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PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
It ain't no smash, bro, but it'll do
by Mike Rose 20/11/2012
Product: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
Developer: SuperBot Entertainment
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Format: PS Vita
Genre: Fighting
Players: 1-4
Version: Europe
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A warning: I will be mentioning Nintendo's Smash Bros series at least once during this review.

That's not because I'm looking to stir up bile from PlayStation gamers, but rather because PS All-Stars Battle Royale is hugely inspired by the Nintendo classic. Sony even admitted as much in the briefing notes it sent out to journalists recently.

And let's be honest - it's a wise move. Huge portions of PS All-Stars Battle Royale, from the general battling to the loose Arcade mode, are based firmly on its Nintendo counterpart.

However, PS All-Stars Battle Royale also brings some new ideas to the table that distinguish it as a separate game. Unfortunately, it messes around with the formula in negative ways as well, resulting in an experience that's great, but not essential. ...
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PS All-Stars Battle Royale plays around with the Smash Bros formula, and comes away with a multiplayer experience that's enjoyable, but not essential
Audio/visual: 7
Gameplay: 7
Value: 7
Innovation: 6
Overall: 7
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