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When I play #IDARB, I don't feel like I'm trusted. Hashbombs are a neat idea, but they come when someone else wants them to. Playing with others is amazing, but #IDARB doesn't help me out if I don't have quite that many friends available. Instead, it's watchable. It can be hard for the untrained eye to grasp everything that's going on in Smash, but #IDARB is easy, it's digestible. Unfortunately, that means that for all it gets right, #IDARB can be a lot more fun to watch than it is to play.
#IDARB is an unexpected and intelligent competitive game, but it needs better multiplayer options.
Vying for points next to a collection of friends scratches many of the same multiplayer itches as Super Smash Bros.
#IDARB combines the interactivity of Twitch Plays Pokemon with simple, raw competition.
IDARB throws a lot of goof spaghetti at the wall, and a shocking amount of it sticks. But its absurdity can, when cranked up to 11, distract from the real joy of the game — its satisfying mechanics and miles-deep strategy.
#IDARB reminds me of the core reason why I play videogames, the honest fun and good spirit of the design with the tight competitive gameplay make this a perfect game to sit back and let the world slip away. It has its flaws here and there, and it's not got a ton of variety, but I love it. Besides, it's free on Xbox Live Games with Gold right now, so just grab it, ya dingus!
As a game, it's fairly simple, and playing by oneself could grow dull quickly. It's really when people play together, either locally or online, that #IDARB takes off. And as the game is set to launch as a free title with Xbox Games With Gold in February, hopefully there will be plenty of players looking for a little pixelated madness to match up with.
At a higher player count, the chaos get's too much, but when it's at its best, #IDARB is a hell of a lot of fun.
Equal parts chaos and creativity, #IDARB is best enjoyed with friends. While online features are lacking somewhat, anyone looking for a great local competitive title on Xbox One should definitely pick this one up when it hits Games with Gold in February.
I highly recommend #IDARB, and this comes from someone that doesn't play sports games, yet I knew the moment I yelled at my TV during a slow motion instant replay victory, this was special. #IDARB will be a social favorite for years to come.