I’ll be honest here by saying that fighting games really aren’t my thing; this is something that became very evident to me back in the PS1 era. Unsurprisingly, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (try saying that five times fast!) followed this trend, without even receiving a second glance from me.
Battle Royale boasts over twenty first and third party PlayStation characters, each with their own moves and unique abilities. You can’t deny that there is certainly something special, and incredibly crazy, about pitting Nathan Drake up against LittleBigPlanet’s Sackboy or a Big Daddy from BioShock.
Another point in favour for Battle Royale is the cross-buy feature, allowing you to receive both the PS3 and PS Vita versions for one purchase. There has also been a healthy amount of DLC following release including new characters and arenas.
Blair, unlike me, was a lot more enthusiastic about the game when he reviewed it, scoring the game an impressive 9/10.
Although he initially called the game “a tough one to judge” he went on to say that “the arcade mode is perfectly played out”. He also gave credit to the character-specific stories before and after each arcade mode saying that “SuperBot should be proud of just how loyal they’ve been with each game series”.
For the review Blair tried out the PS Vita counter part too, concluding that the “Vita version is every bit as good a game”.
To put it simply, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is exactly what a mash-up should be – not single game environments, not stories that only include the character of one specific game, but a fusion – a celebration even – of the brilliant PlayStation games that we all know and love.
It’s a complete package with a few flaws, but ultimately a brilliant purchase for both PlayStation and fighting fans. Get some friends around – or play with them online – and have an absolute blast with SuperBot’s brilliant debut.
Now it’s over to you to share your opinions on Battle Royale. Pop down your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to remember to give the game either a Buy It, Bargain Bin It, Rent It or Avoid It rating. We’ll have the verdict article up next Monday, so get your thoughts down by Sunday.