Throughout the years, we’ve seen plenty of crossovers across a variety of mediums. Crossovers are just fun by nature. It’s cool to see favorite characters from one show or movie or game or whatever interact with favorite characters from elsewhere. In the gaming industry, we’ve seen this a few times, mainly with fighting games, such as Marvel vs. Capcom, Street Fighter X Tekken, and more.
The five potential crossovers listed here may be just too much for the world to handle, but they would all be incredibly awesome. To see these crossovers play out in a video game would be a dream come true. Let’s hope these dream matches come to fruition sometime within our lifetimes.
Please note that this list is mostly just for fun. Try to leave your minds open and your reservations at the door.
05. Uncharted/Tomb Raider
Naughty Dog has become one of the most well respected and legendary game developers, and they only further cemented their legacy this generation. They accomplished this thanks to their incredible blockbuster trilogy of games with Uncharted as well as the amazing, groundbreaking survival horror adventure The Last of Us that is still fresh in our minds.
Uncharted takes more than few cues, however, from a franchise that preceded it. I’m talking about a little game series called Tomb Raider. Uncharted and Tomb Raider were both directly inspired by Indiana Jones and the pulp novels that preceded that film, but Uncharted borrows many game-specific features from Tomb Raider, such as the basic core mechanics at the experience.
Square Enix has recently rebooted the Tomb Raider franchise to be grittier and far more serious than the previous entries. No longer does Lara Croft have outrageously over-sized breasts, and no longer does she do cartwheels while simultaneously dual-wielding pistols, all the while wearing short shorts and a backpack full of shotguns and machineguns.
Uncharted is typically more light-hearted and goofy than the new Tomb Raider reboot is, but that doesn’t mean the games can’t exist within the same universe. They both have supernatural elements and they both feature protagonists that take severe beatings, yet never seem to die from them or suffer any incapacitating injuries. I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing Lara and Nathan face off in an adventure hunting sprint across the globe.
04. Call of Duty/Halo
It’s World War II. An Allied soldier is deep within the trenches, bullets whizzing above his head, rain pattering down on his helmet. Lightning streaks across the sky, followed by the booming clap of thunder. The soldier looks up. He expects to see stars, clouds, more lightning…what he sees instead is a large Covenant ship.
Yes, I know this is an absolutely ridiculous premise, but that’s the fun of crossovers; figuring out how to make two universes or franchises that weren’t originally intended to be related, mesh. This game could be about the Covenant aliens that are the primary foes in most of the Halo games using time traveling technology to attempt to invade Earth before the Spartan program and before Master Chief was ever around to teabag them to oblivion.
That being said, this would be a lot trickier from a gameplay standpoint than some of the other games on this list. Despite both being first-person shooters, Call of Duty and Halo games are extremely different. They play nothing like one another. Call of Duty is far more fast-paced and based on reaction time, whereas I would argue that Halo is far more strategic by nature
Could it be pulled off? Hell, I don’t know. But with Call of Duty: Ghosts apparently featuring single-player levels set in space, why not have a Halo/Call of Duty crossover? It would be the video game equivalent of Batman vs. Superman and probably be one of the highest grossing games of all time, if not the highest grossing.
Back in the 90s, this suggested crossover would’ve probably been #1. Times have changed. Whereas Mario continues to innovate and amaze with groundbreaking, jaw dropping titles such as Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel on Wii, Sonic has basically faded away into obscurity. Yes, his games still sell, but they lack the same critical praise of their predecessors, often relying on goofy gimmicks in an attempt to make Sonic popular or cool again.
I already know a few readers are going to cry foul over this entry, mainly because Mario and Sonic crossover games already exist in some form. However, they are mini-game collections based on the Olympics, so they definitely don’t count. I’m talking about a platformer. Y’know, the genre that let these gaming icons exist in the first place.
Preferably, the game would be a 2D side-scroller in the vein of the classic games that put these guys on the map in the first place. That being said, Mario and Sonic are coming close together in gameplay mechanics against. Sonic: Lost World on 3DS and Wii U looks like it took more than just a few pages out of the Super Mario Galaxy playbook. Maybe we’ll get a full-fledged 3D platformer in which the paths of Mario and Sonic intersect yet again (this time outside of Brawl and the Olympics)? Let’s just say it definitely wouldn’t hurt the Wii U’s currently financial problems…
If this were the early 2000s…Yeah, the days of the Pokemon and Digimon rivalry has cooled down significantly, but I’m still holding out for a crossover. Pokemon has a huge audience of adults that grew up with the anime and the original games, and I’m willing to bet that a good portion of those adults were also responsible for the early success of the fantastic Digimon anime that aired around the same time.
It’s a pretty well accepted consensus that Pokemon has the better games, but Digimon has the better anime. That being said, the Pokemon anime is sometimes very well made, and a few Digimon games, such as the original Digimon World on the PlayStation, are incredibly memorable and an absolute blast to play.
Like Call of Duty and Halo, mixing these two worlds would be tricky, but if Nintendo was given the reigns, then I think it could be done. By the way, Nintendo and the current license holders for the Digimon video games, Namco Bandai, are already collaborating on the new Super Smash Bros. games for 3DS and Wii U. So a potential collaboration down this road may not be too crazy.
And if we never get a Pokemon vs. Digimon game, can we at least get a Digimon or two in the new Smash Bros.? That way we can finally see who would win in a fight, Pikachu or Agumon. Seeing Ash and Tai get into it wouldn’t be a boring fight either.
Oh, and can we PLEASE get that Digimon 3DS game localized?
It’s a rivalry as old as time itself. Okay, not really, but it dates back by a crazy amount of decades now. Marvel and DC have duked it out in the comic book space for years and years, competing for sales with books starring their most popular superheroes, such as Batman, Spider-Man, The Avengers, Justice League, Superman, the list goes on and on…
More recently, they’ve taken it to the big screen, with DC cooking up an answer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will be interesting to see if DC or Marvel take the cake in 2015 when they have Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman vs. Superman releasing within a month of each other, but wouldn’t it be awesome to see DC and Marvel do a video game crossover?
DC and Marvel are no strangers to the idea. They’ve done comic book events featuring crossovers in the past in order to boost sales and increase the popularity of their books. Because of that, it’s not a totally crazy notion that they would consider doing the same as some big video game event.
The only question is, what genre would it be? We’ve seen plenty of game adaptations of properties from both companies, ranging from brawlers to platformers to (most commonly) fighters and even open world adventure games. We’ve even seen (excellent, I might add) Diablo clones. Personally, I would hold out for the latter, because we deserve a game as excellent as Marvel: Ultimate Alliance was back in the day. Get on it, people!
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What crossovers would you like to see in a video game? Sound off in the comments below and let your voice be heard.