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PlayStation All-Stars Might Just Sell Quite Well

Just an FYI, you will see our review right around the 20th. We're on top of this one, as we've had it for a few weeks already. Kinda fun. ;)

Anyway, one of the most interesting discussions concerning this game is its popularity...or evident lack thereof. It really depends on who you talk to, but I'm starting to think this title has the chance to enjoy solid sales.

At first, I was pretty well convinced the game would be a borderline flop. It's just not enough of a hotly anticipated blockbuster to compete with the likes of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Halo 4, and Assassin's Creed III this holiday season. On top of which, many gamers might be looking to play catch-up, which means they'll still want to play titles such as Dishonored, Resident Evil 6, Borderlands 2, and maybe one of the fighters from September (Tekken Tag Tournament 2 or Dead or Alive 5). The competition is just crazy stiff (as usual) and I thought Battle Royale would register low on the average gamer's priority list.

Now, however, I'm starting to rethink that position. It really does seem like a fair amount of PS3 owners out there are interested, and the game got a lot of positive feedback over the past few months. The beta tests appeared to go really well and I had fun playing...me, who really has very little interest in such a concept. That says something. On top of which, I think I've been underestimating the draw power of some of the more iconic PlayStation characters. I initially made the argument that not enough people care about Kratos, Drake, Sly, Cole, Ratchet, etc. In direct comparison to the highly recognizable and timeless icons in the Smash Bros. games, the roster doesn't have the same timeless punching power, does it?

Well, it doesn't, but these characters really have stood the test of time and a great many - millions even - really adore members of the PlayStation family. Furthermore, with gaming being more social than ever, there really isn't much else like Battle Royale available this holiday season; it's a potentially fantastic party game. I really think this is more about getting a bunch of friends in the same room, having a blast. Online is always an option, of course, but the main draw could be what I like to call the "living room competition." Yeah, you remember the days when that was the only multiplayer we had, right? Essentially, there's actually a lot in PlayStation All-Stars to like, and so...

This could be a much hotter ticket than I thought.

11/16/2012 Ben Dutka

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Comments (33 posts)

cLoudou
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 10:52:41 PM
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Yeah, I had the same feeling as I wasn't much interested but I'm starting to come around. Trying to find deals for it at the moment but if no deals come up by Tuesday I have no qualms about getting it for the full $60.

Bring it!

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Dancemachine55
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 10:13:37 AM

Funny, I was in the same boat.

Did not care at first, especially since I hardly play Super Smash Bros on my Wii and it's virtually the same kinda concept.

Then the user feedback rolled in, the hands on impressions, the editor opinions, Ben's article.... these all got me thinking:

Perhaps this game is a bigger deal than I first thought?

Now it's on my wishlist. :)

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PoopsMcGee
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 10:59:31 AM

Is this a three-man boat? I'm with you guys, I wasn't interested at first but have grown interested over time.

The free addition of Kat and Emmit reinforced it for me (I love GR and enjoyed Starhawk SP more than I anticipated).

As for SSB, even though I grew up with the Nintendo characters since the original NES (and Donkey Kong since my Colecovision!), i find the character roster is MUCH weaker than All-Stars. As iconic as the Ninty characters are, they're actually pretty weaksauce all said...

The games are usually fun but the characters are lame (for Nin).

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Jed
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 1:31:13 PM

We're gonna need a bigger boat. I'm starting to look foreword to this. I probly won't have it day one, but I'll be looking for people to play online with once I get it. ;)

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sawao_yamanaka
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 7:19:39 PM

Well I'll definitely see all of you online :).

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ae86takumi
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 10:58:34 AM

Today is the last day ( I think ) to pre-order from Amazon and still get the extra costumes. Bestbuy and Target are not offering it. Also Gamestop is offering this bonus but prefer no tax from Amazon. Mine already shipped.

Btw, a rep at bestbuy told me that Sony will hold a competition after the game's release only for PSN plus members. Anyone heard anything of the sort??

