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PlayStation All-Stars: PaRappa Strategy Video

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PlayStation All-Stars: PaRappa Strategy Video
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It has been a rhythmic ride to design PaRappa’s gameplay in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale! To pay homage to such an iconic and beloved character, I made sure to do my homework first. Besides thoroughly replaying PaRappa’s games, I also checked out his soundtrack, anime, merchandise and advertisements to get a full sense of his appeal.

PaRappa is unique not only because of his paper-like look, but also because of his passion and determination. Without crazy magical powers or heavy weaponry, PaRappa’s moveset is based on his energetic, rapid kung-fu moves, his funky skateboard skills and his love of music. To add an extra flourish, incorporated his biggest crush and motivation in life, Sunny Funny, into some of his actions. PaRappa’s groovy charm definitely gives the gameplay a lighthearted spin, such as when he has Boxy Boy generating AP on Down + Circle and asks everyone to join his concert with his screen-clearing level 3 Super!

We suspected that PaRappa would be a popular character choice from the start, so he was designed to be accessible for new players but deep enough for advanced players. He functions similarly to a foil by being playful and hip, contrasting Kratos’ menacing demeanor and brutal fighting style. We experimented with adding different elements into PaRappa’s playstyle and even considered giving him “assist” style attacks where his friends, such as PJ Berry and Um Jammer Lammy, would help him on the battlefield. However in the end, we decided to put the spotlight back on PaRappa himself. In PlayStation All-Stars’s battlefield his beanie, skateboard, microphone, Boxy Boy and rhymes form the pillars of his colorful and recognizable moves. His speed, agility and quickness allow him to approach and engage opponents at his own pace effectively.

When PaRappa’s in the house, everybody’s gotta watch out! Are you ready to BELIEVE? Then get a head start on PlayStation All-Stars by checking out some of his moves in the video!

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  • How about a sale on the PSP version on PSN to celebrate? $25 is a bit steep.

  • crazy_kracker1

    Not sure if I missed it but Altair and Ezio should be added in the battle 2 of my all time favorite video game characters.

  • Remember What made Other games of this genre type successful on other platforms is that it was fun for EVERYONE to play, meaning boys and girls, men and ladies. There are hardcore characters and Likeable friendly characters that are well known to almost everyone.
    Ive seen a lot of hardcore support and i love it, but most any mainstream female wouldnt find it fun if she doesnt know any of the characters, or find them recognizable.
    I know this is a big family game title.. so im just trying to help with a friendly suggestion/reminder.
    Thanks! keep up the great work!

    • Ray Ray Shen
      Ray Ray Shen

      Thank you for your feedback! Accessibility is definitely an important pillar of the gameplay of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. I hope everyone can give this game a chance and find it enjoyable! By the way, what are some examples of recognizable characters for “mainstream female” you described?

  • I’m only here because I want a new Parappa game.

    • Ray Ray Shen
      Ray Ray Shen

      For now, you may have your rendezvous with PaRappa in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale ^_^

  • He doesn’t seem to have many attacks. Is he the E. Honda (from Street Fighter II days) with a limited amount of special moves, but good at what he does?

    #3, I’ve seen your comment in related posts, and while valid, might be better suited for what you’re referencing. The developer seems to be including just about every known, likable character in the PlayStation franchise, so I think you should wait before making this request. It isn’t like they’ll just push the “character” button and release what you want – I’m sure they have several more in development that might be closer to what you want.

    • Ray Ray Shen
      Ray Ray Shen

      Parappa has 24 attacks. His is able to pull of most of his moves very quickly and has a fair combo potential. I guess you can say that he’s good at being quick and agile.

  • I GOTTA BELIEVE!!!

    Hopefully I get this question answered this time…will the Beta add more characters leading up to the game’s release?

  • Y U NO BELIEVE IN NEW PARAPPA AND LAMMY GAME!? CHOP CHOP MASTER AND FRIENDS ARE DISAPPOINT. SUNNY LOSING LOVE FOR PARAPPA THANKS TO NO NEW GAMES.

  • Private Beta Was Awesome!!

  • PS All-Stars Vita beta please?

