By Spencer . June 8, 2012 . 12:30pm
"Big Daddy is a beast," a developer from Superbot said to me before I selected him in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. The Bioshock guest character has Marvel vs. Capcom 2 super armor, Big Daddy can absorb one hit without being stunned or taking damage.
Actually, none of the characters in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale "take damage" because the game doesn’t have life bars. Hitting other players charges up your super meter and the only way to knockout other players is with super attacks.
Big Daddy’s level two super fires him up and while he’s glowing red regular attacks earn players a kill. After I activated this mode, I snuck up on the other three players who were to busy battling each other to notice me coming from behind with one souped up shoulder rush. I got three kills with one tackle and that netted me six points. Each kill is worth two points and you lose a point if your character is defeated. My basic strategy with Big Daddy was firing plasmids with circle that stunned other players and tackling them with the rush attack.
Since Big Daddy is so slow, you’ll want to use the rush attack (triangle + forward) to move around the screen. I managed to charge up all the way to a level three super move, the most powerful attack for a character, and pulled off my super attack to cancel PaRappa the Rapper’s level one super. Big Daddy’s level three attack submerges the battlefield with water. While the other three characters try to swim away, Big Daddy can kill any of his opponents by simply touching them. I racked up another four kills with a single super move and ended up winning the match.
Yes, Big Daddy is a powerhouse, but the other characters in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale have their own strengths. PaRapper the Rapper can generate super meter spheres by singing in a corner. Nathan Drake can "create" cover and hop out from barricades other players have to smash. Kratos felt like he had some of his combos from God of War III in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. He also had tools like the Head of Helios and his bow assigned to the circle button.
Each character in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale has 24 basic attacks, but the most important one might be throwing. That’s the main way you can sap super meter from other players. The amount of super meter you drain depends on what level their super meter is at, so saving up for a level three super is kind of a gamble.
Superbot teased that there will be more third party characters in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, but unfortunately we couldn’t get them to say who.