From what we've seen so far, Bomberman Act: Zero drops players onto the same old debris-filled grids and tells them to ferret each other out with bombs. There are a few new gameplay touches along with the darker storyline, though, not the least of which is a life bar that lets you absorb more than one bomb blast. More striking is the new camera, which lets you switch between a freely rotating third-person view or a more familiar, top-down appearance.
You can also use stealth this time around, crouching behind the shoulder-height blocks to stay hidden from your opponent. This also comes into play if you're spotted, as staying down will reduce the amount of damage you take from a bomb.
Due in late summer, Bomberman Act: Zero - whose spelling we're taking right off Konami's documents, so that colon is apparently right where they want it to be - will offer up 99 levels of single-player blasting in its story mode. More importantly, it'll feature eight-way blastfests over Xbox Live. Given that Bomberman has always excelled as a multiplayer game, that alone gives us high expectations for this one, gritty new look or no.