This supercharged showdown is a celebration of the stars and games that made PlayStation a household name. Not only can you play as your favourite hero, villain or mascot – you also get to duke it out in some famous PlayStation settings. Each battle arena is a visual mash-up of two well-known games: LittleBigPlanet mixed with Buzz!, for example, or God of War partnered with Patapon.
You probably thought you’d never see the day when a hulking Big Daddy stomped on a cute little Sackboy, or a Fat Princess flattened a Helghast commander in full body armour. It’s this unique blend of action and comedy, shaking up different genres and art styles, that makes PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale so fresh and fun to play. Every character has a backstory, revealed in short cutscenes as you rise through the ranks, reminding you who these combatants are and what they’re fighting for.
Every character sounds great, too – from Heihachi’s growling as he dishes out the karate, to Daxter’s cheeky taunts and Raiden’s deadpan put-downs. And as for the accompanying soundtrack – let’s just say you’ll recognise a few tunes from the likes of PaRappa the Rapper, LocoRoco and LittleBigPlanet.