3/28/2012

HBM Reviews: Kid Icarus Uprising

"Sorry to keep you waiting!"
Helo, people! It's now time for me to review my favorite game of the year so far: Kid Icarus Uprising! Let's go!
The story is that 25 years after the original Kid Icarus game, the main villain, Medusa, has somehow been revived and is trying to get revenge on Pit, the main character, and Palutena, the Goddess of Light. Pit now has to defeat all of her officers (Twinbellows, Dark Lord Gaol, Hewdraw, Pandora, and Thanatos) and his new clone, Dark Pit, to save the world. Along the way, he meets the strongest human in the world, Magnus, who assists him against Gaol.

The controls are fairly simple. You use the Circle Pad to move Pit, the L button to shoot his weapon, and the Touch Screen to aim and control the camera. If you dislike these controls, you can always change them whenever you want! If you do like the controls, but the game gives you hand cramps easily, fear not, as the game comes with a free stand for your 3DS to make playing for longer periods of time easier! Also, you can adjust the difficulty of the game by inserting hearts into the Fiend's Cauldron before a level starts.

There are 2 kinds of equipment: Weapons and Powers. Weapons are obviously what Pit attacks with normally, and Powers are special abilities that you can activate by tapping their icon on the Touch Screen. There are 9 types of weapons: Blades, Bows, Staffs, Clubs, Cannons, Arms, Claws, Palms, and Orbitars. Each individual weapon has it's own stats and special abilities. You can actually have 2 of the same weapon that have completely different attributes! You can buy weapons using hearts you get from enemies, fuse them together, or sell them for hearts. You equip powers on a small 6x6 grid, with each power taking up certain spaces. You can have the game autofill in your powers, if you want.

There are a few other things available in single player mode. There's a checklist (a la Kirby Air Ride) of things you can do called Treasure Hunt. For every objective you clear, you get either a weapon, power, idol, song, or jack shit. No matter what, when you clear one, you get a piece of the puzzle that the objective contains. You can also go into the practice range, where you can practice with your weapon in both Air and Land arenas, and the Idol Toss, which lets you toss eggs (which you get over time, or with Play Coins) to get Idols, which are pretty much like the trophies from the Smash Bros. series, but usually animated.

In the game's Vault, you can view your Idols, listen to songs you've collected, make an offering of Hearts to Palutena (I have no idea what this does yet), or perform an Idol Toss. You can also use Streetpass to make your weapons into gems, or get gems from others, which you can either make into weapons for a very large cost, or sell. Finally, there's the AR Card function, which lets you view Idols from the special cards that come with the game and other stuff, and make them battle each other.

In multiplayer, you can play with people over the internet or close by. You can choose to play Light vs. Dark, which is a 3 vs. 3 team based battle where you try to kill the other team's members, or Free-for-All, where every player battles each other for the high score. You can make sets of a weapon and powers for you to use online, or you can use the Auto-Equip function, which equips your powers and weapon for you.

That's just about it. This is just about the best you can ask for in a 3DS game. Makes sense that this came from the same team that works on the Smash Bros. series. A must have for all 3DS owners!

HBM, signing out!

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