Summary: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale has some big shoes to fill. While the arena battle genre isn't exactly bursting at the seams these days, the inevitable cloud of Super Smash Bros. looms over Sony in more ways than they care to admit. Most of you probably just want me to outright tell you whether or not All-Stars is as good as Smash Bros. and be done with it. Nope, I'm not going to answer that -- All-Stars should be judged on its own merits.
Excerpt: When I saw the ads for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, my reaction was “We’ve been here before, I recognize that tree.” Actually, to be honest, it was a tad more skeptical, something like “Oh, so Sony finally made a Super Smash Brothers.” It turns out that while my statement was snarky, it wasn’t completely inaccurate, because it was the exact response I got whenever I told people what game I was playing on my PS3 recently.
Conclusion: Overall, I have to confess that I wasn’t expecting a huge amount from Playstation All-Stars, but it surprised me. The Supers system provides a good twist on the Super Smash Brothers formula, it’s obviously been lovingly put together and it’s simply a great deal of fun. It’s definitely a game that’s worth playing.
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale Review – Finally Figuring Out Who’s Best
9 January 2013
Conclusion: Playstation All-stars Battle Royale isn’t exactly a bad game. It’s judged harshly since it’s held up to the high standards of Super Smash. However, it doesn’t feel like another Super Smash game and that’s good. With good graphics and stage design, the presentation is stunning. There are plenty of unlocks for each character to keep you busy, and of course, playing online will eat away many hours of your life. The problem is the entire game revolves around the super...
Excerpt: During most of 2012 it was impossible to turn on a radio or TV in any town without hearing Carly Rae Jespen's viral hit known as “ Call Me Maybe ” (admit it, you're humming the first few bars right now). Similarly, you couldn't open up any news outlet that covers video games without hearing jokes about how PlayStation All-Stars : Battle Royale is nothing more than Sony's version of Nintendo's Super Smash Bros series.
Conclusion: PSASBR remains a good game on the Vita, but the weaknesses are magnified with a portable system that is more reliant on the fairness of strangers (or a lot of friends with Vitas) to get the most out of the game.
Conclusion: Things probably turned out better than most people expected and PSASBR defied the skeptics and showed itself to be more than a Smash Bros. clone. Unfortunately not enough time was taken to really balance all the fighters and that hurts.
Review: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (PS3, Vita)
14 December 2012
Conclusion: Just like any other fighter before it, what keeps Battle Royale entertaining is its multiplayer mode. Like Super Smash Bros. , you can change things up in gameplay by playing time attack where you simply rely on kills, stock where it’s pretty much an elimination round, and kill-limit matches that are pretty self-explanatory.
Excerpt: I didn’t want to come into this review making comparisons between PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and Super Smash Bros. , but the truth of the matter is that All-Stars is well aware of what it is getting itself into. It has placed itself in its position with purpose and resolve, without a doubt wants to be compared to Smash and holds up well.
Pros: Expansion upon familiar mechanics, impressive use of PlayStation theme
Cons: Cross-Save is poorly implemented, super mechanic hurts the balance