Hard to imagine, however the PC hasn’t seen a brand new Bomberman recreation since 1997. A thousand clones and imitators, sure, however nothing official exterior of some emulated compilations. Boundaries between PCs and consoles are crumbling, although, and Konami’s latest Super Bomberman R is headed to PC this June, together with a platform-exclusive playable character: P-body, one of many two co-op robots from Portal.
As with the perfect video games within the long-running sequence, Super Bomberman R boasts a singleplayer/co-op Story Mode, tasking gamers with clearing mazes of semi-predictable wandering enemies and wrapping every set of ranges up with a multi-stage boss battle. It’s a very good warm-up for the primary occasion: Competitive play. Up to eight gamers can take part both regionally (hope you will have a USB hub or two) or on-line, and all of the basic game-modes are current and proper, plus a very good vary of maps to play on.
The arenas are a bit extra complicated than you may be used to, when you’ve not performed something official within the sequence since 1997’s Atomic Bomberman. Interactive gadgets, bounce pads, a number of ranges of elevation, ramps and different such gimmicks are far and wide now. Purists can nonetheless play on the tried-and-tested inexperienced n’ gray grid that everybody remembers. That mentioned, half the enjoyment of Bomberman is embracing the chaos, so the extra bizarre quirks the higher, I say.
One of Super Bomberman R’s defining traits is the introduction of visitor characters. For essentially the most half, they’re lifted from Konami’s back-catalogue (together with some worrying tonal mismatches, reminiscent of Dracula from Castlevania and Pyramid Head plus one of the horrifying nurse-monsters from Silent Hill), every with some type of particular energy. The PC model comes with P-body from Portal, in a position to open portals to warp between factors on the map and escape doubtlessly nasty traps.
While I do have some points with Konami cramming each single character they will (together with Master Chief on XBox and Ratchet on PS4) into Super Bomberman R with out actually pausing to suppose if it’s a good suggestion, it’s good to see the sequence coming again to PC after greater than 20 years away. As a quickfire multiplayer recreation, it actually hasn’t modified a lot, and that’s effective, as a result of it’s as enjoyable because it’s at all times been.
Super Bomerman R is due out on June 12th with an RRP of £35/$40. You can wishlist it here on Steam.