Discussing: Guest Characters in Fighting Games

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I know this is an unpopular opinion but I don’t really care for guest characters from other franchises in fighting games. With the recent announcement of both Jason Voorhees and the Predator are in the upcoming Mortal Kombat X, I started thinking about other guest characters in other fighting games and I have two problems with the concept.

The first is the characters never fit the story and lore of the games. What do these characters have to do with the plot of the game? Usually, the answer is nothing. At most, the writers will give some half-ass explanation as to why the guest character is in the game.

The second is it shows a lack of confidence in the game. It’s as if to say that the game can’t stand on its own and needs the brand recognition of another property to give it the publicity it needs to succeed. The SoulCalibur series is particularly guilty of this. There’s Spawn, Heihachi, and Link in SoulCalibur II, Yoda and Darth Vader in SoulCalibur IV, Kratos in SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny and Ezio Auditore da Firenze in SoulCalibur V.

I have another question about this. Why don’t other genres of games do the guest character thing? Call of Duty campaigns would be a lot better if I could be Rambo. Why doesn’t this happen to other games? If you like guest characters in fighting games, why is that? Aren’t they out of place? Let me know in the comments. Peace and Love, Gamers and Players! Colorwind out.

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