PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Gets Heavenly

PAX 2012: We test out the red-headed heroine from Heavenly Sword and see how she compares with the growing roster of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

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Heavenly Sword's Nariko is a scary combination that's one part Dante, one part Kratos, and all parts pain. She joins the likes of Raiden, Evil Cole MacGrath, and Sir Daniel Fortesque in the latest round of character reveals, and can certainly hold her own against any of them. Her play style shares some of the same strengths and weaknesses as Dante's, detailed here, and you can see her in action for yourself in the clip below.

It took us about a half-dozen matches to find our groove with Nariko. Once we did, we found she was great at singling out opponents, and excelled when confronted by a single opponent. Her fighting style required some finesse but when executed well could lead into some long combo strings with nasty mix-up options. However, those same extended strings could be her undoing if another fighter happened to be nearby--all they had to do was attack Nariko from behind to disrupt her flurry of blades.

SQUARE: Standard Attacks


This button controlled all of Nariko's standard sword swipes. When you're starting with this character, a yellow ring appears below her after performing certain combos. This ring marks a break in her combo string. After a break she can continue the assault, attempt a throw, dodge roll, or take other actions. Continuing the assault may seem like the obvious choice, but since there's a slight delay after the ring appears, her opponent has time to recover (and block) so the hits are not guaranteed.

TRIANGLE: Situational Attacks


One of Nariko's most useful attacks was on this button: she throws out her sword and pulls opponents toward her, like Scorpion's "Get Over Here!" from Mortal Kombat. This move was great for isolating targets and assaulting them with combo strings. It could be performed in the air (striking at a downward angle) as well. Up and triangle in the air was also very useful. This move swung Nariko through the air, damaging anyone she touched. It was great for mobility, as well as hit-and-run attacks.

CIRCLE: Tools and Weapons


Using this button gave us a taste of her full arsenal. Toward and circle was her primary ranged attack: a cannon that fired a single-shot projectile that traveled nearly full screen. After striking an enemy--or reaching maximum distance--the projectile would explode, damaging those nearby. This attack generated a good amount of energy on hit, but did leave Nariko exposed after fighting (she drops the cannon rather slowly). Still, with such great range, it was perfect for harassing our opponents when they clustered together.

Down and circle was another useful attack. Nariko would stab her sword into the ground, causing large blades to erupt around her. Opponents struck by this attack would be stunned just long enough for us to recover and attack, or dodge roll away. The only downside was that this move had a long startup animation. But this could be mitigated by starting the attack in midair so that when our heroine hit the ground, the blades would follow right after. With a little practice, she might be able to use this attack as a setup for her level-one super.

SPECIALS: The Killing Blow


Honestly, all Nariko needed was her level-one super. When it was performed, Kai would appear and detonate a barrel of fireworks a short distance in front of her. The explosion from the barrel would instantly dispatch any nearby opponents--the only thing left to learn was the spacing. Her level-two super was a cannonball turret. It had rapid fire and long range and was great except when the opponent got behind it. Finally, her level-three transformed her into a one-hit wonder. Not only did her attacks kill, but they had new, stylish animations where Nariko would hook her opponents and spin them around a few times before killing them. It's also worth noting that when you're performing her level-three super, the match timer is paused for the duration.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will be available for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on November 20, and those who purchase the game on the PS3 will receive a free download voucher for the Vita version as well. For more on the game, check out our extended character demo for Raiden.

Discussion

68 comments
rigzzsy
rigzzsy

excellent to see daniel fortesque there but where is abe?

gonch818
gonch818

what is it with the manga crave.

OrNiGhTZ
OrNiGhTZ

good they listened , now where's that dude from RYGAR

DillonBeChillin
DillonBeChillin

Man, this is getting more and more exciting with every announce! I'm in love with Heavenly Sword; so glad to see Nariko getting some of the spotlight! Now from here Sony would be foolish to not include Crash Bandicoot as at LEAST an unlockable. Haha I'd like to see some Oddworld love with Abe, Megaman from Megaman Legends, anyone recognizable from the good Final Fantasy games, and as far a shot as this might be, Earthworm Jim.

StJerK
StJerK

I want to see the dude form Vanquish join the party. Now that would be awesome!

feryl06
feryl06

Finally---been asking Sony to come up with their own Super Smash version!!! Can't see how Sony can mess this one up. Now time for MS to come up with their own version as well.

Chronrod
Chronrod

They need snake in this! lol preferably Big boss snake because super smash brothers already had solid snake.

 

UberGamer44
UberGamer44

this will only make smash brothers to strive better competition is always welcome....

 

game looks good

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hella_epic
hella_epic

you gotta hand it to the dev's they really are trying(and succeeding) to make a 5-star roster 

Altis
Altis

Is Wanda appearing? Or Ico?

birthofastar
birthofastar

Now they need to put in Sofia form battle arena toshinden! :D XD O_O !!!!!!!!!!!!

