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Sony releases "the ultimate balance update" for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Thought the PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale was over? Sony Santa Monica has released a huge update for the brawler that makes sweeping balance changes to the entire roster of characters.

In a blog post Santa Monica Studio called it "the ultimate balance update". It includes over 100 balance adjustments across all characters as well as gameplay improvements. "This update truly creates a new playing field for all challengers," the developer added.

The update also unlocks third costumes for Zeus and Isaac for players who own them.

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Sony announces Zeus and Isaac Clarke for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Sony announces Zeus and Isaac Clarke for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Plus, The Unfinished Swan and MediEvil mash-up arena.

Sony has announced new downloadable characters for brawler PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

The characters are Isaac Clarke from Dead Space and Zeus from God of War. Zeus is a heavy hitting character along the lines of Big Daddy from BioShock. Sony Santa Monica lead designer Seth Killian said his offense revolves around fewer but more powerful strikes. He can power up his attacks into a charged version, which adds new effects.

Isaac is described as a strong mid-range character who uses his trademark Kinesis and Stasis abilities to keep enemies out of his face. He can use his Plasma Cutter to attack, throw proximity mines and freeze opponents with Stasis.

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Sony launches PlayStation Vita sale to celebrate console's first birthday

Sony launches PlayStation Vita sale to celebrate console's first birthday

Up to 50% off games, with further discounts for Plus subs.

PlayStation Vita is nearing its first birthday, and to celebrate Sony has launched a decent sale on games.

The sale starts tomorrow, 6th February and runs for two weeks. There's up to 50 per cent off Vita games, with further discounts for PS Plus subscribers.

Highlights include PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale for 15, Rayman Origins for 15 and Everybody's Golf for seven quid.

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UK chart: COD Black Ops 2 holds off Hitman: Absolution

Epic Mickey 2, Family Guy, PlayStation All-Stars flounder.

Hitman: Absolution has been held from the top spot in this week's UK all-formats chart. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 continued its reign on top despite an 87 per cent drop in sales from last week.

PlayStation All-Stars, Walking Dead, Lego LOTR headline huge PS Store update

PlayStation All-Stars, Walking Dead, Lego LOTR headline huge PS Store update

Uncharted Vita, Gravity Rush free for PS Plus peeps.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Lego Lord of the Rings and the final episode of Telltale's The Walking Dead saga headline a packed update on the EU PlayStation Store.

Sony's character-filled fighter is available for 39.99 on PS3 or 29.99 on Vita.

Other big hitters include Lego Lord of the Rings (39.99), The Walking Dead - Episode 5 (3.99), Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse (49.99) and Doom Classic Complete (11.99).

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PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale review

The thought of a fighting game featuring a cast of characters plucked from Nintendo's heritage was so unthinkable that for a while its thinker, Mashahiro Sakurai, kept it entirely to himself. Knowing the chances of securing Nintendo's permission to pitch Princess Peach against Luigi in a commercial cat-fight were slim, Sakurai made a prototype of his idea in secret.

Even when he eventually showed Nintendo his work - a hyperactive 2D brawler featuring Mario, Donkey Kong, Samus and Fox McCloud - and the company quietly agreed to fund the full game, expectations were low. The Kyoto publisher warned Sakurai that an overseas release was unlikely. But Super Smash Bros. sold close to 5 million copies in Japan and America on its release in 1999 and, perhaps more importantly, sold the fighting game to a demographic for whom Street Fighter's showboating combos had grown inaccessible.

Despite this success, almost 15 years on and no other company has attempted to replicate Sakurai's secret recipe - until now. Then again, what game-maker has enough big-ticket mascots in the vaults to flesh out a full roster of combatants?

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The rise of Sackboy, the mascot PlayStation has been searching for

Sony's little bag of stuff steps out of the shadow of LittleBigPlanet - but at what cost?

When 2012 is all said and done Sony will have released three games starring Sackboy, the nondescript hessian bag of fluff and ice cream who made his name in Media Molecule's ground-breaking create-your-own platformer LittleBigPlanet.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale beta out this Wednesday for PS Plus members

The PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale beta launches in Europe on Wednesday, 17th October for PS Plus members, Sony announced on the PlayStation Blog.

Everyone else gets it a week later, on 24th October. Grab it from the PlayStation Store.

PS Vita owners can play the beta from tomorrow - no need for a Plus subscription. The beta supports Cross-Play, so PS3 and Vita owners can play against each other.

