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PlayStation All-Stars’ Best and Worst Fighters

/ Dec 5th, 2012 6 Comments

PlayStation All-Stars
PlayStation All-Stars

PlayStation All-Stars

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale recently came out a few weeks ago on Nov. 20 for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. SuperBot Entertainment, SCE Santa Monica Studios and BluePoint Games (Vita Version) developed the star studded PlayStation All-Stars while Sony published the game. Since gamers have had a good while to dig into the frenetic pace of PlayStation All-Stars, there are obviously favorite characters that emerge. More than that, fans have decided who the best and worst fighters are. So, who comes out on top and bottom as effective machines of destruction and AP gathering in PlayStation All-Stars?

The Best All-Stars


[adsense250itp]Frankly, when it comes to the best in PlayStation All-Stars, this is the easy choice for number one. As one of the four playable characters in the beta, Kratos easily dominated. Things have not changed much from the beta; Kratos is still a one-man army out to super opponents into nothing but symbols and memories. The Ghost of Sparta features excellent offense and can rack up AP easily simply by using his Blades of Chaos. This is not surprising since Kratos has taken out nearly the entire pantheon of Greek Mythology and took up the mantle as God of War for a brief moment.


In PlayStation All-Stars, Jack Raiden is out to get some Revengeance against other Sony luminaries before he wages cyborg warfare in his solo adventure next year. The somewhat human swordsman uses his high-frequency blade to cut through the competition. Raiden’s combat style is quick and fluid to the point that he is almost a sword-wielding ballerina gracefully hacking and slashing through battle.

Nathan Drake

PlayStation All-Stars

Come at me, bros!

Naughty Dog’s snarky, quippy, and roguishly handsome Uncharted hero is one of the best All-Stars. Drake’s play style manages to incorporate plenty of the various elements from the Uncharted series from his trademark gunplay to creating cover to block opponents’ paths. Compared to some of these other All-Stars who are half demon/angels, cyborgs, anthropomorphic cats with heavy arsenals and demigods, Nathan Drake may seem like an odd choice. However, with a nice balance to his defensive and offensive abilities plus excellent supers, Drake is a force to reckon with in PlayStation All-Stars.


This is one deadly cat (in the Jazz sense) and in some ways, he is hugely over powered. Ratchet features a souped-up arsenal to employ against competitors drawing on many of the weapons and gadgets from the lengthy Ratchet and Clank series. From using his signature wrench in various effective ways to summoning Mr. Zurkon, Ratchet can be devastating in battle featuring great ranged and melee combat. Plus, Ratchet has amazing supers that effectively wipe out the battlefield.


While Dante’s new look may still have some Devil May Cry faithful in a tizzy, DmC Dante is a highly competent and useful brawler in PlayStation All-Stars. Utilizing his trusty sword, Rebellion, as well as Ebony & Ivory, Dante can get in close for brutal combos while having solid ranged combat. For those that have played the DmC demo, Osiris and Arbiter show up for use and work similarly as they do in the demo. While some of Dante supers may be easy to dodge and avoid, his level three is just amazing, giving those who can gain AP quickly and have some patience the edge in battle.

While those are the best fighters in PlayStation All-Stars, there inevitably has to be the runts of the litter.

The Worst All-Stars

Big Daddy

PlayStation All-Stars

Like a bunch of people slapping each other with sticks of butter.

Bioshock’s Big Daddy is a hulking behemoth that might seem like a great fighter, but his size makes him slow and easy to dodge and defend against his sometimes ponderous moves. His melee move set is unimpressive and often boring, but he does feature some decent plasmid moves. Big Daddy’s supers are effective, but underwhelming and frankly somewhat cheap.


Heavenly Sword’s Nariko features a similar play style to Kratos; unfortunately, unlike Kratos, her supers are easy to dodge and take too long to set up. It is a shame because her melee attacks are strong and she is a quick fighter. Regardless though, effective combat means nothing if opponents can easily dodge her finishing moves.

Sir Daniel

This MediEvil star just does not pack enough of a punch to be truly effective against some of the tougher PlayStation All-Star cast. While Sir Daniel features some interesting moves, his fighting style is too clunky. His melee is fine, but compared to some of the better melee characters he is left in the dust. With his awkward supers, Sir Daniel is not the best for stacking up the kills.


Toro is the Dan of PlayStation All-Stars. He features competent enough moves, but his style is awkward to use especially compared to other minute All-Star fighters. Toro’s supers are nothing to sneeze at, but against more proficient brawlers, he is left behind.

Sly Cooper

The tricky thief has some solid moves. Sly Cooper has good higher-level supers and can be effective depending on who is matched up against. It is only because there are plenty of better characters that Coops finds himself at the bottom.

The best and worst fighters in PlayStation All-Stars may change due to Seth Killian’s announcement that two new DLC characters will be making their way into the game in early 2013 (free for the first two weeks, no less). The inclusion of Kat from Gravity Rush and Emmett Graves from Starhawk might shake up who is on the top and the bottom. However, much like with most fighting games, the best and worst characters has to be taken with a grain of salt. Any of these characters can be good or bad depending on the player using them because there may be someone out there who can just destroy with Toro or absolutely suck with Kratos.

For those who have played PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, what are some characters you love and some that you loathe? Let us know in the comments.

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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6 responses to “PlayStation All-Stars’ Best and Worst Fighters”

  1. Kyle says:

    Honestly this post is one sided and wrong. Sly is considered to be one of the best in the game, and i also main big Daddy who can be a great all star if he is played right.

    In my opinion there is no huge “OP gap” and only slight imbalances that they will fix in time

  2. Ben says:

    “Solid ranged combat” for Dante? Have you see how bad his guns are?

  3. Cha says:

    Taken with a grain of salt, but DAYMN, are we playing the same game??

    Rachet – “he is hugely over powered”
    Dante – “solid ranged combat”
    Nariko – “similar play style to Kratos”
    “Toro is the Dan of PlayStation All-Stars”
    “It is only because there are plenty of better characters that Coops finds himself at the bottom.”
    Big daddy – “easy to dodge and defend against his sometimes ponderous moves.”

    Lol. Lol. Lol. Lol. *goes back to decimating everyone with Toro*

  4. Ste says:

    I agree with your tops besides Dante, but your bottom is off. Sly is near the top (dat counter and lvl 1) and toro may not be easy to use but he is still pretty good. Big daddy can be devastating… I’ll agree with nariko. Parappa should also be on your bottom

  5. jake says:

    Sir Dan can rank up tons of kills if you know how to use him. My four best characters are sweet tooth, sir daniel fortesque, big daddy, and sackboy. Don’t be talkin smack about my home boys.

  6. Dirtytarget says:

    I would Sly is almost OP, but you put him on the bottom.

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