PN Review: BeyBlade Evolution 3DS
It seems like the ability to capture the attention of today’s youth seems to be easier and easier as the years go on. Now I know this is an “old man saying” but back in my day, we at least had Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, G.I. Joe and a bunch of other random shows that captured our imagination. Sure the premise of these shows were a bit ridiculous, but dangit did we love it and buy the merchandise like the mindless sheep that we are.
Then again, I suppose each generation has their own phase of entertainment to claim, and this generation has BeyBlades. Now I know nothing about this show, anime, manga or whatever you call it, other than it’s about kids using spinning tops to wage battle. Throw in some stuff about how “friendship” and “love” are the two things that truly make an individual strong and BAM, you got yourself a show.
Yup. You read that right, spinning tops to wage battle. It seems like the creativity bar has plummeted lately and who knows when it’ll see the light of day. I mean, at least when we were kids, we had pocket monsters to do the fighting for us. Not some plastic tops with physics in the end being the determining factor of who wins and loses.
But I digress, lets take a look at BeyBlade Evolution for the 3DS.
Now if you’re like me, you know very little about the show other than its kids using spinning tops to battle each other. You can gather parts to customize your BeyBlade to make it stronger, faster, pretty much the general stats that come with any dueling game.
Evolution uses the gyroscope features on the 3DS with the hopes of creating an exciting time with tops and fails miserably at it. When a battle starts, you’re suppose to pull the 3DS towards you when the battle starts to give your BeyBlade an extra boost for an advantage, or at least that’s the idea. I did absolutely nothing on the first battle and won. My BeyBlade spun around my opponents BeyBlade until his toppled over from exhaustion…be still my gaming heart.
You later on learn about spirit levels. Keeping the crosshairs on your BeyBlade increase its overall spirit level, which you can then use to knock your opponents top off balance or out of the ring entirely. By the time I got my meter halfway full, the computer was at full level and knock my BeyBlade clear out of the ring.
You can battle other BeyBladers to gain more experience and money to purchase more parts for your own BeyBlade to get the upper hand in battle.
But lets be honest here. This game does not appeal to my demographic. Like I mentioned at the beginning of this review, I know nothing about this show and this game does a poor job at getting me the least bit interested in wanting to learn more about it. If you’re a kid who knows about the show then chances are you’ll enjoy both the story mode and battling with friends. But be sure you know about the show before playing this or else you’re destined to be lost and confused.