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Temjin001
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 11:25:42 PM
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I tried the demo. I tried the demo and I don't know. It didn't sell me personally. MAybe I just need to play it enough to like it more but I don't think I want to do that just yet.
Anyway, I hope it does well for Sony. I think strengthening the identity of their brand of characters is the right idea.... I just don't know if I want to see this idea carried into a Sony All Stars Kart Racing game... Kratos Centurion Kart, Nathan Drake Mayan Golden Kart, Cole's Kart are pieces of metal held together by magnetism, hey, wait this sounds pretty cool =p

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bigrailer19
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 11:50:42 PM

Wellthere are other versions of those in ModNation Racers. Minus Cole, I don't think he was dlc.

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Temjin001
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 12:19:24 AM

oh, I'm just not up to date in the karting scene I guess. Thanks though =)

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playaplus
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 11:35:54 PM
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I cant wait. getting it day 1...gonna go to brother's house and play w him and eat turkey before coming home and play w sis after eating some turkey. nothing beats couch mp/co-op. seriously some companies just fail to realize that offline is just as important as online

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dmiitrie
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 11:56:49 PM
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Are there really enough people willing to get together for local MP to drive sales? I'll admit that that's exactly what I did in the dorms when SSB first hit, but that was well before online came to dominance. These days though, is that still something people do?

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sawao_yamanaka
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 1:11:49 AM

It might not but that is the reason it will have online. Since I am studying in Canada now I can no longer just go and visit my younger brother and play couch co-op or anything. We do play online a lot on games. So it can work out and I know the online will be better than ssbb.

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dmiitrie
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 3:25:34 AM

Right, I understand that it will have online play. However Bens point was that local multiplayer would be the main draw. And while that was definitely true of SSB, that was during a different era. So my question is, assuming Ben is correct and All-Stars is designed to have local multiplayer be it's biggest selling point, is that a popular enough feature in the current environment for the game to do well?

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sawao_yamanaka
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 7:23:20 PM

I do understand that. Superbots main focus has been online with this game even though they have couch coop and whatnot. They realize that not everyone would have friends to come over and play like when we were younger so they are promising to have online up and ready on release date.

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___________
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 3:04:04 AM
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im not sure theres enough people interested in this.
i hope not, im hoping this will flop and $ony will FINALLY get it through their head that their not nintendo!
their fans dont want these crappy kids games, they want franchises they have always delivered!
we want 8 days and the getaway 3, not this kiddy eyepet sh*t!
but, eh, $ony have released so many of these crappy kids games, and every one has flopped big time, so maybe believing they will finally wake up and smell the coffee and stop is wishful thinking.

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sawao_yamanaka
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 7:26:19 PM

Which games flopped exactly? This is not a "kiddie" game like how you place it. They are trying to aim it for fighting competitions and many people, besides you, have wanted a beatem up for their playstations. So first you say you want it to flop and then berate someone for not getting it because crash isn't in it? Please stop it with your bipolar disorder and pick a side!

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___________
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @ 9:12:19 AM

ape escape, playstation move heroes, eyepet, medievil moves dedmunds quest, sorcery, start the party, the fight, the shoot, everybody dance, and kungfu rider just to name a few.
point being if $ony was to put HALF the effort and money they have put into trying to be ninty, we would have a hell of allot more awesome games!

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sawao_yamanaka
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @ 1:58:08 PM

Based on what evidence exactly? Show me proof besides reviews that they flopped. Your whole anti-Sony crap has run its course and causes headaches to people reading your crap on this website. Considering that "ninty" has flops as we with the wii. Just because something isn't your cup of tea doesn't mean others won't buy it. You are an ignorant person and the sooner you realize that the better this community here will be afterwards. Also 8 days looked like crap, glad they cancelled it. Check YouTube for gameplay vids if you don't believe me. 8 days was not up to standard so they decided to restructure and not release it.

