posted by pswilliams986 (ROCKY POINT, NC) Nov 27, 2012
Member since Oct 2011
gamers (77%) found this review helpful
It gets many things right that Smash Bros. fails at. At the same time it fails at many things that Smash Bros. gets right. Its so mixed that I can't decide which I like better. Most of the opinions you're probably hearing as to which one is better are probably biased... All-Stars and Smash Bros are extremely close in quality. Using supers to rack up kills works surprisingly well and adds strategy to the game. The combo system is very deep and is well worth learning. The story mode is lacking and is actually just a typical arcade mode for each character like the ones found in Street Fighter and Marvel vs Capcom. It would have been nice to see an assembling of the Playstation mascots with an abundance of cutscenes showing how they interact like the Subspace Emissary in Smash Bros. The limp, 30-second cutscenes we get make the game seem like it was made on a strict budget. The budget also harmed this game in the way of its roster. Super Bot wanted to get characters like Crash Bandicoot, among others, but couldn't accomplish that because of the price. We endup with only twenty characters, two of which are the same character in different forms. Hopefully the game will get a sequel with a bigger budget. That could end up being the start of an extremely well-received franchise. The good in this game is pretty much the gameplay itself. Unlike Smash Bros, it has online multiplayer that actually works. And its one of the best multiplayer experiences I've ever had. The core gameplay is extremely addicting, especially when you're trying to experiment with a character's combos. A bigger budget with more characters and an actual story mode would have made this game an easy 10/10.
The Best Crossover/Fighter Game I Have Ever Played
posted by ilawson94 (EAST BETHANY, NY) Dec 31, 2012
Member since Nov 2012
gamers (75%) found this review helpful
Ok folks, let me clear this up. Yes this game was inspired by Super Smash Brothers, no doubt about it, but this game right here is in my mind better than any of the Super Smash Brothers games period. Here are my reasons as to why this is.
1. Super Moves Are The Only Ways To Kill Opponents
As sweet as the thought of straight up trashing your opponents is, all too often my opponents in SSB would just spam a single radial or otherwise powerful move until it killed you. Here you can do that all you want, but it will bring you no closer to winning (aside from charging your Super Move meter).
2. Incredible Roster of Characters
Any SSB game I have played has by and large the same roster of characters over and over again and very few I can take seriously. Here you can have Nathan Drake, Cole Macgrath, Sweet Tooth, and Kratos in the same arena duking it out. I dare you to tell me that doesn't sound awesome. Granted there are a few silly fighters here too but the sheer awesomeness of the others largely overshadow it.
3. Awesome Soundtrack/Arenas
Tons of arenas with ever changing environments and characters make this game so much more enjoyable. The opening sequence alone for the game was making me cry nerd tears inside just watching it. My favorite arena is the Metropolis world that suddenly explodes with God of War creatures. Too awesome!
If I had any solitary issue with the game it is with only that there is very limited direct character interaction outside the brawling. There are one on one rival battles with each story that feature a brief exchange between the two characters involved but outside of that there is very little play on the individual characters personalities. This game would have gotten a perfect 10 from me otherwise.
Highly recommend this game to anyone who had or has played any of these franchises.
I actually wasn't expecting to like this too much, especially after not being very impressed with the beta. BUT, this is a fantastic game.
Obviously, everyone wants to compare this to Super Smash Bros. and rightfully so. In that comparison there's one major issue I had with PSA, and that's the lack of falling off of levels, and the buildup of damage. But, you can't approach PSA that way. Just because it has a different scoring method, doesn't make the game flawed by any means. You can't go into Baseball game and complain that it's not enough like Football because that's what you're used to. It's its own game, and what it does, it does fairly well.
The game is as balanced as you can probably get. People will say that Kratos and maybe others are too powerful, or not powerful enough, but in my experience, you can pick up and play as anyone in the game, and do just fine, capitalizing on each of their strengths once you really get used to them.
I really like the choice/mix of levels, although I wish there were more. Alternate costumes are pretty interesting, especially the few that are mashups (Sweet Tooth as an Outcast from Starhawk, Evil Cole in Drakes attire)
And here's a few other things to remember... with a game like this, let's face it: We asked for it. We wanted a SSB version of Playstation and we have it. And it's fun. There's simply nothing to complain about. The other thing, is that with ANY GAME like this, is there will always be a character or two, however obscure that people will whine about not being in the game.
Personally, I think Crash Bandicoot, Lara Croft, Snake and anyone from Final Fantasy should have had an appearance.
But, that's what DLC is for, and I hope there's a TON of it!
The story actually could have been good. But it never reaches it's potential. The Final Boss is lame.