HANDS ON – PLAYSTATION ALL-STARS BATTLE ROYALE
When PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale was first announced, fans were excited, but also somewhat skeptical. Could Sony create a title that was as impressive and lasting as the Smash titles they were trying to emulate? A recent trip to Best Buy allowed Flydrs to get a first-hand experience of the game. Here are the key takeaways.
Matches in Battle Royale tend to play pretty quickly. Even playing as the slow character Big Daddy, action was fast and furious. Controls were smooth and fluid, and moves easy to preform but difficult to master from a timing perspective. Even playing against CPU characters, the fluidity and general pace of the game lends to an addictive, “one more game,” atmosphere. Throw in local and online multiplayer, and you have the makings of a game with tremendous replay value.
Interactive Level Design
One of the most noticeable aspects to the game was the interactive level design. Playing on the Hades level, it was interesting to see how the world adapted and changed throughout the battle. Hades was a menacing figure in the background, and used his Claws of Hades throughout the match, effectively altering the battlefield. While my character wasn’t hit with one of these strikes, it’s pretty obvious the effects wouldn’t have been positive. On top of Hades smashing and crashing the landscape, there were times when other weapons from the God of War series would appear. At one point, my Big Daddy character was wielding a weapon that resembled (or perhaps was) the Spear of Destiny. Other characters could also pick up these weapons. This degree of interaction with the levels is especially intriguing, and adds to the complexity of each arena.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is exceptional from a visual perspective. From the combatants themselves, to the level design, the graphics are impressive. Make no mistake, this is no Uncharted 3, but for the type of game, the visuals are very impressive. Coupled with solid gameplay and controls, a wide-array of playable characters, and the nostalgia from seeing your classic PlayStation heroes, Battle Royale is shaping up to be an awesome game and should be considered a Day 1 purchase.
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