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Jumping genres can be a dangerous experiment. Sometimes it’s a way to pull otherwise unfamiliar gamers into new genres. Sometimes it’s a way to turn them away.
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is out on Tuesday, and it made me think of Kingdom Hearts' first handheld outing, Chain of Memories. It looked like a Kingdom Hearts game, but it was really more of a card game, which admittedly isn’t too far removed from RPG conventions. It received a decent reception, but nothing spectacular.
Fighting games tend to be the worst offenders. Games like Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero and Tekken’s Nina Williams in Death by Degrees (yes, I think that is technically the official title) are both offensive examples of why fighting game characters should probably stick to fighting games.
Mario experiments in all genres, RPG, racing, sports, puzzle, and he usually comes out on top.
What do you think? Has there ever been a character or franchise that you enjoyed more in in a different genre? Maybe Pokemon Conquest? Or Jak X: Combat Racing? Or Link’s Crossbow Training?
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I think in the right hands it could be a big sucess. Yet now I think so many franchies are so planted in their foundation that they shouldn't. The only exceptions would probably Mairo & Little Big Planet Carting.
Resident Evil basically changed genres. It's turned into a action shooter game rather than a survival horror game.
It would probably depend on the franchise, the developers behind it, and how serious of a tone it has. Games like crash bandicoot and Jack & Daxter(and Mario) it seems can make that genre jump because of their cartoony style among other things.
It depends on the developer, and I think how much a franchise relies on specific elements of their original genre. There definitely are success stories-Mario, Metroid, etc.
Not too many games can pull it off well. Mario is an exception to a general rule of no. In general a game can't be as good in a genra crossing sequal. Games can come close but even good examples like Mario rpg and L mansion fail to live up to what started the characters beginnings. The Zelda games went from top down to 3d , but you can't call that a genra change. Someone mentioned over blood in this for the positive?? That sequal turned a mediocre if hilarious survival horror game into a hilarious unplayable adventure game. The key word there is unplayable. Actually I can think of 1 passable genra breaking game ever. Metroid prime went From side scrolling platformer shooter to a first person shooting platformer. When you think about it though the game play isn't truly a game Changer though. More like a Mario world to Mario 64 kind of change where the core elements are mostly the same. To be a genra change much more has to Change than adding a 3 d environment. Traditionally games that try more than what metroid or Mario did fail. Mario kart mabe. I can think of nothing else that can live up to or sell near the copies of a game sticking more or less to what they have always been.
I like them as spin offs, not a new direction.
It's possible but to me, it depends on what game and on what 2 genres.It needs to be logical and that's pretty much it.