CincoToes
CincoToes

This couldn't be any more homoerotic if it featured Siegfried and Roy in a tag team oil wrestling match against Lance Bass and Mario Cantone.

 

inb4 why r u on this game's page then?

Because I want to talk shit about nonsense and there's no better place to do it.

Smash Brothers is a punk ass game and this is just a rebranded ripoff. 

4nationfury
4nationfury

I enjoyed playing Heavenly Sword. I'm glad to see her join the roster.

speedfog
speedfog

This game looks mediocre, but it has Sir Daniel in it so I have to get it.

zoeyleft
zoeyleft

how did they miss ff7 characters? at least one would be cool. i'd vote for sephiroth. long-range heavy hitting and non-combo character. his melee would be fast like hell and have quite a long range due to his murasame and would land massive dmg. but he cant do combos. he would be able to use some dark magic like siphon health and some elemental magic as light projectiles. and of course on of his supers woudl be super nova. would be easy to avoid, but is so big that it forces everyone to the edge coners of the screen to either one side or the other. it would last quite a while as well, and during which the game time stops, so if you are all packed up in one corner of the edge of the screen, you would be forced to do some carnage and take damage and see who goes out on top till the super nova is finished...

Detrikus
Detrikus

I also wonder if there will be any Demon's Souls appearances in this game (maybe not a character from the game, but perhaps a stage, or in stage-reference.) The game was kind of a big deal for PS3 gamers.

simplypowerfull
simplypowerfull

I WANT: Crash Bandicoot, Spiro the dragon, Abe, Lara Croft, Sora (Kingdom Hearts), and 1 rondon Final Fantasy character. then I'm happy, and I buy the game

 

Detrikus
Detrikus

I think that this is a good addition to the game. (Going back to previous early games!!) I also think that the developers should include characters from Folklore and Valkyria Chronicles (Which, by my opinion, were entirely underrated or under-appreciated by the mainstream audience, and each deserve a larger audience!)Even though it is a sure rip-off, I am actually very excited for the game. 

markvons
markvons

I want a Heavenly Sword sequel please@!!@

cannolibros
cannolibros

Anyone else thinkin' Crash Bandicoot?!

FooleyAnimator7
FooleyAnimator7

They need to put in Dart and Rose from Legend of Dragoon and Klonoa as well.... Not to mention CRASH AND FREAKING SPYRO!!!!! Oh..... Let us not forget MAYBE Sora from Kingdom Hearts (but that may not be possible since they are sharing with Nintendo) and freaking SEPHIROTH!!!!!!

funkymonkey4710
funkymonkey4710

I am still unsure if I will like the use of Health Bars instead of hitting people off the side of the screen. I know Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion tried doing that and the health meter system kind of threw it all off (not to mention the dodgy animations and lack of real balancing). My fingers are crossed that it will be good!

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

Where's Spyro and Crash for fking crying out loud? Oh yea, they aren't popular anymore. Q_Q

 

That being said, this Heavenly Sword chick hardly has any publicity either. Only one game EVER. Either use this time to make a sequel or get her out of my face. No need to waste slots on a "space filler" character. 

PDXmauler97
PDXmauler97

Why do they keep adding weird characters? Where is Spyro? Where is the guy from resistance? I don't want anymore Anime game garbage characters.

Zelgadiss
Zelgadiss

Need Raziel from Legacy of Kain and Kain him self :)

sagejonathan
sagejonathan

My prediction; of all the player base, 20% will main Dante, 20% will main Raiden, 20% will main good/evil Cole, 20% will main Kratos, and 20% will main someone else. I'm a huge infamous fan but I think I'm going with the Big Daddy.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

 @CincoToes wow you must like men or something Siegfried and Roy in a tag team oil wrestling match that's about as hot as the sun oooooooooooooooooo want to rub my back in the bath?

ADO300
ADO300

yeah i'm getting this game for sir daniel too, even tho i know this game will be mediocre =D

Warhawk613
Warhawk613

It has nothing to do on how popular the characters are.  Sony would have to ask permission from Activision to use the characters since they own both characters.  So they might be DLC add on.  On the side note... where the **** is Lara Croft and Abe?

hypedawg
hypedawg

 @Zelgadiss 

so true we need raziel, i forgot about him. he would be tha man

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

 @Warhawk613 That's hardly an argument considering they have Big Daddy from BioShock.

 

There is no excuse. Either add Crash and Spyro or i'm walking away from this one.

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

 @Warhawk613 Yea it does. Remember Pit in SSBB? Wasn't too popular, but they used that game to promote a Kid Icarus revival. The second to last line is my primary point. If they're gonna put her in this game, that means she defines PS's roster of exclusives enough to shine with them. Either show us that she's worth it or put in Bayonette or something. No need tossing her in for some one time fling. Girls don't normally like that. =P

PDXmauler97
PDXmauler97

 @ABEzilla116 Im talking about asian games with the art similarity of Final Fantasy and games like such. They are GARBAGE.