Videogame Crossovers That Need To Happen - Part Two

Videogame Crossovers That Need To Happen - Part Two

The best of both worlds

I like crossover games. I like taking characters from different games - different universes - and pitting them against each other for my entertainment like some sort of virtual gladiators.

Clearly, Morgan is also a fan, so much so that he wrote a feature about the crossovers that he would like to see. And that got me thinking about the games I’d like to see come to fruition. So, without further ado, here is my addition to what could end up being an endless list of dream games.

Capcom vs Arc System Works

Genre: Fighting

Capcom and Arc System Works are two of the biggest names in fighting games - Capcom are responsible for the genre defining Street Fighter series, among others, and Arc are behind the acclaimed Guilty Gear and BlazBlue games.

So pitting these two titans against each other seems like a no brainer. Who wouldn’t want to see a ridiculous projectile spamathon between Street Fighter’s Guile and Blazblue’s ν-13? What about a sweet guitar battle between Darkstalkers’ Lord Raptor and Guilty Gear’s I-No?

How likely is it?

Interestingly, this game actually almost happened. At Tokyo Game Show 2003, Sammy vs Capcom was announced (Sammy being the publisher of Guilty Gear at the time.) Unfortunately nothing has been heard since, and it’s pretty much assumed to be dead. It could happen, especially after Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- comes out and (hopefully) revives interest in the franchise.

Konami Deathmatch

Genre: Fighting

I want to play a Metal Gear Solid themed fighting game. I’m sure I’m not alone here. I want to pick Sniper Wolf, call her wolf friends into the fight, and use her rifle to play keepaway against an opponent trying to rush me down with Cyborg Ninja or Raiden. I want to see Otacon using all manner of gadgetry to frustrate opponents, and Naked Snake using a “magazine” to “distract” the other player, creating an opening to put in some hurt with his Close Quarters Combat skills.

I also want to play a decent Castlevania fighting game. There was Castlevania Judgement on Wii a few years back, but it was pretty terrible by all accounts; I just want a regular 2D or 2.5D fighting game with Alucard, Soma Cruz, Simon Belmont, Shanoa, and Dracula all trading blows.

So why not combine both these wishes? Konami Deathmatch would be an in-house fighting game, like Capcom Fighting Jam or Neo Geo Battle Coliseum. These means that, not only would we get to see Raiden clashing swords with Alucard and Soma Cruz trading bullets with Revolver Ocelot, we also get to bring other marquee Konami characters into the fray. A fighting game with Pyramid Head and the Mystical Ninja Goemon in it? Where do I sign?

How likely is it?

An in-house crossover game bringing together character from different franchises under the same developer is always more possible than cross-developer games, and Konami have shown an interest in fighting games before, with Castlevania Judgement and Solid Snake’s appearance in Super Smash Bros.

Persona x Final Fantasy

Genre: RPG

I’m going to take a break from the versus fighting game theme for a moment, because that’s not the only way to do a crossover game. Games like Project X Zone have shown that crossover RPGs can work really well; and since we’re daydreaming here and not restricted by licensing issues or cost pressures, why not go right for the big guys?

The Persona x Final Fantasy game that I see basically plays like the Persona games; you have a party of sword-wielding heroes who can also summon strange and fantastic demons from within their psyche to aid them in battle.

Only this time, among the characters are well known Final Fantasy heroes like Cloud Strife and Terra Branford, and the demons that can be summoned include classic Final Fantasy monsters like Cactuars and Tonberries and summons / Espers / Aeons / Eidolons / whatever you want to call them like Bahamut and Ifrit.

Of course, the Persona mainstays like Jack Frost and Jiraiya will be present as well, and cross-franchise demon fusion will make for some interesting concoctions…

How likely is it?

I like to think this is pretty likely. Square Enix seems happy to slap the Final Fantasy brand on any old game these days, and Atlus have shown an openness to crossover games with the announcement of Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem.

The Last of Drake

Genre: Action-Adventure

The Last of Us and Uncharted share a lot of common elements: they’re both critically acclaimed action / adventure shooters from Naughty Dog. Beyond this, they’re very distinct games, completely different in tone and setting, each with their own unique stories and characters.

I want to blur these lines. More specifically, I want to assume that The Last of Us and Uncharted happen independently, but in the same universe. I want to play a game that follows Nathan Drake, Victor Sullivan, Chloe Fraser, and Elena Fisher as they try and deal with the outbreak of fungal zombies.

The way I see it, this game would be set prior to the events of The Last of Us, in the early days of the outbreak, with Drake and co chasing after some treasure or other amidst the the chaos of the zombie apocalypse. Of course, they would have their run-ins with Joel and Tess during their smuggler days, and a strange blend of Uncharted hilarity and The Last of Us sombreness would follow. Could the cordyceps even be the product of one of Drake’s prior run-ins with the supernatural?

How likely is it?

Despite both franchises being owned by Naughty Dog, this seems pretty unlikely. Uncharted and the Last of Us are very, very different games, made by different teams within the studio. Blending the over-the-top fun of Uncharted with the tense sombreness of The Last of Us doesn’t seem like a move Naughty Dog would consider.

