The truth is that Hudson's perennial classic is still best played in its original form without the associated fluff, so if you've held out for the last 27 years, perhaps it's time you succumbed to being continually blown into little chunks by your friends.
If you go into Battlefest with the right expectations, you won't be disappointed; it's nothing game-changing, but it's a good way to get together with friends for a night of downright charming competitive multiplayer.
Official Xbox Magazine
However, Battlefest's plan to play it safe also limits it. No hint of a single-player campaign is included: you're either playing multiplayer matches with humans or simulating them. [March 2011, p.85]
The core Bomberman gameplay remains as enjoyable as ever, but there's very little to set Battlefest apart from its predecessors.
Feels more like an expansion than a full-price game, but the classic setup is quite entertaining.