A challenger appears!
No, Sony didn't announce a sequel to PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. But we're not ready to give up on this franchise. On the contrary--we hope this is just the beginning. We're thinking it could go yearly, with each iteration adding new retro characters, as well as a smattering of heroes from that year's releases. While Nintendo's Smash Bros. aims to be timeless, PSASBR can be a yearly brawl of the best characters. If Sony plays its cards right, it could be the proving ground for new heroes. Here's who we hope makes the cut next time, if there is a next time.
With that, we went back to the drawing board, mixing the characters we hoped would be in the original game with the newest heroes on the block. What characters do we want to enter the fight in a theoretical PlayStation 4 version of the game? Well, here's our list...
Crash (Crash Bandicoot)
Though Sony doesnt own the rights to Crash Bandicoot, we think that it might try and nab em for nostalgias sake. Crash was, after all, the first big platformer for the PlayStation, going head-to-head with Nintendo's Mario. We really hope he gets included, if not just so that we can throw the Bandicoot in a pit with the God of War...
Spyro (Spyro the Dragon)
Spyro is almost as important to PlayStation's history as Crash, with multiple hits on the PSX. More importantly he's in the middle of a comeback with Skylanders, and including him in a new game will give Activision make an excuse to have even more Skylander toys to sell. They could release different versions based specifically off the different skins in All-Stars--seriously, it's like printing money!
Joel (The Last of Us)
The Last of Us's Joel might be the next Nathan Drake. Yeah, that's a big claim, but we'd expect nothing less from Naughty Dog. That said, he's dealing with the end of the world and awful mutants, so maybe he'll shy away from the quips... either way, he'd be a nice addition, what with his love of guns and bashing people to death with bricks.
Nilin (Remember Me)
Remember Me is one of the last big current-gen games of the year (as far as we know), and it has an incredible setting and an interesting hero. We'd love to see Nilin, a memory thief (think Inception, except... well, actually, just think Inception) added to the roster so she could beat up her enemies and steal their memories.
Resistance's heroes aren't really all that interesting, especially when compared to the awesome villains that you're forced to fight throughout the campaign. The Chimera are incredible-looking, and would make cool playable characters in the fighter. Plus, there's a Helghast in the game--there has to be a Chimera, too, right?
Beat (Jet Grind Radio)
SEGA's Jet Grind Radio is back with an HD remake, and a full-blown sequel can't be far behind (hopefully). We're hoping the series' poster boy, Beat, makes it into the brawler. He'd be a quick fighter, dashing around on his skates and tagging enemies as he passes.
Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid)
We already know exactly how Solid Snake would play in a fighting game--he was in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. But for as great as that was, we don't think we've seen enough of him. Putting him in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale 2 would be great fun, as we'd love to see him fight Sony's heroes just as he battled Nintendo's. He could be the one that bridges the gap between the two franchises, letting us know if Mario is really stronger than Nathan Drake, or if Kratos could take on Bowser.
Snake (Ground Zeroes/Phantom Pain/MGS5)
Another Snake on the same list?! You bet! Metal Gear Solid V is happening, and we'd love to see two different generations of Snake make it into the game. Think that's crazy? Listen, if Sony could put two versions of inFamous' Cole MacGrath into the original, it can do the same with Solid Freakin' Snake.
Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
Lady Croft might not be as buddy-buddy with PlayStation as she used to be, but she's still a storied part of the brand. While her games might have fallen out of the spotlight in recent years, she's back on top with the recent Tomb Raider reboot, which has propelled the heroine back into the spotlight. Bow in one hand and torch in the other, Lady Croft would be a wonderful addition to the roster.