One giant playstation party.
You would imagine that when you took the most famous characters from the great playstation universe and put them in a fighting game, the results would be marvelous. After all, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo is about as much fun as you can have with friends gaming together. So does Playstation All-Stars live up to its rival? No…not really.
I have a number of problems with this game, first off, the roster is small. Only 20 characters? Come on. There are numerous famous playstation mascots that were missing from this game. No Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Solid Snake, No resident evil characters, no silent hill characters, Lara Croft, and no Gabriel Logan. Those are just some missing characters off the top of my head that I was disappointed in not having.
The levels were designed well, they transform during the middle of the battle into another world from the playstation universe. Much like Super Smash Bros, there are items and weapons to get during the fight. Unlike Super Smash Bros, they are forgettable.
The main roster includes:
Big Daddy – BioShock
Cole MacGrath both evil and good – Infamous
Colonel Radec – Killzone
Dante – Devil May Cry
Fat Princess – Fat Princess
Heihachi Mishima – Tekken
Jak and Daxter – Jak and Daxter
Kratos – God of War
Nariko – Heavenly Sword
Nathan Drake – Uncharted
PaRappa – PaRappa the Rapper
Raiden – Metal Gear Solid
Ratchet and Clank – Ratchet and Clank
Sackboy – Little Big Planet
Sir Daniel Fortesque – MediEvil
Sly Cooper – Sly Cooper
Spike – Ape Escape
Sweet Tooth – Twisted Metal
Toro Inoue – Some weird Japanese Game
Now it makes sense that Kratos is on the front cover, he is by far the strongest character in the game. Which is another complaint I have. Kratos, Raiden and Cole MacGrath dominate while Toro, Sackboy and PaRappa are almost useless. I know Playstation All-Stars didn’t want to completely copy Smash Bros. and they tried to be different. In a few ways they did. Instead of being able to force your enemy off screen or knock them off a ledge, it’s impossible to knock anyone off ledges in most levels. I believe there are two where it’s possible but extremely rare. That took a lot of the fun out of it right away. Instead of sending your friends flying, you now must destroy them. You do that by fighting in combat and earning up points that charge your meter. The meter has three levels and once it reaches any of them, you can try and land a kill move. Obviously, level one kill move is weaker than a level three kill move so I usually try and wait for a level two or three meter. The cool this is each character has three separate and unique kill moves that tailor to their personality. I enjoyed that concept of the game. A level three kill move targets almost all opponents on screen so you can get three kills immediately which is usually needed to win the match. A level one kill move targets one opponent, and a level two is somewhere in between.
Another annoyance I had was the cut scenes. I’m a big sucker for story lines and cut scenes and this game had almost zero. Each time a “cut scene” happened it was a drawing with the character voicing over his lines. It looked cheap. It did not “wow” me in any sort of way.
The game solely focuses on gameplay which to be honest is good, but not great. If you don’t know what you are doing, good luck. My friends and I would play this with different characters to try and figure out who fought well against who, but in the end it just didn’t keep our attention. I need some type of story, I need cut scenes if all I’m doing is fighting random characters.
With such a big release, that would rival Super Smash Bros. I thought Playstation would put more effort into it. More characters, bigger levels, the game felt rushed to get developed. In the future, if they create a Playstation All-Stars 2 I hope that they take the time to get things right. This game and concept has major potential, but it didn’t nail it the first time.
It’s fun for an hour with some friends every once in a while, but you will have to buckle down if you intend to beat the game with every character on the roster, I know it was a challenge for me. I give it a 6.5/10.