So, Who Exactly Could Be In A Sony Fighting Game?

So, Who Exactly Could Be In A Sony Fighting Game?

There’s a rumour going around that Sony is set to take on Nintendo’s Smash Bros. series with a fighting game franchise of its own.

Interestingly, a lot of the sentiment I picked up on over the weekend was people wondering whether the PlayStation brand had had a roster that could support such a game.

Those people obviously don’t know the PlayStation brand that well.

Sure, over the years Nintendo has built itself a tome of bankable first-party characters, but since the company is so reliant on them and uses them so often, we’re familiar with them. Nearly every character, from Mario through to Tingle right on down to Birdo, can be counted on to turn up in something at least once every few years.

Sony hasn’t quite done the same. Through the PlayStation 1 through to today, franchises have come and gone, and their characters along with them, so when you think of mascots for the Sony brand, things get a little foggy. Are you talking about the PlayStation 2? The PSP?

For a game like this, it doesn’t matter. The Smash Bros. series draws on some obscure characters to swell its roster, like members of the Mother series, so you can expect Sony to do the same. And if/when it does, you might be surprised at the number of characters, whether directly first-party or third-party and associated with the PlayStation brand, that the company can call upon.

Characters like these. I’ve included the obvious – Kratos, duh – along with those listed in the original rumour, but have also gone for guys and girls you may not realise, or may have forgotten were made on the PlayStation, and who would be perfect for a fighting game in the wacky style of Smash Bros.

Kratos (God of War, 2005)

Nathan Drake (Uncharted, 2007)

Ratchet (Ratchet & Clank, 2002)

Nariko (Heavenly Sword, 2006)

Crash Bandicoot (Crash Bandicoot, 1996)

Toro Inoue (Doko Demo Issyo, 1999)

Spyro (Spyro the Dragon, 1998)

Cole McGrath (Infamous, 2009)

Gitaroo Man (Gitaroo Man, 2001)

Patapon (Patapon, 2007)

Sweet Tooth (Twisted Metal, 1995)

Jak (Jak & Daxter, 2001)

Sir Daniel Fortesque (Medievil, 1998)

Nathan Hale (Resistance, 2006)

Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid, 1998)

Specter (Ape Escape, 1999)

Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII, 1997)

Colonel Radec (Killzone 2, 2009)

Vibri (Vib Ribbon, 1999)

Wander (Shadow of the Colossus, 2005)

Sly Cooper (Sly Cooper, 2002)

Tomba (Tombi, 1997)

Norman Jayden (Heavy Rain, 2010)

Devil (Devil Dice, 1998)

LocoRoco (LocoRoco, 2006)

PaRappa (PaRappa the Rapper, 1996)

Captain Blasto (Blasto, 1998)

Mark Hammond (The Getaway, 2002)

Sackboy, LittleBigPlanet (2008)

Kazuma Kiryu (Yakuza, 2005)

Echochrome Dude (Echochrome, 2008)

Nemesis (Resident Evil 3, 1999)

Fat Princess (Fat Princess, 2009)

Lara Croft (Tomb Raider, 1996)

Klonoa (Klonoa, 1997)

See what I mean? That’s a fairly respectable roster, full of solid “fighters” but also some oddball choices to keep things interesting. The thing is, that’s just using one character from each franchise. Series like Uncharted, Resistance, God of War, Killzone, Resident Evil and Final Fantasy could easily include two, even three or more characters, swelling the roster further.

And that’s before you even take into account the marketing dream such a game would be. Sega and Konami didn’t drop characters into Smash Bros. for the hell of it, they did it for the exposure, so you can bet if this fighting game is actually released publishers like EA and Ubisoft will be lining up to get the likes of Ezio and Isaac Clarke included.

So yeah, to anyone that can’t remember past Nathan Drake and Kratos, a Sony fighting game has a wealth of great characters to draw from.

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  • It’s a concept that would do well as a PS4 launch title. People don’t expect stellar games and mainly just want a bit of fun and nice graphics. A game like this to show off to friends would do the PS4 well.

  • The problem is Sony only has instant access to maybe half a dozen of those on demand.
    And neither Snake nor Sonic were in the first, or even second, smash brothers, only exclusives, which Nintendo has an impressive stable of.
    It might be better to put together a “Console Wars” multiplayer FPS with Xbox and PlayStation characters facing off, even if Sony players and Microsoft fans can’t face each other.
    Who wouldn’t buy a TF2 -style FPS with Marcus Feenix as the xbox heavy, Master Cheif as the Xbox soldier, going up against Nathan Drake as the sony scout and Solid Snake for the playstation spy?

      • It doesn’t matter if it’s exclusive or not, the point is that this is a Sony exclusive title which means Third Parties aren’t going to lose anything by giving it star power.

        Don’t confuse this with say, a game like Mortal Kombat, a multiplatform game that uses console exclusive characters to entice to its platform users or fans of its particular series (eg. God of War).

        Microsoft and xbox users aren’t going to suddenly blame Third Parties for throwing characters into an exclusive game, much in he same way that nobody cared that Solid Snake was in Smash Bros.

  • Snake feels weird in this list considering he’s already in Smash Bros, and Klonoa was on Wii as well so not certain of that one either.

  • Hopefully every character in the Michael ad makes an appearance.

    I’m not really into fighting games but I’d definitely get one that featured Kratos versus Cole or Ezio versus Lightning.

    • Something new? I don’t think Ninty or Microsoft have released more new IPs this generation than Sony combined.

      This is a new concept for Sony too. Whinge moar?

    • Thats the final death move right there!

      Then the screen gets covered in red balloons (instead of blood)

      Unfortunately, wrong character though – Norman is the FBI agent

  • I imagine if they do this they’re going to go with an overall cartoony chibi style (hopefully they make it gory too). Otherwise its really difficult to envisage Kratos vs Sackboy, or Drake vs Fat Princess.

    Also, I’d love to see someone do a list that with characters 100% Sony exclusives. I think they’ll be able to pull in a few non-Sony’s but I’d like to see what the list looks like without them.

    • There’s another thing why Super Smash Bros worked really well. Even their most mature franchises like Metroid and Zelda were hardly adult (For argument’s sake, Metal Gear Solid doesn’t count)

      I ‘d imagine this going down like Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, but with PG-level violence, so i doubt we would see Kratos dismembering Crash Bandicoot limb from limb, though it would be good since (IMO) the Crash franchise is in more of a shithole than Sonic’s one.

      Either way, though i don’t have a PS3 (got a PSP and PS1-dat epic intro) i would very much buy this game with those sort of characters.

  • The game won’t have a lot of charm unless they secure a lot of typically console-exclusive (but not Sony-owned) characters. Doing so isn’t easy when you’ve got a large chunk of them from different sources – Nintendo only had to deal with Sega and Konami.

  • I can’t help but think there is a tonal consistency in Ninty’s ip that helps smash brothers work. This could still be a success, but I doubt it will be able to rely on just on cameos to work.

  • If we see a Sony Smash Bros, we’ll have to see Ratchet & Clank. The movesets can be taken straight from the game. Throwing/swinging his wrench, Gliding down with the helicopter/booster pack and hyper strike. Even though it’d be tough to match the heights of Smash Bros I’d like to see this be made. I can’t see it being as impressive, but an alternative with your Sony faves!

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