A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is a fighting game. It's a cartoon-like brawler that lets up to four people use melee and range attacks to inflict damage on each other, until there's an official winner. Players can use fists and feet, swords, guns, magic blasts, and explosives. The game also has crude humor -- a flatulent bear that emits green gas out of its rear-end -- and partially exposed buttocks can be seen on a male and female fighter. There is occasional mild profanity.
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What's it about?
Created for both PlayStation 3 (PS3) and PlayStation Vita (PSVita), PLAYSTATION ALL-STARS BATTLE ROYALE is a "brawler"-style fighting game starring more than 20 video game protagonists that have appeared on PlayStation over the past 18 years. More than 20 characters are available to start, be it Sony’s own heroes -– such as Uncharted’s Nathan Drake, God of War's Kratos, LittleBigPlanet's Sackboy and Twisted Metal’s Sweet Tooth –- as well as characters from non-Sony games. Up to four players can enter into battle, choose their desired fighter (each with unique fighting moves), and fight to the finish. Along with the single-player story campaign, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale offers multiple multiplayer modes, team battles, and tournaments, including 14 "mash-up" arenas that fold in visuals and music from various PlayStation games.
Is it any good?
Yes, for the most part. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is fun, frenetic, and offers a number of characters, battle areas, and modes to keep things fresh for a long while. One of the more talked-about features is PlayStation's Cross-Play, which lets PS3 players fight online against PSVita owners over the PlayStation Network. Plus, those who purchase PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale on PS3 can download the digital PSVita version for free. Sony plans to release more content, including downloadable characters, costumes, and environments. But while the game is a blast when playing with friends, be forewarned there's quite a learning curve to master the controls -- Sony could've made the game more accessible. Visually, the game is strong -- except for the menu screens, which look terribly pixelated and low-resolution. Overall, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is a good but not great multiplayer brawler for both the PS3 and PSVita.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the ability to play this game against others on one of two machines: PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita. Is this cross-platform support a cool idea? Should other game companies allow for this?
Families can also discuss the impact of media violence. When the violence is cartoony, is there less of an impact?
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information
Self-Direction: identifying strengths and weaknesses
- Price: $59.99 (PS3), $39.99 (PSVita)
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
- Release date: November 20, 2012
- Genre: Fighting
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Sports and Martial Arts, Superheroes, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Robots, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: T for Crude Humor, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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