'PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale'
Sony PlayStation 3 (PS Vita)
ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 3.5 stars
What would happen if Parappa the Rappa, Kratos, Big Daddy, Sly Cooper, Ratchet & Clank and several other well-known video game characters created their own free-for-all fight club? Sony's latest brawler, "PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale" aims to answer this intriguing question with panache and style. It's OK to talk about this fun-filled fight club but it's much more enjoyable to enter the fray and lay the smack down.
Twenty cool characters ranging from Raiden to Jak & Daxter to Sweet Tooth come together in pugilistic style. However, simply having familiar characters in the same game isn't enough to satisfy me because I also want to incorporate cool moves. This is one area where "PS All-Stars Battle Royale" KOs the competitors, as each character has several maneuvers that mimic their original roles. For example, Nathan Drake tosses grenades and summons stone pillars while Dante attacks enemies with his signature speed and grace.
Like most fighting games, the single player mode is really just practice for playing against real opponents, and this game is no different. I appreciate how the combat requires more than simply knocking opponents off of each stage. Players must build up their own Super Move meter by attacking enemies, and then only landing Super attacks can actually defeat them. Additional variety is added by having three different levels of Super attacks at the player's disposal.
Another bonus is the ability to take these interesting brawls online, where a limitless pool of cyber-pugilists waits to humiliate and embarrass all who stand in their way. Believe me, it's fun to fight other people online until you discover that you were just schooled by a preschooler.
Add plenty of worthwhile unlockable bonuses to the surrealistic mix and "PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale" becomes an enjoyable party game that's also fun to play on its own!