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POSTED 28/11/12


PLAYSTATION ALL-STARS BATTLE ROYALE

Sony

PS3 (also on Vita)

You know what they call this game in France? PlayStation All-Stars Battle Quarter Pounder...

Take Sony’s rich history of PlayStation games. Now pick 20 characters to represent them all. It’s a tough ask. Anyway, it’s been done here, although we doubt anybody – well, other than those who chose these ones - would agree that they’re the definitive top 20.

As such, characters as diverse as Twisted Metal’s hideous clown Sweet Tooth and Heavenly Sword’s Nariko bump uglies with LBP’s Sackboy and the much-missed, we-want-a-PS3-outing PaRappa the Rapper. What manner of uglies bumping do we speak of? Fightingness!

Yes, PSASBR’s a full-on beat ’em up affair letting one to four players duke it out simulmataneously – akin to a certain Nintendo title that may or may not be called something like Marvellous Crush Siblings Affray.

Unlike the venerable MCSA, PSASBR aims to offer deep-deep fightingness. Each character has three individual standard moves which are modifiable by adding directional shunts, a smorgasbord of throws, jumping, blocking and three levels of killer super-moves that are achieved through attack power accumulation. There’s even a specific “nyahh-nyahh!” taunt button! You may bond with a certain character, like we did with MediEvil’s Sir Daniel. Essentially spamming his quartet of shieldy smackdowns quickly shoomed us through to the big, pointy-as bad.

Battles take place in any of 14 arenas, also based on various PlayStation properties – not limited to ones relating to the 20 characters. It’s hard not to be overwhelmed at times. We often lost our character in the volcanic visual cacophony, which is off-putting – and usually rather hurty.

Online’s supported, so if you can endure the sheer weight of drooling loser wee-wee-pantsed space wastes that outnumber sane people then have fun. We prefer having three others go bananas with us locally.

PSASBR gives great fan service and is certainly no bland McFighter. But BYO tasty beverage.

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