Let the Battle Begin! (PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Review) By Roberto Gonzalez

For years, Gamers have been taking their favorite character of one game and pitting them against the character of another in a fight to the death.  Metaphorically speaking of course.  In reality, they only wished they could do such a thing.  It wasn’t until Super Smash Bros. first released that the gamers received their wish.  They could put their favorite characters, such as Samus of Metroid Prime and Mario, against each other in fun and exciting ways.  Later in life, Tekken and Street Fighters would join together to bring a whole new array of fights that hardcore fighting-game fans loved.  Today, new challengers have entered the arena.

Who would win in a fight: Jak and Daxter, or Big Daddy?  How about Cole Macgrath vs. Heihachi Mishima?  People have loved the games that have been solely for the PlayStation series long before Xbox arrived on the scene (PS1 and PS2 came first, then Xbox).  However, soon after the Xbox arrived, most popularity for the PlayStations ended abruptly.  In order to bring back some fans, Sony created the PS3.  Due to the Xbox’s arrival first, there was a larger quantity of video games already out there.  Trying to give the PS3 a chance, creators made some games PS3-only, to give the system its own unique roster of people.  Eventually, all these famous characters were brought together in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

As the title gives away, PS All-Stars is a fighting game, mashing together classic PlayStation legends in one grand battle royale.  The game features characters all the way from Fat Princess to Big Daddy of Bioshock.  They even have some characters that will make their debut next year, like the new Dante from DMC: Devil May Cry.

The gameplay has been likened to that of Super Smash Bros. for many similar traits.  Battles can consist of 2-4 characters, each with their own unique attacks.  From a roster of 20 people (19 if Evil Cole and Good Cole are counted as one person), players can choose their favorite characters to challenge each other in incredible battles, from arcade mode to 2 vs. 2.  Players attack their opponents in order to fill their AP Bars at the bottom of the screen.  Once a number between 1 and 3 is reached, players can activate special attacks to kill enemies.

Of course, there is a large difference between the fighting-styles of SSB and PSASBR.  In Battle Royale, characters do not die by normal means.  Characters can be sent off screen for a moment and reappear with a temporary disorientation.  The only way to win a battle in the game is by using a special attack.  Other than that, there is no possible way to die.  This has left many gamers with conflicting feeling about this new path.

Arcade mode features randomized fights, also featuring a rivalry fight and a final boss.  However, many gamers had been hoping for more of a story.  Instead, the characters each get an opening and ending cutscene that looks like posters telling very small tidbits about the character.  The only true game cutscene is between the rivals and that only lasts for perhaps 30 seconds at most.

Many people have complaints about the result of the solo mode, but multiplayer is where this game shines.  Due to free Wi-Fi, players all around the world (or wherever this game is sold) log in and try their luck against another player.  Players can verse each other in timed or stock matches, and can fight 2 on 2 or free-for-all.  With all the competition out there, people log in every single day to try and get to the top.

Most critics and reviewers have given this game a 6 or 7 out of 10.  In my opinion, they did not include the fact that the game is addictive.  This game only arrived on the market about 2 weeks ago, and yet there are players who have brought their favorite characters to level 999, the highest level possible.  People love using their favorite characters and have a blast fighting as that person.

That is why I personally give this game a 9 out of 10.  Story mode leaves gamers disappointed, but once they go online, they have a hard time putting the controller down.  This game is no Super Smash Bros. or Tekken and Street Fighters, but this game has the potential to become a fan favorite and hopefully become a continuous series.  Until that time comes, people will just have to settle the first installment of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale!

(Link to trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxTYkuSIjk4&list=FLqJj41-Z-ZwMv5VaUG1CTgQ)

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