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If you are a big fan of party games like Mario Kart or Mario Party and enjoy fast-paced games with friends, then Bomberman Online is an ideal game. It's a very visually attractive game with fantastic gameplay, and I give it my seal of approval.
I feel that Bomberman Online is a solid final online title for the Dreamcast, and offers some insane party-game enjoyment, despite the fact that you have to pay for online play. However, the game is quite inexpensive, and is available at most stores for only $29.95, which might allow you to shell out for two months of online gaming, if you're used to spending $49.95 for video game entertainment. If you are a big fan of party games like Mario Kart or Mario Party and enjoy fast-paced games with friends, then Bomberman Online is an ideal game. It's a very visually attractive game with fantastic gameplay, and I give it my seal of approval.
There is this weird duration period where you can't use a power up you picked up for a couple of seconds; when you pick up an item, a chain will appear between your character and the item icon. The item icon will then "reel" itself to your Bomberman but until it does, you won't be able to use the power-up. While I'm guessing this was done to compensate for the lag issues when playing online, they didn't have to do this for offline games. Finally, collection items can appear at the worst times and in the worst places; I've had the collection item appear right between two bombs and when they explode, so does that collection item. These are small annoyances in an overall game that is probably the best incarnation of Bomberman. Considering we might not see another online Bomberman game on a next generation console for a long time, Bomberman Online saves its best explosive gameplay for Dremcast's last.
Game Informer Magazine
Despite the multiplayer functions, human adversaries are far from essential. The Bomb-A-Lympics give you a flurry of options and enough AI that you'll be screaming at the computer for hours on end, much to the guffaws of anyone within earshot. See, everybody wins! Bomberman Online is one of the most addictive things you can do that won't make various parts of your anatomy turn black and fall off.
All in all, it’s a bold statement, and one I might catch a little fire over, but Bomberman Online is my favourite Bomberman game. Sometimes you can still get lucky and find a copy at an Electronics Boutique, and I’d encourage you to pick up the discounted game for you favourite defunct console.
The Video Game Critic
Perhaps the main attraction of this game is that you don't need to invite three friends over since you can play it online. The single player modes didn't appeal to me at all. If you've never played Bomberman, don't hesitate to buy this game, but if you have one or more Bomberman games already, you can probably live without this.
Bomberman Online manages to breathe new life into an old formula. I love the new rules and hope they show up elsewhere in the Bomberman series. The online games can be fun when there's no lag, but it feels like this is just too little too late in the life of the Dreamcast. Nonetheless, this is pretty good for one of the last DC games. What can I say? Bomberman Online is, in fact, the bomb. Er, da bomb.
This is an extremely difficult game (much more so than the original arcade version) and I found it simply isn’t any fun unless you really enjoy frustration or luck. Often there is so much happening on the screen and the computer AI seems so smart that if you survive a bomb attack or manage to bomb an opponent it seems more like luck than skill -- especially when there are too many players at one time. I was not impressed by all the strange things that did or didn’t happen as expected when online. Also, the packaging seemed misleading, stating that you must pay for a SegaNet account to play online even though I was able to play without having to pay for one. If you’re a Bomberman fan then you may enjoy this game but I certainly would not recommend this game otherwise, which is why I'm giving it a score of 71.
Game Informer Magazine
Bomberman is, as many of you know, one of the most addictive and frustrating games ever invented. With all the different modes and levels, this edition is no exception. Furthermore, the online element is heaping tons of replay onto a game that’s heavily steeped to begin with. A solid buy – if you like this sort of thing.
If you're completely new to the series, Bomberman Online is a fine introduction to an explosive party game and performs admirably despite the many poor titles that have come recently before it. The control is spot-on, there are no perspective issues, and while the background music is a bit repetitive and voice bits are on the childish side, the audio presentation isn't half bad. The match types are fun in their own way, and some are so well conceived that they may even become as popular as the classic Bomberman mode. However, after playing each of the match types for a couple of nights on end, many players will be ready to move on to something with more substance with their limited gaming time.