With the recent news of the upcoming Naruto game having someone from Tekken making a cameo (of course, the dumb asses don’t pick Yoshimitsu to be that character), I started thinking about past games that had awesome cameos. To some of us, it’s a nice treat that gives us a chuckle and to others, it gives them hope for a possible crossover. While this list may not be a top ten list, it is a list that hopefully makes some of you think “Wow, that’s pretty cool” or say “Awesome!’ Check after the jump to see if any of the cameos listed are the ones you already know about or some that are news to you.
Lost Planet 2 – Marcus Fenix, Dominic Santiago, Albert Wesker, Frank West, and Helghast Soldiers.
Thought we should start off with a recent title that had quite the cameos. Capcom’s Lost Planet 2, while it may be a hit or miss game, the multiplayer caught gamers attention because of the “character skins” you can play as. While both the PS3 and 360 got Resident Evil’s Wesker and Dead Rising’s Frank West as playable forms, it was the console exclusive skins that got people to look at this game. Sony gamers got the Helghast soldier skins from their console exclusive, Killzone 2, while the 360 got the popular Marcus Fenix and Dom Santiago from the Gears of War franchise. Of course, this cause some confusion and anger within the 360 gamers since some of them though the game would play just like Gear, which of course, doesn’t.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 – Spider-man
Ah, the Tony Hawk games were awesome back in the day. All you had to do was skate around and do tricks that you know were impossible to do in real life. With the game being awesome on its own, it was a nice treat to be able to skate around New York as your friendly neighborhood Spider-man. Most gamers loved the idea to skate as Spidey that in the next game, they decided to one up themselves…
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 – Wolverine and Darth Maul
By bringing us both Wolverine and Darth Maul. While they included a new game mechanic that let gamers extend their combos, they let us skate around with two bad asses. It’s quite the sight seeing some one skate around with a double sided lightsaber in one hand that also has yellow spikes on their head… ok, maybe the yellow spike part is normal.
Soul Calibur 2 – Heihachi, Link, and Spawn
Now this one was interesting since the characters named above were each a console specific character. While all three had Necrid, which was some dull green monster created by Todd McFarlane, each console had one extra character. The Xbox got an extra McFarlane character by having the axe-wielding Spawn while Sony got the weapon-less Heihachi (luckily, not in his Tekken 4 outfit). While the two were unique to play with, no one can deny that the Gamecube owners got the best out of the three. They were able to play as Link with the awesome Master Sword as his weapon of choice. This did lead to people having hope for SoulCalibur 3 having a cameo, unfortunately, they only added a sub-par create a character to the game and it was a PS2 exclusive.
Soul Calibur 4 – StarKiller (The Apprentice), Darth Vader, and Yoda
They did made up SC3’s cameo-less game with SC4 by having cameos of character that no one expected to see. Three being the magic number once again, we got to see three Star Wars characters. While both console got Starkiller, Vader’s apprentice from the Force Unleashed franchise, both the 360 and the PS3 had a console specific character. 360 gamers got to play with the small, quick Yoda while PS3 gamers got to force choke others with Darth Vader. Of course, the exclusivity didn’t last long as SCAMco Bandai released a DLC Unlock Code that let’s players play the other console specific character for $5.
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction – Han Solo and Indiana Jones
Mercenaries was the sandbox game for gamers to play in as it lets them blow things up, where ever and whenever you want. While it came out late in the PS2/Xbox life cycle, it did had a neat extra in the game. With the game being published by LucusArts, they threw in two character skins of popular roles that were played by Harrison Ford. Gamers got the chance to snipe their enemies with Han Solo or call in an air raid with Indiana Jones.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl – Solid Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog
While the Smash Bros. franchise is the ultimate crossover for Nintendo fanboys, it was the third game that introduce two characters that weren’t from Nintendo specific world. Gamers got to play as Metal Gear Solid’s Solid Snake and Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog. While it was neat to play as Snake with all his gadgets, fanboys finally got their dream match in the form of Sonic vs. Mario. Although it was a bit hard to control Sonic due to his speed, it was a nice feeling for Sega fans to kick Mario’s fat ass with the blue hedgehog.
Onimusha Blade Warrirors – MegaMan.EXE & Zero (Mega Man Zero ver.)
Onimusha was an awesome franchise during the PS2 era and for some reason, Capcom hasn’t made any for this current generation of consoles. Anyway, after Onimusha 2, Capcom released a crossover over game that had characters from the first two games. They decided to throw in two, well known names in the game for fun. Although they may not be the original version of said characters, it was still fun to play as MegaMan.EXE from the Battle Network series (since this Mega Man did have a sword) and Zero from the Mega Man Zero series. It was hilarious seeing large, anime-esque characters facing off human model characters in world where samurai’s had to fight against demons.
Dead or Alive 4 – Spartan-458 a.k.a. Nicole
Thanks to this game, we learned that there were female Spartans in the world of Halo. Originally, Tecmo wanted to put Master Chief in the game but Bungie wanted to protect the story and thus we get Nicole instead of John. It seemed out of place seeing a Spartan beat the crap out of the other characters since she was taller than anyone in the game. Even though this is Dead or Alive, they decided to hold back on the bouncing boobs for the female Spartan.
The Revenge of Shinobi -The Terminator, Spider-man, Batman, Devilman, and Godzilla.
Yes, you read that right. This classic Sega title had quite the cameos, regardless if they got the permission or not. From “The Terminator” that turns green as it receives damage to the Spider-man boss that transformed into Batman, this game topped it off with Godzilla near the end. They changed a few things in later versions of the game where Godzilla ended up being a white Godzialla to a dinosaur skeleton due to copyrights. Also, later on they had to take Batman out of the game for the same reasons, so they had Spider-man transform into Devilman when he received enough damage. Unfortunately, when the game came out for Nintendo’s Virtual Console, they turned Spider-man into a complete pink costumed villain.
That’s it folks, did something you like made it to the list or did you something new about a game. Like I said, these are just ten games of many games that had awesome cameos, so if there is one that you want to share with us, just simply make a comment about it.