  • nYcFrEeWiLL82

    #8..you know what else would be AWESOME..watching a CRASH BANDICOOT and GABE LOGAN…strategy video!!! NOW THAT is AWESOME! ;p..SERIOUSLY IF THOSE TWO ARE NOT IN THE GAME..AND MANY MANY PLAYSTATION HARDCORE FANS ARE GOING TO BE VERY VERY DISSAPOINTED!..JUST SO YOU KNOW SUPERBOT ;) BESIDES THAT KEEP UP THE FANTASTIC WORK AND PLEASE LET THERE BE MORE THAN 25 CHARACTERS IN THIS GAME..PLEASE!

  • nYcFrEeWiLL82

    @ #1 I DOO AGREE..THAT GAME IS TOOO OLD FOR IT TO BE MORE THAN 10 BUCKS ON PSN!..SHANK AND BIONIC COMMANDO HAVE MORE GAMEPLAY THAN THAT GAME AND COST LESS…SMH ):/

  • When the front page read, “…get ready for the public beta!” I thought that meant they would announce it in this article. :(

  • From the look of these gameplay trailers i can tell this game will sell great keep up the good work superbot !

    • Ray Ray Shen
      Ray Ray Shen

      We are all working very hard at SuperBot right now to bring you the best experience possible. Thank you!

  • thank you for posting these videos. i didnt think parappa was going to be a good character but he starting to look ok.

  • alls you gotta do is believe

  • A shame I didn’t get to play a match in the private beta, but this will be useful for the public beta and the main game! Looks fun!

  • OMEGA_MEXICAN

    I love these Strategy videos. They get me pumped up to play the game! Keep up the good work. Are you going to do it for every character?

  • Can we expect more characters in the next beta phase?

  • LuiSpartanMIMIMI

    If Sony don’t choose Gabe Logan for this game, I’ll hate Sony for a long, longe time!

    It’ll be a shame seeing how Sony used the character for 8 years, and other characters like Parappa and Fat Princess are not that used and are in the game!

    Gabe Logan passed in every Sony console out there…PS1, PS2 and PSP. He deserves to be in the game as much as Kratos, Sly Cooper and Sweet Tooth.

    Think about it Sony! Think about it!

  • Still don’t know why this game is getting so much hype? dosn’t look like my cup of JOE!!! Papa the rapper the frog on his hat is the scariest thing about him. :)

    • Ray Ray Shen
      Ray Ray Shen

      You never know until you try. Maybe you’d rhyme with PaRappa~

  • @ #5 I understand, I was thinking myself and Its no ones fault if PS characters are popular and well known, I just wanted to present it as a reminder. Too many times have i seen incredible PS games fail and under produce do to simple marketing decisions and the like.

    I dont really have any characters in mind, thats why i didnt specifically suggest any. This should be a huge hit game, but i can easily see it underselling and under succeeding for various marketing and “recognizability” reasons.

    No cryptic commercials.. All they have to do i swear to god, is show the game on TV repetitively on ESPN, ABC, NBC etc local channels, and just show families, friends, college students in the dorm playing this game together making sure to show that it is a Brawlers type fighting game. and show case Specific recognizable characters (literally zooming in on gameplay) not showing a TV in the back or foreground with the game playing and kevin butler talking.. no one cares or will look for whats playing on the tv in the background, nor listen to whats being said. They need to SEE.

    rant down… for now

  • @19

    I agree that Gabe Logan should be in this game!!

    But you also get every console, but you didn’t mention PS3 or Vita, but still I agree with you!

  • So will we be able to pre-order this game on the PSN and get the costume bonus?

  • LuiSpartanMIMIMI

    @22

    I didn’t mention PS3 and Vita ’cause there are the current Sony systems.

    Syphon Filter and Gabe Logan went on through PS1, PS2 and PSP, that are systems Sony doesn’t support anymore.

    I’m a really big fan of the franchise and of the caracther itself, and i’ll be pissed if Sony doesn’t include him.

    I guess Playstation All Stars Battle Royale is a tribute to characters that really defined a generation, a system. Gabe Logan made much sucess in the PS1 era, much more than Parappa. He continued in the PS2 and PSP, from 1999 to 2007, throught 6 great games.

    Fat Princess has only 2 games out there and she is in the game. Why Gabe Logan with 6 games (still) aren’t?

    I really like Kratos, Sly Cooper, Cole Macgrath, Nathan Drake and Jak & Daxter, but I’ll say it’s sad for the part of Sony to exclude Gabe Logan like this, like he never existed.

    Think about it Sony! Think about it!

