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  • Summary: Digimon must battle to Digivolve, so the restless Digimon propose to hold their first ever “Digimon Evolution Tournament” to determine who is the strongest of them all.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 6 out of 12
  1. Nov 29, 2014
    70
    A fine game for younger audiences that can be enjoyed by parents too.
  2. Nov 27, 2014
    60
    Fan service in a lackluster attempt to offer the same game design enjoyed by the Super Smash Bros. franchise.
  3. Nov 11, 2014
    58
    Unfortunately, "Digimon: All-Star Rumble" is merely okay.
  4. 45
    I do appreciate the effort here, especially when you consider All-Star Rumble’s status as a Western exclusive. That said, the game’s conspicuous lack of quality seems almost suspicious.
  5. Dec 27, 2014
    45
    Even die-hard Digimon fans will find very little to relish in this western-only release. For everyone else, many other fighting games can provide a more satisfying experience.
  6. Dec 2, 2014
    42
    This is not the Digimon game that you've been waiting for.
  7. 40
    Probably the most frustrating omission is the lack of any sort of online mode. It's hard to get this kind of game right in online play - Nintendo itself still hasn't achieved it, but a fighting game that doesn't at least try to go online is a dud from the outset.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 6 out of 12
  1. Nov 14, 2014
    10
    This game is so good! Like come on you at least gotta enjoy it especially the story mode.Good job on the games, I really enjoyed itThis game is so good! Like come on you at least gotta enjoy it especially the story mode.Good job on the games, I really enjoyed it especially when i play with y little sister and she get's happy seeing Gatomon digivolve. Plus , the digivolutions are sooo cool ! :) Expand
  2. Feb 8, 2015
    10
    Sashadgt is crearly a hyprocrite. This game is awesome, the story mode, the music, everything, you are a **** I give this a 10 because, im aSashadgt is crearly a hyprocrite. This game is awesome, the story mode, the music, everything, you are a **** I give this a 10 because, im a huge digimon fan, no matter what they say, no matter what happens, ill always love Digital monster. You stupid reviewers only look at the negative part of the game. The developers put a lot of work into this just to get hate? Get real. I love doing the story mode over and over again, its actually fun, because the characters have different dialogues. I wish i could know more about the places we visit, that abandoned factory, the evolution castle etc. They are really interesting places which i would love to study more. See? The game has lots of content! If you stupid haters continue on hatin' Bandai wont bring us any Digimon game anymore, is that what you want? Of course not.
    tl;dr: this game rocks.
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  3. Dec 6, 2014
    8
    Unexpected depth in combat for those who explore, fan service for old digimon fans, gorgeous graphics, great OST with many memorable tracksUnexpected depth in combat for those who explore, fan service for old digimon fans, gorgeous graphics, great OST with many memorable tracks and a kickass roster to top it all off. Digimon All-Star Rumble not only made Digimon World 4's gameplay enjoyable but also enhaced the Rumble series!

    Bringing attack cancelling, counter options and making each character unique in their own special way, this game would have been a sucess if it wasn't for the release date, that was near Super Smash Bros 4.

    With a simple story that has a few twists that you weren't expecting ( Play Guilmon's story to know what I'm talking about ) and interactions between diferent characters of the series makes it an enjoyable experience that becomes even better once you know how to get past those tricky wild digimon.

    The combat seems simple if you look at it superficially, but once you try to experiment with it you'll discover about attack cancelling, ways to defend yourself more efficiently and even counter digivolutions. Basically, combat seems very simple at first and then becomes this very deep way of fighting and planning as you play more and more with the game.

    The sound department isn't too shabby either, awesome pieces of original music that fit the stages and get stuck in your head more often than not. The voice acting is quite good as well, I was skeptic at first since there wasn't an option to get the original japanese voice cast but I was met with a pleasant suprise.

    Graphical wise the game looks pretty good for a ps3 game and captures the essence of Digimon quite well. Each local has it's unique visual feel to it and combine that with the detailed character models and you'll be enchanted with the game.

    Of course, the game has it's flaws. No online and making the A.I easier ( even on hard mode where it doesn't use the substition like jutsu or attack cancelling agaisnt you ) does hurt the game and it has a very chaotic ( but not fun ) feeling when you're up agaisnt a free for all match with 3 A.I players but the game compensates with a team battle mode and 6 unique battle modes that you can enjoy. If you have friends that enjoy this type of game or just digimon in general, you've just guaranteed tons and tons of hours of fun with them, but don't forget that the game is still fun on your own.