So, there’s my list, but there are literally thousands of other games to use as source material. What crossover games would you like to see?

Top image source: Amirul Haviz [Game Art HQ]




 

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Comments Comments (19)

 
Posted by Chris Redfield
On Friday 27 Dec 2013 4:46 PM
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Oh please let Capcom vs Arc happen.
 
 
 
KatalystaKaos
Posted by KatalystaKaos
On Friday 27 Dec 2013 4:46 PM
1
There actually is a Last of Us "Easter Egg" in the Pub at the beginning of Uncharted 3. The cover story of a newspaper on the Bar mentions a Fungus outbreak. So you never ever know, on that basis seems both franchises could be set in the same "universe" so a cross-over could happen.....

Easter Egg link below (possible spoilers)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8kiHEkiUcY
 
 
 
Posted by CloudAxel16
On Friday 27 Dec 2013 4:52 PM
1
27 December 2013, 04:46 PM Reply to KatalystaKaos
There actually is a Last of Us "Easter Egg" in the Pub at the beginning of Uncharted 3. The cover story of a newspaper on the Bar mentions a Fungus outbreak. So you never ever know, on that basis seems both franchises could be set in the same "universe" so a cross-over could happen.....

Easter Egg link below (possible spoilers)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8kiHEkiUcY
Yeah I just think that's just suppose to be a neat easter egg to find. Just like the jak and daxter and uncharted easter eggs in The Last of Us. But it would be pretty cool if a cross-over happened.
 
 
 
rocketman12
Posted by rocketman12
On Friday 27 Dec 2013 5:25 PM
3
How about a Jak And Daxter and Ratchet and clank? Just an idea.
 
 
 
Posted by Bank
On Friday 27 Dec 2013 6:50 PM
1
27 December 2013, 05:25 PM Reply to rocketman12
How about a Jak And Daxter and Ratchet and clank? Just an idea.
Wow every of us kid's dream back in the good days.
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Friday 27 Dec 2013 8:44 PM
2
Zelda and Elder Scrolls (Skyrim) mash-up.
 
 
 
SolomonLaw
Posted by SolomonLaw
On Friday 27 Dec 2013 8:48 PM
1
Would like a sky rim, grand theft auto cross over. Find a hidden portal and end up in a metropolis with your magic and summoning powers would be awesome. Maybe battle a dragon from atop a skyscraper or in a helicopter as citizens freak out would be sweet
 
 
 
SolomonLaw
Posted by SolomonLaw
On Friday 27 Dec 2013 8:55 PM
-1
WWE vs Tekken anyone?
 
 
 
Posted by tuftsdude
On Friday 27 Dec 2013 10:54 PM
-2
27 December 2013, 08:55 PM Reply to SolomonLaw
WWE vs Tekken anyone?
Tekken fighters would get disqualified for knocking out all those WWE nubs.
 
 
 
trukme
Posted by trukme
On Friday 27 Dec 2013 11:24 PM
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forza physics in gta5
 
 
 
Posted by koyukon
On Saturday 28 Dec 2013 12:21 PM
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Pokemon and World of Warcraft vanilla.
 
 
 
Posted by oh2bme
On Saturday 28 Dec 2013 2:55 PM
2
All of Tom Clancy's games in one is all the game you would ever need, imagine it Splinter Cell - Graw - End Game - Hawx - the Division - Rainbow 6 all rolled into one! It would be epic I know there was talk of a game of exactly this but doubt it will be anytime soon.
 
 
 
fatbot
Posted by fatbot
On Saturday 28 Dec 2013 9:25 PM
1
Might be pretty crazy, but what about Golden Axe and Skyrim. Could be a 4 player co-op version of Skyrim with 4 very different characters to play as. Might just have to wait for Elder Scrolls Online....
 
 
 
Posted by temungbean
On Sunday 29 Dec 2013 10:45 AM
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What about Uncharted and Tomb Raider? Lara Croft being a potential love interest for Nathan Drake too? Or Lara Croft possible back stab when they reach the ancient relic? Could be interesting.
 
 
 
Posted by toner
On Monday 30 Dec 2013 11:27 AM
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New Tomb Raider v Batman Arkham series. Tomb Raider just reminded me of Batman Arkham City so I reckon it would work.
 
 
 
Posted by Chris Redfield
On Monday 30 Dec 2013 1:25 PM
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Mortal Kombat vs Pokemon
 
 
 
Durty Driscoll
Posted by Durty Driscoll
On Monday 30 Dec 2013 7:50 PM
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Pokemon Vs Animal Crossing: When leaves attack Tom Nook.
 
 
 
Posted by Bappernz
On Tuesday 7 Jan 2014 8:02 AM
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i would be seriously interested in playing some of these games, if they ever make it to consumers hands, thanks for the insights NZG
 
 
 
Posted by darkap
On Friday 11 Jul 2014 7:51 PM
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persona x final fantasy fighting would be kool :)