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LBX: Little Battlers Experience - Nintendo 3DS-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Scratches the Custom Robo itch

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    HBiddy
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    With Nitendo seemingly determined to never do anything with the Custom Robo series ever again, I began looking anywhere for that customizable robot battling RPG fix outside of the grindy, hardcore space of games like Armored Core (which I also enjoy for their own merits). Because of this, LBX caught my eye, but the mixed reviews and knowing it was created as a tie in with an anime geared at younger audiences made me wary. In the end, however, the positive notes in reviews and player experiences spoke enough of my language to push me over the edge, and I find myself very glad that they did. The customization is deep, and trying new combinations of parts is as satisfying as it ever was in the game's biggest obvious comparison, Custom Robo. Unfortunately, this customization is tucked Tightly into some clunky menus. There's just a little too much entering and exiting menu tiers to get yourself ready for any given, even quick, battle... and there's a enough loading between each tier to be jarring. The combat is where the game differed most from the aforementioned other inches-tall robot series. The battles take place in far-flung spaces with players starting out of sight from one another, making how you approach an encounter just as important as the encounter itself, as battles can end quickly if you leave yourself open at the wrong time. This distinction feels the most impactful in the game's 3-on-3 battles, where individual engagements can take place across miniaturized sprawling fields or cities before closing in to put pressure on remaining foes. It feels good, like how you might imagine it would feel for two small, elite teams of mech pilots facing off against eachother to feel... just tiny. Overall, while many elements of the game smack loudly of Custom Robo, I would compare the combat's feel much more closely to SEGA'S Virtual-On arcade series, albeit without the intentionally cumbersome controls. On the topic of controls, however, some of the clunkiness mentioned earlier makes its way into combat here. The most notable offender is a large stun period after landing from a jump. In most situations, this feels right, as it keeps combat ground-focused and makes attempting to take the high ground in an encounter a risky but potentially rewarding proposition. Some maps, however, require a large amount of aerial manuevering to enter the action focal points of the map, which can make jumping needlessly feel like a nuisance. It can also lead to situations in the game's lightning fast one-life one-on-one battles where an enemy can irrevocably take the upper hand simply because of the vulnerability of your jump up onto the plateau where the action is taking place. It's hard to say whether this is a sin of controls or map design, but either way the two elements do get out of sync which can lead to some frustration. The story runs your typical "young kids get thrown into world-changing events and must rise to the occasion as heroes" lines, but it's got some satisfyingly emotional moments and enough of that younger anime cheese that I continue to find compelling into my adult years that, if you're anything like me, you'll still enjoy quite a bit despite the obvious tropes. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the anime tie in cultivated almost entirely in cutscenes having a lovely anime presentation. All in all, while the game exhibits some mechanical clunkiness, and the lack of online multiplayer stings quite a bit, LBX was majorly enjoyable, and it's got enough going for it for me to give it a hearty recommendation, especially if you've been jonesing for a mech battler with the simultaneous accessibility and depth of the painfully absent Custom Robo series.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Custom Gotcha Core

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    Kiwin
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    I love this game! You play as a kid in the not-so-far future where miniature robot gladiator fights are a popular toy for all ages and there's some bad guys trying to abuse the abnormally strong robot toys for their own benefit. It's a pretty simple story, but it's told much more effectively than say a Pokemon game. There's some voice acting and animated cutscense throughout the game. In general the voice acting is nice enough except for yells some NPCs make when they lose. While I enjoy the story, the gameplay and customization is what I enjoy the most. There is a lot of customization between 9 types of weapons each with two or three subtypes, parts for your robot (head, each arm, torso, and legs), special attacks, core parts (cpu battery, motor, etc.), and items you can equip for battle. There are 133 robot models each with 5 parts and they come in different colors and three different grades (higher grades have more defense but take more exp to level up). You can even reinforce or lighten your parts later in the game to give yourself more defense or speed. There's about 420 weapons and 89 shields although you'd probably only use the best available one for the subtype you want to use. The gameplay is mostly like an RPG except when it comes to the battles. You fight against 1-3 opponents alone or with two of your teammates. To win you usually just have to make your opponent run out of HP first although some matches are based on which team has three knockdowns first. Before each battle you can customize your robot to be better equipped for the opponent as each type of armor has some weakness and strengths and weapons deal different kinds of damage. Battling is simple with Y (plus an optional direction on the circle pad) for attacks, X for the items menu (you can only bring three kinds of items), A for dashing, B for jumping, L for guarding, and R for the special attacks menu (the controls cannot be changed). To attack and dash, you use up part of a stamina gauge that will quickly replenish if you stop dashing or attacking for a bit. Special attacks require use of another gauge that fills up as you do and take damage. My only complaint with the game is that they maintenance feature is rather useless. If your maintenance gauge runs out by battling too much or by losing an Unlimited regulations match, you just stop earning experience points for your armor. You can easily refill the gauge at any time because grease is given out like candy and you can refill it for free at any parts shop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Adorable Armored Core

