Wednesday, 27 August 2014
With the announcement that Tekken were teaming up with Pokémon to make the ultimate Poke-fighting game, I've been thinking about some of the more notable gaming crossovers.
Tekken and Pokémon on paper read like to very unlikely bedfellows, but in the trailers seeing Machamp lining up toe-to-toe with Lucario you get the sense that after a series of RPG’s based around the world of Pokémon, a fighting game might be the best way to simulate two powerful trainers battling.
Fighting games as a genre is well suited for crossovers, with Dark Vader and Yoda making appearances in Soul Caliber IV as a toe-dipping exercise, with larger crossovers including a greater selection of characters, such as Mortal Kombat v DC Universe which featured 11 characters from each franchise. There is something endlessly novel about seeing the Scorpion beating seven shades of stuffing out of Superman, as well as being a solid game.
Ultimately crossovers have a tendency to feel really novel, providing a new strange environment for some of your favourite characters - there is always the potential that the game itself will leave you disappointed. I’d love to hear what’s been your favourite crossover. Maybe you have a crossover you would really love to see in the future? Let us know in the comments below.
Our glorious leader, radMonkey, has a hankering to see a Disney Cars meets DayZ (the ramblings of a madman!), Joncol has an itch that only Nathan Drake going on adventures with Lara Croft could scratch, or to see Elite: Dangerous style gameplay in a Star Wars universe. Personally I’d like to see a League of Legends and DOTA 2 crossover, so Garen and Juggernaut can settle once and for all who is the king of spin.