The most fun game I played at E3 2012: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
- Posted June 13th, 2012 at 17:24 EDT by Don Oliveira
- 12 Comments
I feel the need to get this off my chest immediately: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is not a rip-off of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros., so please, please stop going off about that. Are they similar? Yes. Heck, is Sony totally going for the Smash Bros. vibe? Yes! But why is that a bad thing?
What game isn’t inspired by another game nowadays? Wasn’t Smash Bros. kind of like Power Stone? Aren’t Call of Duty and Battlefield the same game? Don’t you wish more superhero games were exactly like Batman: Arkham City? You buy and love these games, so please, lay off the “rip-off” comments. As far as I’m concerned, Nintendo dropped the ball with Smash Bros. Brawl, so that should make us all even more supportive of Sony and SuperBot to pick up right where Nintendo left off.
I played it on the show floor, I played it at Sony’s meeting room, I played it on the Vita, and I played it again upstairs at the VIP section of Sony’s massive PlayStation booth. I literally ran to an appointment--which I was late for--due to spending too much time playing Battle Royale. But what does this mean? Why does this matter? Well, because about two weeks ago, I was so skeptical that PlayStation All-Stars wouldn’t hit the right notes with me.
SuperBot Entertainment didn’t only prove me wrong; they managed to completely sell me on the game and make me wish I was playing it with my buddies right now.
I played a lot of great games during E3 2012 last week. Some of them were even my most anticipated games: Assassin’s Creed 3, Dust 514, Borderlands 2, and even The Unfinished Swan. But there was only one game that I literally had to walk away from because I was spending too much time playing it: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.
Which brings me back to my point: Super Smash Bros. was an awesome game, and no company has done that “genre” justice – or even successfully tried – since. When you played Smash Bros., didn’t you ask yourself: “why doesn’t every company do this? This is such an awesome idea.” Well now SuperBot steps up to the plate, shows the internet that it’s not only possible to capture that same fun and intensity that Smash Bros. did, but perhaps go a step further and build on it, and they immediately get criticized for “ripping off Nintendo”? Sorry – and mind my language – but that’s bullshit.
I’m a big Smash Bros. fan, trust me. Heck, I even bought my Wii the day Super Smash Bros. Brawl came out. And to be honest, that’s part of the reason why I was so skeptical towards PS All-Stars. I didn’t know if SuperBot could capture that competitive, skill-based action that pulled me into Smash Brothers. Initial trailers showed me that you couldn’t smash opponents off-stage, and there was no edge-guarding. I wondered if your opponents would have health bars instead, and that worried me.
Watch the video above if you would like a better understanding, but in order to win a round in All-Stars, you need to score more points than every other player by the end of a match. In order to score points, you must defeat other players by using your “supers” – which are essentially character-specific special attacks – on them. This is where things get really fun.
The brilliant part is that you’re constantly trying to land attacks to build you super meter – not wither down a health bar. Once you fill your super meter, you can pull off your level 1, 2, or 3 special moves, depending on how much meter you have saved up. This is the only way to “kill” enemies and score points, so you’ll want to make sure that when you hit R2 (to imitate your super attack), it counts.
I can’t tell you how much fun I was having watching some of these supers. When a player initiates a level 3 super, you get a full-on mid-fight cut-scene (think Super Street Fighter 4 “ultras”) before it unleashes chaos on your opponents. Level 3 supers are ... (continued on next page)
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- 9:49pm EDT - June 13th, 2012
Yeah, I don't play Call of Duty, as it ripped off Doom from back in the day...
...Wait, what are we talking about again?
- 10:12pm EDT - June 13th, 2012
Don's Metal Gear Online Article: MGO shutting down but no one gives a shyt.
Summary: The game wasn't good. And I should know because Im a fan of MGS. Ok maybe it was good but just didn't live up to its potential. Oh wait now I remember why it sucks, network issues, oh yeah Konami wasn't too good with its networks that why the game sucks.
