Meet the crew
PlayStation's brawler is out, allowing you to pit your favorite non-Nintendo characters against each other in a battle royale of epic proportions (you can read our full PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale review here). The cast list is fairly beefy, sporting nearly two-dozen characters from nearly as many franchises, both Sony-owned and beyond.
We've assembled the final list, and included a list of fighters we want added in as additional DLC, too. Take a look, and let us know who you think should be added to the game!
Updated with all of the DLC characters, including two announced for March!
Isaac Clarke (Dead Space) - DLC
We actually had Dead Space's Isaac Clarke on our list of characters we wanted to see added as downloadable content (you can see that list after this roster), and we're happy to hear that the character will be part of DLC coming out in March. The hero will be sporting his Dead Space 3 armor and strategically dismembering his enemies. Well, not really, but he'll shoot them a bunch. IGN went hands-on with the new hero and said that he played like Jak, relying on his multitude of weapons over brute force.
Zeus (God of War) - DLC
Also coming in March is Zeus, Kratos's mortal enemy in the God of War series (besides Ares, of course). We didn't think Sony would add any additional characters from the GoW pantheon, but if they were going to we suppose Zeus is as good of a pick as any. IGN went hands-on with Zeus as well, comparing him to the larger characters in PSASBR. With his powerful punches and focus on slow, strong hits, he's more similar to Big Daddy than he is the game's other lightning-wielder in Cole.
Kat (Gravity Rush) - DLC
The plucky heroine from the best PlayStation Vita game is probably the most exciting piece of free DLC weve ever anticipated. From the sounds of it, Kats fighting forte will be mastery of the airspace, using her gravity-shifting powers to set up big damage in the sky. Were willing to bet that her level 3 Super will suspend everyone in a bubble of anti-gravity, letting her dive-kick them out of existence with ease.
Emmett Graves (Starhawk) - DLC
This superpowered mercenary from the PS3-exclusive shooter was a shoe-in for Battle Royale, given that Sweet Tooths pre-order costume is also a product of Starhawk. With volatile Rift Energy coursing through his veins, we imagine his playstyle will incorporate long-range gunplay and up-close machete-stabbing. Designer Seth Killian has also explicitly stated that Emmett will have access to the same Build and Battle mechanic that lets him air-drop in entire structures to gain the positional advantage.
Cole MacGrath (inFamous)
inFamous's Cole MacGrath is the perfect fighting game character. He can punch, he can kick, he can hit things with a baton, and he can shoot lightning out of his freaking hands . He's sort of made for this sort of thing, which is why it wasn't all that surprising that he was announced to officially be joining the roster. He looks like he mostly uses attacks from his inFamous 2 move set, with supers including the ability to throw ice attacks and to unleash a vortex, which we're guessing is his level 3 Super.
As expected, the new DmC's Dante is a playable fighter in Sony's brawler. The crude, rude combatant brings with him all of his moves from the games, including his sword, his scythe, his pistols, and his wit. Using his special meter, Dante can dash through opponents, or even activate his Devil Trigger, turning his hair white, his jacket red, and allowing him to execute one-hit kills on helpless enemies.
Fat Princess (Fat Princess)
As rumored, Fat Princess's titular Fat Princess is in the game. Well, to be fair, she's actually more portly than flat-out fat. Different directional attacks have her throwing different characters from Fat Princess into battle, tossing knights, mages, and archers around the battlefield. She can also ride a giant chicken, so you know, theres that.
Jak and Daxter (Jak and Daxter)
Jak and Daxter will fight as one, using their combined powers to take down their enemies on the 2D battlefield. Trailers show them bashing enemies to death for their level one and two Super attacks, and Jak transforming into "Light Jak" as his third-level ultimate ability.
Kratos (God of War)
This one was obvious. Kratos has a game coming out soon (check out a list of What we want to see from God of War: Ascension), making him an obvious choice for the game. And, unexpectedly, he plays exactly as youd expect Kratos to play. His basic attacks involve him lashing out with the Blades of Chaos, executing moves in the same manner as he does in the God of War games. He also has access to Helioss head, a bow, and the wings of Icarus.
Nariko (Heavenly Sword)
Heavenly Sword might not be getting a sequel anytime soon, but Nariko's appearance in Royale will surely appease fans of the franchise. The goddess of war has access to her dual blades and aerial attacks, and can call Kai for her level 1 super ability. Level 2 has her spawning a turret to blast enemies with, and 3 extends the length of her blades, allowing the femme fatale to take down foes from afar.
Nathan Drake (Uncharted)
There was very little surprising about how Nathan Drake played in Battle Royale. Most of his attacks are straight out of Uncharted, and include the protagonist shooting, punching, or diving around. He can also kick barrels, ride ziplines, and create his own cover at any time, making him a good mid-ranged character. His level 1 Super is actually fairly strong--he throws an explosive that arcs, hits the ground, and blows up, knocking anyone in the blast range out. It was easy to hit with, and we caught two enemies with it on several occasions. His level 2 is also powerful and hard to dodge: Drake pushes a column down, squishing anyone it lands on. His level 3 abilitiy turns all of his opponents into the creepy Descendants from the end of Uncharted 1 (which would technically make them stronger, but whatever), and gives Drake Eddy Raja's golden gun to shoot them with.
PaRappa (PaRappa the Rapper)
Parappa might be the coolest addition in the game, from his unorthodox fighting style to his 2D character model. The pint-sized rapper learned kung-fu from Master Onion--and he puts it to good use, chopping up foes in melee. He can also drop a boom box that spawns orbs that help buff his Power meter, which lets him ride a skateboard--which, surprisingly, might have been one of the strongest Power Attacks on display.
