The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES - JOE GRIF­FIN

7 cert, Sony, PS3 (also PS Vita) PlayS­ta­tion All-Stars Bat­tle Royale feels like a fevered dream. Star­ring a host of fa­mil­iar faces from the Sony uni­verse and be­yond, it’s an ar­cade-style beat-’em-up hopped up on sugar and caf­feine. Lim­ited space pre­cludes a full list of characters, but you will find Ratchet & Clank, ad­ven­turer Nathan Drake, Spar­tan war­rior Kratos, cutesy soft-toy Sack­boy , su­per­hero Cole and many more. It’s a bizarre, colour­ful and fran­tic com­bat game. In­volv­ing be­tween one and four fight­ers, the ob­ject is to get power-ups (by land­ing blows) and us­ing th­ese them to kill off your op­po­nents. Who­ever ac­cu­mu­lates the most kills and least de­feats wins. At times it be­comes a lit­tle too hec­tic, and its last­ing ap­peal is de­bat­able, but it’s an amus­ing, ex­cit­ing and playable ex­pe­ri­ence. It also re­minds you what an im­pres­sive ros­ter Sony has, which was prob­a­bly the point.

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