, that's probably it.
Super Bomber R Online could have been a wonderful entry in the series. Its 64 players mode is truly a blast... when it all comes together, which never really happens as it suffers very lenghty loading times, frequent bugs and is made to have you buy its Premium Pack in order to not use very powerful special characters.
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Super Bomberman R Online joins many of its peers as the latest classic franchise to receive a battle royale twist. It's not entirely successful, with technical issues including freezing during gameplay and awfully long waits to get into matches alongside a battle pass and microtransaction system that just doesn't fit in with the nature of the game. Underneath all the added padding, however, is the same classic Bomberman gameplay that's tweaked to fit 64 players, making it an experience that you should, at the very least, download and try out. It's free Bomberman, after all.
Super Bomberman R Online is a pretty classic Bomberman experience, despite missing some power-ups. Just make sure you enjoy battle royale mode or you're going to have a bad time.
Another issue is that there's no local co-op option; every player needs to have their own game and Switch console. Regardless, any Bomberman fan should be picking this one up. I can readily admit that I fall into that camp, and I've been having a blast.
I have to say that Super Bomberman R Online is actually a pleasant surprise. Like Tetris 99, it takes a classic and injects it with a modern twist to bring it to life once more. It’s familiar, but fresh.
Super Bomberman R Online is a literal and figurative blast with its well-adapted gameplay formula as well as its wealth of characters and unlockables. It's a bit buggy in its current state, though, so I hope it gets patched; like... a lot.
I first played Super Bomberman R Online back in September 2020 when it became a “First to Stadia” exclusive. My experience with the game was exceptional back then but I was left wondering whether it would arrive on other platforms at some stage. Fast forward to 27th May 2021 and we see the introduction of the game to Xbox (including Series S/X), Playstation 4/5, Steam and Nintendo Switch. The great news is that Super Bomberman R online features crossplay. This means we can expect to see busy servers and super quick matchmaking.