PlayStation All-Stars is available now for just £3.70 on PS3 with a PS Vita cross-buy download included in the box too. You'll not find it for less than a tenner elsewhere, so I'd act fast if you've been curious about this one for a while.
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I'll be honest... PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is pretty dreadful, but just like anything directed by Uwe Boll or that awful Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel, there's a time and a place for games such as this. The time is usually midnight or beyond, and the place is known as Drunksville.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is a crossbuy title, which means you only have to pay for the game once and you can enjoy it across PS3 and PS Vita. Here are the instructions for redeeming:
It's a good price for a throwaway party game, and if you're into your local multiplayer shindigs, then it's a pretty solid option on PS3 for a fiver.
*Includes a PSN code for the Vita version too.
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I was expecting this game to be a complete disaster, but in small doses the multiplayer can be quite fun. There's a wide range of characters and seeing their unique skills and the mashups of stages paying homage to past classic PlayStation games pleased my inner fanboy. It's letdown by some dodgy character balancing that favours anyone with a sword though. You get a code for a free copy of the Vita version too that has a handy cross-save feature for playing out of the house. You can use the Vita as a secondary controller on the PS3 but only when signed into a different PSN account, which is a bit of a balls up on Sony's part.
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Platforms: PS3 | PS Vita (both reviewed)
Developer: SuperBot Entertainment
Requested and rumoured for years, we finally have a game putting together a rich collection of the finest PlayStation-exclusive characters along with some top names from third-party brands for a mighty punch-up. The comparisons to Nintendo’s Smash Brothers are obvious, as they always were going to be, but I’m here to review the game on its own merits.
Buying the PS3 game also gives you access to a free download of the Vita version and I’ll go into details about the portable options later on. Let’s get stuck into the game itself on PS3 first.
Fights take place in 2D arenas with multiple platforms to leap around on and traps to avoid or boot your foes into. The action is simple and shouldn’t take newbies or casuals long to pick up. X is jump and the remaining face buttons are all varied attacks. Press an attack button in conjunction with a direction on the d-pad/analogue stick and you’ll get a different move. Not every character has the same controls for certain moves though; launch moves for opponent juggling for example may be different between Kratos and Sackboy. There are blocking and taunt buttons, but in general, it’s a button basher through and through. Special weapon pick-ups like bombs and swords appear occasionally too.Click here to read more...
Despite failing to make a dent in the UK games charts, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale seems set for a sequel if Superbot Entertainment job ads are to be believed.Click here to read more...
Superbot Entertainment reckons that PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will be good for "hundreds of hours" of playtime, due to numerous challenges, trials and character-specific unlocks.Click here to read more...
Beyond having a great backing track, this video is notable for revealing that former PlayStation mascot Polygon Man will probably be the final boss in the singleplayer storyline. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale has now gone gold ahead of its November 20th release date - and we've heard that it has improved since a shaky Gamescom showing. Fingers crossed, since it's one of the very few big hitters Sony are bringing to the table this Christmas.
Why throw one sale when you can throw two? Rather than stopping with racing-related deals, Sony has also kicked off an extra promotion to celebrate the colourful roster of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.
The Jak and Daxter Trilogy edition appears to be £10.99, which seems incredibly cheap to us. £6.49 for Uncharted and inFamous isn't too bad either, while a host of Fat Princess deals will give you unfettered and inexpensive access to the portly royal.
Here we go again: deets and prices after the break or on the EU PlayStation Blog. Let us know if there are any more smart bargains we should be shouting about from the virtual rooftops!Click here to read more...
Sony has been trolling us with mysterious teasers over the last view days, which we've been far too busy reviewing stuff/playing XCOM to bother posting. However, they've finally released a full-length live-action trailer and revealed what their campaign was for: predictably, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. If you enjoyed last year's Michael trailer campaign, you'll probably get a kick out of this one.
Sony has announced that PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to participate in a multiplayer beta for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale from this Wednesday, with regular PSN members getting access the following week. Brilliantly, Vita owners can also get involved from tomorrow, whether or not they're a Plus member. More details below.Click here to read more...
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale has gotten the TGS treatment with a new trailer that showcases some utterly crazy action. Brendan and I were...erm...left a little cold by our hands-on time at Gamescom ths year, but at least we managed to dispel the notion of it being a Smash Bros. clone.
