In the last few days I have put in a decent amount of time with the two games I got for Christmas and would now like to share a few impressions of them. I'll start with Playstation All-stars Battle Royale on PS3. I was slightly wary when first booting up the game due to the mixed reviews I had seen but I was pleasantly surprised. It is very fun with each character unique(bar the two versions of Cole) and also a good challenge. Each characters unique move set means it takes time and perseverance to master each one. I particularly like the stage designs and the way they mash-up two franchises into one. Despite the differences in the way you earn kills etc I inevitably find myself comparing it to Super Smash Bros Brawl. While it can't compare to the Wii classic it is a very good game in its own right and not simply a clone. All the same it has wet my appetite for Smash Bros 4.
I also got Rhythm Thief and the Emperors Treasure on 3DS. If anyone hasn't heard of it I recommend looking it up because it is a very fun game. It is laytonesque in its setup in the sense that it is a story driven adventure involving puzzle solving. The puzzles are easily the weakest element though as they are so easy and simple. Thankfully they take a back seat to the rhythm minigames that are the true bulk of the gameplay. They are challenging and engaging with good soundtracks. The story is my favourite element of the game though and I genuinely eagerly want to know what will happen next. I definitely recommend it.
In other news, with the money I got for Christmas I have purchased Hitman Absolution and Bioshock on PS3 and Kid Icarus: Uprising on 3DS.
Thanks for reading.