    In short, don't be discouraged by the negative reviews, I've been playing the game for 20+hours and I've been loving the experience, if you like Digimon and/or Fighting games this is the game for you.
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  4. Nov 12, 2014
    4
    You have no idea how BAD I wanted this game to be good.... I mean literally everything is bad, you name it. I'll at least say you might haveYou have no idea how BAD I wanted this game to be good.... I mean literally everything is bad, you name it. I'll at least say you might have fun in a local game (cuz no online) with friends riffing on it, so if you decide to buy it, for the love of god wait for a SALE! Expand
  5. Mar 21, 2015
    3
    It HURTS for me to rate this game so low... The moment this game was announced my jaw hit the floor and I knew I had to buy it at launch...It HURTS for me to rate this game so low... The moment this game was announced my jaw hit the floor and I knew I had to buy it at launch... turns out I could have saved those money for something that was worth a damn cause this game is TERRIBLE! The combat is wonky with absolutely no balance put into it at all, the story mode is bland to the point where not even the makers of the game remembered what they wanted it to be about, and the lamest and smallest roster in a fighting game with such a big pile of memorable characters.
    I really tried to like this game. I've been a Digimon Fan for about 10 years and I thought that this game would be the game that would finally bring the series back to being sold internationally... but I can't let my nostalgia blind me on how bad this game is. There's framerate issues in a FIGHTING game, the cards you collect are pointless as they only activate when an Attack Card is activated (which if you have one with a high number you will never lose) and if you really want to win this game you choose Impmon and fire your Badaboom till you win.
    Not to mention there's no alternate outfits in this game. So if you're playing a 4-player Match and someone is the same Digimon as you then you will constantly lose track of yourself. Not to mention the Battle Modes you can play are all worthless and terrible.
    I could go on for a long time on why I don't recommend this game to anyone but I think I've gotten my point across now. If you want to play a good Digimon game you should look no further than the World Series, Digimon Masters Online and Digimon Rumble Arena 1 and 2. Or if you get a chance to find a copy I seriously recommend Digimon Tamers: Battle Spirit Ver. 1.5 for the Wonderswan (though you might want to play that one with another friend which requires 2 copies and 2 Wonderswans).
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  6. Feb 17, 2015
    3
    I bought this game on sale on psn, I suggest anyone else do the same. It is definitely not worth full price. I didn't expect much out of thisI bought this game on sale on psn, I suggest anyone else do the same. It is definitely not worth full price. I didn't expect much out of this game when I bought it but I was still disappointed. The story in story mode was mediocre as I had expected, but the gameplay mechanics and character roster were completely disappointing. With just a few main characters and side characters from each season of Digimon I found it lacking. Considering the last Digimon game I played was Digimon World for PSX the graphics were a little bit better. They moved up to PS2 graphics. The Battle mechanics are extremely clunky and the characters are unbalanced. I'm a longtime fan of Digimon and I enjoy many games that just cater to fans but this game couldn't even do that for me. If you want a fighting/brawl game, look somewhere else. If you want fan service? look somewhere else or like I said before wait for a sale. Expand
  7. Feb 9, 2016
    0
    Easily the weakest entry in the entire Rumble series, and one of the worst video games ever made. Where Rumble Arena was easy to play and hardEasily the weakest entry in the entire Rumble series, and one of the worst video games ever made. Where Rumble Arena was easy to play and hard to master, All-Star Rumble is obtuse, limited, and lacking in serious depth. Everything about this fighter is phoned in; the battle system is a shallow attempt at a free-roaming fighting game that takes on the trappings of the Rumble series without having any of the tight control or polish of its predecessors.

    The "depth" to the game involves finding all the infinite combos, infinite stuns, and perfect trapping maneuvers that the dev team clearly never did; it's designed so that whoever takes the lead first in multiplayer will maintain that lead for the entire game. Character movement is ambiguous and slow, making it hard to judge what you're doing at any given moment. The roster is small, and incredibly unbalanced. Shoutmon, Wormmon, and Impmon dominate in multiplayer, forming a unique triangle of strengths with little to no openings for the rest of the cast to sneak in. If you've been spoiled by good fighting games like Super Smash Bros. or SSFIV, you'll hate this game. If you've ever played a video game before, you'll hate this game. And if you've never so much as touched a video game before in your life, this will give you an exceedingly negative impression of the medium. $60 wasted to support a petition.

    The voice acting is cringeworthy, as is the generic soundtrack. One of the game's few redeeming qualities is the ability to use custom OST, giving you the ability to block out Bandai's Worst Hits with a flood of your choice Wada Kouji songs off a USB drive. The storyline consists of the same stages repeated for every character, with slightly tweaked boss fights, and a handful of cutscenes told in still images. Game balance is no better in single player than it is in multiplayer; single large enemies can often take out your character in just two or three hits, while whole mobs of smaller foes will come apart like tissue paper. The poor controls and disproportionately weak playable cast makes it so that a game over can come out of nowhere, forcing you to restart an entire stage over from scratch--it's not a matter of skill, but of spamming the taunt command before walking into a battle, so that your evolution meter is maxed out and you can evolve on the spot to wipe out the opponents before they can get a single attack in.

    I genuinely enjoyed grinding my party to 999 stats in Digimon World DS more than I enjoyed any part of this game.
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