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Hands On With PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Is it really Sony Smash Bros?

If you’ve been paying attention to PSASBR at all, there have been a lot of comparisons to Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series.  Having played the game, it’s fair to say that there’s a degree of merit to those comparisons.

PSASBR has a wide variety of characters, from the likes of Sackboy and Fat Princess to much larger, more butch characters like Sweet Tooth and Big Daddy.  The characters are perfectly balanced, so larger characters move slower but do big damage up front. whereas smaller characters pack less of a punch but can get out of a bad situation easier and quicker.  It’s all about how you prefer to play.

There’s no denying that the game plays very similar to Smash Bros.  Each character has basic attacks, with punches and kicks, as well as special attacks specific to each character.  So Nathan Drake can pull guns out or make ceilings appear and cave in on everyone, or Sackboy can use the Poppit to make a fan appear to blow people off the edge of the arena.  Once you build up enough momentum, you can use a special attack, which has three levels depending on how long you wait to use it.  In order to win the match, you need to have the biggest score by a combination of the most kills and least deaths.

While the characters and backdrops look great on their own, it’s a little bit weird seeing characters like Big Daddy in the LittleBigPlanet level, where everything’s cute and colourful looking.  Likewise, seeing Sackboy fighting behind a fighter plane is odd looking too.  But you can get over it fairly quickly.

Overall, PSASBR is fun to play and is a hoot in multiplayer mode especially.  It’s not revolutionary, but it’s well designed and works perfectly well.  If you didn’t rate Super Smash Bros. much as a game, then you’re not going to think much of this either.  But if you loved that game, then you’ll get a lot out of it.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is out on November 20th in North America, November 21st in the EU and November 23rd in the UK for PS3 and PS Vita.

About Mike Jones

Mike Jones
Mike is Brutal Gamer's Indie Editor. He has been playing video games since the early 90s and is fond of racing games, puzzlers and MMOs. Typing /played while in WoW makes him cry, but not enough to stop him playing some more.

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