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PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale's Big Daddy and Little Sister are penned by Ken Levine

We expect to hear a lot of "Mr. Bubbles" and whale moans.

Sony's upcoming PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale may sound like a clusterf*** of characters from different universes who don't really look right together on the box with their divergent art styles colliding, but developer SuperBot is aiming to stay true to the cast by having BioShock creator Ken Levine write the script for the Big Daddy and Little Sister characters.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale trailer shows off Evil Cole

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale trailer shows off Evil Cole

More characters to be confirmed this week.

Sony has confirmed Evil Cole for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale with a new gameplay trailer.

Evil Cole is taken from the inFamous series, and is what your friendly neighbourhood Cole MacGrath turns into if led down the dark path. He can use the power of The Beast once his energy has reached maximum level, and he can suck AP out of the other players using Ionic Drain. His play style is described as offense heavy, with fire and electricity long range attacks and incendiary strikes for up close.

Confirmation of Evil Cole comes as no surprise. He was part of a list of characters leaked for the PlayStation exclusive brawler.

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PlayStation All Stars pushed back a month

But still arriving before the world ends.

Brand-name brawler PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale has been pushed back a month to 23rd November in the UK and Ireland, while the rest of Europe gets it on the 21st, Australia on the 22nd and North America beats everyone to the punch by getting it 20th November.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale release date set for October

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is slated for an October release on both PS3 and Vita, Sony has announced.

The game will be out on 23rd October in North America, and the following day in Europe with some exceptions - it will be the 25th in Australia and New Zealand, and 26th in the UK & Ireland.

Sony reiterated that pre-orders will net players exclusive costumes, with a couple more to be revealed tonight at 2 a.m. BST during SCEA's Exhibition Presentation at EVO. In the meantime, the roster is comprised of alternate costumes for Nathan Drake, Big Daddy, Sweet Tooth, Sly Cooper, Fat Princess, Parappa the Rapper, Deimos, and Mael Radec.

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PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale confirmed for Vita

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale confirmed for Vita

Cross-platform play coming to Sony brawler, Nathan Drake and Big Daddy confirmed.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, the tongue-twisting brawler that stars some of Sony's highest profile mascots, has been confirmed for the PlayStation Vita - and it will allow cross-platform play with the PlayStation 3 version of the game.

The game is being created by independent developer SuperBot, and takes its cues from Nintendo's Smash Bros. series, pitting recognizable faces against each other in hectic four-player battles.

Characters such as Twisted Metal's Sweet-tooth, God of War's Kratos and Fat Princess's, er, Fat Princess all feature in the game, and Sony's slowly drip-feeding the rest of the roster in the run-up to the game's release.

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PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale confirmed for Vita

Sony fighting game PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale has been confirmed for Vita.

The news comes from the online CV of a sound designer at Sony Computer Entertainment America.

Said employee lists the game for release on PlayStation 3 (announced) and PS Vita (unannounced).

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Sony confirms PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Sony has confirmed its answer to Smash Bros.: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

It's a four-player, 2D brawler exclusive to PlayStation 3 and due out later this year. Characters include Kratos, Parappa the Rapper, Fat Princess, and Sweet Tooth.

It's also developer SuperBot Entertainment's debut game - indeed the studio was handpicked to create the fighter. "PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale existed as an idea in the hearts of gamers way before SuperBot got around to making it, and the expectations of the fans are really what drive us," game director Omar Kendall said. "This game is a labor of love, and we're excited to be able to finally show it."

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PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Preview: Super Smashing Great?

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Preview: Super Smashing Great?

Sony's mascots line up in this familiar brawler.

So, yes, it's Super Smash Bros. for the PlayStation generation. And why not? "We're fans of fighting games - it's not something we shy away from," says Omar Kendall, game director of mouthful-of-a-title PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

The game, which indie studio SuperBot describes at its formal unveiling this week in LA as "a light-hearted, fun mash-up brawler," is 18 years of Sony-sponsored iconography remixed as a frenetic character fighter in the same vein as the series that has served Nintendo platforms so well for over a decade.

"We're taking the best of what the genre has delivered over its storied history and we're adding our take on it as well," Kendall adds. "We're proud to exist in the same space as these games. We don't mind [the comparisons] at all - our game has a very unique and interesting gameplay feel to it."

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