PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is Smash Bros with Sony characters

Posted on Jun 7 2012 - 11:12pm by Eric Guzman

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When I saw PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale it immediately reminded me of that popular Nintendo title. I initially dismissed it, but my impression is now vastly different after sitting down with the game at E3. Sony is not fooling anyone–this game completely rips off the Super Smash Bros series. But considering Nintendo’s vapid E3 conference, and lack of a new Super Smash Bros announcement, this may be a good thing.

For those of you unfamiliar with PlayStation All-Stars, let’s get you up to speed. The game features popular Sony characters duking it out against one another on Sony inspired stages. The game is extremely fun;  I suppose it should be considering that it contains many of the elements I loved about Smash Bros. There are a few differences, however, that distinguish it from Nintendo’s franchise.

The game has its own original gameplay elements. Firstly, instead of knocking opponents off stages, arenas are closed in. You earn your kills by pummeling opponents using three attack buttons (square, triangle, and circle) and collecting orbs that they drop. Collect enough orbs, and you fill a meter located near your character’s portrait. There are three super meter levels–each special attack becomes increasingly stronger with each level. Any level attack can kill an opponent, but the level three attacks are what stood out the most. Each character has a unique attack and is usually inspired by their game. For example, when a player activates Sweet Tooth’s Level 3 super, the sick clown pulls out a mini-gun and mows down anyone near him down.

So far there are eight confirmed characters.

  • Nathan Drake (Uncharted Series)
  • Fat Princess (Fat Princess)
  • Kratos (God of War Series)
  • Mael Radec (Kill Zone Series)
  • Sweet Tooth (Twisted Metal Series)
  • Sly Cooper (Sly Cooper Series)
  • PaRappa the Rapper (PaRappa the Rapper)
  • Big Daddy (BioShock Series) and the only non-Sony exclusive character

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I played with Kratos, Sly, and PaRappa. Each character is distinctively different from the other. Kratos has many of his God of War moves; I used Helios’ head to stun enemies, Icarus Wings to perform a dashing quick from above, and the Bow of Apollo to attack from a distance. His standard attacks include some of the basic combos with the Blades of Chaos, but when I activated his Level 3 super, he equipped his God Armor and the Sword of Olympus.

Sly is faster and more agile than Kratos, so it’s easier to avoid attacks. Sadly, my unfamiliarity with the series kept me from distinguishing Sly’s different attacks, but I did notice that he uses his signature staff. His Level 3 super provided chuckles; Sly calls his sidekicks, Murray and Bentley, and the camera zooms into a first person view that I used to pick apart my opponents using a laser shooter.

PaRappa’s easily my least favorite character. He performs a kick-punch combo, a tribute to the popular song in his game. He also attacks with his skateboard.

I appreciated that each character stays true to its origin game. Kratos is still Kratos, although toned down. Sweet Tooth still pulls guns on the cartoony princess. It was a bit strange at first, but I’m glad they didn’t become kid-friendly versions of themselves.

The stages are impressive in that they mash two franchises together. For example, the God of War stage features Hades breathing fire and attacking players while they fight, but half way through the map the backdrop changes from the dungeon to a bunch of Patapons hanging out. Another stage turned Sandover Village into a 19th hole (with golfers!) from the Hot Shots Golf series .

The game is, honestly Sony Smash Bros, but I’ve come to accept that. It will be a fun multiplayer game to play with friends, and also be the online game Super Smash Bros failed to be on the Nintendo Wii.

Expect a winter 2012 release date.

 

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  1. Mamashi505 June 8, 2012 at 1:02 AM - Reply

     Its not a F***ing Rip Off! Are you guys serious!? Yeah it looks like Super Smash Bros Brawl ,but I didnt see any of you complain about Digimon Rumble 1 or 2 or Shonen Jump All Stars. You guys act like this is the first rip off ever. This game was not ment to antagonize butt hurt Nintendo fans. The Game Director already said that this game does have similarities in it ,but there are actually alot of things that are different. Want me to name a few? To bad! I am going to anyway. First the backgrounds. The background is a mixture of not one ,but two games interacting with the players and the background its self. Secound is there are no doubles from the same game, that means no villans. Third is that each character has 3 specials that kills by collecting power orbs not some circle that floats around in the sky that laughs at you guys fighting over for it. Fourth is more obvious, There will be absolutley NO Nintendo Characters (that was for all you people saying its an exact rip off, cause its not)! Fifth is there will be more 3rd party characters in PASBR then you will ever see in any Super Smash title. Sixth is the fact that the fans are actually chooseing the characters they want in the game by a poll vote. Seventh is this is for the Sony fans and anyone who wants to try out the game, which means you Nintendo, Microsoft or PC fans out there dont have to play it if you dont want to. Quit acting like someone is forceing you to play or even watch this game. If you dont like it then GTFO.

    • Eric Guzman June 10, 2012 at 1:48 PM - Reply

      Did you bother to read my piece, I mentioned the orbs, I mentioned, the 3 specials and I mention that although its similarities it has different gameplay mechanics, I even praise the gameplay. Read before posting, you just show how much of a fanboy you are. When I see things like air and ground dodging that looks exactly like Smash Bros. I’ma call it out, I also mention the stages with two different themes. Stop being a Fan boy open your eyes and learn to enjoy games no matter who makes them. 

    • Eric Guzman June 10, 2012 at 1:51 PM - Reply

      Matter fact now that I look back I end the article by actually putting this game above smash bros. 

  2. Guesto June 8, 2012 at 1:31 AM - Reply

    Lol mamashi you mad.

    Sony fanboi kicking and screaming

  3. LucasPSI June 8, 2012 at 2:42 AM - Reply

    Really people. Stop saying it’s A rip off. If you want to call this A rip of smash brothers, then you had better say smash brothers is A rip off hundreds of other games JUST LIKE IT that came before it. >_> No one even complained about any of this because… Wait for it… It’s A genre. Just like digimon rumble arena, shonen jump all stars, tmnt smash-up, and plenty others. -.- Nintendo fanboys (AKA 7 – 10 year olds) are only complaining because nintendo and sony are rivals…

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