When Sony first announced PASBR I thought, "Oh great, a Smash Bros clone", but I still decided I would at least give it a try once it released. I'll admit that when I received the beta access through PS+ I wasn't impressed by the tutorial, because I felt like the game seemed dated in spite of not being released yet. My opinion changed once I received the game from Gamefly.
Like Smash Bros games, single player experiences can seem monotonous after an hour, but there is nothing to compare to the multiplayer experience (LAN) --- Four friends sitting in a room using crazy rules just for fun. Here's some pros and cons.
+A well thought out progression model for each character.
+Great four player action.
+Awesome level designs.
-Single player can become boring within an hour or two.
-All characters are unlocked from the very beginning leaving no incentive for beating the game.
-Some characters' special moves seem unbalanced at times.
-There is no variety in the specials besides the 3 levels of damage. What I mean is that every level 3 special from Sweet Tooth is him becoming a transformer --- This gets boring within the first few times you use it.
Overall I thought the game was a great Smash Bros style game with a few great additions and a few shortcomings. I hope that if nothing else, this game makes Nintendo rethink their next Smash Bros title, because they are starting to get stale.
posted by quizzworth (LIBERTYVILLE, IL) Jan 12, 2013
Member since Jan 2013
I rented this game hoping playing without the online pass would be ok, it wasn't. It definitely has some Smash Bros to it, from the gameplay to the end boss. But the learning curve is a bit higher as each player really has its own set of moves and skills to learn. I don't suggest renting this unless you have friends to come over and play because without online it gets a bit repetitive at times. Fun for a bit but the online pass makes it worth the purchase not the rental.