Beast hot Take on Fighting Game Legacies
Greetings gamers, there are many hills that I thought I would die on alone with my thoughts about changes in gaming. There are a few gamers that share my thought process, but I do understand it is not enough to implement what I am suggesting. So, why go through with this post in the first place? Well, I like to start idea fires on the minds of the many. Hopefully, after reading the title you can get an idea of which direction I am going with this post.
Round 1: The Legacies are already here:
Honestly, I looked back on certain titles that already catered to this style. Soulcalibur and Tekken had a few characters that either were related or then had kids in sequels. Even Mortal Kombat dabbled in that in Mortal Kombat X and 11 with Cassie Cage and Jacqui Briggs. So this is all geared towards Street Fighter which is another game in a long history of fighters.
They took a step back in prequels with the Alpha series and almost did legacies with 3rd strike. Even in the stories lore, you have a few characters that have kids already. Dhalsim is married with kids, Guile has a daughter named Amy and Ken Masters has a son named Mel.
When it came to games like Project Justice/Rival Schools and SF III 3rd Strike. It took a different turn from the normal characters. RS/PJ are in the same universe as Street Fighter since Sakura also attends the schools. Then in 3rd Strike, we were introduced to the first apprentice to Ken who is Sean. I was floored to see Ken teaching a pupil, but he played totally weird.
As a young fighter, he almost felt like Afro Dan with his goofy double uppercut dragon punch and using a basketball. Definitely didn’t use your traditional Ansatsuken style. Technically you could say Sakura is a legacy to Ryu, but I feel like when it comes to the 3 parents I mentioned. Their children would make a great fit to take over the mantle.
Round 2: The Breakdown:
Let’s talk about these characters as a whole. First up is Guile who was so hell-bent on revenge he put that before his family. I personally would feel that his daughter would have some sort of resentment towards him. The best part about this is that Ken Masters is his Brother in Law which would make this great where she learns Martial Arts from her Uncle. You know, instead of taking up her father’s fighting style to rebel.
Or we can go another route where she understands her father and decides to join the military. Afterward becoming a great fighter pilot takes up her father’s fighting style and might have a way to learn from Charlie Nash. Of course, you will have to jump some years for this to work.
When it comes to Ken Masters, his son Mel could be his golden child that Eliza may or may not be into him fighting. You could make a nice buddy story with Sean and Mel teaming up as Ken and Ryu did. Even better have cousins as rivals with Mel and Amy.
Dhalsim is a special case where he has an apprentice in law enforcement named Mahesh but does have a son named Datta. I am only mentioning these few characters just to move the story along. You just need to start small to see if they work out well which I think they will.
After reading so much of the stories and lore, it seems the developers had plans for a generational-style story.
Round 3: Speaking with Gamers.
So, I asked some trusted gamers I know who are Fighting game enthusiasts about their take on legacies in fighters. I will post their responses in the order of their responses. Also, keep in mind this is not a debate, I will not be a rebuttal, just wanted their thoughts on the subject.
“I think it would be cool to see the characters evolve over time and then go back to original designs as an option for a classic look. I think it would be cool to see the characters evolve over time and then go back to original designs as an option for a classic look. It’s something I’d like to see but not immediately like a new game. But something like a street fighter would be interesting. Though the most important thing is the mechanics of a fighting game.”
Personally, I think something like that would be a nice touch. Once you get more story and background to characters and that next level of immersion in a way. Aaaand who doesn’t love the idea of their favorite fighting game having more characters
Well in that case, yes they should, but it’s also a gamble.
Take Mortal Kombat for example. The characters Jax, Sonya, Johnny Cage, and Kenshi had kids introduced in MK10. At first, fans were critical of these new characters and but some players did flock to them. I think some players just rolled with it because we still had their parent characters in the game so it wasn’t a big loss. But also, some people felt like the roster slots should have gone to older characters in the series that have not made appearances in the most recent installations.
Although it is a gamble to evolve legacies, I think story progression is necessary to keep up with the times for newer and younger player bases.
Final Round: Closing thoughts
With all that being said, some fighting games still have a strong storyline. Street Fighter 5 Champion Edition is the final installment for the series. So, if Street Fighter 6 is in the works or plans, I would hope that Capcom would consider doing a legacy version. If this sparks ideas or opens up to the idea then so be it.
There are a lot of new gamers being born and why not give them an experience they can grow with as well as we did. I bring this up because the potential of creativity seems to be copy and paste lately. I am not saying change the game engine, but taking a chance and adding characters or as some have said DLC.
But personally, I don’t think DLC is a good choice. Put them in the game fully with their rich story to add to the roster. That is my Hot Take on new characters or legacy characters for fighting games. Open to hearing thoughts on the matter in the comments below. – Beast Out –