Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed
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Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed is a button-mashy, overly simplistic fighter that's aimed at young kids but doesn't even manage to lift its game enough to satisfy a junior audience on any level outside of very basic fan service. There's a serious lack of modes or variety here, especially for the not-insignificant price tag, and what is included is let down by a lazy story mode and some shockingly simple enemy AI. Serious Zoids fans may derive some fleeting pleasure from seeing their favourite characters battle it out, but, for everyone else, this is a mega-hard sell and a fighter that absolutely fades into insignificance when compared to other examples of its genre.
Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed is an enjoyable 3D arena fighting game but might be a bit simplistic for some. I did find the combat to have a bit of depth to it but probably not enough for more hardcore fighting fans. The lack of online support, full voice-acting, and some rather simple arenas also hold it back a bit. Still, I enjoyed controlling the Zoids that were here and if you’re a fan of the series there is a lot of content here in the Story mode to sink your teeth into.
ZOIDS Wild: Blast Unleashed is a fun arena brawler to pick up and play for fans of the series and youngsters who can catch the english dub of the anime on Netflix (if it’s available in your region) alike. The lack of an online mode is rather baffling to me but I cannot deny that there is a good bit of fun and entertainment to be had here and I had a fun time playing the game.
Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed is great for younger kids and fervent fans of the anime series. While it won't be endearing for anyone wanting a complex and competitive fighter, there's enough here to please its intended audience.
Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed has done a great job in creating a faith anime fighter for the fans, with the in-depth story mode and inclusion of DLC characters adding lot of value. Saying that, seasoned gamers will probably get a couple of matches out of this before finding it massively repetitive, but fans will keep picking this up to complete all the modes.
Takara Tomy is trying to bring Zoids back to the West with the help of this latest 3D Fighter. And after playing it, they'll need to try a bit harder.
All in all, there’s a decent amount of depth to Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed despite its simple appearance. There’s plenty of single-player content, thanks to the hefty Story mode, but seasoned fighting game fans will notice the absence of online multiplayer. Still, there’s an enjoyable fighter here – and getting to control a giant dinosaur-shaped mech is a novelty that doesn’t quickly wear off.
Even for newcomers to the franchise, there’s plenty of arena brawling fun to be had in Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed. It’s sorely missing online multiplayer and the story mode is of inconsistent quality but it’s never not exciting to smash giant robot apes rode by anime villains with a Mecha shaped like a Lion. Never.
Despite the fact that Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed is a game aimed at children, I really enjoyed playing it and can’t wait to finish the incredibly long Story Mode! The combat within the game is really smooth, each Zoid has its own attacks and unique special moves, there are multiple colours and variants to unlock, and even a secondary set of mini-stories for each character! The game is bursting with content, offering hours upon hours of enjoyment and entertainment. The bonus extras were also a nice touch, rewarding you with various media just for simply playing the game. Fans of the show will love this game and people who want a casual fighting game that’ll last a long time should also seriously consider picking it up.
Overall, Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed was quite a bit more fun than initially expected. More than just a simple licensed title aimed exclusively at fans of the franchise, this a fairly straightforward but robust arena fighting game that might get the younger generation into the genre the same way Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi did for the Nintendo GameCube and PS2 generation.