Fun, But Much of it is the Same,
This review is from: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (Video Game)
If you've ever played "Super Smash Bros." on the Nintendo consoles, then you pretty much know what this game is. This is a fighting game where you get to play as characters from various PlayStation games (and I think a little bit of XBox), such as Ratchet, Jak, Sly Cooper, and Nathan Drake, on stages that consist of locations from those games.
This game is a lot like "Super Smash Bros.". Characters can move left, right, up, and down (like the old side-scrollers of yore), and attacks are done by pressing Square, Triangle, and Circle in combination with tilting the control stick in different directions. Your character can do a bunch of things that they could do in the game they're from, and I like that this game has a better variety of attacks than "SSB" (which had two buttons for attacking, rather than three). You can also dodge attacks, throw people, and use items, as well, of course.
What essentially makes this game different from "SSB" is how you defeat enemies. Instead of doing damage to them and knocking them off the stage, you must defeat enemies with super moves (which remind me of the Final Smash attacks in "Super Smash Bros. Brawl"). So you attack your opponent until your meter gets high enough, and then you unleash this strong attack on them. If it hits, it kills them right away. If it misses, you must fill up your meter and try again. This can be a bit annoying if you keep missing or if people keep attacking you and stopping you from using it, but it can also be fun and is a nice way to distinguish the gameplay of this game from that of "SSB". I also really like that if you keep going and fill the meter up higher, there are also level 2 and 3 super moves, some of which give you multiple chances to kill enemies. Once again, this game beats "SSB" in terms of the variety of attacks.
Another little difference from "SSB" that I like is how the stages feature things from two games rather than just one. Each stage starts off with a main location from a single game, and then about halfway through the fight, the stage changes and incorporates aspects of a second game. This makes the stages more interesting.
In addition to being able to fight other people and AI characters in random battles, this game also has story mode for every character. There's not really much story to it, though. It mainly has a little "cut scene" at the beginning and end of still pictures of the character(s) doing something, with dialogue. Then, there are a lot of random battles that don't relate to anything. Then, you fight Polygon Man at the end. It's fine, but not super interesting. There are also combat trials where you must meet a certain goal to complete it, like defeat your opponent with all three of your super moves or use the attacks shown on the screen. There are some general ones, and each character also has about twenty of these they can do. It can be a bit fun, but each character pretty much has the same combat trials, so it eventually gets repetitive.
One thing I like is that the more you use a character, the higher their rank goes, which unlocks various things, like icons, costumes, minions (basically little versions of characters from games that sometimes will cheer you on in battle), and other such things.
A few little extra comments. The graphics in this game are great, and the music's pretty good. Unfortunately, I think this game has fewer extras than "SSB". All "SSB" games so far besides the first one had hundreds of trophies (I mean actual trophies of characters, items, enemies, and such, not the PlayStation kind of trophies), which made playing the game even more fun. I hear this game does have two downloadable characters and one stage you can get, though. Nevertheless, my main complaint about the game is that, while it will take a while to do everything, story mode, combat trials, and the like, it's all really a lot of the same thing. You can do it and get many hours out of the game, but it will get pretty repetitive. There isn't enough reward to justify doing all the combat trials and such. Just PlayStation trophies or a few icons or getting your character to a higher rank.
I did have a lot of fun with this game, though, and after years of playing "Super Smash Bros.", it was fun to finally play a game with different PlayStation characters. This game is a lot like "SSB", I think, but I do like that there is a better variety of attacks, and I love how the stages mix things from two different games instead of just one. Unfortunately, this game doesn't have as many extras as "SSB" and a lot of things in it are similar. That's not a reason not to get the game, though. I still had a lot of fun with this game, and if you like fighting games and PlayStation characters, I think you'll enjoy it.