Now it's time to catch your breath: With Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the fifth and last download fighter from the first DLC wave for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (buy now for € 78.40) published. Only at some point in the course of the current year will the second DLC pack continue, which will bring us six new characters by the end of 2021. However, this small finale is only celebrated by a few Smash fans, because unlike the four warriors before Byleth, who are all surprising guest stars from third-party manufacturer series, the current newcomer comes from Nintendo itself and is a rather unspectacular choice.
In addition, Fire Emblem with nine figures is one of the most extensively represented brands in the game. So many players are pretty upset about the new warriors and they won't be disappointed. In practice, the developers have done a great job at Byleth again and, for comparatively little money, deliver a varied fighter, an interesting stage and the usual additional content that you are used to with the previous DLC updates.
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So what's in it? First of all, of course, Byleth herself, of course, depending on the template, either in a female or male version and each with their own language samples. The selection is regulated by the different costumes, so we can go into battle with four different variants of the duo. Byleth does not have a gimmick that distinguishes him, as the last DLC fighters brought with him, e.g. the hero's special attack menu from Dragon Quest, Joker's Persona and Banjo & Kazooie's invulnerability attack, which is not infinitely often used. However, she / he is a well-designed figure that attacks either with a sword, bow and arrow, an ax or a kind of spear, depending on the type and direction of attack.
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In addition, she / he has a long gripping hook with which he / she can draw enemies from a great distance to himself or can transport himself back to the combat platform from seemingly hopeless situations. As a small specialty, Byleth can change direction while performing some of her charged attacks and drop down through permeable platforms to respond to enemy actions. And last but not least, your Ultra Smash really hits the mark. You have to be relatively close to an opponent to be caught by them, but together with Sothis from Three Houses you do a devastating blow, in which the unfortunate victims have nothing to laugh about! Of course, the figure has many other subtleties and it fits well into the varied grid of the fun beater.
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The new stage was also a success. We hit each other in different places within the Garreg Mach monastery, whereby we are transported from one location to the next in the best Smash Bros. manner with a flying platform. Funny elements such as destructible level side parts provide variety, but basically it is a classic fight on stage. The attention to detail, i.e. how perfectly the template from the game is mapped, is once again unique. And in the background some of the well-known figures from Three Houses like Edelgard and Rhea make us wait – nice! As before, duels against fighters on stages and in situations that represent figures from the template await us on the fifth and for the time being final DLC ghost board. It has lost none of its creative charm! In Classic Mode, we can fight Byleth through a new campaign in which he / she only competes in stamina matches against the other Fire Emblem warriors. The finale is a somewhat chaotic but fun mass battle against the master and crazy hand.
Aside from all the fray, eleven new pieces of music are waiting for us in the music player. Unlike the previous DLC fighters, there are logically not entirely fresh pieces to marvel at. Instead, the existing Fire Emblem playlist is complemented by well-composed and fitting, but in some cases, somewhat familiar-sounding songs. If you are willing to spend a little money in addition to the price of the Byleth package or the Fighters Pass, you will also receive various Mii costumes for every 80 cents, in detail Altair's robe from Assassin's Creed, a Rabbid- Suit, two Mega-Man variants (X and .exe) and a cuphead outfit. Cool: As with Sans from Undertale, a piece of music is included in the price at Cuphead.
With the last fighter you walk on safe paths, but deliver the usual quality.
Would I personally have wished for Byleth as the final DC master? No, definitely not. Firstly, I'm not too familiar with Fire Emblem anyway, and secondly, the series is now overrepresented with nine out of almost 80 characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. However, the four download fighters before were all so surprising that I cannot and do not want to share the great annoyance of being on the safe side at the end of the first DLC wave that is currently breaking through the developers. And as for the design, the attention to detail regarding the references to the template and the playful quality of Byleth, there is nothing to complain about as usual – here the highest quality is delivered! So, and now in the second DLC package I hope for my dream fighter Tetrisblock.
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