Here's the Sony version of Super Smash Bros. that everyone is wondering whether they wanted or not. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is, for all intents and purposes, PlayStation's copy of Nintendo's 2D brawler. From its cartoony style to its interactive maps and tricky twitch combat system, Battle Royale is a clone, a copy with Sony characters instead of Mario and his friends. It also look incredibly fun, and is almost assured to be a huge success.
Today's Battle Royale reveal comes with 6 roster reveals and the showing of 4 different maps. Here's the current roster: Parappa from Parappa the Rappa, the Princess from Fat Princess, Kratos from God of War, Radec from Killzone, Sweet Tooth from Twisted Metal, and Sly Cooper from his self titled series. Naturally they each have different play-styles to fit different players. Expect more roster reveals as Battle Royale's release approaches.
The four maps shown are significant in their level of interactivity. Rather than having a single game focus for each map, they're crossover maps, forcing players to deal with two separate games' interactive elements at a given time. Here's the maps and their unique gameplay elements:
- LittleBigPlanet/Buzz!: Randomly changing platforms as the stage is created and destroyed as the fight plays out. Then as the Buzz! gameshow host appears, players will receive a trivia question which they must answer by attacking one of four multiple choice blocks.
- Jak and Daxter/Hot Shots Golf: Golf field setting where Hot Shots characters fire off golf balls at players.
- God of War 3/Patapon: Hades from God of War 3 battles an army of Patapon creatures in the background.
- God of War/Ratchet and Clank: Starts in Ratchet's Metropolis, but transitions to the God of War Hydra boat, where the three-headed beast will strike at players.
Needless to say, Sony wants to take the small things that made Smash Bros. popular and make them wilder, creating a more frantic and fun interactive experience.
Sony built developer SuperBot specifically to create PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Expect more roster additions, maps and a release date soon as we get to E3 and past. In Nintendo's investor meeting today they discussed Super Smash Bros. being key to Nintendo's success in western markets. Well, Nintendo, you're not the only gun in town anymore.