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PAX Prime 2012 | PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Full Roster Impressions
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PAX Prime 2012 | PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Full Roster Impressions

by Ben RunningsSeptember 7, 2012

After playing a lot of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale at E3, I could not wait to play more of it at PAX. Thankfully I got to play the game some more and this time with the full roster.

The game naturally receives comparisons to Smash Bros and that should be taken as a high complement. There is a main difference in that there is no health system. Kills can only be scored by using one of your character’s super moves. This creates an atmosphere that encourages players to keep fighting rather than run away because of low health.

This build of the game had all 20 of characters in the game (there could still be secret ones I suppose) and I immediately went to try and some of the new ones like Dante and Raiden. It should be noted that these characters, and Heihachi, all play in a combo based way that is pretty different form the usual way of just doing one attack and then a separate one. These guys can knock others into the air and juggle them around with relative ease. There are several characters that play close to this as well (Kratos, Nariko, etc) but the rest seem to follow more closely to the Smash formula; meaning that each move is separate and doesn’t combo into another one and is usually more visually varied. For example, most of Heihachi’s moves are physical punches and kicks. Nathan Drake’s move set has him setting up barricades, shooting a pistol, throwing a grenade, and more. The move sets lend themselves to different play styles. In fact, there are many differences between most of the characters, similar to how Smash does it except Smash doesn’t have anyone who plays like or can do quite what Raiden can.

But enough of this almost pointless comparison, the game is a blast to play. I think it needs a bit more balancing but the formula here is almost as fun as it could possibly be. Part of the enjoyment comes from the characters themselves. I’m not a huge Sony fanboy but seeing Sackboy slap around Parappa is awesome.

If you like Smash at all, this game has a lot to offer you. They still need to show us alternate modes and single player but the base gameplay here is great. Having three dedicated attack buttons rather than the 2 in Smash means there are a lot more attacks to pull off here. However, there can be a lot of guesswork as to if a character’s up X is actually going to attack up and that is very strange and something I don’t remember ever happening in Smash. A lot of the moves seem this way but it could just be the unfamiliarity.

Some characters clearly felt better suited than others but this could change once you learn a character’s move set more. And learning all these characters’ moves and play styles is what is very exciting about this game.

Picking up items is nowhere near as quick as it is in Smash as there are several frames of animation where you can get hit and end up not picking up the item. Also, I tried to throw an item down at someone and it didn’t work. Maybe I did it wrong somehow but if you can’t throw items in all directions then I will be disappointed.

An interesting note is that I couldn’t ever activate a super while in the air, so there is a bit of strategy involved there.

The levels are all a nice mash up of two different game worlds and offer many traps to overcome. They feel much livelier than Smash levels and interact with players a lot more too. The stages are also beautiful and blend games well.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is easily one of my most anticipated titles this holiday season if only for the ability to play a Smash-like game in 1080p and online. The added bonus is that the diverse bunch of characters beating up each other is great to see and a blast to play. People may still view it as just a clone but try and hold judgment until you play it.

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About The Author
Ben Runnings
Ben Runnings
Ben graduated from college-land with a degree in game design and now spends his time working for the 'man.' A Genesis kid growing up, it wasn't until he stumbled upon Ocarina of Time that he drove head first into gaming. Hobbies include: continuing to learn Japanese, playing videogames (duh), reading (in Japanese and English), writing (also duh), and rock climbing. He has also recently gotten back into PC gaming after many years of having terrible computers and loves it.
  • toysruslover

    I want to fight for more justice in the world, specifically towards human trafficking. How do people start fighting for their cause or becoming social activists in general?

  • skillz

    I have 3 cats. They are 7, 5, and 3. They have all gotten along until yesterday. The 7 year old and the 3 year old cannot be in the same room anymore without hissing and fighting with each other. The 2 fighting cats do not fight with the 5 year old. All three are females that have been spayed. The 7 year old and the 5 year old also were motherly to the 3 year old. How can I stop this fighting?

  • Random

    You keep saying there’s going to be one – even if illegal immigration is down-
    until they ALL leave.
    So how is fighting war in Mexico going to get them going back there?

  • Hannah

    Yeah, a rather unique question but I always see them and I just want to know what their character type is. They always are rather happy and their eyes are always closed, but when they open them up, their eyes look ridiculously cold and intimidating. Anyone know?

  • LN13

    What is the kind of fighting that those kind of people use to kill people?

  • Michael K

    How to stop myself from fighting with my siblings???
    I know its pretty normal, but at my house there is a LOT of fighting going on, like my brother and sisters and i always manage to find something to fight about. Its so frustrating because I personally don’t want to fight with them. It stresses me out so much.

    So bak to my question – how do I stop myself from fighting with them????

    What do “you” do?

  • shahrukh

    I wanna know how many characters have been in smash bros if you count the ones that got removed that were in melee someone answer please

  • Derek

    So im a girl and this other girl in school called me out to fight this friday . What are some good fighting techniques i can use on her to give her a black eye or something . Fighting is not the answer , but if you knew the whole story , you’d understand .

  • Mc L

    I have a 2 yr old male white german shepherd and a 5 yr old male lab/husky mix, both of which I’ve had since young puppies. The german shepherd is mine, the lab is the hubbys. They’ve had their spats, but normally get along. I went in the hospital Jan. 10, ’07 for 2 weeks for surgery, after I get home these 2 dogs begin fighting. Zuess, the shepherd, is much larger than the lab, Louie, so Louie is getting injured. Since I’ve been home from the hospital, the fighting has not stopped. My question is, is this a dominance thing or what and what can we do about it? At this point, they cannot both be in the house at the same time unless my husband is home. Help!

  • Kobe

    I hear people saying that on Youtube, that they are fighting for freedom, but how?

    Take no offense from this question for I still support the troops proudly, but I just need more info.

  • Flash Funk

    During the Native american and american wars, what were the fighting methods of both sides? Also, what were the weapons they used?

    I tried researching this info, and wasn’t able to get any good info or good sites. This is a serious question, so serious answers would be greatly appreciated.

  • Only Business

    The most neglected, in my opinion, is the psychological (spirit) aspect of the fight. You must have the mindset (spirit) of defeating your opponent and they must have the mindset (spirit) of defeating you during confrontation. I find, in my experience, there is a serious deficiency in training how to attack and erode that fighting spirit in the opponent.

    This is closely related to Chin Na (point strikes/manipulation), small joint manipulation, cavity strikes, and pain/destruction techniques. I believe the purpose of these techniques is to erode away at the will to fight of the opponent.

    I am also a psychology major and believe there can be a huge impact from verbal attacks during the fight as long as the opponent can understand what is being said. Closely related to deescalation techniques are psychological attacks during a fight. Clear instructions and commands for compliance while applying Chin Na techniques erode away at an opponents fighting spirit.

    In competition, the psychological attacks are called “getting into their head”.

    The Chin Na techniques aren’t designed to be fight ending knock outs but to steadily destroy the ability of the opponent to use parts of their body effectively and to wear away at their fighting spirit.

    I realize in most style’s training they neglect many aspects of fighting. But the above is what I feel is most neglected.

    What are your thoughts on this topic?
    Does it even bother you, oh dear reader who do not answer this question, that you do not even have enough depth of knowledge or experience to form an opinion on this topic?

  • _marky_mark_

    I personally like scenes from 300 and Alexander(pretty much all fighting parts) and Troy(where Achilles kills Hector) , I am not much in to karate type movies, so what are some other great fighting parts in movies with groups fighting or single sword fighters?