For this month’s Question of the Month from Later Levels the question master is Luke from Hundstrasse (who also won last month’s Question of the Month). The question is: “aren’t games great? And isn’t it even greater when one game spills out into another? So for this month’s question I’d like to know what the best gaming crossover is, and most importantly why? (For the purposes of this question a ‘crossover’ can be anything from a subtle nod to a different game to a full on mashup of two titles.)”
Now this got me thinking. There were some options here. But I decided to go to one that I played recently. That game is Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.
My reasoning is it is a fantastic game. Full of puzzles and courtroom sessions in a brilliant crossover between the Professor Layton series and Ace Attorney series. So you have Professor Layton and Luke Triton working together in parts with Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey. The story telling through the game progressing with puzzles as well as courtroom sections allowed for the characters to work alone in their element as well as together to solve problems. For instance Professor Layton and Luke are mainly involved in trying to solve the mystery of Labyrinthia and Phoenix Wright and Maya are trying to protect people from wrongful convictions. However The characters also take turns with puzzles and working together in the court room when required. The story in this game is fantastic and I really enjoyed how it opened up over time with the twists and turns. The art style is a great mix of the two styles which somehow works very well even though it must have been difficult to put together appropriately.
I think this works so well because it is a complete mashup between the two, with the two companies (Level-5 and Capcom) jointly working on the game.
What is the best gaming crossover for you? If you want to take part there is plenty of time, see Later Levels post for more details.