The lights are on
PlayStation All-Stars has been on my radar even before it
was announced to the public as Title Fight. Ever since I’ve played Super Smash
Bros. Melee, I’ve always wanted a fighting game just like it for the PlayStation
and even Xbox. I’m a huge fan of 4-player brawlers and have purchased a few games
that can relate to Smash Bros. (i.e: Rag Doll Kung-Fu and Cartoon Network Punch
Time Explosion XL) over the last couple years. Now that PlayStation All-Stars
has been released, was it the game that I’ve been hoping for? Find out by reading
on in my good vs bad review!
As for the good things about PlayStation All-Stars: Battle
Royale; Every character is unlocked right from the beginning. This would
usually make a fighting game rather boring due to the lack of a challenge and replay
value, but there are more things to unlock in this game that mostly involve
customization. Costumes, taunts, battle intros, victory poses, victory music,
titles, and even profile cards (much like player cards in Call of Duty) can be
unlocked. All you need to do to unlock these extra goodies is play as your
character of choice, level them up as much as you'd like, and then head to the
Customize option in the Main Menu. Oh
and just a little heads up: you can only unlock items based on the character
you're playing as.
In terms of the controversial combat for this game, there's
clearly some relevance to other titles. However, this game isn’t at all a copy
and paste and actually does some things better than its competitors. For starters,
the learning curve for PlayStation All-Stars is actually quite large compared
to most games like it. The only way for you to take out your opponent is by
attacking them enough to build up your super bars level. This bar can be filled
3 times and the higher its level is, the more brutal your characters super
attack will be once it’s activated. Though this sounds relatively simple to
accomplish, it’s far from it. Every character in the roster has a diverse style
that’ll take some studying if you wish to be victorious, and button mashing
definitely won’t help you win any battles.
The stages in PlayStation All-Stars are insane, which almost
makes up for the fact that there are only 12 of them (and 6
"practice" maps). Just about every stage in the game is dynamic,
which means that they go through changes in real-time while you're taking on
your opponents. As some levels change, hazards may appear that could lower your
super bar or even make you change your tactics. Thankfully, in the event that
you become a victim to hazards such as falling off of the level or being eaten,
it doesn’t count as a death. You will however, lose quite a few of points from
your super bar and be in a stunned state for a few seconds.
After downloading and playing this game on my Vita (thanks to the new Cross-Buy
system), I’ve yet to notice any significant differences between the two.
Everything looks and feels the same in terms of the gameplay, though the Vita
version can obviously be played on the go. As long as you have a decent WiFi
connection, your ability to play online with other Vita owners and even those
playing on the PS3 should be just fine. I’ve been able to play online in-between
my classes and even in the lobby of my doctor’s office with very few issues
As for the bad things about PlayStation All-Stars: Battle
Royale; Arcade mode (the campaign) is a pretty disappointing. Your opponents
are a bit too easy to face even on the hardest difficulty, the rivalries
(though pretty cool in theory) are mostly rather silly, and the cutscenes leave
a lot to be desired. The games soundtrack is also a bit of a let-down, and there
are a few small bugs such as being unable to see one of your opponents in
online matches and having an infinite lasting level 3 super.
Aside from that, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale is
definitely the game that I’ve been hoping for. If you’re a Sony fan or just
like 4-player brawlers, this game is a must buy. If you aren’t any of those, I’d
at least give this game a chance with a rental. But before you rent it, just
know that Sony has decided to hop aboard the online pass bandwagon… PlayStation
All-Stars gets a solid 8 out of 10.
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It is pretty fun.