As I remain one of the only people on the internets who isn't shoving my boot firmly up Sony's arse for copying Nintendo with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, I thought that I would celebrate its upcoming release by looking at some of the greatest crossovers in video game history. Here are my top 5:
5. Street Fighter X Tekken
One of the most unlikely announcements in fighting game history, the unveiling of Street Fighter X Tekken had fans salivating at the idea of finally being able to let Ryu and Kazuya go mano-a-mano. While the finished product may have left out some of our favourite characters for the sake of DLC (no surprise there then, Capcom), it still mostly lived up to the hype, and we can barely wait for Tekken X Street Fighter.
4. Alien vs. Predator
Alien Vs. Predator was one of only a handful of reasons to purchase the ill-fated Atari Jaguar, and also has the honour of being the very first video game to scare me so much that I physically couldn't bring myself to play it for extended periods of time. With a soundtrack that consisted of nothing more than the dull hum of the abandoned technology in the military base you had to fight your way through as the lowly Private Lewis, there was no way that you could anticipate an enemy approaching you, making for an incredibly intense experience. Playing as either an Alien or Predator was decidedly less terrifying, but still plenty of fun as players got to assume the roles as two of sci-fi's greatest villains for the very first time.
Aliens versus Predator was released five years later, and while it was arguably a better game, nothing quite beats that initial thrill of fending off facehuggers in one of the Jaguar's only true classics.
3. Marvel vs. Capcom 2
With a cast of characters more robust than both its predecessor and successor, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is still regarded by many as the best fighting game in history. Fast, fluid gameplay, colourful sprites and a cast of 56 characters from Cable to Zangief made it a joy for both comic book lovers and fighting game fans alike.
While Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was a great game, it's a testament to the quality of MvC 2 that its sequel was a disappointment when compared to the Dreamcast classic. Also, Mega Man wasn't a fat, PlayStation 3 exclusive.
2. Kingdom Hearts
One of the best crossovers in video game history is also one of the silliest (or 'goofiest', if you enjoy a terrible pun), Kingdom Hearts sees the worlds of Final Fantasy and Disney combining for an epic adventure that has the player travelling all across the Disney universe, enlisting everyone from Donald Duck to Simba to help you on your quest to save player-character Sora's friends and Mickey Mouse.
Despite its ridiculous premise, Kingdom Hearts works far better than it has any right to, and carves out an affecting tale that does justice to both Square Enix's top franchise and Disney's illustrious legacy.
1. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
While I personally prefer Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl remains the most pant-wettingly awesome cast of characters yet seen in a video game. Sure, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 lets Zangief and Hulk duke it out, and Kingdom Hearts allows you to fight alongside Simba, but SSBB allows the player to take part in the battle that every playground in the world furiously debated throughout the 90s - Mario vs. Sonic.
Aside from punching a blue hedgehog in his obnoxious mouth, SSBB also gave players the opportunity to see whether Solid Snake or Kirby would win in a fight, and also taught us that, despite appearances, Diddy Kong is a complete badass.