REVIEW: Avatar Dairansen -アバター大乱戦-

Avatar Dairansen -アバター大乱戦- ($1.00), which translates roughly to ‘Avatar Battle Royale’, is a 3D Arena Fighter that plays like a third-person shooter. There’s nothing strange about that. It’s a style that’s very similar to the brawling you’d find in certain Naruto / Dragon Ball Z games, albeit on a smaller, not-as-epic scale. You won’t, say, spawn a thousand versions of yourself to beat down your opponent and toss him into a mushroom cloud (but one can dream).

That’s not to say the action doesn’t ramp up in Avatar Dairansen. It does, especially in tighter stage layouts and with a full party. You just won’t find any (occasionally) melodramatic, spiky-haired combatants here, unless your avatar is dressed that way. Given the online play (up to four) and personal customization that your avatar affords, you can unintentionally stage some ridiculous-looking battles.

Which fits the fighting, to an extent, one that emphasizes arcade-like controls and lauds the vertical as well as horizontal, offering you four different ways to thrown down; Kung-Fu, Ninja, Samurai, and… Zombie (?). Though you have the standard melee move / weapon, you’ll mostly be dealing in ranged attacks here. The movesets don’t differ much from each other aside from the visuals (think throwing stars instead of a bomb, etc.), giving you a pair of light and heavy attacks, and corresponding special moves that drain and recharge over time…

…and tend to look cool and hand out a decent amount of damage. Arenas feature the Minecraft gene pretty liberally, but that serves entirely as a way to illustrate the chaos your avatar and others create over the course of the fight. Having the high ground means little here. Hitting opponents with stronger moves will alter and destroy the surrounding terrain, throwing subtlety and strategy to the wind.

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As such, most battles will probably boil down to frantic dashing and the spamming of heavier attacks, but like any light-hearted fighter, it’s at its best with friends pummeling each other to oblivion. Some of that charm is naturally lost when the game is minus human opponents, though the AI is an able stand-in. You can build and share your own arenas, as well, with a decent selection of tiles and settings. I can’t see anyone but the most ardent Minecraft / fighting fan really messing with it for long periods at a time, however.

For a quick bout or as a party game, it’s worth the buck (it’s also apparently on sale now, set to go up to $3 at some future point). If you do have the itch for an over-the-top theatrical brawler— in condensed form— then Avatar Dairansen is a good deal at the current price.

16 thoughts on “REVIEW: Avatar Dairansen -アバター大乱戦-”

  1. I think its a good game which why it kind of makes me mad, now here’s why this game makes me angry cause I bought it, it is worth the money and like the fighting but I feel that this game could be so much more if they add a short story mode, more people(at least up to 6-8) fighting in one match and more fighting styles it would be good fighting area I don’t have a problem with but maybe they can make it go up to double the size of the max and of course different move sets for the specific type of fighting styles and short story mode for each fighting style(optional) and an upgrade system to upgrade dash so it last a bit longer or jump or any of the other moves you use and hopefully they will come out with more like that with an improvements I metioned(if they sound right)

    1. Were the game to sell well (something XBLIGs aren’t known for), that could be a possibility. A lot of what you mentioned would be solid upgrades to the game (I’m a fan of any kind of ‘story’ that gets added to anything), but the developer would have to weigh out the costs (in time and money) of doing so, and if only a handful of people would likely ever play that add-on content, it’s just not worth it.

      I will say that it’s nice to see the game is still priced competitively at $1, and that there have been a few bug fixes / updates already (according to the marketplace description). Who knows, you may see some of those ideas added yet.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

    1. No you’re not. Don’t you dare say you’re in love. Not again. So you can lie to another pretty game? So another little sequel can grow up fatherless? You’ve broken too many indie hearts, so don’t you dare throw around that ‘L’ word so casually.

      You can like the game, but that’s it.

    2. Dude, lets stick with Tim’s logic.
      Its for the good of mankind itself, least we be attacked by videogame/human/whatevertheheckstrangeis hybrids.
      We need him alive.

    3. Strange I tried man to stick up for you but it looks like I’m in the minority and peer pressure has gotten to me. I’m in agreement with Tim and Saansilt! Dude… more L word for you!

    4. It’s for the best. We’re lucky to have Strange on our side, but the world can’t handle more than one. It isn’t ready for it. 🙂

  2. Kinda looks like a lighter version of
    “War of The Monsters” that was back on PS2.
    Check that one out it, its a good one.

    1. Hmm, I don’t remember this one at all. Published by Sony, too. You’re spot on with the comparison, though. Similar style, building destruction. Avatar Dairansen is a little faster, which made me think of the Naruto / DBZ games, but this could be an inspiration as well.

  3. The lack of split-screen, like the last Dragon Ball Z game (battle of z), make me sad with some Avatar Games 😦

    1. Should be standard for fighting games, I agree. You can’t depend on the online community for XBLIG games, so having a local option should be a no-brainer. Much more fun to beat up your friends / family, instead of AI. They can’t hear your gloating. 🙂

    2. Hmm, never played that one either. Doesn’t look too shabby for a Smash Bros. homage. Shame they don’t have any Mario-themed avatar skins on Xbox. 🙂

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