Sony has confirmed its answer to Super Smash Bros is real. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is coming and we already know it includes the likes of Sly, Kratos, Parappa, Radec, Sweet Tooth and Fat Princess.
But we need more! Unfortunately Sony never planned ahead and sold the rights to most of the best potential brawlers, but no matter. They should be able to get the likes of Crash to make a guest appearance, assuming they aren’t tied up in other exclusivity deals that preclude their involvement.
Crash is like big one. Like Bert Newton, he needs to go back where be belongs, without the drug addicted scraggy son that is constantly being incarcerated. He’s owned by Activision now, but that shouldn’t matter. A deal needs to happen to allow a guest appearance in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale so that Crash can relive his glory days on PlayStation, as it should be.
Spyro is in a similar predicament to dear-old Crash. Now a property of Activision, his inclusion is by no means confirmed. Despite whoring around on more platforms, Spyro and PlayStation still go together like Patty and Selma. More importantly, the purple dragon will add a point of difference by being unlike anything else Sony has to offer.
Nathan Drake gets a gold pass straight into the game as the closest thing the PlayStation currently has to a mascot. I was apprehensive at first, as Nate’s witty one-liners won’t be enough to takedown Kratos. However, he does get himself in a spot of bother on more than one occasion in the Uncharted series, so he should be able to hold his own.
They don’t come much more badass than Cole MacGrath. I mean, the man shoots lightning! What more do you need to know? Cole is the ideal character for such a game and might be one of the few able to match the sheer power of Kratos.
Sackboy could be considered too “kid friendly” for a brawler, but Mario has made the transition successfully from family friendly mascot to master of the battlefield. Sackboy is the obvious equivalent for Sony, but if he has the arsenal of moves to compete in such a game is questionable.
Tenchu (and its Ninjas) is yet another former Sony franchise now owned by Activision. Maybe we should rename this Activision Presents: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. A stealth Ninja would be perfect for an all out brawler and could quickly become a cult favoruite. Better yet, it would be unlike anything in Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros.
Sir Daniel Fortesque
The Medievil series ended before its time, but the original PlayStation title remains a fan favourite with many PlayStation gamers. It gave birth to Sir Daniel Fortesque, and a better character for a brawler we could not imagine. If Nintendo has taught us anything, the best characters aren’t necessarily those from today’s most popular franchises. Sony will need to open the vault of its past to find the characters that will make it a great game.
Snake? Sonic? Pfft. They’re nothing compared to Juliet Starling. A hot crazy cheerleader wielding a chainsaw. Nothing in this world is more awesome. Beyond looking cool, she packs a serious punch and could be one of the game’s most dominant characters. Unlike the other third party characters mentioned thus far, however, Jules isn’t a former Sony exclusive. It would be a massive special appearance from a current multiplatform star.
Croc needs to be in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale; somebody make it happen. Croc was massive in the late ‘90s. The original game appeared on several platforms, but it will always be a PlayStation game in my heart. Croc’s appearance is extremely unlikely, but niche guest stars can make or break such a game.
Lara Croft was the original PlayStation hero. Sure, it wasn’t actually an exclusive, but it didn’t need to be. Everyone associated Lara Croft and Tomb Raider with the PlayStation -- kind of like how Master Chief and Halo being on PC hasn’t made it any less of an Xbox juggernaut. Princess Peach has nothing on Lara.
‘Nuff said. Kevin Butler is the Mewtwo of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. He needs to be the last character to be unlocked when it appears that all is done.
By Ben Salter - Tweet @Ben_Salter