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4.0 out of 5 stars Short Lived Pocket Full of Fun, November 27, 2012
This review is from: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (Video Game)
I bought the Vita the month that it came out and it has spent the majority of the time since then in a sock drawer... until now! The full console on-the-go experience has finally come to fruition.

Here's the elevator pitch: what if 20 Playstation icons (ok, like 14 + 6 meh-cons) could duke it out in 4 x 4 free for alls? No, the idea is not novel my dear Smash Bros. fans, however the formula had yet to have been duplicated properly on non-Nintendo hardware. Playstation All-Stars fills the niche nicely. Let's get to brass tacks:

Pros:
- Stages are phenomenally vibrant and alive. Each stage is a mash-up of two franchises, and as unlikely as it seems, it works! The transition between one version of a stage to the next is marked but not jarring. I enjoyed catching cameos of my favorite supporting stars (President Qwark!). The flash and flair is not done at the expense of graphics or performance. Textures and animation are exquisite through out.
- Characters look, move, and sound exactly how you dreamed they would. The textures are well done and there is an appropriate contrast between cartoony fighters like Parappa the Rapper and more realistic ones like Cole McGrath. Pretty characters are all fine and dandy, but in a fighting game, the most important thing is that they play well and are balanced. Check, and check. Even the most annoying characters have a well rounded move set; every one is a threat.
- Its fun. Somewhere around 2 hours into a game I am either playing it, or looking to trade it. I've clocked about 30 hours in PS All Stars and plan to get a few more rounds in.

Cons:
- One player is really limited. The story is paper thin, which wouldn't be an issue if there was a logical reason for everyone to be fighting, but its not clear why everyone is fighting or what there beef is with they're predetermined rival.
- Character selection is small. Fighters today have 40 characters and up. Twenty would have been enough in 1998, but today it aint 'nuff. Sony has promised two free characters as DLC, but I dont imagine that they have 20 more on their way.

This is a great buy if you are looking for a fun scrapper. I have not had a chance to play multi player yet, but as a 1 player experience it hits the spot!
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