Greetings loyal Push Square readers, and welcome to the first ever 'Who Would Win Wednesdays', a new weekly feature where we pit two PlayStation characters against each other, giving you a quick profile of each combatant before letting you vote on who you think would emerge victorious in a battle to the death. From the giants of the platform to the more obscure personalities of gaming, there's no real criteria for who can and can't fight – if they've appeared on a Sony console, they can enter the ring. So without further ado, let's take a gander at our very first contestants.
One of PlayStation's most iconic figures, Solid Snake becomes Old Snake in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – but this soldier's rapid ageing process doesn't stop him from being one of gaming's most versatile fighters. Boasting deadly close quarters combat techniques as well as being proficient with just about every gun that you can imagine, the silver-'stached stealth master is a danger at any distance. Of course, there's a chance that his adversaries won't even get the opportunity to put up a fight, as the bandanna enthusiast is more than capable of subduing targets without them ever realising he was there to begin with. Old Snake's greatest asset, however, is arguably his experience – this is a man who's seen it all and lived to tell the tale.
With the Arkham games swooping into the hearts of critics and gamers alike, being able to experience life as the Batman has never been easier – and what a life it is. Taking on countless thugs, mutants, and super villains armed with just his wits, a handful of non-lethal gadgets, and his martial prowess, Bruce Wayne's alter ego would surely prove to be a tough fight for almost any PlayStation character that you can think of. Not only is Gotham's protector capable of stomping whole hordes of goons without so much as getting scratched, he's also blessed with a brilliantly logical mind, which allows him to calmly assess any situation. Unsurprisingly, his beautiful brain is a huge asset in battle, where he can easily identify a foe's weaknesses and use the surrounding environment to his advantage.
Would Old Snake be able to out-think Batman? Is Bruce the more capable close combat fighter? Vote for your winner in our poll, and tell us how you think the battle would unfold in the comments section below.
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