Ratchet & Clank (Ratchet & Clank)
Insomniac's Ratchet & Clank games are some of the most beloved releases on the PlayStation 3, and the titular lombax is synonymous with the PlayStation brand: of course he's included in the brawl. He has access to a number of his signature guns, as well as some of his most powerful weapons (including his ship) when his super bar is activated.
Sackboy(s) (Little Big Planet)
"But he's so small," you say, "how could he possible take on Kratos?" Easy: Superbot made him big. Sackboy, now as tall as Nathan Drake, looks to be a wonderful addition to the roster. Using his jetpack, grabber, and other tools from the game, the character appears to be an unorthodox--albeit flexible--fighter.
Sly Cooper (Sly Cooper)
Before Sucker Punch was giving Cole the power to shoot lightning, it was guiding a raccoon-burglar around the world on awesome capers. In All-Stars, Sly is one of the faster characters we played as, with skills that benefit from getting behind a character and unleashing a barrage of attacks. Luckily, he has a trick up his sleeve--instead of blocking, he simply disappears, making it easy to escape enemy attacks and sneak up on foes.
Sweet Tooth (Twisted Metal)
Twisted Metals signature scary clown was the heaviest hitter we played as, with dash moves that smacked enemies across the map. Beyond that, he had the ability to swing chainsaws, fire shotguns, drop mines, and even get into a giant mech suit as his ultimate Power Attack. He may not dish out the same gruesome death as he does in the Twisted Metal franchise, but Sweet Tooth still packs a mean punch.
Killzones Radec was all about ranged attacks, making him the best fighting from afar, using a sniper rifle as his main weapon. It was absolutely brutal when we were able to pick off our opponents from across the map, and changed the dynamic of every fight. His first Power Attack, however, was hard to hit, and felt like the weakest of the bunch.
Big Daddy (BioShock)
Big Daddy is a melee-focused character, with powerful smashes and a devastating dash attack that renders him nearly invulnerable when he charges forward. We saw all three levels of his special, which varied from "almost impossible to hit" to "possibly the strongest in the game." At level one, a Little Sister jumps out from behind him, stabbing (and KOing) anything she hits. Level 2 makes the juggernaut glow red, enraging him and causing him to kill anyone he makes contact with. His level 3 attack is his coolest, flooding the entire level and allowing him to float around and knock enemies out with ease as they're frozen in place. Wearing a diving suit has its advantages.
Toro Inoue (Sony Japan marketing)
This cute l'il cat will be unbeknownst to most American Sony fans--he originated as a marketing mascot for Sony Japan, though he recently made a guest apperance in Capcom's Street Fighter X Tekken. He looks to be something of a shapeshifting fighter, morphing into a ninja to chuck shuriken or donning a headband to call in his buddy Kuro. He also has a form that grants him a leopard-print loincloth and a bright red afro. Alrighty then.
Heihachi Mishima (Tekken)
The granddaddy of all things Tekken may not throw fireballs or wield swords (though he does look like Cervantes)--instead, he prefers to thump skulls using his regular ol' haymakers. As the founder of Tekken's King of Iron Fist Tournament, he's seen his fair share of fights; we imagine he'll be punching the PlayStation pugilists to pieces with his signature moves.
Evil Cole MacGrath (inFamous)
Evil Cole is essentially PlayStation All-Star Battle Royale's Dr. Mario. Yeah, he's just a palette swap, but he looks like a really fun palette swap. Evil Cole has always had his own set of moves, so it makes sense that he'd get his own character, with the ability to call down powerful lightning attacks for his super abilities.
Sir Daniel Fortesque (MediEvil)
Hero of the MediEvil series, the skeletal knight was a surprise addition to the roster. Sporting a slew of items, Daniel looks like this games' Link, with a 3rd level super that gives him an artifact capable of slaying any enemies that wander too close.
Raiden (Metal Gear Solid)
The cyborg ninja might have been laughed out of the room during Metal Gear Solid 2, but he's back with his own game, and his own character in Battle Royale. He has blades attached everywhere, making him a versatile slayer, with supers that--shocker--let him slice up opponents. His level 3 actually puts all of his enemies in MGS's signature cardboard boxes and lets him slide them apart, killing them and laying the cardboard to waste.
Spike (Ape Escape)
Yup! Spike has found his way onto the PlayStation 3 and Vita, though it's not worth his own game. Instead, the ape-catching protagonist will use his sword and net in Royale, with his level 3 super even allowing him to fire a laser into space that reflects off a satellite and calls down a beam of heavenly light that destroys everything in the level. Because Ape Escape.
Ryu Hayabusa (Ninja Gaiden/Dead or Alive)
Ryu Hayabusa's inclusion in PSASBR was mentioned in several leaks that turned out to be true, so we're fairly sure on this one. That said, we're surprised we didn't bring up the ninja before--his skill set, and experience in other fighting games, makes him a shoe-in for the series. Plus, there has to be another Ninja Gaiden in the works that needs to be promoted, right?
What do you think?
Those are the characters that we think would (possibly) work in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale - what about you? Let us know who you want to see make the roster and we might add some of your suggestions. You know, if they're good and stuff.
And if you want to see more speculative speculation, check out Super Smash Bros Wii U - Characters that must join the next game's roster and God of War: Ascension - What we'd love to see from Kratos's return.