  • DevilSuicide

    Plz superbot tell us the official release date for the public beta! Or you could, you know, gimme a code :D

    I wana try Kratos, IGN and people playing say he’s a beast!!!

  • TeraFiedPsycho

    Very excited for the public beta this fall! Everything about this game is looking interesting, although i really do hope Sir Daniel Fortesque is a playable character, its honestly sad that the Medievil series hasn’t seen a third installment other than the psp game. Perhaps him being in this game would further the possibility of sony cambridge developing a third game? but really this game looks awesome and ill be picking this up day 1!

  • onslaughtree

    @ all the requests for Gabe Logan…I agree that he is a very iconic sony character, but think of it. He is just another character with a gun ??!! we already have Radic/Drake & Jak… all similar. I think SB and sony are looking for distint characters, ” hence Fat Princess/ Parapper/ Sly Cooper..dont get me wrong, I loved me some syphon filter 1/2 & 3, but at this point adding him will be wayyyy to similar to others already added…Me mysel I would like to see Capcom & Sony add Maximo to the roster…Yeh baby.

  • Some questions for you @RAY RAY SHEN, will playstation all-stars battle royal open doors for a line of new action figures and apparel to promote and advertise the game? And will a custom soundtrack be a option in the game.And my last question will CRASH BANDICOOT & SOLID SNAKE be in the game??? P.s – a little sad to not see a COLLECTORS EDITION BE MADE. unless that is a plan for a 2nd version of this game…..

    • Ray Ray Shen
      Ray Ray Shen

      Stay tuned for our future announcements. There are a lot of exciting things to be shared!

  • and also a great idea of mine for the cover art will be kratos vs solid snake in fighting stance and all the other behind them maybe. kind of like what fight night did with the ali vs tyson cover art.

  • Dear Mr. Shen

    First of all, thank you for taking the time to respond to our comments and questions. I have four questions for you.

    1.) Would you like to respond to the recently leaked sackboy and Raiden photos?

    2.) Where are the pre order outfits for Jak and Cole?

    3.) Would you ever consider having each character have two lvl3 specials. One skill and one auto, for those of us who do not like the auto kill, and want to rely on our abilities, to get kills, and do not want to turn down a character because of the autos?

    4.) this one is more of a no comment one, but here it goes. Where is Cloud Strife?

    Thank you, and keep up the hard work.

    • Ray Ray Shen
      Ray Ray Shen

      Being a core part of combat, all levels of super are being balanced and tweaked to reward skillful play.
      As for preorder information, more announcements should be coming soon!

  • Crash Bandicoot needs to be in here!!!! He could have cool supers!

    Level 1 Super: Crash does his trademark spin!
    Level 2 Super: Crash gets to use his fruit bazooka!
    Level 3 Super: Crash uses his invincibility mask to attack enemies!

    I can understand if superbot doesnt include him in the game because Activision own the rights to Crash but oh well if it doesnt happen im still supporting this game and can’t wait to play it.Keep up the good work SUPERBOT!!!:D

  • Game still hasnt came out and im soooooo excited! Already pre ordered and paid in full!!!!!

  • Michael_Thomas09

    Ok, with regards to characters that will appeal to women, from a marketing standpoint women who will play this were little girls at one point who played mascot titles, like Crash, Spyro, Croc, Rayman… They also respond to the female strategy Capcom used for SF2. Give the ladies more females to use. Kya Dark Lineage was a game very below the radar with a very strong female lead. The obvious choice would be Lara Croft, but Nathan Drake pretty much has her style covered. Besides, I hear you can’t get her.

    I’d really prefer Cloud, but perhaps your best bet is Lightning! I mean, who could deny the effect Final Fantasy has had on Playstation?

    On a side note, will this game feature a museum mode, showcasing cover art and trivia on the games the starring characters come from? Also, any hints on a final boss?

  • So far its a good roster but still the characters are mostly new and is already known, add to that Kratos and Cole who were already in other fighting games, where is the surprises?

    PS Allstar needs more iconic characters that represented the Playstation in the past and it sure needs a more varied list of characters we could choose from to add their own flavor to the mix.

    3rd party characters like:

    Alucard ( Castlevania )
    Lara Croft.
    Leon S.Kennedy.

    how about more obscure characters that nobody knows today but still were iconic in their time and could have more exposure to fans and maybe Sony could bring them back in the future thanks to this game.

