Recently DKCgaming got to go hands-on with Brawlout at PAX South 2017. Brawlout is an upcoming platform fighter that has been featured at other events like EVO, Gamescom, PAX West or EGX, and it has garnered some momentum in the competitive fighting space. The game can host up to eight players in online and local matches, including ranked online tournaments. Brawlout also offers a single-player campaign for those flying solo.
The characters in Brawlout are fantastically imaginative; I especially love the look of the newly announced “Paco,” a four-armed fighting frog. Each fighter has distinct advantages, including powerful projectiles or long-range whip attacks, and can be evolved with further combo options or advanced technical moves. As combatants continue fighting, they will also builds a Rage Meter, which fuels powerful special attacks.
Brawlout at PAX South 2017 goods and bads
Good – The game is host to so many great characters, and they’re all done very well from artwork to moveset & balance. I wanted to be sure I tried each and every character when playing Brawlout at PAX South 2017, and I did. The game’s artwork and level design is also quite superb in all aspects of the word. This is a game you can admire visually, while you beat the crap out of friends and strangers alike.
Bad – In a space dominated by the Super Smash Bros franchise, Brawlout has some very tough shoes to try and fill. I personally hate to compare every game like this to Smash Bros, because of those near-impossible standards, but the comparison to that franchise will be made by everyone who plays Brawlout (the same happened with the game Brawlhalla). Unfortunately for Brawlout, it just can’t compete with Smash Bros when it comes to gameplay. The controls for Brawlout were quite sticky and clunky, and not very intuitive. The action can be fast-paced, but it just doesn’t flow like the polished Super Smash Bros games. Ultimately, although the graphics are great in Brawlout, it left me yearning to go play Super Smash Bros instead for a smoother fighting experience. The game also did not have nearly as many characters or levels, but we’ll give it a pass this time, since the build at PAX South 2017 was likely a rough demo.
Perhaps if Smash Bros never existed, Brawlout would have a great chance to lead the pack in the fighting platform genre. Unfortunately the clunky control style of Brawlout will leave it as second banana every time. The game is currently in closed beta, and will release in early 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC/Steam.
See the Reveal Trailer for Paco, the fighting four-armed frog, below –