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8 Games that Surprised Established Franchise Fans

Ron Whitaker | 7 Oct 2015 15:00
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Sequels are a huge part of videogame development. It's a rare month when there isn't a release of a follow-up game to an existing franchise, and for the most part, those games are exactly what you'd expect - most of the same mechanics, with a few improvements. But every now and then, a game comes along and shakes up and existing franchise, departing from either the gameplay or genre conventions of its predecessors. These eight games did just that.

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Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

Banjo-Kazooie and its sequel, Banjoo-Tooie, were widely praised by gamers everywhere. After two Game Boy Advance titles, series fans were excited to hear in 2006 that Rare was bringing a sequel to the Xbox 360. However, they were certainly surprised to find that the platformer they remembered had been transformed into a game about vehicles. Focused mostly on customizing and upgrading vehicles, the game received reviews that were all over the place, and turned off many franchise fans.

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