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    Chris
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    Level-5's LBX is an interesting game - it combines the addictive collection-driven gameplay and charming cartoon presentation of games like Pokemon, with engaging action combat. Instead of catching and training adorable monsters, LBX battlers build brightly colored model robots that do battle in diorama arenas. It's a cutesy premise that belies a world of depth. Nearly every aspect of LBX robots are customizeable. Body parts and weapons are only the beginning. Both characters and individual robot parts increase in strength with each level. Motors and batteries can be swapped out to optimize your bot for different combat scenarios. The game yields itself to hours-upon-hours of addictive fine-tuning. It's a perfect package for robot fans who want some of the best parts of an Armored Core or Gundam title on the go on their 3DS. And everything is wrapped up with the high level of presentation that you'd expect from the same people behind games like Ni No Kuni, Professor Layton, and Dragon Quest VIII. I can't recommend this game enough.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun and Engaging, but Basic

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    strictlyapathy
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    Not knowing previously what LBX was, I searched for a "Mech" style video game to play and found this. I waited for the release and gave it a try. I was captivated for a couple of days but found quite a bit of simplicity, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's easy to pick up, and put down. Some of the battles are difficult, which provides for a challenging experience. The overall customization seems great so far and I imagine there's quite a bit more to go (I'm not finished with the game yet). All-in-all, the game is fun and engaging but don't expect addictive gameplay.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Could be better.

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    Abbx
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    I'm going to be honest. I can play it. It's playable. I don't really hate the game. Though, I can't say I find it all too fun either. The battle movement is more clunky than other bot/borg battle games I've played. The story is also, while long, very cliche and doesn't add up a lot of the times. You'll come across many "Why did you do option A when I just created a much more solvable option B within seconds?" in terms of how they proceed in the story, and it can become very frustrating. If the combat was improved, I'd give it 4 stars. If the story was also improved, 5.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Action RPG

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    JoeyM
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    LBX is an action JRPG where you follow the adventures of Van Yamano and his friends on their quest to save the world. The combat of the game is a real time 3D battle with up to 3v3 battles. You're given a huge amount of customization in that you change the body parts of your LBX to suit your play style and design preferences. There's also 9 different weapon types that handle differently giving you even more play options. The only real downside to the game is that it only supports local multiplayer and not online play.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Customizable Robot Fun

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    jnos
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    This is a fantastic Japanese RPG in which you're in control of a small, customizable robot. Following a story which plays out as an anime, you watch the life of the young protagonist unfold while simultaneously learning how to customize and battle with your character's robot. It's a lot of fun, especially when you're able to play against your friends.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing game! Throwback to Custom Robo for me!

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    Jimmy
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    As a huge fan of games like Custom Robo and shows like Mobile Suit Gundam, this game is right at home in my collection. The story isn't half bad but with a game like this, all the fun lies in customization of your mech and taking it into battle (as well as collecting new parts!). There is not a single thing this game does wrong in my opinion!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Game for gundam-like lovers

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    leseandre
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    This game is great, the closest to how a Gundam game should have felt. Controls can be a bit clunky at times, but it feels natural, and the fighting system and customization has a lot of depth for what seems to be a kids game. It is so much more than that. Only downside is no online play.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent mecha RPG

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    Tetsuo
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    A nice rpg with mech customization and action combat. The game isn't terrible long and the combat is simplistic as the title as a whole is aimed at a younger audience. I enjoyed it as there aren't many mecha based games of any sort that manage to find their way stateside.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Spiritual successor to Medabots.

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    BearBaron
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    Do you remember Medabots? That show with kids and their small robot companions they forced to fight other robots with? Yeah, this is a lot like that. There are cool customization features and a fun battle system. Just wish it offered more in terms of multiplayer. :/

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Its like custom robo

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    Eyyyy
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    If u remember the game custom robo for ds and gamecube its like that but with melee attacks too. Solid simple fun game bet if ur buying it for a nephew or son theyll love it. Robots fighting simple story ya fun buy it if its on sale

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hidden Gem

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    JTElite
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    - Likeable characters - Decent combat system - Mecha style Rpg The game has alot of interesting mechanics to build your robot and how it affects its performance / gameplay. Pick this up if you want to try diff flavor of RPG.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very fun game

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    tdunifin
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    If you ever played Custom Robo on the GameCube, then you kind of have an idea of what you're getting into with this game. While the weapons aren't as imaginative in this, the playstyle feels similar and the story is engaging.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Little robots

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    DragonClan
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    Very similar to Pokemon, yet just as different, that is LBX. You battle little customizable robots in 3D arenas, as you live the life of an LBX battler trying to solve the mystery of that exists within the story.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This Games Brings the TV Show to Life

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    FireyEyes4U2
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    Purchased 2 of these for my 8 and 11 year old sons. They love watching the LBX Series, and now have played this game for hours. Really love the battles and upgrades. Just like the show! Great game for the 3DS XL

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Custom robot building action

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    Joey
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    This game is really cool. You assemble a custom robot to do battle against other people's robots. You do battle in a full 3D environment. The story is entertaining, if a little bit on the crazy side.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very fun, action RPG with heavy customization

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    Bantheradio
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    While I haven't spent much time with the game, LBX is an excellent addition to the Level 5 catalog and fans of mech battles, heavy customization, and even Pokemon will find this one really enjoyable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Goofy little mech game with some charm

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    reaperztoll
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    Nothing about this game is amazing but nothing is really poor. You have a tiny mech, you outfit it, you do battles with it. The customization is fun and engaging, the story is typical but enjoyable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    As expected.

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    Thoraxes
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    Level 5 has a formula they stick to, but for good reason; it works extremely well. This game doesn't stray far from their usual, but as always they've made a game that appeals to all demographics.

    I would recommend this to a friend