PLAYSTATION ALL STARS BATTLE ROYALE (2012) – SUPERBOT ENTERTAINMENT
Ever since its inception as an idea, PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale (PSABR) has had a troubled life. As soon as it was placed under the public spotlight, it was shrugged off as an inferior Super Smash Bros. clone. As the roster was slowly unveiled, Sony fans (including myself I must admit) criticised the inclusion or exclusion of certain characters – no Snake, Lara, Crash or Spyro, but two versions of Cole from InFAMOUS and a cat mascot from Japan? When it came to release, reviews were no better than average. A lack of advertising or exposure in general meant it limped into the UK charts at 37th place. And then eventually, SuperBot and Sony parted ways and thus nixed the chance of any significant future DLC. A few months on, the world has largely forgotten that the game exists.
Its official – Sony Smash Brothers….I mean Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale has been confirmed and shown off by Sony. Under the development of SuperBot Entertainment, the game will feature a roster of some of the most famous characters to have appeared on Sony consoles in a four player competitive environment, set for release sometime towards the end of this year.
Initial details on the full roster are being kept sensibly under wraps, but we do know straight away that the likes of Kratos, Sly Cooper, Sweet Tooth and even Parappa The Rapper have made the cut, as these were the characters duking it out in the footage that Sony have released. It also appears that levels will feature a mashup of different franchises, as one stage is Metropolis from the Ratchet And Clank series…only the Hydra from God Of War is in the background ready to eat unwitting characters that get in its way. From the footage on offer, the game is running smoothly at 60fps, and has incorporated some of the elements that has made Nintendo’s Smash Brothers series so successful, including signature attacks and general gameplay that seems to follow (or copy, depending on your outlook) the organised flow of action that made Melee and Brawl such a joy to play.
If words don’t do the trick, then you can view the game in action via the video below. Now, I shall put my hands together and hope that some of my all time favourite characters (*cough cough CLASSIC CRASH BANDICOOT*) also make it into the game. More news when Sony decided to release it…or it gets leaked.