Good evening all, we have a review of the new Playstation All Stars: Battle Royale for you today. The game is developed and published by Sony and is almost like a Smash Bros. type game, featuring the most famous characters from Sony’s first-party franchises, along with some third-party characters. Read on for our opinions…

The game is a fighting game which focuses on the battle between some of Sony’s most iconic mascots including Kratos, Sackboy, Cole, Drake, Ratchet, Jak, Sly Cooper, Fat Princess and many, many more. Also included is Big Daddy from Bioshock which is a welcome addition to the family! Each character has an amazing amount of depth, with different colour costumes custom built for each character… the glowing red Kratos armour looks very cool indeed!

Each character also has their own unique set of moves and combos, along with super moves which become charged from attacks by your character. The game is played out over some iconic game areas from the different areas; Metropolis from Ratchet and Clank, a level from LittleBigPlanet, one of the crazy worlds from Loco-Roco and other locations are included, each uniquely themed.

The game has a different method to other fighting games. The aforementioned super attacks are the only way to kill enemies and increase your score, the other methods of fighting only allow the charging of these attacks. This takes a while to get used to, but, it’s a different way to play and I applaud Sony for being innovative with the formula.

There is a short campaign mode, a local versus mode and an online tournament mode in which players on both the PS3 and Vita can compete with eachother. One of the nice things about the game is that the Vita version is EXACTLY alike it’s PS3 counterpart, nothing had to be changed to accommodate the fact it is a handheld – it was powerful enough to run the PS3 version.

The Vita version even has improved visuals from my analysis, with colours and textures looking much more vivid, obviously due to the fantastic screen present on the device. I’m not a huge fan of the UI, it looks rushed and is too basic and old-fashioned in appearance. I do not like it at all.

Overall though, Battle Royale is a very enjoyable game for a few people together, however, if you don’t play on playing it online or by the even better mode, locally, then do not get this title. Otherwise, it represents great value considering the PS3 version contains the Vita version free of charge.

Pickup your copy of All Stars on PS3 in retailers today with a free copy of the PS Vita version included. This is also available through the Playstation Store. Here are the final scores: