What is: Brawlhalla?
A Free to Play Platform Fighter
Over the past few months, I have tried to compile a list of indie games or free games that sort of mirror popular games, for Hearthstone I found ManaRocks and for Halo I found Splitgate. The list goes on, but those two are the best examples. The one game I couldn’t find a rival too was Super Smash Brothers, well that was until I played Brawlhalla at Pax East a few months ago. I was reluctant to write an article on the game because it’s been out for years and is in a good place popularity-wise. That being said, I feel that everyone should at least hear out the pros and cons of this game. I was part of the early beta years ago and even bought the founder’s pack, so I am no stranger to this game. I did, however, want to immerse myself into this game before just writing a quick article, and I am glad I did. Originally Brawlhalla was developed and published by Blue Mammoth Games, but now it seems that Ubisoft is their publisher, regardless the game has stayed true to their model, and I still consider it a pseudo indie game. Here is an inside look from us at Ironclad Game Reviews on Brawlhalla.
The first thing you will notice in Brawlhalla that sets it apart from other platform fighters is the weapon system in the game. Each legend has two different weapons and no two combinations of weapons ever repeat. This adds a very different element to the game. There are quite a few different weapons, and each has a whole new playstyle attached, here is a quick list. The following weapons are currently found in Brawlhalla, Axe, spear, lance, hammer, scythe, gauntlets, blasters, sword, orb, cannon, katars, and bow. That is a lot to choose from. The combinations are endless, and each legend has their special moves with their weapon, so even those have a variety.
Brawlhalla, much like any other fighting game, has a casual mode and a ranked mode. The main difference I found between Brawlhalla is the special events they host, and the ranked 2v2 feature. You can grab a friend and push rank together, or share the salt of losing. Ranked 1v1 is incredible fun, and if you aren’t much for competitive game modes, then you can play Free for all, strikeout 1v1, friendly 2v2, and like I mentioned above their special events. For ranked 2v2, you do need to find a partner as the game doesn’t let you queue alone, which is probably for the best.
Fighting skill takes quite a while to develop, and some of the weapons are difficult to learn. I think the hardest weapons are scythe and blasters, but that doesn’t mean you should stay away from them. Learning how to string attacks together and keep your opponent on the defensive is an important skill to learn. I would say that the bow and the spear have some of the easiest combo strings in the game. Once you learn the various combos, you will feel a new sense of satisfaction when you finally land that combo string you’ve been practicing.
Ironclad Game Reviews
I have known about and played Brawlhalla for quite a while. I didn’t know how intricate the game’s mechanics were until I played against a few devs during my Pax East tour. I honestly love this game, and it certainly rivals Super Smash Bros in terms of fun. Brawlhalla is available on every single system out there, except mobile, and that is why I decided it was the perfect rival for Super Smash bros. I love games that are available to everyone and aren’t locked to just one console. Whether you have a Switch, a PC, an Xbox, or a PS4 you can enjoy Brawlhalla just like everyone else. I love the visuals for the game, the audio, and the combat system. My only gripe with Brawlhalla is when people spam their signatures, but that is countered once you get your bearings in the game. Get out and download this game and let us know what you think! As always don’t forget to follow us on twitter @GamingIronclad! Farewell Traveler.