Don's Playstation All Stars Article: Most fun game he played at E3
Summary: This game is not a rip off of Smash. So what if it copies most if not all the fighting mechanics of Smash Bros, that doesn't mean it ripped it off. Don't most good games copy others now? Who doesn't want to play carbon copies of successful games over and over if slight improvements are made? Smash Bros was starting to suck anyway. And I should know because Im a fan of Smash Bros. Ok maybe this game wont be the best game, actually maybe it wont be very good at all. Oh wait but I still had fun playing it a few times at e3.
Did anyone else feel his credibility just oozing out as they read all that?
PSgamer28 | breakend28
- 10:38pm EDT - June 13th, 2012
I agree with ya Don enough hate about games copying other games
Don Oliveira | Other_
- 10:45pm EDT - June 13th, 2012
Sorry to hear that you don't enjoy reading my articles, I definitely don't try to offend anyone while writing them. Battle Royale was a blast to pick up and play, but we all know that doesn't mean it'll be game of the year or anything.
The sad part is that most people don't care about Metal Gear Online shutting down because outside of a small, very hardcore community, it wasn't very popular -- mainly for the issues I mentioned.
Anyway, I'd be curious to hear what you actually think of Battle Royale since it's shaping up to be a hot PlayStation 3 / Vita game. Definitely a lot of fun to play if you had friends to play it with :)
- 8:30am EDT - June 14th, 2012
There's nothing wrong with games taking ideas from other games if they do it right. I kind of agree with Don, I didn't think this game looked too great before, tbh I don't think it will be anywhere near as good as Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but this article has kinda restored my faith in it. I'm still on the fence as to whether I'll get it, I just need to see a lot more good things come of this before I'm persuaded.
Also, regarding Metal Gear Online, I don't give a s*** either.
Drebin296 | Drebin296
- 10:41am EDT - June 14th, 2012
Somewhat embarrassing for a journalist to respond to criticism in such a manner.
The game looks kind of disappointing, but then again I haven't played it. I'm very interested in it, however. I hope there's a beta or demo somewhere along the line.
- 3:40pm EDT - June 14th, 2012
@ Drebin296 - I think an "embarrassing" way for a journalist to respond to criticism is by ignoring it. Everyone getting worked up about an OPINION LARGELY DERIVED FROM YOUR COMMUNITY is silly. It's an opinion. You guys stated you don't agree. Cool, that's what the internet is all about. Don is giving you his opinion on games he played. We want all of your opinions too, but we can all try to stay mature about it. Or, we can just call each other names--that can be fun, too :)
Drebin296 | Drebin296
- 6:43pm EDT - June 14th, 2012
I understand what you're saying, but he essentially just said "You have no friends haha loser"
It's kind of immature. Ignroing it would've been better I think. But, like you said, it's all about opinions I suppose.
I've nothing against Don, it's just a bit silly that he'd choose to insult one guy over one comment.
THEN AGAIN, he did insult his journalism, which would piss me off if it were me. I can't decide what i think anymore. Oh well. I love/hate the internet. Seems like people really got wound up about that MGO article, too, which is hilarious. I was a huge fan, and admittidly, I didn't like the article. BUT, AGAIN, it's just people's opinions.
Sorry. I'm very strongly opinionated too.
Don Oliveira | Other_
- 8:59pm EDT - June 14th, 2012
I didn't mean it that way. I guess I should have worded that slightly, but your interpretation is pretty funn, I must admit.
I simply meant: if you have a few friends in the same room with you, it's a fun game to play. Just like most multiplayer games are.
Drebin296 | Drebin296
- 9:29pm EDT - June 14th, 2012
Yeah...that makes sense too.
And I agree - anyone who disputes the fact that MP games are more fun with mates should just be shot for being an idiot.
Nice to know you weren't being a massive tool, too. Your articles are pretty notorious as of late. You're doing well
Don Oliveira | Other_
- 1:56am EDT - June 15th, 2012
That's nice to hear, thanks! And by the way, love the name; Drebin was awesome.
- 7:29pm EDT - June 15th, 2012
Lol Drebin, I knew what he meant which is why I didn't bother responding. He wasn't being offensive. Actually it was a very respectful response on his part. Though my opinion doesn't change, I will say I do respect Don.
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