PlayStation All-Stars Looks Smashingly Familiar

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PlayStation All-Stars Looks Smashingly Familiar

Now you can smash stuff with your bros while playing as Kratos and Sweet Tooth.

Earlier this week, we caught a teasing glimpse of Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, Sony's multiplayer crossover brawler answer to Nintendo's popular Super Smash Bros. Today, the PlayStation Blog formally unveiled the game.

As it turns out, PlayStation All-Stars doesn't so much appear to be an "answer" to Super Smash Bros as it appears to be "the exact same game." Seriously, if you hadn't told me that this footage had come from PS All-Stars, my first thought would have been "Oh hey, PaRappa's in the next Smash Bros? Sweet."

In all fairness to Sony, copying other good ideas that competitors have has been the way of the industry since the dawn of Pong, and Sony's only real problem here is how subtle they've utterly failed to be.

Developer SuperBot Entertainment does seem enthusiastic about the idea, too - in the reveal trailer, we hear from the game's director Omar Kendall, who discusses the ways that different PlayStation universes interact in this game. While we'd all expect Kratos and Sweet Tooth to know how to throw down, how would characters like PaRappa and Fat Princess fight? (The answer: With his kung-fu training from Chop Chop Master Onion and her love of cake, respectively).

The confirmed roster thus far includes the aforementioned Kratos, Sweet Tooth, PaRappa, and Fat Princess as well as Sly Cooper (the Thievius Raccoonus) and Colonel Radec from Killzone. One can only imagine that the likes of Nathan Drake and Ratchet (and Clank?) are likely to join the fray as well.

Sony's first-party lineup may not be as iconic as Nintendo's, but the PS1 and PS2 libraries are some of the most legendary of all time, so there's no shortage of characters from which SuperBot Entertainment can pull. How about Wander from Shadow of the Colossus, or the King of All Cosmos from Katamari Damacy? That Royal Rainbow attack would be way OP.

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If it's a good game sounds like a lot of fun, loved Smash Brothers, don't have a Nintendo.

And in some ways it's going to be interesting just because the Sony character roster are even more of a weird fit than with Nintendo. Mario and Pokemon go together. Nathan Drake and this game are already a full stop weird mix. Nathan Drake and Kratos?!

Looking forward to it. Local multiplayer games are always welcome anyway

Sackboy better show :D

I can imagine that fan backlash would be quite infamous if they didn't include Sephiroth from Final Fantasy 7. Hey, Sony Published it!

I really hope they have big maps cause the maps I just saw look all the same size

Sony copying nintendo, will wonders never cease, seems like they do allot of that.

It really looks like a smash brothers mod, I mean even the levels look like ones from smash brothers.

i see one glaring issue already.

it lacks Smash Bros charm.

watching it on the video it just seems so bland. not a good sign imo

Okay, this does look cool, even if it is a knock off of Smash Bros. Then again, everyone knocks off Nintendo so not much surprise (Hello Xbox Avatars, no we haven't forgotten what a blatant rip off of Miis you are).

Well, whatever. Some great games have been copies, and I hope this game also turns out great. I would sort out the title though, as it could be better. Maybe just "Playstation All Stars" and reserve "Battle Royale" for a potential sequel?

As for characters, I want Snake, just to be really weird to have Snake appear in both mash-ups. Also Final Fantasy characters. You can NOT do this without putting in a Final Fantasy characters, and Sephiroth is going to be the one people will want, and the one that I can see being MAD OP (That is a long blade).

Also, put some Digimon in there. Seriously, Digimon World was exclusive to PS1, and the new Digimon World (One I hope Bandai will localise) is coming exclusively to PSP! Go on! An Agumon here or a Guilmon there wouldn't hurt.

Calumon: What about me?

Jack: When it's a cream puff that glows and flies and it's going against a clown that's the size of a minivan with flaming hair, I would go with a clown.

I was pretty much hoping it would be a Smash Brothers clone rather than a serious arcade-style fighting game. I'm looking forward to this.

DustyDrB:
I was pretty much hoping it would be a Smash Brothers clone rather than a serious arcade-style fighting game. I'm looking forward to this.

exactly

I just hope they pull in some big characters that people will actually know, rather than cheap out with some 3rd party ones that people have never heard/seen outside of that japanese cafe on 3rd street in tokyo.

