It’s official – Sony has finally announced their own Super Smash Bros. clone. I feel like I should be excited for this… but I’m not. As of now, the only characters that have been revealed are Sly Cooper, Sweet Tooth, the Fat Princess, Kratos, Parappa the Rapper, and some dude from Killzone who’s name I don’t know. Sony just doesn’t have the amount of superstars that Nintendo does, which is really making it hard for me to get hyped up for this game. However, this could easily be remedied by the addition of some good third party characters. The following post will contain the five third party characters that I believe are most likely to appear in Sony’s first stab at a crossover fighter.
1. Konami – Solid Snake (as Old Snake)
This one should be a no brainer. There aren’t many third party series out there that mean more to an individual console than the Metal Gear Solid series does to Sony. Snake is the face of the franchise, and is one of the most popular characters in all of gaming. Solid Snake is really the only character that I would be shocked not to see in this game.
Other Konami Possibilities – Some may say that Snake’s appearance in the Smash Bros. series could hurt his chances of appearing in Sony’s version of the game. Because of this, it is possible that they may go with a different character from the MGS series. Raiden would be the most likely, especially considering he has a new game scheduled to come out this year. However, he doesn’t have anywhere near the following that Snake does, and I would be pretty surprised if this were to happen.
2. Square-Enix – Lightning
First of all, I should say that I DO NOT want this to happen. I think Lightning is a boring character who has no business representing the Final Fantasy series. However, she is one of the most popular characters in the franchise’s history (for reasons beyond my comprehension), and is still in the spotlight. She is the one who makes the most sense. She will likely have another game coming out in a year or two, and her presence in this game could be used to increase the hype. A lot of fans were also butthurt over the fact that she was given the shaft in Final Fantasy XIII-2, so this may be a way to appease them. Basically, I’m picking Lightning for the same reason Lucario was put in Super Smash Bros. Brawl – because she can be used to generate buzz for another game, as well as a way to appease a large fan base.
Other Square-Enix Possibilities – Of course, Cloud Strife seems like he would be a pretty obvious pick. He is generally regarded as the franchise’s most famous character, and is from one of the most popular games in the series. This makes the most sense for the fans, but I could see how Square-Enix wouldn’t have as much to gain by putting him in. If I had to guess, I would say that Final Fantasy will have two representatives – Lightning and Cloud.
For the same reasons as Lightning, Noctis from Final Fantasy Versus XIII may have a decent shot at getting in. But I’m not willing to realistically discuss his “candidacy” until we learn more about FFvsXIII.
Finally, I think Tidus stands a decent chance of getting in. Final Fantasy X is getting a HD remake that is supposed to come out around the same time as this game, so his presence could also be used as a hype-generator. While Tidus isn’t exactly the most popular character, FFX is still one of the most popular games in the series. It would sure as hell make me happy… although there are some Final Fantasy characters I would still rather see than him.
3. Valve – Atlas and P-Body
I’m sorry, but I’m going to be a little bit subjective on this one. Valve and Sony seem to have formed a pretty strong relationship over the last couple of years. The PS3 version of Portal 2 came with a lot of exclusive content that the 360 version did not, which may be an indicator of Valve’s “loyalty” to Sony. Valve is obviously a PC-first company, but this would be a great way to get some easy publicity. GLaDOS is obviously the more popular character, but her physical appearance and abilities would make it hard to make a moveset for her (she would be a pretty bitchin’ boss fight though). Atlas and P-Body would be perfect, and could function as this game’s version of the Ice Climbers. Portal guns open up endless possibilities for a moveset, and I want to see it happen!
Other Valve Possibilities – Gordon Freeman is certainly Valve’s flagship character, but I don’t think we really need another gun-wielding fighter in this game. Considering that the dude from Killzone, Nathan Drake, a dude from Resistance, and Solid Snake’s presences are all but inevitable, I would be pretty disappointed if we had yet another soldier-like character. He makes the most sense, but my weak heart cannot help but swoon over the thought of Atlas and P-Body’s portal gun-based moveset.
4. Capcom – Leon S. Kennedy
Resident Evil 6. That’s all that needs to be said. Not only does Leon make the most sense from a “hey let’s hype up our new game” point of view, he also makes sense from a popularity standpoint. Resident Evil 4’s success made Leon one of, if not THE most popular character in the series. He fits in perfectly with Sony’s demographic, and would also make tons of fans of the Resident Evil series happy. However, the fact that Capcom already has their own series of fighting games may not bode well for Leon’s chances. It all comes down to whether or not Capcom is willing to allow it, and I don’t think there’s any good reason for them not to.
Other Capcom Possibilities – Ryu is no stranger to fighting games, and represents what is currently Capcom’s most popular series. But this game isn’t your traditional fighter, which may end up hurting his chances. Leon just makes more sense in pretty much every way possible, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they decided to go with a Street Fighter representative. Frank West would be another decent choice as well.
5. Ubisoft – Ezio Auditore da Firenze
With as much as I’ve used the “let’s hype up our game” argument, I’m not going to use it here. Ezio is by far Ubisoft’s most popular character, and this would be the perfect way to send him off once and for all. Even though Connor would make more sense, I think Ubisoft is smart enough to see how much people loved Ezio. In my opinion, Ezio is the most iconic character introduced in the seventh generation, and leaving him out of this game would be a joke.
Other Ubisoft Possibilities – The aforementioned Connor Kenway from Assassin’s Creed III has about an equal chance of getting in as Ezio does. Sam Fisher would be a good choice too, but he’s been out of the spotlight for a little too long. Rayman would fit in nicely with characters like Sly and Parappa, but it seems like he has a much larger following of Nintendo fans than he does Sony fans.
Well, that’s about it for my predictions. However, this isn’t necessarily the list of all of the characters that I want to see in the game (although I do really want Snake and Ezio). That’s for a separate post that will be coming your way soon :D