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Game Reviewed: Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: SuperBot Entertainment
Reviewer: Paul Stewart
Platform: PS3, PS Vita
Category: Fighting
ESRB Rating: T
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Game Description:

Back in 1999, Nintendo came out with Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64, which became a smash hit in stores everywhere. In 2008, Super Smash Bros. Brawl came out for the Nintendo Wii, and like its predecessor, sold like hot cakes. Seeing how popular the games were becoming with the public, Nintendo’s competitor, Sony Computer Entertainment, decided to come out with their own version of Super Smash Bros., featuring characters exclusively for Playstation (although some of the franchises included like Metal Gear, Dead Space, Bioshock, and Devil May Cry are available for Xbox 360 and PC too).

Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale is a hodgepodge of Playstation characters pitted against each other to acquire some strange power that will help or harm their worlds. Ever wanted to pit Jak from Jak and Daxter against Ratchet from Ratchet and Clank? Now you can, and more! Enter the game where worlds collide.

Warning Spoilers Ahead:

What Parents Need to Know

Violence:

Violence is cartoonish but limited to punches, kicks, shooting, slashing, and explosions. Some characters like Radec, Kratos, Raiden, Sweet Tooth, etc. have special moves that are violent in nature, albeit devoid of blood and gore. For instance, Raiden can grab an opponent and remove AP as if he were ripping his spine out. Sweet Tooth uses a huge sword and can taunt "Prepare to bleed" at the beginning of a match. Some characters can temporarily switch to first-person mode as a finishing move.

Language:
Depends on the character you play or encounter. Mostly infrequent mild profanities like 'hell', 'bastard' and 'p**s'.

Sexual Content:
Nariko from Heavenly Sword bares midriff, cleavage and leg, depending on her outfit.

One of Heihachi's outfits bares his butt a little.

Spirituality:
Spoiler Warning!
The main antagonist and final boss in every solo campaign is Polygon Man, who controls this special force called All-Star power, which is used by the fighters to power up finishing combos. At the end of each campaign, the character you played absorbs that power and uses it for his/her own personal mission in their own world. (End Spoilers)

Nariko wields a sword with magical powers, Sir Daniel is a resurrected skeleton, Kratos, Hades, and Zeus are Greek gods, and Dante is half angel/half demon whose main objective is to fight demons. He usually taunts his foes by saying "Hell awaits!"

One of the levels takes place in Hades, featuring a giant with a flaming helmet.

Miscellaneous:
Some of the games characters like Kratos, Radec, Sweet Tooth, Heihachi, and Evil Cole McGrath are pretty evil in nature, though many characters in this game like Nathan Drake, Sly Cooper, Cole McGrath (good side), and Jak are heroic in nature.

Heihachi's finishing move features a bear who uses flatulence to defeat his opponents. Jak's orange Ottsel companion, Daxter, is pretty annoying with his taunts.

It is possible to play with other players online, though I don’t think chatting is enabled.

A Child’s Perspective:
Despite the T-rating, this game should be pretty okay with kids 10 years old and up. However, half of the game's characters and stages come from M-rated games like Killzone, God of War, Dead Space, Devil May Cry, Metal Gear, Resistance, Bioshock, and Twisted Metal. Radec is one of my favorite fighters, but I found myself getting the Killzone Trilogy after playing him for a while.

Don't be surprised if your child starts to ask for some of the games featuring these characters, but please explain to them why they are rated M. Some of the characters come from games like Sly Cooper (my favorite), Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter, LittleBigPlanet, Ape Escape, and Medievil, which are fairly family-friendly and might be better alternatives for your child if you want them to avoid the M-rated games.

Reviewers Thoughts:
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale has got to be one of the most entertaining (and addictive) brawling games I’ve ever played next to Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The gameplay is well designed and each character is done remarkably well. My favorite characters included Radec (Killzone), Sir Daniel (Medievil), and Cole McGrath (inFAMOUS). I also liked how each character’s individual storyline intertwined with the game’s.

If you are looking for a great fighting game for PS3 for the family, Playstation All-Stars is probably the game for you. However, if you find your child wanting to play a game like Twisted Metal because they’ve been playing Sweet Tooth, please respect its M-rating.



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