I'm sure every Nintendo fanboy is angry about this claiming they invented cross over fighting games just like Nintendo 'invented the analog stick'.

We'll just not mention King of Fighters or every system before the 64 here.

Oooooooooh boy...

The nintendo fanboys will be out in full force soon.

"SONY STOLE OUR GAME. IT'S THE EXACT SAME THING AS SMASH BROTHERS!"

Yeah. It is. Personally, I'm kind of sick of smash brothers at this point and I think we needed some new characters anyway.

Needs Jak, Ratchet and at least one strain of Chimera.

Balance? If theyre copying SSB in style then balance is at the bottom of the priority list.

DVS BSTrD:
I can imagine that fan backlash would be quite infamous if they didn't include Sephiroth from Final Fantasy 7. Hey, Sony Published it!

Sony only handled the North America and PAL regions, everywhere else was done by Square themselves.

They might get permission from Squeenix though, tims shall tell.

Fat Princess? Really? Was that thing really that popular?

Sony's motto must be "If you can't beat'em, join'em blatantly rip them off and hold up both middle fingers with pride because you honestly don't give 2 shits and a fuck if people say you're plagiarizing a competitor."

Pretty long motto, but apparently it's accurate. :P

So...

First Sony copies the Wiimote...

...then they come out with a peripheral that looks suspiciously like the Wii Zapper...

...now this.

I think if we don't see some kind of Nintendo-Sony collab soon, I will be VERY surprised.

EDITKINESIS ALPHA: And no, I don't mean the kind of debacle where Nintendo dumped Sony during the proposed creation of a CD-based system for Nintendo...thus giving rise to the PS1.

gigastar:
Needs Jak, Ratchet and at least one strain of Chimera.

Balance? If theyre copying SSB in style then balance is at the bottom of the priority list.

DVS BSTrD:
I can imagine that fan backlash would be quite infamous if they didn't include Sephiroth from Final Fantasy 7. Hey, Sony Published it!

Sony only handled the North America and PAL regions, everywhere else was done by Square themselves.

They might get permission from Squeenix though, tims shall tell.

Closest we'll ever get to a re-release :(

I loved all three of the Smash Bros games. I was hoping it would turn out like this instead of playing like an average cross fighter -- SFxTekken and MVC3. Four players on screen and free-form movement? Bring it on!

It looks really similar to SSBB but I wouldn't call it a rip-off. This is just iterating on a recent style of fighting games. I know Sackboy will be on there; so here's who I'd like to see.

Sora, Riku, Kairi
Talwyn Applegee
Chloe Frazer
Ico & Yorda

I'll pre-order this as soon as the release date is revealed.

Still no Harry Mason vs. James Sunderland aboard a flying saucer?

Lame!

Anyway, the characters onscreen don't feel distinct enough for a brawler; From far away they practically look like black silhouettes. I've never been a fan of Smash Brothers Brawl, but atleast that felt like some effort was put into it. This Playstation All-Star game looks tremendously half-assed.

DVS BSTrD:

gigastar:
Needs Jak, Ratchet and at least one strain of Chimera.

Balance? If theyre copying SSB in style then balance is at the bottom of the priority list.

DVS BSTrD:
I can imagine that fan backlash would be quite infamous if they didn't include Sephiroth from Final Fantasy 7. Hey, Sony Published it!

Sony only handled the North America and PAL regions, everywhere else was done by Square themselves.

They might get permission from Squeenix though, tims shall tell.

Closest we'll ever get to a re-release :(

That and the Kingdom Hearts crossovers.

Yes, it's a Smash Bros knockoff. But after the dozens of CoD knockoffs this generation, this is still a breath of fresh air. Plus, Sony does have a good enough roster to make a good game. And like Smash Bros before it, it can get people interested in properties they might not have thought about before.

