Five Little-Known Multiverse Games For Your Consideration
Multiverse video games, also frequently referred to as crossovers, is the act of combining characters, stories, or settings from at least two games into one. The process is extremely popular among both gamers and developers alike, as bringing beloved components of certain titles together is thrilling for consumers and potentially financially rewarding for software companies that are marketing to two audiences and fan bases.
Crossovers come in many forms, from comic books and video games to cartoons and anime, and the clashing of worlds is a rapidly growing industry that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Numerous multiverse games are released each year, and while certain titles stick out, many worthy games go by largely unnoticed.
Any serious video gamer has been slung into space through “Angry Birds: Star Wars,” had a smashing good time playing “Super Smash Brothers,” and gotten lost in the web of “Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.”
And while all of those titles are without question first-class video games, please consider the following that you might have missed.
#5. Kingdom Hearts
Format: PlayStation 2/3/4, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS/3DS, Xbox One, Online & Mobile
Okay, okay, we know: “Kingdom Hearts” is incredibly well known and popular, but we’re featuring it on our top five just in case it’s been sliding through the cracks.
From Disney Interactive Studios and Square Enix, you can play “Kingdom Hearts” until your heart’s content on a selection of platforms. This crossover role-playing action title tasks the player with navigating main character Sora as he searches for his friends from Disney, “Final Fantasy,” and “The World Ends with You” in a variety of spheres. This multiverse offering has become a franchise featuring seven games along with figurines, books, novels, and soundtracks.
#4. Heroes of the Storm
“A team brawler of epic proportions” is the tagline for this online multiplayer battle that brings together 20 years of iconic Blizzard Entertainment gaming history into one arena. Whether you prefer to be an Assassin, Warrior, Support or Specialist, you have the freedom to choose from Blizzard’s “Warcraft,” “Diablo,” and “StarCraft” titles.
You can enter directly into the eye of the “Heroes of the Storm” for free, though micropayments are required to access a more premium version.
#3. PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale
Format: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
While this game cost over $40 when it was first released in 2012, today you can scoop it up for less than lunch. “PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale” is a free-for-all cross-play brawl that welcomes nearly two dozen characters from many of PlayStation’s most revered games including “Uncharted,” “Jak and Daxter,” “BioShock,” and “Twisted Metal.”
At the end of 2012, the game was nominated for IGN’s Best Overall Fighting Game and won the title of People’s Choice.
#2. Nintendo Land
Format: Wii U
“Nintendo Land” lands in the runner-up position not necessarily because it’s the second least known on the list, but because it could appeal to those not still playing video games in 2015.
Venturing into “Nintendo Land” is almost like a trip down memory lane for some as the Wii U party pack offers 12 mini games, each based on a prior Nintendo standalone title. From “Super Mario” and “The Legend of Zelda” to “Wii Sports” and “Metroid,” the “Land” adheres elements from decades of classic Nintendo entertainment into one compact never-ending thrill ride.
#1 Poker Night at the Inventory
Format: Online (Sequel: Online, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS)
If you love video games and love gambling and poker, you will quickly cherish “Poker Night at the Inventory.” Perhaps the best crossover that didn’t garner the recognition it deserved, this adult card game first released in 2010 features a table consisting of the who’s who of Telltale Games including Max from “Sam and Max,” Tyco from the “Penny Arcade,” Heavy from “Team Fortress 2,” and Strong Bad from the “Homestar Runner” series.
Admittedly it’s not got the same thrill to it as playing for actual money online, but it’s a good start for players learning the game. Once you’re up to speed playing Poker Night, you can take your skills and play for real at popular sites such as 888Poker.
Take on the humorous and at times not-so-friendly game of Texas Hold’em, and we practically guarantee you’ll be laughing for hours on end. Though you can’t win real money, you can work your way to unlocking different playing cards and table artwork skins to customize the overall environment.
The game was such a riveting success that Telltale Games launched “Poker Night 2” in April of 2013 along with several new characters. “Poker Night 2” also was released not only online but for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and iOS.