Default Prime's Alex Carlson reviews Sony's character-laden crossover fighter: "This could’ve been a Playstation game, but All-Stars Battle Royale never takes that idea to heart."
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale cannot be analyzed without succumbing to comparison to Nintendo’s Super Smash Brothers series. It simply can’t. From its design to its controls to its source-material mixture, pointing fingers to the Smash Brothers series is the default reaction from the gaming circuit. But while it shares conceptual and design-based features with Nintendo’s fighting game beast, Playstation All-Stars is not Super Smash Brothers. Superbot has managed to add some creative spins on the formula set into motion by Nintendo, separating it from being a “clone.” However, it’s those differences that tend to damage the quality of what could have been. Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale takes risks, but really: should it have?