It will be interesting to see how this works out. All of Nintendo's characters fit together as they were for the most part all made by Nintendo. Soney will have its work cut out for them (espicially since they have resorted to using fat princess as a character). Hopefully they get some cool characters but I doubt they will get any Final Fantasy Characters espicially since Square does work for all major platforms and the fact that the first 6 Final fantasys appeared on Nintendo platforms.

well one thing that seems different is that they have super bars instead of the smash orbs in SSBB for using super moves. But I saw no evidence of any kind of health bar, or indication that damage had been dealt.

This game is a massive failure if it doesn't include Crash Bandicoot and Spyro.

And even then, it's probably going to be a failure. If people want to play SSBB, they're going to play SSBB.

Needs crash bandicoot for sure.

they seriously need jose bautista in this thing or at least SOMEONE from mlb the show in this. and kevin butler too

Amaterasu...
I know she's already in Marvel VS Capcom, but I want to see her fight Kratos.

RJ 17:
Sony's motto must be "If you can't beat'em, join'em blatantly rip them off and hold up both middle fingers with pride because you honestly don't give 2 shits and a fuck if people say you're plagiarizing a competitor."

Pretty long motto, but apparently it's accurate. :P

If it works then it works.

It needs Jak & Daxter, Ratchet & Clank, Spyro and Crash Bandicoot. Those characters would make it a game people would want to buy.

Nathan Drake, Solid Snake, Cole MacGrath would get some nice attention as well.

Wander (Shadow of the Colossus, Cloud Strife and Taterazay (Patapon 3) would make it a must buy for me personally.

I love these sort of games, It's a genre that needs more additions to it rather then one that some people seem to think is the domain of one company and one alone.

Well, truth be told, if the game uses more stylized characters, then it could be good.
Jak, Spyro, and Crash would be perfect. They're already using Fat Princess and Papa Da Rapper, so there is a chance they'll be in there. (Maybe?)
I am confused about who this game will be for, though. Some of the characters in the game come from M rated games. The thing about it being a Super Smash Brothers clone is that it might lead the little brats who play it to playing God of War, and won't that be lovely when soccor mom #4,332 walks in and finds her little bundle of joy ripping off a monsters head and decides that "Videogames are the devil!"
And before anyone points to Snake in Smash Brothers, yeah, I know, but at least his game isn't over the top super-violent in the same way Kratos' is.

Anyway, yeah, they're copying Nintendo again. My inner fanboy is raging, but considering that it might be something other than an FPS is an exciting prospect. Smash Bros wanna be or no, this is something I'll at least check out. I'll draw the line when Microsoft does it...because you know it's coming, sooner or later.

At this point I'm not surprised if others "copy" others, though I gotta say: Although Nintendo first came up with the idea of a fighting game with characters from all games, they didn't exactly come up with fighting games.

As long as they come up with a good game that's fun to play, I don't care if they copy all fighting games in the world.

I just don't feel like typing down my choice of characters again...Jak and Daxter and...others...

The whole cross-universe stages sounds interesting, but beyond that I can't see anything else that doesn't immediately make my mind think "Super Smash Bros". Even if the game were to end up being a good Smash Bros. rip-off, I still can't see myself wanting it as the game is probably going to be filled with completely clashing styles.

unless I can play as (at least) one of the Colossi, this game will fall short of its awesomeness potential :P

that being said, what would a game be like where one played a Colossus trying to defend against a stubborn AI Wander? or many? Would that be sort of a tower defense that could work with movement detection? "Stomp and punch the ground before he climbs on you! Shake all over after he does!"

please stop my wandering mind, it's late already

Nintendo seems to have a larger roster of lovable familiars, but this definitely has promise.

DustyDrB:
I was pretty much hoping it would be a Smash Brothers clone rather than a serious arcade-style fighting game. I'm looking forward to this.

Same here.

Me and my friends love Smash Bros. But only one of us owns a Nintendo. Several own PS3's. All of us have a greater love for Playstation games before Nintendo games. This will work out perfectly for us.

Wow, this isn't a clone, it's an outright ripoff. The music even sounds similar.. REALLY? THE MUSIC!? Come on guys try to hide it more XD In either case I think it looks neat, and I might consider buying it. Thats is, if it has Robbit...
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Oh, whats that? It probably doesn't have Robbit? IF IT CAN HAVE PARAPPA THEN IT CAN HAVE ROBBIT GOD DAMNIT

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