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PlayStation All-Stars II: Year 4 Edition

It's that time again. It's been 4 years since the release of PlayStation All-Stars at the time this blog was written, and we still don't have anything regarding a sequel. We've seen a new Smash Bros, Marvel and Star Wars join Disney Infinity, Disney Infinity get shut down, LEGO Dimensions become the hot new crossover video game that expands beyond Smash Bros' limitations, and Crash Bandicoot revived from the dead after 8 years or so. There might still be a large number of old ideas from this blog: http://playstationallstars.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:LeeHatake93/More_All-Stars_II_Ideas floating around for my new idea of an All-Stars II, but now I'm going to present my revamped wishlist for a PlayStation All-Stars sequel...

PSASBR 2 New

My New Roster

Before I get into new gameplay mechanics and what not, I want to present a new character roster. A lot of characters will return from my old roster, however, I'll add new characters as well. Current roster size is 71 characters, with 60 being first-party.

PSASB2 Match Up

PlayStation:

Note that this list is bound to expand.

Character Series
Sweet Tooth Twisted Metal
Calypso Twisted Metal
Dart Feld The Legend of Dragoon
Rose The Legend of Dragoon
PaRappa PaRappa the Rapper
Lammy UmJammer Lammy
Toro Together Everywhere!
Spike Ape Escape
Specter Ape Escape
Sir Daniel Fortesque MediEvil
Zarok MediEvil
Blasto Blasto
Tomba Tomba!
Vahn Legend of Legaia
Rudy Roughnight Wild Arms
Gabriel Logan Siphon Filter
Jak and Daxter Jak and Daxter
Baron Praxis Jak and Daxter
Sly Cooper Sly Cooper
Carmelita Fox Sly Cooper
Ratchet & Clank Ratchet & Clank
Dr. Nefarious Ratchet & Clank
Kratos God of War
Zeus God of War
Jennifer Tate Primal
Colonel Radec Killzone
Ico & Yorda ICO
Wander Shadow of the Colossus
Kid & Birddog The Last Guardian
Rau Utu The Mark of Kri
Buzz Buzz!
Uberhero Patapon
Tigershark InviZimals
Fat Princess Fat Princess
Nariko Heavenly Sword
Emmett Graves Starhawk
Journeyer Journey
Cole MacGrath inFamous
Delsin Rowe inFamous
Fetch inFamous
Nathan Drake Uncharted
Joel & Ellie The Last of Us
Sackboy LittleBigPlanet
Iota Tearaway
Ethan Mars Heavy Rain
Jodie Holmes Beyond: Two Souls
Kara/Conner Detroit: Become Human
Chimera Resistance
Kutaro Puppeteer
Tag ModNation Racers
Lil & Laarg Escape Plan
Kat & Dusty Gravity Rush
Raven Gravity Rush
Sinner & Accessory Freedom Wars
Knack Knack
Sir Galahad The Order: 1886
Hunter Bloodborne
Aloy Horizon: Zero Dawn
Norman Reedus (Character's name unknown) Death Stranding
Home Avatars PlayStation Home
The images below are the parts used in my character selection screen template. I'm posting them here for future reference.

Third-Party

I know the inclusion of third-party characters is often met with mixed responses, but PlayStation has a strong third-party support and the inclusion of several third-party characters in the latest Super Smash Bros has proven to be quite popular, especially with characters among the ranks of Ryu, Cloud Strife, and even Bayonetta. which brought the total to 6, 7 if you count Snake's inclusion in Brawl. So, with that in mind, I will actually make a list of at least 10 third-party characters, even though I'd expect Sony to only use at least 8. I'll give a reason for their inclusions as well.

Character Series Reason
Crash Bandicoot Crash Bandicoot

The most-requested character from the first game and a widely recognized icon of the PS1 era, despite being sold to a third-party. After Activision began focusing on Call of Duty and other IP's, Crash was left in the dust, causing an outcry from fans. Everywhere on the Internet, fans petitioned for Crash to return under Sony. After 8 years, Crash appeared as an easter egg in a big-name Sony franchise, and the following E3 revealed that he'd return as a Skylander, as well as getting a fully remastered trilogy collection on PS4. He's still owned by Activision, but Sony has worked out an exclusive deal for the HD collection, and could have rights to use the character in other projects if they desired to.

