Sony recently debuted their new multi-franchise crossover fighting game, and it was so breathtakingly amazing that it put the entire collective staff into a sort of catatonic state, going so far as to rendering me unable to write for a week (which has nothing to do with finals, I assure you). This game has it all - up to four players choose from a roster of Sony-exclusive characters from various series to fight in side-scrolling arenas. The gameplay is mostly humorous and quite frantic, making use of abundant items, stages with plenty of platforms, and…wait a second. Is it just me, or does this sound disturbingly like another certain crossover fighter from that Nintendo company. What’s it called - that’s right! Super Smash Bros. Oh, Sony, you make us laugh sometimes.
Now, most of us know of Sony’s long-running company philosophy of taking ideas, copying them, making them their own, and putting them out as a pure Sony product (usually with much higher quality than whatever the original was), but with such projects in recent years as the Playstation Move and now this, they’re kind of skipping the whole “making their own” and “better quality” steps of the equation - which are basically the two most important parts. Here’s the debut gameplay video trailer:
So…yeah. That is certainly…something. This is usually the part where I make some sort of ending comment to describe what we just witnessed, but there really isn’t an adequate way to describe it without watching. Does it count as a ripoff when it doesn’t even pretend it’s not? What was the thought process that informed this? Is Parappa the Rapper, given so much time in that video, really going to be the central focus akin to Mario or Link from Smash Bros.? Comment away on this madness!