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Re(8):Granblue Fantasy coming next year
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[QUOTE]Smash Bros. has done a good job of this overall by having a bunch of things which can be exploited for skillful play and a bunch of things which make life easier for less fluent players.[/QUOTE] I'd say that Smash is helped greatly by its party mode mentality. Yes, competitive 1v1 stock-based no-items Smash is a massive thing, but the main mode of Smash is still "party brawler". Anyone can play around with friends. Differences in skill levels smooth out a bit when you have three or more players, and people can gang up on the leader. Items bring a level of chaos. Etc. And there are so many other things to do in Smash. Home run challenge, adventure, all-star, stage editor, sub-space emissary, etc. Basically, regardless of your skill level, there is plenty you can do in Smash without ever feeling frustrated. That's a big difference from other fighting games, which tend to rely entirely on straight 1v1 matches and maybe standards like arcade or survival. When you are a beginner in the average fighter, there just isn't as much to do to have fun. Even if you are a middling player, you can find the average fighter either offers boredom or crushing defeat. It also helps if these extra modes stay attached to the gameplay. Home-run challenge in Smash taught people to workshop combos in general, as well as to try to figure out what tricks will accumulate maximum damage. Stuff like Sub-Space Emissary still had you playing with your regular Smash moveset. This is something I feel DreamFactory got wrong with Ehrgeiz, when they made Quest mode divorced from the regular fighting engine. This is also where Tekken fails with modes like Tekken Bowling. If people can continue to find entertainment, then they'll keep playing. If that continued entertainment also helps them improve, then they'll improve. If people feel overwhelmed by complicated systems, or just getting trashed constantly online, or getting trashed by garbage AI in solo modes, and that is all they have, then many will just quit.
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