Heihachi Mishima Tekken Returning from the first game. Heihachi hails from the Tekken franchise, a series that, despite going multiplatform after Tekken 6, had previously been highly console-exclusive to PlayStation platforms. Heihachi is arguably one of the most iconic characters in Tekken history, alongside his family members Jin and Kazuya. 
Akuma Street Fighter Arguably one of the most notable antagonists in the Street Fighter series, Akuma is essentially the "Heihachi" of the Street Fighter franchise. Though he did not debut in the first couple games of the series, nor is he in Street Fighter V, Akuma, like Ryu, is known to get around outside of the series, appearing in the Capcom VS series, Asura's Wrath, and most recently, Tekken 7. Street Fighter V's console exclusivity on PS4 shows that Sony could use a Street Fighter representative.
Chris Redfield, Wesker, or Leon Resident Evil Alternatively, if Sony were to choose a Capcom representative, they could go with a Resident Evil character, whether it be Chris or Wesker, or someone else entirely. The latest Resident Evil game, a throwback to its horror routes, was announced during Sony's E3 conference, currently has a PS4 exclusive demo, and is PSVR compatible. Additionally, they could go with Leon since Resident Evil 4 is one of the most popular, commonly re-released installments in the franchise, having been on PS2, PS3, and PS4, and also being playable on Vita via Remote Play. In a sense, Resident Evil 4 is Capcom's equivalent of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. If Sony doesn't go with Street Fighter, Resident Evil is always on the table.
Dante Devil May Cry Returning from the first game or (technically) starring as a newcomer and my final suggestion for a Capcom character, I could see Dante making the roster in both his reboot and classic designs. The reboot Dante was the chosen representative for the first game, though I'd expect Sony to bring him back in his classic design, especially if rumors of a Devil May Cry 5 (instead of DmC 2) are true. Like Heihachi, Dante's series was previously PlayStation exclusive, though this was only during the PS2 era. Since the HD collection, Dante's gone multiplatform, but even so, Sony had the rights to use him before, so they may be able to use him again.
Sephiroth, Cloud, or Noctis Final Fantasy Final Fantasy has been on nearly every platform to date, and has seen a lot of releases on Nintendo and PlayStation systems, specifically. Though the franchise has gone multiplatform, it still retains a degree of PlayStation exclusivity in some regard, namely toward the X/X-2 HD Remaster, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and new Dissidia console release. Though it didn't have any representation in All-Stars and Cloud appeared in Super Smash Bros, I could see PlayStation potentially getting involved in using a Final Fantasy character for a sequel. If they were to merely focus on cross-promotion with Square Enix, they would likely choose Noctis from Finaly Fantasy XV as the playable representative. However, they'd probably also choose Cloud (being in Smash doesn't kill his chances of being in PSAS2) or Sephiroth to both promote the Final Fantasy VII Remake, as well as Dissidia, and to appeal to fans of the original Final Fantasy VII. They could either choose between Sephiroth and Cloud, or potentially make them both playable. I'd expect them to choose one of them instead of Noctis, but I put him as a possibility anyway.
Sora Kingdom Hearts Yet another character who was requested for All-Stars, as well as Super Smash Bros, Sora has been heavily associated with PlayStation for years. Though his games have seen releases on Nintendo handhelds and mobile phones, nearly the entirety of the Kingdom Hearts series is now on PlayStation with the releases of the I.5 and II.5 HD Remixes, as well as the upcoming II.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III, making Kingdom Hearts a strongly PlayStation associated series. Even though he is also associated with Disney, I feel that Sony wouldn't have any qualms with including Disney content in his moveset if it called for it. Sony and Disney (notably for Disney Infinity and LEGO Avengers/Star Wars: The Force Awakens) have been pretty close lately, releasing exclusive bundles and early access DLC. I could see Sora working well in All-Stars II, and the mention of being associated with a non-video game series brings me to my next character...
