Destructoid (specifically, my pal Dal North) made an “unofficial” trailer for Sony’s Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, and, if the occasional cut to hilariously awful Super Smash Bros. art doesn’t quite clue you in, they don’t particularly care for it. Possibly because it’s Super Smash Bros. — I mean, exactly Super Smash Bros. — just with the far less exciting PlayStation library of exclusive characters. They’re not even trying to do anything different, and the laziness is actually kind of insulting. And was that a level based on Hot Shots Golf? I love Hot Shots Golf, but as a backdrop to a fighting game? Christ. I can’t help but feel like some prankster at Sony sent this thing out as an April Fool’s Day memo, which some cocaine-addled executive accidentally greenlighted. Sony, I think you’re going to find the audience who want to play a fighting game with Sweet Tooth and Fat Princess in a Hot Shots Golf level to be much more limited than you think.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.