Marvel vs. Capcom? Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe? Why are these two comic book companies just skirting around the real crossover gold here? Comic book fans have been waiting for Marvel vs. DC for ages. It doesn't even have to be a fighting game. Make it an action RPG like Marvel Ultimate Alliance if you want. Make it a straight-up 2D action game. Heck, you could even make a LEGO game and people would play it. Just make this game already!
Back in the days of the PSOne and PS2, it seemed as though "mascot" games were a dime a dozen. We had our fair share of Spyros, Crash Bandicoots, Sly Coopers, and more. However, two much-loved franchises from this era of cute fuzzy things in action platformers were Jak and Daxter and Ratchet & Clank. Now, these two teams will be coming together in a PlayStation Move title, PlayStation Move Heroes, but the game seems like an unfortunate tie-in for motion controls. Frankly, they would probably be better off with a traditional control scheme, and without Sly Cooper tagging along for the ride.
A handsome treasure hunting man meets a beautiful treasure hunting woman? I haven't seen a plot this awesome since I stopped watching Spanish soap operas! With Tomb Raider getting the remake treatment and Uncharted still reigning as one of the best adventure/shooters on the market, these two games are meant for an epic crossover. Equal opportunity treasure hunting for both genders; that's what we say.
Let's get one thing straight. Mario and Sonic at the Olympic games does not count as a crossover. It's just a minigame compilation with a coat of Mario and Sonic paint. What we want to see is a platformer, either 2D or 3D, that shows both of these mascots at their best. Sonic would be used for long linear high-speed levels, while Mario would be used for intricate platforming and jumping. It would control like a better version of Sonic Heroes, with the two characters tagging in and out as the stage calls for them. Long jump over a chasm with Mario, then boost forward with Sonic. Take a 2D loop with Sonic, then wall jump up a corridor with Mario. This is platforming gold, and we have no idea why Nintendo and SEGA squandered this crossover on an Olympic games compilation.
Ever since the early days of "Shoryuken" and "Get over here," fighting gamers have wanted to see this crossover. Heck, even the designers are making in-jokes about it. Ed Boon and Seth Killian both sarcastically tweeted about developing this compilation. Boon and Yoshinori Ono both said they would be interested in pursuing this crossover as well. Fights like Ryu vs. Sub-Zero have been the subject of numerous flash videos and fan-fictions. Who will win? Akuma or Shang Tsung? We all want to know! Make it happen, NetherRealm and Capcom. I want to rip Guile's spine out!
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: March 1, 2012
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