|PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale|
|Developer: SuperBot Entertainment
Release Date: Out Now
Players/Online features: 1-4 players offline and online.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale isn’t exactly a new idea (Super Mario Allstars) but it’s the first time such a diverse cast of characters has been brought together to find out who’s the toughest. Characters include Kratos (from God of War), Parappa The Rapper, Sweet Tooth (Twisted Metal), Fat Princess (from the PSN game), Radec (Killzone), Nathan Drake (Uncharted), Sly Cooper, Ratchet (Ratchet & Clank), Spike (Ape Escape), Cole and evil Cole (inFamous), Jak (Jak and Daxter), Sir Daniel (Medieval), Toro (a cat-like Sony mascot), Big Daddy (Bioshock), Dante (the most recent version from Devil May Cry), Nariko (Heavenly Sword), Heihachi (Tekken), Raiden (Metal Gear), Sackboy (LittleBigPlanet) – and you can bet your patootie that more will follow as premium downloads.
As you'd expect. You move your character with the left stick, jump and double-jump with ‘X’, and basic attacks can be performed with square, circle or triangle. Each action in conjunction with an attack button performs a unique attack, and you can throw enemies up, down, left or right by moving the right stick in that direction when you're close to them. Blocking and air dodging can be done by jumping and pressing ‘L1’. Simply hitting opponents builds your AP (attack points) meter. Once full you can spend your AP on super attacks, which will kill your opponents outright if deployed correctly. Super attacks can also be rolled over up to level 3 to unleash an even more damaging attack, although this is only really worth doing on the highest difficulty setting, where the enemies are tougher. The characters react well to inputs and fights are absorbing and fun due to the fact that they rarely seem to pan out the same way.
Other options allow you to customise your profile, choose your default character, change the background icons, your FFA title, team title and choose which minions you want, with more unlocking as you play more.
Sony’s Cross – Buy offer means you get a “Disc Benefits” icon appear beneath the game’s icon on the XMB which directs you to a downloadable PS Vita version of the game, which is a nice bonus if you’re a PS Vita owner.
- Loads of your favourite PS characters.
- Varied battles and plenty of surprises.
- 2D gameplay keeps things simple.
- Co-op and versus gameplay.
- Excellent for party play and online.
- It’s 2D for good and bad.
- Dedicated beat ‘em ups feel so ‘old’ these days.