Spider-Man Spider-Man (PS4) Yes, I know. He isn't a video game character, he shouldn't be here, blah, blah, blah. I admit that even I'm surprised he's on my list, but here it is. This Spider-Man specifically represents the character in the upcoming PS4 game developed by Insomniac Games, who may or may not represent an original version of the character for that specific universe. Additionally, Sony has had the rights to Spider-Man for many, many years now, and a recent report has said that Sony now has exclusive rights to Spider-Man video games. Not only does this mean that the E3 Spider-Man game could see sequels, it also means that video game-wise, we're only going to see Spider-man starring in his own series on PlayStation platforms for a while. With this in mind, even if he isn't a video game original character. he does have a strong connection to PlayStation now. Plus, if he and Sora make the roster, this might be the closest we'll get to Marvel in Kingdom Hearts, unless Marvel shows up in KH3. Since he isn't a video game original character, though, I have an alternative listed below...
Mortal Kombat Character Mortal Kombat While Mortal Kombat has always been a third-party game series that debuted in arcades, it is one of the major competitors against Street Fighter and Tekken, to an extent, and is one of the most iconic fighting game franchises in history. Though it doesn't have very strong ties to PlayStation other than having Kratos as an exclusive guest character and having a PSP exclusive game, the series has appeared on every PlayStation console to date and has been fairly popular on Sony consoles. As far as characters go, any of them could make great fighters, though the two I'd choose between would be either Scorpion, the face of the series, or Sub-Zero, another iconic veteran in series history and main rival to Scorpion. If they decided to promote the future of the series with a character from Mortal Kombat X, I'd bet on Cassie Cage, but Scorpion and/or Sub-Zero have my top vote. As far as movesets go, Scorpion's appearance in Injustice: Gods Among Us shows that a Mortal Kombat character can have the gore toned down, yet still remain true to their source material.
Another Namco Character Bandai Namco Games Though Bandai Namco Games helped develop the most recent Super Smash Bros game, they have been heavily associated with PlayStation in recent years. They've released several exclusive games on PlayStation platforms, such as God Eater, Sword Art Online, and quite a few games in the Soul Calibur and Tales of series. Additionally, Bandai Namco is one of the few third party companies that still develops games for the PlayStation Vita, with games like Attack on Titan, One Piece: Burning Blood, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, and J-Stars Victory VS+ being a few notable examples. Excluding their anime-based games, any of these franchises could have a playable representative in PlayStation All-Stars. Alisa Amiella from God Eater, Kite and/or Haseo from .hack//, Nightmare or any of the various fighters from Soulcalibur, etc. If I had a choice, I'd pick Nightmare from Soulcalibur, and if Namco decides to make a new Soulcalibur game after Tekken 7, then it would make sense to choose a fighter from that series as cross-promotion.
Snake (Old Snake, Big Boss, Venom Snake) Metal Gear Solid Though I enjoyed seeing Raiden in the first game and would personally like to see him return, it goes without question that the various Snakes are the real faces of the Metal Gear franchise. As with Tekken and Devil May Cry, Metal Gear Solid is third-party franchise that has had strong ties to PlayStation in the past, and just like with Ryu and Cloud, Snake's inclusion in Super Smash Bros does not kill his chances of being in All-Stars, especially since he made a playable appearance in another fighting game before Smash Bros. I'd pick Big Boss or Venom Snake since Metal Gear Solid V is the most recent Metal Gear game in the franchise (and the last directed by Hideo Kojima.), but Solid Snake, or more notably Old Snake, could appear as a costume or variation all the same. I'm not sure what Konami will do with Metal Gear after Kojima's departure (other than that zombie game), but I feel like if Sony wanted a Metal Gear representative to return to All-Stars, Konami would be willing to play.
Yu Narukami Persona 4 The alternative character I mentioned before when I suggested Spider-Man as a fighter..
The Persona series has largely been exclusive to PlayStation consoles, with only the Persona 4 Arena series being multiplatform and Persona Q being exclusive to a Nintendo system. Though every game stars a different hero character in the vein of games like Grand Theft Auto or Pokemon, and Atlus would probably choose the hero from Persona 5 to promote its release, Persona 4 is one of the most prominent installments in the series, starting on PS2 with its initial release, recieving a fighting game spin-off that in turn received an upgraded version/sequel, a Vita-exclusive remake and dancing-genre spin-off, and appearing in Person Q. However, the other games have also had several re-releases and spin-offs, though Persona 4 seems to be Atlus' favorite.

Gameplay Ideas

Coming soon...

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