PLAYSTATION ALL-STARS BATTLE ROYALE
PS3 (also on Vita)
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
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
PSASBR gives great fan service and is certainly no bland
McFighter. But BYO tasty beverage.