Bomberman: Act Zero
Why It Sucks
- Konami's decision to use the Bomberman brand for this game is baffling because the grimdark futuristic aesthetic is completely at odds with the Bomberman franchise.
- Bomberman's redesign ended up being considered one of (if not the) worst video game character redesign of all time.
- It lacks a save feature. The game saves data relating to other stuff in the game, but you must be connected online in order to save. You must complete all 99 levels in one try, and if you die anywhere in any of the levels, you have to start the game all over again. To add insult to injury, the ending is just a short cutscene that's not worth the hassle of completing the game legitimately.
- Tedious and repetitive gameplay. As every stage uses the same graphics and textures, the game quickly gets boring.
- Long loading times.
- Unbalanced AI.
- Poor collision detection.
- Forgettable music.
- Poor story.
- No local multiplayer mode. The only multiplayer in this game is the online multiplayer.
- The camera system during "First-Person Battles" is awful. Also, the "First-Person Battle" isn't actually first person, but rather in a behind-the-player Third-Person perspective.
- The customization is rather limited in that you can only choose your character's gender and armor color.
- It should be mentioned that for no reason at all, the female models have jiggle physics.
- This game doesn't even use the same formula.
- Terrible graphics, especially for an Xbox 360 title.
- Bomberman’s redesign is atrocious. It looks like a heavily edited version of the version of Bomberman depicted on the first game’s NES box art.
- None of the characters from the original series appear in this game except for Bomberman of course.
- Sluggish controls.
- The announcer sounds like she's bored out of her mind.
- The Louies cannot be used as power-ups in this game at all.
- You can't kick bombs like you can in other Bomberman games.
Bomberman: Act Zero was panned by critics and fans alike. On Metacritic, the game has a critic score of 34/100, and a user score of 2.2/10.
On GameFAQs, Bomberman: Act Zero has a rating of 1.81/5, making it the 11th lowest rated puzzle game on the Xbox 360 and the 148th lowest rated Xbox 360 game.
Following this game, the series largely went dormant, with only a few downloadable games released in the years that followed. There wouldn't be another entry in the series that got a physical release until Super Bomberman R, over a decade later.