New game features Playstation’s most popular, memorable characters

Sony Entertainment teams up with SuperBot Entertainment to make profitable game.

Sony Entertainment teams up with SuperBot Entertainment to make Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale. (photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

By Scott Thompson, Arts & Entertainment Editor ||

On Nov. 20, 2012, SuperBot Entertainment teamed up with Sony Computer Entertainment to create Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, a fighting video game for Playstation 3 that features some of the most memorable characters from Playstation’s history. The natural comparison is to Nintendo’s incredibly popular Super Smash Bros. series, but there are a few differences.

The biggest difference is the way you beat your opponent. Every player has a bar that fills up as they fight opponents, which allows characters to use special moves to kill their opponents, as opposed to knocking them off of the screen, as Super Smash Bros. does. The manner in which players kill opponents varies depending on the character being used.

Another difference can only be experienced through playing both games and feeling the difference in physics. Playstation All-Stars seems much heavier, as the characters are rarely sent flying across the stage, unlike Super Smash Bros. The fluidity of moves and movement is also a little clumsy in comparison to Super Smash Bros, but does little to impede upon the player’s enjoyment of the game.

Comparisons between these two games can be drawn breathlessly, as it is apparent Sony just wanted to cash in on Nintendo’s successful formula, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
With Super Smash Bros. games only being released every time a new Nintendo console comes out, fresh interpretations of these games are welcome amongst most video game fans.

The visuals are stunning, blending vivid colors and breathtaking backdrops for the characters, all of whom are presented in the style of their given franchises. Every stage comes from a Sony video game, such as Bioshock and LittleBigPlanet, but, as the battle progresses, they integrate elements from various video games into the background.

There are also items in the game that appear randomly, which players can use to help them fight and build up their bars. The items also come from various Sony franchises, such as the Hedgehog Grenade from Resistance and Razor Claws from Ratchet & Clank.

The most exciting aspect of this game for Playstation fans is the roster of characters available for use in the game. Classic characters, such as Jak and Daxter, Sly Cooper, and Ratchet and Clank are featured, as well as contemporary favorites, such as Fat Princess, Sackboy from LittleBigPlanet, and Cole MacGrath from Infamous. The fun is immeasurable, especially when Fat Princess fights Kratos, along with other mismatches that are suddenly balanced in the game.

No matter what comparisons are made to the Super Smash Bros. franchise, Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale stands on its own as a fun game for all ages. Its appeal to Sony’s history isn’t lost on those familiar with it but isn’t necessary to enjoy the game. Anyone can pick up a controller, hop around, and have hours of fun without ever playing a video game before.

Sophomore Scott Thompson is Arts & Entertainment Editor. His email is sthomps2@fandm.edu.

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