Editor’s Note: We recently asked you, our community to vote for your Games of the Year across a variety of categories, and following all of your votes it’s time for the results. Enjoy.
Recent history has shown that the fighting game community is still going strong – with the 2D fighter showing signs of evolving before our very eyes. Last year we crowned Mortal Kombat our Community Fighting Game of the Year by an overwhelming majority. Sadly this year, we couldn’t count Persona 4: Arena among our nominees as it hasn’t seen a European release, but our list of nominees this year look set for a brawl to the death. The list of combatants feature the long return for a PlayStation 2 classic, a cross-over of epic proportions, the new incarnation of the UFC brand, the latest tale of the two swords, a sassy downloadable fighting game, and the greatest culmination of Sony’s franchises to date. Who would come out on top? FIGHT!
The Nominees were:
And the winner is PlayStation All Stars: Battle Royale. Yes, the community have voted the Sony mash-up as their Fighting Game of the Year with a staggering 63.24% of the total vote. Not even a challenge from Tekken Tag Tournament 2 or UFC Undisputed 3 (both on 10.29%) could contend with the prowess of Sony’s take on the Super Smash Bros formula – at least with our community. Sporting a roster that would make your PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita blush, this pits the likes of Kratos, Nathan Drake, Parappa The Rapper and guest stars from third party franchises like the Big Daddy from Bioshock.
Having the ability for cross-play with PlayStation Vita players was perhaps the best thing about it. It didn’t matter which version you were playing as the action was the same across the board. Cross-overs occurred in the form of the ever evolving stages. One minute you might be fighting in a world inspired by Killzone, only for it to be invaded by things from God of War. Special attacks that are built up via a meter at the bottom of the screen enabled characters to initiate spectacular attacks that wipe out the competition.
The roster was admittedly small in comparison to Nintendo’s more popular take on the formula, with only twenty characters to choose from, but SuperBot Entertainment are expanding the roster via DLC. The likes of Kat from Gravity Rush and Emmett Graves from Starhawk will be joining the cast of characters early next year, though there is a chance more could be coming. As it turns out, it seems the experiment to bring the Brawl to the PlayStation has paid off for Sony, ensuring it has captured your imagination to vote for it as your Fighting Game of the Year.