The rumours have been circulating for months and finally Sony has revealed its Smash Bros clone which is titled PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. The game is being developed by Super Bot and is exclusive to the PlayStation 3. The game is due to be released sometime later this year. Here’s a nice little round-up of the details which have been provided so far:
- Smash bros gameplay confirmed
- 60 FPS confirmed
- multiplayer with options
- 3rd party characters are in
- 3 layers of super for each character, the Bars represent your “Super meter”
- Mash Up Stages featuring elements from multiple fanchies, like God of War/ Patapon, Ratchet and Clank/ with God of War elements.
- The aura glow around the characters signifies that your Super meter is full. It is not always present.
- You can use D-pad or Analog to move around
- First Party: Parappa the Rapper: Parappa is small and fast; a short-range melee character. His moves come right out of Chop Chop Master Onion’s kung-fu dojo, though you’ll have to be right up on your opponents to connect with most of them. One of his most useful moves is also pretty funny: he brings out his Boxy Boy boom box (it arrives with the classic “Aw yeah!” hip-hop sample) to the play field, where it spews AP bubbles that can be picked up to charge super meters. Smart players were using the boom box to level up and use Parappa’s skateboard super, which dashes through and knocks out anyone in sight. It’s a total dick move, but it works, and wins matches.
- Radec: Killzone character Radec isn’t as cute as our favorite dog rapper, but he makes up for it with badassness. He’s quite the opposite of Parappa, working best as a long-distance attacker, with projectiles and lasers that easily land hits on the opposite side of the play field. His level one super gives the player a reticule that can be placed over any character to direct a large-scale fire attack.
- Sweet Tooth: Those wanting to play as a strong bully will want to choose Twisted Metal’s scary clown hero. He’s huge and all about space control, with attacks that can send you flying. Up close he hits really hard, so stay away if you can. I loved using him to shoulder check enemies to send flying across the screen. His level three special is flashy, bringing fire and parts flying out of the sky to his body to turn him into Mechatooth, armed with a machine gun that will easily mow all opponents down.
- Fat Princess: No one picked the big girl in the first rounds, but I found that she was one of my favorites after trying her out. I fell in love after seeing her match opening animation, which has her instantly plumping up after downing a piece of cake. Princess has swinging mid-range attacks that are fast and reliable, and they provide good defense, as a lot of jumping and blind swinging can take place. She’s surprisingly agile and has lots of power.
- Sly Cooper: Sly is unique in that he has no defense at all. Instead, and true to his character, he can turn invisible by hitting the block button. This makes him quite a bit more sneaky, as he can get behind opponents to use his special moves in close range. His normal attacks glide him from platform to platform, and he can fly/attack diagonally, making him great at recovery.
- Kratos: Anyone that has enjoyed any of the God of War games will feel right at home with Kratos, as he plays exactly the same in All-Stars. He’s the best all-rounder of the initial line-up, with a mix of both ranged and close quarters moves. His spin attacks take up huge space, and his spear-based pokes will push you back. He’s a beast.
- Third Party Characters have been confirmed, but none have been revealed yet. Pulling from 2 decades of material, so chances are good for some PS1, and PS2 characters.