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August 21 2012
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale
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4-player action in Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale.
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Action in the PaRappa stage.

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Battle Royale has an epic character list.
Any video game company keeps an eye on competitors, not least of which because anything they do can be a measure of demand and, ultimately, success. There's no doubt that Sony have had a keen eye on Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. games as the three games in Nintendo's brawler franchise have now surpassed 23 million units in sales with the last, Super Smash Bros. Brawl on Nintendo Wii, shifting almost have of that total alone. In October Sony, through developers Superbot, will unleash their party brawler PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Will it be a hit?

There isn't much of a story in this game, this is pretty much an all-out brawler for up to 4-players in a stage simultaneously. Stages are based on many different games including the Ratchet & Clank, God of War, Jak & Daxter, Hot Shots Golf, LittleBigPlanet, Buzz!, Patapon, PaRappa the Rappa and Killzone and possibly some others. Each of the stages will also include various items and power-ups while each of the characters also have three levels of special attack which is determined by a meter that fills up depending on performance.

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The wonderful looking God of War stage.
When you're creating a game proclaiming itself to be "All Stars" you need to ensure a good line-up of characters and Sony are delivering the goods here. Confirmed for inclusion in the title are; Cole MacGrath (inFamous), Jak and Daxter (Jak & Daxter), Heihachi Jishima (Tekken), Toro Inoue (Japanese Sony Cat), Kratos (God of War), PaRappa (PaRappa the Rappa), Fat Princess (Fat Princess), Colonel Radec (Killzone), Big Daddy (Bioshock), Nathan Drake (Uncharted), Sweet Tooth (Twisted Metal) and Sly Cooper (Sly Cooper).

That's an impressive 12 characters that include some non-Sony properties however, as per a recent leak of further information from files in the Beta, other characters expected to be announced include Evil Cole (inFamous), Dante (Devil May Cry), Raiden (Metal Gear Solid), Nariko (Heavenly Sword), Ratchet (Ratchet & Clank), Sackboy (LittleBigPlanet) and Spike (Ape Escape). This leak was confirmed to be real, however Superbot have emphasised that this may not reflect the final product.

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Even Sackboy is getting into the action!
As yet Sony have not commented on the possibility of future DLC but we think it's pretty much a certainty. If not new levels or characters then we expect there will be new costumes and perhaps game modes available. We do expect online leaderboards and of course post-release support should be pretty high given the amount of online gameplay.

One very exciting aspect to this game is that PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will be cross-platform compatible which will allow up to 4-players to face off against each other from either a PlayStation 3 or PSVita. Sony is dubbing this Cross-play and from what we've seen it works superbly too.

With great visuals, exciting audio and great gameplay we expect this game to be a big seller for Sony, perhaps even a console shifter and it looks like a game that will entertain both young and old. Expect a release in late November.

Here's a trailer for the game which gives a pretty good impression of what to expect.