Submitted by doctorstrange 1032d ago | opinion piece

Will Battle Royale Bring Unity to the PlayStation Universe?

There’s been a lot of talk about whether PlayStation’s cast of characters are iconic, or recognizable enough to carry a party brawler like PlayStation All-Stars, and this touchy topic has been largely pushed due to the widespread belief that Nintendo, in contrast to PlayStation, has an arsenal of creative, nostalgic, and identifiable mascots. With all 20 PlayStation All-Stars revealed, why don’t we take an objective look at Super Smash Bros, and what Battle Royale can do for PlayStation as a whole. - PSLS (PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, PS Vita, PS3)

bad naruto  +   1032d ago
NO because Sony is Doomed.
jujubee88  +   1031d ago
Actually, I could give a sh*t about any form of "unity" among people that enjoy the Playstation brand. There is a lot to gain in diversity.

Can you honestly say what a "Playstation gamer" looks like or acts like? Nope. Why? It's because there is so much diversity (partially thanks to SCEWWS first party being so diverse and the other variety from third parties) among the people who own some form of Playstation hardware.

I can tell what a Nintendo "gamer" is. I can tell what a Xbox "gamer" is. How can I tell what those people look and act like? To use a stereotype (and there is some truth to this, as people might know)...

...I look left, than I look right. One has a vintage worn Mario shirt. Another asks his bro to play FPS games on XBL after school.

Is there more to it? Yes. Maybe, Playstation just doesn't have that "it factor" or it just is not speaking to the "core" enough. Or, of course, people could just not realize how diverse Playstation is and those people are being ignorant.

Knowing how passionate (some) video game "lovers" can be about a thing(s) other people could care less about, I will take the latter in any debate.

Tell someone one how you beat Super Mario Bros in 24 hours. Tell someone how you felt when you shot someone in the head and bragged to your friends online about it. Tell them and see if anyone who does not play video games consistently actually cares to retain any knowledge gained in that type of conversation.

Recommend "Journey" or "Uncharted" and those titles demand a human dialogue unto themselves that go beyond the requisite knowledge a gamer might have. A lot of Playstation's first party titles alone touch on actual deep themes, not just bright colors and abstract shapes. Talk about "Uncharted", sure it's just like describing a movie, but it's actually in the medium of a mechanically solid game.

wastedcells  +   1032d ago
Nobody will ever have bigger icons than Nintendo.
GribbleGrunger  +   1032d ago
And your reason for saying that in a thread about a Sony game is...?
ALLWRONG  +   1031d ago
The same reason you guys troll Wii U news. What goes around comes around.
Ben_Grimm  +   1031d ago
Its just a little dig to even the balance Gribble, isn't that what you sometimes do?
Reverent  +   1032d ago
Thank you for your unnecessary opinion. I agree with Gribble.

And oh my god, N4G, I keep trying to edit my comment and stuff keeps disapearing or going to an error page lol.
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MaxXAttaxX  +   1032d ago
And you're being defensive about Nintendo...why?

This has nothing to do with them nor does this game attempt to compete with SSB.
Go away troll.
wastedcells  +   1032d ago
For the record I hated smash bro and my wii is in a box somewhere untouched since I finished zelda. I play ps3 95% of the time but when talking about mascots and the comparisons made to smash bros its hard to compete. I think Kratos is the best mascot ever but that's just me.
Sgt_Slaughter  +   1032d ago
Wow... stick to Nintendo articles if you're going to do that...

No, check that. Just GTFO of N4G so we can have one less ignorant fanboy/troll to deal with.

Any way, PASBY will be freakin' awesome and actually gamers know this!
wastedcells  +   1032d ago
Sony mascots don't fit this game. It just seems weird. I'm Sony thu and thu and this just feels like something that would only work on a Nintendo system. Unless Kratos rips drakes head off and the game has finishing moves or something lol.
MightyPatapon  +   1032d ago

Except that Pac-Man is more iconic than Mario.

Oh, and Angry Birds is also more iconic than Mario.
XabiDaChosenOne  +   1031d ago
Nobody will ever have as much icons as PlayStation.
HebrewHammer  +   1032d ago
Not with only 20 characters it won't.

But screw unity. PlayStation games stand strong independent of each other.
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MaxXAttaxX  +   1032d ago
"Others" did just fine with 12 characters for their first game.

I expect to see more than 20 characters as the final roster has yet to be confirmed. Didn't SuperBot tease a few more characters during interviews and presentations before this random Twitter from a Sony rep?
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--Onilink--  +   1032d ago
"Others" first game was a N64 game, and more of an experiment than anything.