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___________
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 6:50:26 AM

instead of demanding like a spoilt brat how about you do some work yourself.
look up NPD sales for each of those titles, they sold BADLY!

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Beamboom
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 4:10:43 AM
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... waiting for WorldEndsWithMe and his "no". ;)

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Zen_Zarab
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 4:26:42 AM

because there are no FF reps... what a lame excuse to not pick up this gem of a title. :D

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 6:48:51 AM

Not really, I refuse to pick this up if they don't place Crash Bandicoot within the roster. The game simply cannot exist without the definitive PS1 mascot.

But as for the game itself, I have to say I am still not won over by it. I played it at Eurogamer and on the demo. But I just do not like the kill point system.

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___________
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 9:43:59 AM

dude not buying this just because crash is not in it is pretty silly.
especially because its not up to $ony, antivision seem to have no interest in licensing him out.
i actually got to interview omar kendall at the EB expo last month and this was the first question i asked him.
he just laughed and said yea thats a question you have to put to the license owners.
we would love to put crash in the game, but we cant until we have the ok from them.
way he said it too made it seem like they have been chasing it for a while but antivision just refuse to allow it.
makes me wonder why, they have not done a crash game since 08 if memory serves me.
so its clear they have no interest in the franchise, so why not sell it off?
or at least allow it elsewhere?
unless their planing a reboot, and they dont want this stealing away from that.......

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 11:33:50 AM

Even so, if this is a game which is meant to be celebrating Playstation as a whole there are certain expectations it has to meet in the line of a roster. I like to think I am flexible on the matter, I too feel a Final Fantasy character that defined the PS1 era (Cloud, lets not beat around the bush here.) Should be included. But to not have Crash Bandicoot in the game is like setting up a surprise birthday party only to find the one in celebration cannot attend.

I understand Activision have Crash buried alive but it's not like they're making a new Crash game here - Even though this would be the perfect opportunity to bring him back in the public eye. It is a real shame he cannot be in it. But like I said, it's not just that, I'm not really fond of what I have played so far anyway.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 1:05:52 PM

How dare you call my excuses lame! I resemble that remark.

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___________
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @ 9:13:39 AM

in a idea world yea, you cant have a game like this without crash.
but sadly we dont live in a ideal world, if antivision wont give the license theres nothing really we can do about that.

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Fabi
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 1:06:55 PM
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I think it's taken people too long to realize that games like these are insanely fun in living rooms with more than one person.

It's not a single player game, and as fun as online may be, it does not compare to the fun you can have playing with friends.

To me it's insane that people no longer get together to play games. I can no longer do it multiple times a week like when I was younger. But if I get a chance to play games with my buds two or three times a month, it's worth it.

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sawao_yamanaka
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 7:29:08 PM

I play it online :\. I am in Canada to study and being able to hangout with my friends and do some couch coop is no longer possible. I am glad they introduced online into this type of game, especially one that works, and can't wait to be able to hop online and play with them like if I was back home. :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 1:08:13 PM
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Ya know what they should have done? They should have the old Dante in there along with the new Dante so people can fight them head to head.

Also Lara Croft helped define PS1.

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sawao_yamanaka
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 7:20:59 PM

They might have but they have no say. It is all up to the companies. Capcom said no on old Dante so we won't be getting him. Maybe down the line if they cave in to demand. As far as Lara croft goes we won't know unless eidos/squarenix said no.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 8:17:41 PM

By "they" I meant everyone involved not just sony.

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karneli lll
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @ 8:30:37 PM
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I just saw one of the game's ads on tv and sony really is stupid. The ad shows no gameplay and makes it look like a low budget movie,what a waste of ad space. There is a chance the game will go unnoticed.

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letherclad
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 10:52:04 AM
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I was actually in 3 different Betas for this game (and got another chance to play it with the Playstation road tour, or whatever they call it) and this game is a blast.

This is without competition my most anticipated game of the holiday season, I hope it does well!

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