PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
For a game that is essentially a complete rip-off of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros, Battle Royal is much better than I was expecting. The major downside, however, would be that Sony’s list of exclusive characters isn’t exactly extensive, meaning that developers SCE Santa Monica have had to borrow characters from other series. The list of attack moves is varied enough, so it never feels quite the same when playing as either Nathan Drake or Sly Cooper. And while the game may not feel as composed as something like Mortal Combat, Tekken or even Super Smash Bros, there’s still a lot of fun to be had if you have a group of friends together. Each of the different characters has a range of different specializations which can be exploited: for example, Nathan Drake is a more long-range specialist and this reflects in his special attacks where he’ll throw a gas tank to shoot or knock over a stone pillar, flattening your opponents.
Problems arise when facing-off with the computer, as the balancing system seems to be way off, and both times that myself and two other people were playing against the computer, it always seemed to come out on top. One aspect I did like was the ever-changing background which switched to themes from different franchises, however, I’m not sure how much players will notice this as all your concentration is going into keeping an eye on yours and your friends’ characters and it seemed to be more of a benefit for people watching you play. Another slight problem is that it can become very frantic at times, meaning that you’ll occasionally lose your player and find yourself punching the air. The controls are your standard fighting controls: X is jump, Circle is punch, Square is to do long-range attacks and Triangle to kick, with variations of these performed when you hit certain directional buttons, so veterans will find it easy and familiar to use.
For newcomers, the learning curve for Battle Royale isn’t steep, so you’re not going to find it difficult to learn. Somebody I was playing against said he had never picked up a PlayStation controller before, but found it intuitive and easy to play. But this is not going to sway any Nintendo players to jump ship and buy a PS3, as Super Smash Bros is far superior. That said, for PS3 owners who have yet to buy the Wii, or don’t plan on getting one, this makes a good alternative. My final verdict is that Santa Monica have started something that has great potential, but until they have a much larger roster of fighters and change it so it’s different from Nintendo’s in-house fighting game, there isn’t really much here to warrant a day-one purchase.
I don't know why you guys are so upset. As biased as this guy is its still a pretty good review. Anyone that has half a brain can pick out the parts that are bias and once they've done that its a pretty positive review.