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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Start For The Series. (Vita Game Download & Cross Play Instructions Below.), November 21, 2012
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I, like many of you, when first heard about this game, inmediately thought "Mash Bros", and so I had my doubts. And honestly speaking, the main reason I pre-ordered the game was the free Vita version...but all my doubts are now put to rest, this is a game that deserves a 5 star rating and well deserved.

For starters, the game comes with a great roster, which includes:

Kratos
Parappa
Fat Princess
Sweet Tooth
Radec
Sly Cooper
Nathan Drake
Heihachi
Dante
Big Daddy
Jak
Ratchet
Nariko
Cole
Evil Cole
Raiden
Sack Boy
Sir Daniel
Spike
Toro

The game comes with different modes that include, Solo Play, Tournament, Versus Match and character customization and extras. Stages are fully active, they come packed with hazards, items and explosions, some of which can really hurt you and your oponents. Each character has 3 stages of "special moves" which can be used, once the special move meter is full. Once full, you simply press the R2 button and the character will engage his/her special move. Each special move stage has its unique set of skills and will vary in power, 3 being the strongest of course.

Graphics:
Very sharp and bright with plenty of interactive arenas. Each stage/arena belongs to each of the characters game locations, for example, a flying cargo plane (Drake), God Of War, etc. Each level has been carefully detailed and playing is not only fun, but there's eye candy and plenty of it. Each character has also been done with great attention to detail, from sack boy to sly cooper to Raiden, all look well done. Explosions and other effects look great and will not disappoint.

Sound:
Again, each stage has sounds from each franchise. I personally like Uncharted's classic orchestra style and God Of War's dramatic score. Character voices are original and their sound effects, from weapons to special moves, sound great; even during heavy battles, you'll be able to hear each effect, music and other stage related sounds with detail and plenty of punch.

Performance:
I was afraid to run into frame rate issues, but thankfully, this isn't the case. Even with a full roster on screen at once, the game perfornmed impecably. There was no lag during online play or choppiness during local and single play. I tested the game with a full roster on a stage with plenty of action, such as background effects and incoming hazards; the game did not skip a beat.

Multiplayer:
Simply put. FUN with NO LAG. Both local and online, the MP section is flawless, connections are easily stablished and maintain a lag free performance. Up to 4 players at once, both off/on line. At first, each fight will seem a bit chaotic, but once you learn the basics, each fight will become more interesting, as you will be thinking of ways to fill up your special move meter or simply finding ways to hurt your oponents with style ;)

Cross Play Multiplayer:
I tested it and have not complaints. I was able to battle against PS Vita/PS3 opponents without any issues. Connections are smooth and easy to stablish. I noticed both systems were in perfect sync, each fighter's move translated into an accurate action on the screen, it was 100% real time action. More about cross play below****

Controls:
Easy to pick up and learn. You'll be given the option to play a "tutorial" the first time (one time only) you start the game and even though the game is extremely easy to play, I recommend playing the tutorial, so you can familiarize yourself with each button. Pulling combos will take some practice, but are easily done once you get the hang of it. I have no complaints about the controls and neither will you.

In conclusion, if you're still on the fence about this game, let me put your mind at ease and tell you that this game delivers, it is FUN to play, specially with other players, the more the better; you will probably spend a lot of time on this game off and online and its replay value is extremely high. A great party game that can acomodate those whom just want a quick, fun fighting game and those whom like more technical fighting, such as combos, etc. No matter what your aproach is, this game is without a doubt, a great start for the series.

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VITA GAME DOWNLOAD:

PS Vita Code: THE FREE VITA GAME CAN ONLY BE LINKED TO ONE PS3 DISC ACCOUNT. THERE'S NOT CODE TO ENTER OR GIVE AWAY.
The game includes a free copy of the Vita version, but it doesn't come with a code nor will it give you one, here's what you do:
Insert disc into your PS3
Navigate to the game menu on your PS3 dashboard.
There you will see 3 disc icons for the game.
Select the second icon for "disc benefits"
You will be taken to the sub menu
Choose the cross buy option.

Once you've done that, you will be taken to the PSN store, where you will add the vita version into your cart. The price will be $0. Check out and it will be on your download list.
Log in to PS Store from your Vita, go to your download list.
You will see the game, plus its online pass.
Download and you're done.
If you don't have a PSN acount, you will need to create one in order to download the Vita game.

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CROSS-PLAY INSTRUCTIONS:

Please do not get confused with cross and remote play. Remote play connects YOUR vita to YOUR PS3 to be able to navigate and play game discs on your PS3 from your Vita (not all discs work). Anyway, Cross Play works by sending friends "game invitations", but there has to be a copy of the game on each system (PS3 & Vita), here's how:

From PS3:
- Versus Mode
-Press R2, Invite Friends.
-Select the friend whom is playing on his Vita
-A message will pop up on your friend's Vita showing your gaming invite
-Once he accepts, he will then apear on as player 2.
-You're done! Battle and enjoy.

From PS Vita:
-Versus Mode
-WiFi
-Make sure you're connected to PSN by touching the upper right hand corner, you'll be taken to a sub menu, there you will either see "sign in" (connect if you do) or view invites/invite friends.
-Select "Invite" and your friends list will apear, select him/her
-PS3 player will get an invite message
-Once they accept, you can battle together.

FINAL NOTE ABOUT CROSS PLAY....
I'm sure you want to give this a try right away, with your own Vita, don't worry, it's actually quite simple, create another PSN account for yourself, but remember that you will need another email address....to avoid confusion and headaches when creating another PSN acount, simply add a number to your actual PSN account when creating the extra one...example, your current PSN account is "PLAYER" make the new account "PLAYER2"

Hope this helps.
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Initial post: Nov 21, 2012 11:31:12 AM PST
Ash says:
Will I get the preorder costumes on the vita version as well?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2012 12:08:09 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 22, 2012 1:32:54 PM PST
Amazon is supposed to email the code (s) for the costumes, if not, a simple call to costumer service should take care of it.

UPDATE: I didn't get my code right away, so I did what I recommended, I called customer service and the very next day, early in the morning, I had my code in the mail (email)

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 10:42:09 AM PST
J. Castillo says:
Do you happen to know if I can play with players in ps3 MP if I use the vita version? I have both consoles but I want to know if I can still play with those on the ps3 while im on the go or will it only be the ones with the vita?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 7:13:08 AM PST
@J.Castillo:
You can. After reading your message, I edited and included instructions on my review at the bottom.

Posted on Mar 16, 2013 8:50:34 AM PDT
This game has to have flaws, right? You made it look like there is nothing wrong with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2013 9:30:09 AM PDT
To some it may, but for my taste and needs the game delivers. My review is based on personal gaming experience with the game and its features. The fact that you can cross-play with the Vita, the easy lag free connections and the fun factor make the game perfect, of course, and again, for my taste and experience with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2013 12:57:37 PM PDT
Is it better than Super Smash Brothers gameplay? What does it do different exactly?

Posted on May 31, 2014 11:17:13 AM PDT
Atari800xl says:
Thanks for the download instructions!!!
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