Sony's Smash Bros wannabe: What went wrong for PlayStation All-Stars?

Ninemsn games writes: It seemed like the right thing to do: gather the best characters PlayStation has to offer — and there are plenty of worthwhile brawlers among the group — and build a fighting game befitting of the same competitive jousting seen in Nintendo's iconic Smash Bros franchise. Yet, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale never reached the heights of the Mario-led Smash Bros.

It was always going to be an uphill battle for Sony's little brawler that could, and with news that downloadable content would no longer be released for the game, the game's small — sometimes vocal — community may have little incentive to stick around.

So what went wrong for PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale?

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crxss1873d ago

if they copied smash brothers more it'd be totally fine.

crillinFLIP3371873d ago

personally I liked their unique approach to fighting. I just wish it had more depth to it. Story mode was good just for trophies and fighting online is only fun for so long. Would have loved if they had level editors so people could build and post custom arenas

ShinMaster1873d ago

I played it with friends. It was pretty fun.

Although I can see how people would dislike it if played solo.

Also, I think articles with titles like this and claims of it being either too much like SSB or not enough like SSB might have something to do with it.

Xer0_SiN1873d ago

i guess selling over a million copies is wrong these days.

Knushwood Butt1873d ago

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Nik_P7571873d ago

They didn't knock it out the park with there first attempt but it is an enjoyable game and a good base to improve from if they decide to give it another shot. It has a lot of potential.

Zodiac1873d ago

Titles like these certainly did not help it's reputation.

Hicken1873d ago

Yea, it's hard to be successful when you get slammed for being like something, and slammed for NOT being like that same thing.

GameCents1873d ago

A great game rises above those sorts of silly criticisms.
Take Saint's Row for instance, cast under GTA's shadow but carved out its own path to success despite the comparisons.

AngelicIceDiamond1873d ago (Edited 1873d ago )

@GameCents yeah but THQ did have a recognizable franchise that eventually wasn't GTA's Shadow. Saints Row focused on Gang life and respect and Saint fans understood that.

I hated the direction change in 4. Its like they gave up and focused on the crowd of 12 year olds. There was a difference in GTA and Saints.

GTA focused on you making it in a big city, and making a name for yourself. Saints is making a name for you and your gang.

There's no way I'm playing that trash heap they call "Saints Row 4" until they refocus on what its suppose to be about.

As for PSAS, this game had a good premise that just fell short. Not because its a "clone" of an original premise.

nigelp5201873d ago

Great game but here are my flaws

-Lack of Hidden Characters/stages/modes
-Weak Story mode
-Lack of variety in gameplay modes
-Lack of balance
-Not many items
-all characters should of had stages

Whymii1873d ago

I'm sure you have your good points too.

nigelp5201872d ago

Good things about the game

-Acknowledges Polygon Man. Original Ps mascot
-Fun gameplay
-Crossover stages are a great idea
-Cross buy was sweet
-I actually dig the special moves
-Forgotten ps1 characters and even that cat toko i think is a neat touch to have

Whymii1872d ago

That's better, I knew you would find the good in yourself if you stopped looking at the negative.

MiasmaDodo1873d ago

No Crash, Laura, Snake, Croc, Spyro....

kinda a big deal breaker for some.

Minato-Namikaze1873d ago

3rd party characters are hard to get. You're at the mercy of the IP holder.

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