They are no doubt saving more characters for DLC. Still... 20 is not bad at all

And no, they already confirmed this is the final roster. 20 characters at launch
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HebrewHammer  +   1032d ago
20 is bad when you have about 40+ that are synonymous with the PlayStation brand.
MaxXAttaxX  +   1031d ago
20 is not bad for the first game in what may be a series.
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--Onilink--  +   1032d ago
Releasing 40 characters straight up would be a balancing nightmare, which would only end up delaying the game.

Im not saying that i wouldnt like more characters, but this game doesnt have the benefit of being part of an existing franchise where most characters already have a determined move set, and they just need to do small updates to the old ones. And focus on a couple of new ones with each iteration.

That, plus the fact that they will probably want to make some extra cash with DLC characters
Hicken  +   1032d ago
How many first entries in ANY fighting game franchise had 20+ characters?
ElasticLove  +   1032d ago
Maybe not Battle Royale, but they are on to something with the concept of mashing up worlds. (Just a idea so bear with me) Think of franchises like Uncharted and God of War made a cross-over game. Drake goes exploring one day and finds a mythical artifact from Kratos times. He found the artifact, but then he gets zapped back in time where Kratos is looking for the same artifact. But Drake is the only one that knows where to find it. So Drake and Kratos must work together, in order to find this artifact of legend and for Drake to return to his own time. I just think Sony needs to find their niche and stick with it , while at the same time staying true to the Sony brand and play-style.
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Omar91  +   1032d ago
LMAO!! its a cool concept but honestly if kratos saw drake holding his artifact he will beat the living shit out of him. theres no team in kratos
Blankman85  +   1032d ago
No. Just no!
ElasticLove  +   1032d ago
lol Just a thought, nothing serious.
omarzy  +   1032d ago
It will definitely make these characters more known to the gaming community, but they cannot be as iconic as the Nintendo cast as the article suggest it could. Lets pick 5 of the more well known characters from each roster.

Sony: Drake, Kratos, Ratchet, Sweet Tooth, and Dante. Yes, this is new Dante, but the "Dante" character is still very well known.

Nintendo: Mario, Link, Pikachu, Donkey Kong, and Samus.

Lets be realistic here. The Nintendo list i made is the dictionary definition for iconic characters, but that really doesn't matter for all stars because this ISN'T a Nintendo game. This is a playstation game, and if not being as well known as Mario or Link decided if a game would be popular or not, then I doubt there would be any video games at all besides Mario or Zelda games.

This game will help boost the awareness of the characters, but lets not get ahead of ourselves by even assuming they can reach the level of these Nintendo characters in terms of being iconic.
TongkatAli  +   1031d ago
Play a Sly Cooper game. You would have named him first or second. His games are awesome.
TCG_Returns  +   1032d ago
Oh look.More stupid shit from playstationlifestyle
Parappa  +   1032d ago
No because core characters that are related to Playstation are missing and one of the reasons they are missing is so that companies can use the game to advertise their games instead of giving fans the fanservice that they want.

This game isn't a game for fans of Playstation that wanted something like Smash Bros. It's a game for companies to advertise future games at the expense of what the fans really want in the game.
DivineAssault  +   1032d ago
they will release dlc for this game adding to it.. Although i think they should be in there to begin with.. Oh well, cross buy for me anyway
smashcrashbash  +   1032d ago
I would like to point out that 'they' ,as people keep on saying,didn't confirm anything about twenty characters being the final roster. One single person who isn't even part of the Superbot team made a single tweet to a single person and nothing has been confirmed by anyone else not even Superbot themselves.Superbot said they knew what the final roster was before hand.So if what Sid said was official why doesn't Superbot or anyone else confirm it? They just sit there silently not saying anything to anyone else. Why would they keep quiet if it's official? Just confirm it then and come out in the open.They were very open with making whole articles talking about every reveal they have made so far, so they leave the most important part to be vaguely tweet by a single person with no excuses, explanations or reasons?

@ NathanExplosion. Yes they did, but people like most gamers prefer to use the angry mob type of sense rather then rational thinking.It's much more chaotic. Superbot has been talking about more characters even after they announced the twenty.
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smashcrashbash  +   1032d ago
@ wastedcells. That's dumb. There were plenty of games like SSB before Nintendo even made theirs and they weren't full of Nintendo characters. Power Stone was full of human looking people with deadly weapons and attacks and it didn't seem 'strange'. Your only saying that because PASBR isn't full of puff balls and one sentence saying characters. I never thought Captain Falcon or Snake fit in with Jiggly Puff or Link or Pokemon Trainer but as per usual people can see only one way.If you didn't know who Kratos was you would never think he should be ripping off Drake's head. If you were Sony through and through you would know that this has been done before on other systems and has succeeded long before Nintendo ever tried it.So just because Sony is trying their luck in the genre doesn't mean it won't work because you think it's a Nintendo thing. I could have easily said long ago 'I can't see anyone else doing Tekken, Soul Edge or Battle Arena Toshinden like game because it seems like a PlayStation thing'

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