PlayStation All Stars: Battle Royale E3 Impressions

Tonight at their E3 Press Conference, Sony gave us a look at the platform’s upcoming exclusive brawler PlayStation All Stars: Battle Royale, complete with a demonstration of cross-platform play, new gameplay footage, and the reveal of two playable characters in Nathan Drake from Uncharted and a Big Daddy from Bioshock.

With fluid combat, a fun premise, and the potential to make good on a cross-platform play feature, the game looked nothing short of awesome.

So, why do I feel a little let down by its presence at E3?

Alongside The Last of Us, Battle Royale is one of the stronger exclusives hitting the PS3 this year. But that wasn’t made evident at the game’s E3 coverage. During gameplay, we saw the same characters that have already been announced: Sly Cooper, Fat Princess, Kratos, Parappa, and Sweet Tooth, among others. And in the gameplay footage, we saw nothing that we haven’t already seen before, and heard nothing that hasn’t already been explained. Each character will approach the gameplay differently, and fights will be won or lost based on points accumulated through the successful execution of super attacks.

On top of that, there was a severe lack of any new information about the nature of the cross-platform play, which could potentially be a huge industry first, and I really wished we could have seen a bit of Nathan or Big Daddy in action. Even a five-second glimpse would have sufficed. Instead, we got stills flashing on a screen.

And why a Big Daddy? I have nothing against BioShock. In fact, I’m a huge fan. But BioShock is not a PS3 exclusive, and they haven’t even hinted at any of the strong characters available from their potentially impressive roster. Where was Cole? Ratchet and Clank? Hell, I’d even love to see some Crash Bandicoot, for nostalgia’s sake. It just seemed odd that we didn’t get a more exclusive character, especially since it was Sony’s moment to shine.

Of course, the company is most likely waiting to release any further information until closer to release, simply for the sake of keeping interest focused around the game. But it would have been nice to see just a bit more from it, considering it is branching out to do some amazing things and finally capitalize on what both the PS3 and Vita are capable of. A majority of gamers love a good brawler, and Battle Royale looks like it will definitely deliver upon release.

Until then, I’m  patiently waiting (for the most part) for more information to be announced.