Many of history’s greatest debates have centered around who would, theoretically, win in a fight: Abraham Lincoln or George Washington, Muhammad Ali or Mike Tyson, and, perhaps most recently, Kratos or Sly. Later this year, when Sony releases PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, the last of these conflicts will cease to be hypothetical and commence being a glorious reality.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, announced today for the Playstation 3, pits a collection of Sony’s most iconic characters against one another in the name of bragging rights; included in the title’s first footage is a sampling of mascots that includes Kratos from God of War, Sly from Sly Cooper, Parapa from Parapa the Rapper, Sweet Tooth from Twisted Metal, Colonel Radec from Killzone 2, and, of course, the fat princess from Fat Princess. The format, which allows for four players to battle it out at once, is one that should be all too familiar to those who have ever played Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros.: everything, from the stages to the weapons, is an homage to a given Sony franchise. In the trailer above, it can be clearly seen that the maps will take players from the creative venues of Little Big Planet to the more familiar confines of Hell from God of War III.
One area that it appears Sony will be transcending the brawler genre in will be the game’s online multiplayer; here, players will be allowed to compete in the title’s Tournament mode, Special Event Battle, or Custom Matches. Tournament mode matches the player an opponent that, if they defeat, will reward them with experience points and awards. Special Event Battles are Battle Royale’s regularly updated feature that presents the user with unique challenges on a daily basis. Performance in these battles will result in the aforementioned addition of experience points alongside placement on the game’s leaderboard if it is warranted. Custom Matches are, as the name implies, confrontations arranged by the player with their own designated parameters.
As for single player options, the game provides a fairly standard assortment of Arcade Mode and Combat Trials. Arcade Mode will serve as the basic, linear progression feature in which players compete to earn prizes. Combat Trials serve the more essential function of educating the user on the game’s mechanics while at the same time providing them with a diverse set of challenges sure to keep them coming back for the mode’s hundreds of challenges.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will bringing its unique spin on the Super Smash Bros. franchise to the Playstation 3 later this year.