Who we want to see in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
Already confirmed are Fat Princess, Kratos (God of War), Colonel Radec (Killzone), PaRappa the Rapper, Sly Cooper and Sweet Tooth (Twisted Metal), but PS3 Attitude have been thinking about which other characters we’d like to see in the game. Here are our top ten picks (if just half of them make it in, we’ll be very happy!).
To be quite honest, not including the Uncharted protagonist in a game with ‘PlayStation All-Stars’ in the title would be a bit like not including Mario in Super Smash Bros, so it simply isn’t going to happen. Since 2007, Nathan Drake (Nate to his friends) has been wowing PS3 gamers with his impressive (some might say impossible) climbing ability, unsurpassed gunplay, brutal melee skills and sharp one-liners; all of which should transition perfectly into Battle Royale.
The Crash Bandicoot IP is now owned by Activision, but considering the character’s history with the PlayStation brand, it’d be great to see him in Battle Royale. The maniacal marsupial is famous for his spin and belly flop attacks, but his wumpa fruit-fuelled bazooka would surely feature too. We’d also love his friend Aku Aku to have a cameo; the ancient tribal mask has the power to make Crash invincible for a limited time, which, you know, could be pretty useful.
Spyro the Dragon
Along with Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon was absolutely synonymous with the PlayStation brand during the late 90s and early 2000s, until the IP was sold to Activision and the series went a bit, well, not very good. With his classic flame, charge and head-butt attacks, he ran rings around his enemies time and time again in his PSone days, so a dragon has got to be a valuable addition to any team (even if he is kind of small and… purple).
Ezio Auditore da Firenze
From Soulcalibur V to Final Fantasy XIII-2, Assassin’s Creed crossovers are everywhere nowadays, and as third-party characters have been confirmed for inclusion in Battle Royale, Ezio is surely a shoo-in. The Italian assassin is more accustomed to stealthy kills than all-out brawls, so it will be interesting to see how his unique move set could fit into the game. Personally, we’d love to see who would win in a fight between Ezio and sneaky thief, Sly Cooper.
Courier-turned-superhero Cole MacGrath recently appeared in Capcom’s Street Fighter X Tekken, so it would frankly be weird if Sony didn’t include the character in its own game. His electrifying powers may prevent him from entering cars, but they sure are useful in a fight, particularly since the addition of his new melee weapon, the Amp. The inFamous series is well-known for its good/evil morality system, so it’ll be interesting to see if it’s utilised in Battle Royale in any way.
As a former member of the Guardian Corps in Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning definitely earned her stripes as a soldier, and was subsequently recruited by the goddess Etro in FFXIII-2. Her standard weapon, the Blazefire Saber, has got her out of many tight situations, and it also probably helps to have your own personal bodyguard, in the form of her Eidolon, Odin. Last year, the pink-haired heroine even appeared in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, so she’s no stranger to the fighting genre.
We already know one of the stages in PlayStation All-Stars is inspired by PSP rhythm/god hybrid series Patapon, so it makes sense that the little guys themselves will also be playable. The Patapon are a tribe, so we’re not entirely sure how they’ll work as a single character, but there’s no doubt that their spears and bows will come in very handy. They could also have the power to call upon their god, the Almighty, for some much-needed support.
Considering that it’s been five years since Heavenly Sword, it’s not particularly likely that we’ll see Nariko in PlayStation All-Stars. However, Sony does still own the IP, so her inclusion definitely wouldn’t be impossible, especially if certain recent rumours are to be believed. The Heavenly Sword itself is effective in both close-up and, via its attachable chains, ranged combat, which would make it an extremely diverse weapon to have in Battle Royale.
Jak and Daxter
While the dynamic duo are still yet to see an original adventure on PS3 (come on Sony, announce Jak 4 already!), Jak and Daxter have already appeared in two titles on the system to date, and we’ll be genuinely shocked if PlayStation All-Stars doesn’t make a third. The long-eared hero boasts an exceptionally versatile move set, as he can punch opponents at close range, but also pick them off from a distance with his heavily modded Morph Gun.
Ratchet & Clank
Very few videogame franchises managed the transition between PS2 and PS3 as successfully as Ratchet & Clank. This year sees the duo’s 10th anniversary, so we’ll be incredibly surprised if they don’t take part in Battle Royale. Ratchet has a massive arsenal of weapons to choose from, such as the Morph-o-ray (which turns enemies into chickens) and the Groovitron (which forces enemies to dance); we’d bet money that at least one of these will make it into the final game.
Is there anyone we missed? Let us know which other characters you’d like to see in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.