The gameplay consists of players choosing their character (maximum of 4 players per match), and beating others up to win--but it’s not that simple.
Playstation All-Star’s battle system is combo-based, requiring players to chain effective attacks that build up their “AP Bar” and gaining a “Special.” Each Special has a first, second, and third stage, the power of each increase in respective order. The Specials are different in usefulness and uniqueness for each character. The only way you can add points to your score is by using these to knock other players out. Some may find that this method is tedious and annoying, but others find that this battle system requires a lot more skill than those with health bars since players need proper timing to effectively use their Special to achieve the most points.
This game features a venue of characters that come from a variety of famous Playstation games. Such characters range from Parappa the Rappa from “Parappa the Rappa,” Kratos from “God of War,” Dante from “Devil May Cry,” Spike from “Ape Escape,” and loads more. It was also announced that downloadable characters will be available for purchase and use in the future.
Many of the characters are diverse, each with a versatile set of skills and combo chains. This provides gamers with fresh choices. Despite the versatility, some characters are clearly more overpowered than others. For example, any character with a ranged attack will be able to sit themselves near the outskirts of the map and shoot other players and build up their Special, leaving other opponents helpless. It will be interesting to see how the game will be patched in order to fix that problem, if any patch will be made.
The maps in Playstation All-Stars are based on previous Playstation games that many of the characters play a role in. A problem with these maps are that they are large, and sometimes gamers with lose sight of their character due to how the camera must be zoomed out to show all characters in the map. However, the map layouts promote more action between players and are aesthetically pleasing.
Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale definitely separates itself from a lot of the fighting games that Playstation provides. People question the originality behind the idea, since Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros series has had a similar game style for over two decades. Regardless, Playstation All-Stars is fun in two senses: gameplay and nostalgic value. If you love beating people down and then finishing with flashy skills, and if you love the idea of seeing characters from throughout Playstation history doing the beat downs, then this game is for you.