Frankly, that would have been glorious.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance star, Raiden has been added to the upcoming multiplayer brawler, SuperSmash PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. He’s the latest third-party All-Star to be added to the ranks and it looks like he’s not going to make Sackboy’s life any easier thanks to him packing some deadly blade attacks.
I raised some concerns with my Gamescom Hands-On Preview that characters with swords seemed to significantly out-balance everyone else in the game and this video shows Raiden going along with that theory nicely. Hot damn he’s looking pretty badass though. With his Special attacks displaying killer moves like spinning heel blades, a stun attack slice-fest and a merciless charge on competitors trying to hide in cardboard boxes.
Other recent inclusions that you may have missed are Nariko (Heavenly Sword), Evil Cole (inFamous) and Sir. Daniel (MediEvil). But will any of them be able to stand up against the seemingly unbeatable Kratos?Click through for the gameplay video...
After a week of horrifying internet in Cologne, struggling to upload pictures let alone podcast episodes, we look back on this year's Gamescom for our season finale. Brendan describes an intricately planned, and utterly botched clean kill in Dishonored, Jon goes weak at the knees for his import copy of Anarchy Reigns, and things get a bit heated when the subject of Playstation All-Stars rears its head. We discuss Black Isle's return, wearily ignore Ubisoft's piracy claims, and lament the passing of SCE Liverpool/Psygnosis.
Some of the things that get covered this week:
...and much, much more.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be quite a few instances of strong language.
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Platforms: PS3 | Vita (tested on both formats)
Developer: Superbot Entertainment
Four player brawlers are something of a rarity these days, especially if your dusty Nintendo consoles have been boxed up for a while. Skirting around the much-mentioned copycat nature of the game, what we have here is an impressive collection of PlayStation’s most iconic first-party characters (and Fat Princess) plus a select few third-party heroes kicking the pixelated hell out of each other.
As well as brawling, the game is also something of a platformer as the game is set in 2D levels with players able to leap around platforms and sometimes even bounce off the walls or fall into traps below.
The stages are set in a pleasing variety of familiar locations that PlayStation-generation gamers will get a real nostalgic kick from. Jak & Daxter’s Sandover Village, the dojo from Parappa the Rapper, Metropolis from Ratchet & Clank amongst others are just a taste of the arenas you can look forward to. These stages will feature cross-over or “mash-up” elements from other games too. While the creatures from Patapon might be dancing in the background, you should be more concerned with the large figure of Hades from God of War III, who attacks the stage at will. Carmelita Fox from the Sly series makes appearances with her stun gun while even Buzz gets in on the action in the LittleBigPlanet stage, by asking a question and electrifying the platforms below the wrong answer. The LBP stage will also randomly assemble itself as you play, as if you’re fighting inside the level editor. The plane level of Uncharted 3 is reimagined in 2D with a surprise appearance from the Songbird of Bioshock: Infinite and Ratchet’s Metropolis level is suddenly invaded by the Hydra from God of War.Click here to read more...
We've already had PaRappa and Sweet Tooth, but the latest batch of Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale vids focus on the Fat Princess and Sly Cooper.
The former, as you might imagine, is all about leaping into the air and then using her considerable bulk to body slam foes. cake mirages and fat chickens also feature. Sly Cooper, on the other hand, is all about the stealth. With no block available to him, he's forced to rely on invisibility and hiding in barrels of dynamite.Click here to read more...
Hot on the heels of PaRappa the Rapper's tactical video comes one featuring Twisted Metal's maniacal clown, Sweet Tooth.
He's a brutal brawler, this one, with plenty of fiery special moves, not to mention that chainsaw.
A new day, a new couple of leaked characters for Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale. This time, though, it's entirely Sony's own fault.
The latest leak has outed LittleBigPlanet 's tongue-waggling mascot Sackboy as a playable character, alongside Metal Gear Solid's Raiden.Click here to read more...
PaRappa the Rapper is used to battling, but usually his battles involve sick beats and a smooth lyrical flow rather than being punched by Nathan Drake or sat upon by the Fat Princess.
The latest video for Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale is all about the romantic canine rapper, though, giving players a little insight into his fighting style and the best tactics to use.
We discussed the arguably derivative nature of PSASBR in a recent article that you can check out here.Hit the jump to watch the vid...
Superbot's Sony-themed multiplayer brawler will support arcade sticks at launch, suggesting that PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is taking aim at the hardcore tournament scene and FGC as well as casual players.
We've also got two strategy talkthrough videos for your attention, focusing on Kratos and Killzone's Radec.Click here to read more...