Sony’s PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale already looks impressive, but they only showed six characters and four stages during the reveal of the mashup brawler. Here’s my list of characters, stages and features I’m expecting and hoping Sony announces for the game.

Characters

Sony first party characters will make up the bulk of the game’s roster if I had to bet. Luckily the publisher has a long history of great characters to work with.

Wander/Ico – While Team Ico’s latest game may never actually come out, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are two the of most beloved titles from the PlayStation 2 era. It would also be nice to get a little ‘art game’ in this brawler.

Sackboy – We already know a LittleBigPlanet stage is included in the game and Sackboy is all but a sure thing to be included in the character roster, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting it any less. Who doesn’t want to see a knitted puppet take on Parappa?

Ratchet – The Ratchet and Clank series is one of the best Sony has to offer. I think the Lombax could hold his own against any other fighter from the PlayStation universe, and that wrench could be a powerful weapon.

Cole McGrath – This inFamous hero would be a great addition to the character roster. He  has great projectile weapons with his red and blue lightning and can also get up close for some melee. It helps that Sucker Punch’s other famous franchise, Sly Cooper has already been announced for PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale. This one’s all but guaranteed.

Nathan Drake – Another pick that is sure to come to fruition as Drake heads one of Sony’s  most popular franchises. I would even bet his old pal Sully or Elena will join him by the time the final roster is announced, or at the very least as DLC.

Knight – If the Knight can conquer the world of Demon’s Souls, there’s little doubt he could take down any of the previous characters mentioned, especially if the world tendency is in his favor.

Third-Party Characters

Developer SuperBot said they were open to including third-party characters which presents a wide range of possibilities.

Cyborg Raiden – While Snake is the namesake of the Metal Gear Solid series, he has already appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Sony will probably want to differentiate themselves from the already similar title and go with Raiden as the representative for the series that helped make the PlayStation brand famous.

Leon – Similar to Chris Redfield in Marvel Vs Capcom 3, Leon S. Kennedy could easily be a fighter in PlayStation All-Stars. Resident Evil was one of the biggest series on PlayStation and fan-favorite Leon makes the most sense to include from the franchise.

Big Daddy – Staring down a Big Daddy was one of the most terrifying experiences in the original Bioshock and including one in the roster would make for one of the most powerful fighters in the game.

Cloud – Final Fantasy VII is another franchise that helped define PlayStation in its early days and Cloud remains one of the most loved characters in the series. Not to mention that sword of his could do some serious damage.

Stages

Sony has already revealed stages based off LittleBigPlanet, God of War and Buzz! but I believe they are missing a few that have a lot of potential.

Journey – A level based off thatgamecompany’s latest title Journey would work really well and look stunning if they manage to pull it off right.

Twisted Metal – Sweet Tooth is already in PlayStation All-Stars but a stage with destructive car combat possibly influencing the level could be cool.

One last request of Sony is cross-compatibility between the PlayStation 3 and Vita. Street Fighter X Tekken and Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom already have this capability and I would love to play this game if I don’t have access to my console and TV.

What do you think I missed? What characters are you hoping Sony includes in PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

Free will and humanity. Sacrifice and love. The nature of reality — and even of life itself. Beneath the plot, surprises, and pain, that’s what’s really going on in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spring finale.

That, and the characters who get caught in the middle.

Jed Whedon is Not. Playing. Around.

Executive producer and showrunner Jed Whedon is the man behind the pen and the camera in “Self Control,” and he’s there for a reason. Whedon’s first try at the director’s chair on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is operatic, incisive, and perpetually gut-clenching.

Yes, there are lovely and disturbing vistas, an artistry that comes from a deliberate and careful eye. But more important is the unshakable Whedon impulse that animates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, that builds through the episode like a cresting tide.

You know that unmistakable sense that someone is laughing behind the scenes? Yeah. That’s why Jed Whedon is here.

What’s next?

Well, that’s a very good question. “Self Control” leaves us with a few razor-like possibilities, all of which lead down spiky corridors of questions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 is here to leave us thirsty for the season’s final seven episodes, and that’s exactly what it does.

Oh, and to answer your next question…

Cliffhanger?

Uh, yes. Cliffhanger.

Oh boy, cliffhanger.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, “Self Control,” airs Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

What are your top theories for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 4×15?

Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

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Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

‘Liberty’s Kids’


Liberty’s Kids aired in the early 2000s on PBS. Liberty’s Kids follows three teenagers from varying backgrounds throughout the American Revolution, mentored by Benjamin Franklin. It is geared for children but is still pretty enjoyable for adults. In each episode, the teenagers encounter a significant person or event from the revolution, giving a concise and entertaining history lesson. The show features many important figures throughout the revolution, showing even more presidents than in Hamilton. As one can imagine, Washington is among these.

‘Lincoln’


Lincoln is a 2012, Oscar nominated movie, directed by Steven Spielberg based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Instead of a biopic of Lincoln’s entire life, Lincoln is specifically about his passing of the 13th amendment. Essentially directed between each of his science fiction blockbusters, Spielberg also made many significant historical movies, Lincoln among them. Lincoln not only shows his power as a president, but also humanizes him through an Oscar winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘1776’


Hamilton is not the first musical about American history. Thankfully, though, because this way there are other options, one of which is 1776. Even more conveniently, the musical 1776 was adapted into a movie in the early 1970s. Heavily implied by its name, 1776 is about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 1776 definitely has a more classical musical theater vibe than Hamilton. The strange combination of American history and musical theater allows for a humorous yet educational experience. However, as reflective of the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington is not a character in the musical; yet, it obviously includes many other significant historical figures.

‘The West Wing’ or ‘The American President’


Unlike the other items on this list, these two are about fictional presidents. But it would be nice if they were real. Of the many politically charged movies and television shows by Aaron Sorkin, these two are specifically about presidents. If you have the day off and want to attempt to binge watch seven seasons, then you may want to check out The West Wing. The West Wing follows President Bartlet and his staff and advisors during their time in the White House. If you want a movie to help you transition between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day then The American President is worth watching. It is a romantic comedy about President Shepherd, who falls in love with a lobbyist.

How else will you celebrate President’s Day?

The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

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The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

Favreau tweeted the news Friday evening:

According to a statement from Disney, The Lion King “will build on the groundbreaking technology used in The Jungle Book to bring the story of Simba to photorealistic life.”

A release date for the film hasn’t been set. Favreau also helmed the live-action Jungle Book for the studio.

So far casting is off to a great start!