Given the choice (such as with publishers giving out only one character) I'd most likely take a realistic character first. Sony was never a part of the mascot fad, but they've made a few throwbacks, references to and subversions of it (I see Sony's mascots as the alternative to Nintendo's style).
Well, except in the case of Activision: Crash and Spyro easily beat out Ghost or Alex Mercer.
I like to make PSASBR move-sets. Here's a few:
Never say I don't contribute: I'm The Idea Man.