PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale comes out the gates swinging with an already impressive lineup of Sony characters, but we here over at G4 think we know who’s next to be added to this stellar list.
The number of fan favorite characters and Sony exclusives could easily fill out five arenas to the brim with fighters. Characters like Jak, Snake, and Dante are sure to make the cut, but what of some of the other characters within the pantheon of Sony titles?
Let’s check out our top five character who we want to see make it to the Battle Royal.
Wander – Shadow of the Colossus
One of the best games to ever grace the PS2 needs to make an appearance in anything with the word “All Stars.” With blade and trusty bow, Wander plays like Link from that other series as you take shots from across the screen only to unleash steel once your opponent closes the distance. For his special ability, a shrill whistle calls in your mighty steed, Aggro, to come trotting into the level to kick and bash anyone who gets in his way.
For an ultimate attack, imagine the stage transforming into the upper torso of a colossus. Fists swinging, the ground shaking, and everyone screaming for their lives; this screen-sized brute won’t simply leave by waiting it out. Like any good colossi, you’re going to have to kill it. As the once-giant killer, Wander turns into a protector as he tries to keep the rest of the team from taking out his big attacker.
Nariko – Heavenly Sword
If there were ever a time to bring back this braided beauty, a fight between all the Sony licenses would be the perfect moment. While we never got a chance to see Nariko take up the accursed sword yet again, now would be the perfect time to get the fans that still desperately hold out for a sequel a taste of what could have been. She’s a versatile fighter with a sword that transforms into three different forms to fit the need of the warrior. As a quick attack, Nariko can call upon the mischievous Kia to take quick shots from off screen. Nariko plays as your good all-around character that can shift from speed to power in a moments notice.
Her ultimate attack brings out the full potential of the Heavenly Sword with all the power and sacrifice that goes along with it. Look at something like the Phoenix's ability in Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. Nariko becomes her own one-woman death squad with swords flying and slicing through the screen. All the while, her life ticks down until she’s paid the ultimate sacrifice for just a taste of ultimate power.
Sephiroth – Final Fantasy VII
It’s not like we haven’t seen Sephiroth in a fighting game before, but when Battle Royale calls upon the very best from the Sony titles, how can the bad boy of Final Fantasy VII not show up with sword in hand and flowing hair behind him? We only need to turn to Dissidia Final Fantasy to get an idea of what this maniac with a sword can do in a fighting game. This bishonen beau prefers to keep his enemies at arms length, as well as his emotions. Wait for a time to strike to piece their heart with your sword or a lengthy monologue about nature and technology.
We all know about his ultimate attack, Super Nova. Just like the original, the saddest little boss calls upon a meteor outside the ring of the galaxy, forces it with all its mother issues to careen towards Earth, blasting through planets, and finally hitting the surface of the planet after all the other players have stopped playing the game when they get too bored to sit through a three minute cut scene.
Crash Bandicoot - Crash Bandicoot series
He’s not doing anything else. I mean, come on. Crash is the guy you invite to your parties because you need that one person to run out to get more supplies. No one’s going to miss him when he’s away. But you have to include him in the fun; he used to be the mascot for Sony after all. Maybe this is more like a bad breakup where you’ve moved on, but you know Crash still keeps a piece of your hair by the bedside table even you’ve asked him about it and he completely denies it. I’ve seen it, Crash!
The bandicoot hosts a variety of moves such as spin, jumping, spin-jumping, and crying when he thinks no one is looking.
Kaz Hirai – President of Sony Corporation
The man who makes the calls at Sony should be the man who brings the pain in Battle Royal. Just think about it. Kaz flips characters for massive damage or goes screaming into battle with his typical cry, “RRRIIIIIIDDDDDGGGGGEEEE RACER!” Better yet, he calls the shots even when he’s in the game. If he feels like wiping out gravity for a round, you better get used to floating around. No lights? No blocking? No problem! Anything goes when you’re the president of one of the biggest gaming companies around and everyone you face happens to be on your bankroll. You don’t attack other characters; you fire them.
Kaz’s ultimate move would to be to simply win. He’s the boss after all.
Are there any characters you think will make the cut? Let us know in the comment section below.