    – Luca Blight ( Suikoden 2)
    – Raziel ( Soul Reaver )
    – Dart ( Legend Of Dragoon )
    – Ashley Winchester from Wild Arms 2 who can transform to Lord Blazer ( Could be his level 3 Super that would be amazing ).
    – Fei ( XenoGears ) is a perfect match for a fighting game.

    You have also characters like Sephiroth, Toan ( Dark Cloud ) and Wander ( Shadow ).

    There is enough time to bring few of these characters to the mix, plus you could add the others in future updates/DLCs.

    I hope I get a reply :)

    • Ray Ray Shen
      Ray Ray Shen

      Playstation has a rich history indeed. Thus, every character on our roster is special and we put great care into all of them to ensure a varied, colorful gameplay experience~

  • Great this game is looking better and better, no doubt it’s gonna be awesome but it’s still lacking snake, cloud and crash, with those characters it would be BEYOND AWESOME!, don’t you aggree ray ray shen?

  • Underow-CFH-316

    FORCE GUERRILLA GAMES TO FIX KILLZONE 3 UNBALANCED MULTIPLAYER!!! DEACTIVATE THE SNIPER SKILLS, REDUCE THE DAMAGE DONE BY THE C4, REMOVE THE ROCKETS LAUNCHERS, ADJUST THE MELEE ATTACK, IMPROVE THE CONNECTION WITH THE HOST, MAKE YOUR CHARACTER HEAVIER LIKE IN KILLZONE 2, FOR THE OWNERS OF THE GAME MAKE THE DLC FREE!! MAKE THAT AND A LOT OF PEOPLE IS GOING TO PLAY THAT GAME AGAIN BECAUSE ITS GOING TO BE GOOD!! LOOK AT NAUGHTY DOG THEY ARE STILL FIXING SOME OF THE PROBLES OF UNCHARTED 3 WHY CAN’T GUERRILLA GAMES DO THE SAME THING FOR THEIR GAME

  • oh and how the heck I forgot about Gabe Logan?

  • Should have mentioned in the top post but hey how about adding Kazuma Kiryu as a playable character?

  • Wow I never thought about it before! They should add Alex Mercer or James Heller from the prototype games that would be awesome!!!!

  • This game is looking awesome and I know people want this character and that character, but there is no way that every person will be in the game that should be. Sony’s back catalog of first and third party characters is huge. I just hope that this game sells well enough world wide that Sony will commission a sequel. I know my most wanted character is Cloud from FFVII as is many, but what are some other characters that should be in the game guys?

    Sold.

  • Buzzkiller_20

    I think Sora from Kingdom Hearts would fit well in this game.

  • DOWNNEVEROUT

    To Be honest i dont care about this game i want to see some tony hawk pro skater blogs or at least sony or rombo put up a demo for thps hd at least let me play something worth while instead of cod games

  • Very childish game, but sounds like fun.

  • Two words:

    CRASH BANDICOOT

    Nuff said.

  • gramkracka22

    Hey, already pre-ordered the game on PS3 and the Vita. Going to buy PS+ just to get in the beta earlier too. Game looks great, been following every comment, video, leak on the game and soooooo pumped for this game.

    Just wanted to say game looks fantastic and ignore the haters! =)

  • I got the email for the beta, but there was no code under “Here is your beta code” help i really wanna play the beta D;

  • ResistanceGTA

    @doik15
    Same for me, kinda bummed about the invisible code in my e-mail. Wish I could find it somewhere on the e-mail, but I’ve looked in every corner. :(

  • Thank you for giving me a beta code :DThe beta rocks looking forword 2 buying it first day

  • I’ve been wanting a Parapa beanie since the first game! You guys should open a PlayStation merchandise store sell them. *wink wink*

  • Please add the following characters:
    Crash Bandicoot
    Spyro
    Sackboy
    Borderlands 1 & 2 characters
    Ezikiel off of AC 1,2,3,Brotherhood,Revelations
    Marvel,DC,Capcom,Mortal Kombat, Namco
    Leon Kennedy, Jill Valentine, Chris Redfield, Albert Wesker, Sheva Alomar, Jake of RE6
    Put PacMan for crying sakes.
    Please tae my request i’m begging you andd also can i recieve the beta because my friend has recieved it but i have not.
    Thank You, Dig4block

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