It looks like the rumors were true. Sony’s PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale exists, and is in fact a Super Smash Bros.-seque crossover fighting game. Enough talk though, here it is in action:
Developed by brand-new SuperBot Entertainment, Battle Royale is clearly inspired by Smash Bros., but also has its own twist on the party brawler. First of all, there are no traditional health meters. Attacking your opponents grants you AP, which can be used on “Super Moves” that destroy opponents. Every destroyed enemy scores you a point, and whoever has the most points when time runs out is the winner.
The similarities to Nintendo’s crossover fighter are numerous though. Items drop into the fray, allowing you to drain your opponents AP, similar to the Brave Attacks of Dissidia Final Fantasy. Stages feature hazards, but appear to be far more dynamic. For instance, the God of War level, Hades, is invaded by Patapon soldiers during the match, eventually changing the danger from purple chains to spears. Button input is reportedly nearly identical to Smash Bros., with directional input changing basic button presses. You can go here to see some exclusive footage of the game in action.
Currently, the confirmed characters include Colonel Radec (Killzone), Kratos (God of War), Parappa the Rapper, Sly Cooper, Fat Princess, and “Sweet Tooth” (Twisted Metal). I use quotations around the latter because that seems to be the name he will go by in the game, despite it actually being the name of the ice cream truck he drives. Confirmed stages include “Hades (God of War), Sandover Village (Jak & Daxter), Dreamscape (LittleBigPlanet), and Metropolis (Ratchet & Clank).”
I think we can all agree that PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale is a terrible, unwieldy name, but the game actually looks fun. Sure, you can look at it as a rip-off, but is that really fair? Not every tournament-style fighter is a rip-off of Street Fighter, right? I guess it just depends if you’re ready to accept “Crossover Brawler” as its own genre. Personally, I am, as long as there’s at least one Legend of Dragoon character included.