Earlier this year, a new Super Smash Brothers clone was released — Rivals of Aether. What is Rivals of Aether? Some of you might have heard of it before. In short, it’s one of the best Super Smash Bros. clones currently available. The first thing I noticed was the unique art style the game offers, I quickly fell in love with its retro presentation. It’s a nice deviation from the traditional 3D Smash Bros. character models. It looks familiar, but not a carbon copy of Smash. Lucky for us, the gameplay blends the perfect amount of things we love with some nuanced ideas included.
Very Fast, Melee Fast
Rivals of Aether features really fast gameplay, as it is heavily inspired by Super Smash Bros. Melee for Nintendo GameCube. However, it feels much more fluent and accessible like Smash Bros for Wii U. One of the biggest differences compared to Super Smash Bros. is you can’t ledge grab in Rivals of Aether. Instead, you’re able to wall jump, even during freefall. Also, while most characters in the game can use smash moves and dodges, others have a different set of skills that really mix up their play-style.
So what makes Rivals of Aether truly different from Super Smash Bros.? Instead of dodging, the game puts emphasis on parrying an attack with precise timing. When executed perfectly, parrying negates an opponent from attacking completely. This tiny difference in gameplay changes the whole flow of battle we are used to from Smash. A few other key differences, you’re only able to dodge once while freefalling, and there are no shields or grabbing.
One of the most attractive things that Super Smash Bros has going for it is the iconic characters featured in the franchise. Unfortunately, this is where Rivals of Aether almost completely drops the ball. None of the characters in the base game come from other intellectual properties. It does, however, already have one DLC character available — Ori, from Ori And The Blind Forest. I think it’s a little odd to have a paid DLC character that’s 1/3 the price of the game in a preview build of a title. But hey, maybe if it sells well we will see more characters from other IPs, which I would love.
How do these characters play? Splendidly! Each character in Rivals of Aether has its own creative and unique playstyle. One character has tricky smoke moves and can duplicate himself. Another is able to teleport using his puddles, and also amplify his attacks from them as well. I’ll let you learn the ropes of each character for yourself instead of babbling on and on.
The competitive scene of the game is also growing quite well, with tournaments already being held across the globe. The game is also still constantly being updated. When it comes to single-player content, there’s an entire storyline that features all the playable characters that I recommend playing to learn each character’s move set. I think this Smash Bros. clone is definitely worth the $15.00 price tag if you love Super Smash Bros. It’s easy to pick up if you’re familiar with Smash, but mixes things up just enough to feel fresh, without straying too far away from the SSB formula.
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