I’ve not begrudged Sony and Superbot for pretty much straight out copying Super Smash Bros for their own PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. My argument is that it really doesn’t matter if it ends up being really fun. It’s out now in the US – and judging by reviews for the cross-compatible PS3 and Vita brawler, it is indeed fun.
Here’s what the (mostly!) pretty high scores say:
- IGN – 8 (both)
- Videogamer – 6 (PS3)
- Push Square – 9 (PS3)
- PlayStation Lifestyle – 8.5 (Vita)
- PlayStation Lifestyle – 8 (PS3)
- The Sixth Axis – 9 (Both)
- The Escapist – 4/5 (PS3)
- CVG – 6.8 (PS3)
- PlayStation Universe – 9 (PS3)
- Eurogamer – 7 (PS3)
- Game Revolution – 8 (PS3)
- GameTrailers – 7.3 (PS3)
- GodisaGeek – 7 (PS3)
- OPM – 6 (PS3)
- Destructoid – 9 (PS3)
- Game Informer – 7.5 (PS3)
- GamesRadar – 7 (PS3)
It seems to be just the thing for loyal fans of Sony’s (relatively) long gaming history. "It’s a complete package with a few flaws, but ultimately a brilliant purchase for both PlayStation and fighting fans," says The Sixth Axis.
Eurogamer, a little more stolid, calls it "An enjoyable, workable [Super Smash Bros. Brawl] clone – and a surprisingly un-cynical one – but lacking the raw ingredients to truly replicate Nintendo’s success in this niche."
IGN says that "PlayStation All-Stars is flawed, but fun. Every fan of the PlayStation brand should give it a go."
Remember, buying the game for PS3 gives you a code to download the Vita version for free – and allows cross-play between both titles, which is pretty damned awesome. The game will be available locally on November 30.