We debate our ultimate roster of sparring pals on Xbox One
Throughout the history of fighting games, we’ve seen guest characters turn up to gatecrash other universes for the sole purpose of kicking ass. With the announcement of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arriving in Injustice 2, our minds started to run wild with the idea of a crossover fighting game on Xbox that would include not only the best characters in Xbox’s history, but characters from further afield too. We sat down to discuss our choices.
Stephen: I guess I should just start with Master Chief then, that’s the obvious choice. Has he ever been in a fighting game?
Adam: Well, Master Chief hasn’t been in a fighting game, but there was a Spartan in Dead Or Alive 4, I believe. I always remember being annoyed because I felt it was messing around too much with the canon. Clearly I wasn’t a big fan of fun at the time.
Russell: I can just see him blasting into people with his assault rifle and then finishing them off by plowing an Energy Sword into their chest.
Daniella: I don’t know. Wouldn’t he have too much power, what with using his guns from a distance and a melee weapon? He’d be dominating.
Adam: That’s what we want though isn’t it? Besides, Dante from Devil May Cry turned up with his pistols and sword in Marvel Vs Capcom 3, so I think it would work.
Stephen: Hey, if Injustice can have Superman, who is basically invincible, I think the Chief is fair game.
Russell: You could even have him facing off against Marcus Fenix in a testosterone-fuelled brawl.
Daniella: Yeah, I suppose sparks flying everywhere as a Lancer’s chainsaw comes grinding down on an Energy Sword would be pretty entertaining.
Adam: For my game I would choose Commander Shepard. If she can take on a whole legion of rampaging sentient machines and save the galaxy, she can take on anyone.
Stephen: How about Lara Croft? Although she would be underpowered if anything, right? “Nobody wants Biker Mice From Mars in a fighting game”
Russell: No, I don’t think so, she’s got the acrobatics. She’ll be all about the kicks, Cammy [ Street Fighter] style. She’s also got a pickaxe to do some serious damage with.
Daniella: I’ll throw in a curveball and say Clickyclaws from Ooblets. He’s a tiny yellow cat thing with attitude. He could out-sass anyone. He’d screw his face up, stomp his little feet, and shake his fist at them in frustration.
Stephen: Going way back, I would love to see Earthworm Jim. He’d be an
amazing character to have, using his body as a whip and a plasma gun. He could even have his companion, Peter Puppy, go berserk on everything.
Adam: We could go mad and choose different characters from cartoons, like Biker Mice From Mars.
Russell: Nobody wants the Biker Mice From Mars in a fighting game.
Daniella: You’d have to take them off their bikes, and then unless you set the level on Mars, they’re just mice. You basically want mice in a fighting game.
Adam: Yeah, I clearly didn’t think that through. How about Street Sharks then. Anyone remember them?
Daniella: No, but I do remember Thundercats. I’d like to see them fighting the TMNT guys from Injustice 2. In fact you could probably just have a whole Thundercats fighting game using just those characters.
Stephen: What would all their ultimate powers be? I guess Master Chief could call in a Warthog and mow everyone down or send in a couple of suicidal Grunts exploding into the enemy.
Adam: Lara could use relics with supernatural powers that could send in spirits of Egyptian pharaohs.
Russell: How about a random pirate from Sea Of Thieves? Jumping on screen playing a hurdy-gurdy, with everyone holding their ears in pain.
Daniella: One of the Monster Hunter Palicoes would be great to see. Their ultimate power could be that you wouldn’t want to hurt it, because it’s so cute, and you’d just end up winning by default. It could even heal itself by cooking a big meal.
Adam: What would we even call an Xbox crossover fighting game?
Russell: Xbox Crossover Fighting Game: The Video Game?
Daniella: How about Xboxers?
Stephen: If Microsoft are listening, we want 25 per cent of the profits.
Left The real question is who would be beefier: Marcus Fenix or Master Chief?