PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Common Sense Media says

Cross-platform brawler stars hodgepodge of game characters.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

No positive messages. This is a fighting game where you're encouraged to fight until there's a victor, using whatever tactics necessary to defeat opponents. 

Positive role models

Because this is a straightforward fighting game, there aren't positive role models. You can play as 20 different video game characters, many of which are good guys -- like Nathan Drake, Sackboy, Ratchet, and Sly Cooper -- but some are not so good, like Sweet Tooth and Kratos.

 

Ease of play

The game has a steep learning curve, so it will take some hands-on time with the game to get the hang of it. It might be worth practicing before you go online to challenge live opponents.

Violence

While cartoon-like in nature, and without any blood or gore, this is a fighting game -- therefore violence is the main gameplay element. Players can punch, kick, shoot, slash, and explode opponents to win matches. In some stages, players can temporarily assume a realistic first-person view to fire weapons.

Sex

Both a male and female character in the game show partial buttocks at one point in the game -- the male is during battles and the female is during a brief cut-scene sequence.

Language

Players will hear the use of "hell" and "bastard."

Consumerism

The game stars many PlayStation protagonists and villains from past games, and also has visuals (backgrounds) and music from the previous games, too. Most are from games published by Sony but there are also characters from third-party games, too.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Creates privacy and safety concerns. Gamers can chat between one another when playing an online game, and because the conversations are un-moderated, parents should know kids might hear inappropriate language and/or personal questions.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • identifying strengths and weaknesses

Collaboration

  • teamwork

What Kids Can Learn

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • identifying strengths and weaknesses

Collaboration

  • teamwork

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
Price:$59.99 (PS3), $39.99 (PSVita)
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:November 20, 2012
Genre:Fighting
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, 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 (PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita)

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Kid, 12 years old December 9, 2012
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10
QUALITY
 

violence

its a little violent but i think 10+
Kid, 8 years old January 15, 2013
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7
QUALITY
 

Epic! But it should not be rated teen.

I say this is 7 and up. I know it is rated T for Crude humor, Mild language, Mild suggestive themes and violence. Well, it does have strong and intense cartoon violence but i dosen't have anything else than that. My rating for it would be rated E10+ for Violence and Mild suggestive themes.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old November 27, 2012
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9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Awsome game

Yes you can chat with people in the world wide fighting but for swearing and that duh just turn of the volume If you have super smash brothers brawl you can play this

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