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3rd Sep '16 9:52:03 PM Schismatism
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* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' is a tabletop game set in the eponymous universe created by ''Creator/HPLovecraft''. '''''Trail''' of Cthulhu'' is a lighter variant which masks the rate of player attrition by simplifying the rules. Similar in many ways, like the ''Dark Heresy'' example just above, but not quite the same.
31st Aug '16 6:06:02 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' had an action-RPG, ''An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire'', and an action-adventure, ''The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard'' (another Elder Scrolls Adventures, ''The Eye of Argonia'', was planned but never made, though the Eye itself is mentioned in the main games). (Those who don't know this often erroneously assume that it's a reference to ''TheEyeOfArgon''.) There's also the ''Elder Scrolls Travels'' side-series, consisting of ''Dawnstar,'' ''Stormhold,'' and the [[CanonDiscontinuity mostly not-canon]] ''Shadowkey,'' for the ill-fated UsefulNotes/NGage system. Finally, ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'' will be an {{MMORPG}} set several hundred years, minimum, earlier than ''Arena''.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' had an action-RPG, ''An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire'', and an action-adventure, ''The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard'' (another Elder Scrolls Adventures, ''The Eye of Argonia'', was planned but never made, though the Eye itself is mentioned in the main games). (Those who don't know this often erroneously assume that it's a reference to ''TheEyeOfArgon''.''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon''.) There's also the ''Elder Scrolls Travels'' side-series, consisting of ''Dawnstar,'' ''Stormhold,'' and the [[CanonDiscontinuity mostly not-canon]] ''Shadowkey,'' for the ill-fated UsefulNotes/NGage system. Finally, ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'' will be an {{MMORPG}} set several hundred years, minimum, earlier than ''Arena''.
13th Aug '16 3:32:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' each have a number of spinoff tabletop games in their universes. Warhammer Fantasy's games include TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay, the gang-based ''TabletopGame/{{Mordheim}}'', American football parody ''TabletopGame/BloodBowl'' (even referring to the mystical god 'Nuffle'), the naval fleet based game ''Man O'War'' and massive-battle ''Warmaster''. 40k has the large-scale "narrative wargame" ''TabletopGame/{{Inquisitor}}'', space combat ''BattlefleetGothic'', small-scale ''Epic'', all-Ork ''Gorkamorka'', air-battle ''Aeronautica Imperialis'', gang-based ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'' and recently the role-playing game ''DarkHeresy''.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' each have a number of spinoff tabletop games in their universes. Warhammer Fantasy's games include TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay, the gang-based ''TabletopGame/{{Mordheim}}'', American football parody ''TabletopGame/BloodBowl'' (even referring to the mystical god 'Nuffle'), the naval fleet based game ''Man O'War'' and massive-battle ''Warmaster''. 40k has the large-scale "narrative wargame" ''TabletopGame/{{Inquisitor}}'', space combat ''BattlefleetGothic'', small-scale ''Epic'', all-Ork ''Gorkamorka'', air-battle ''Aeronautica Imperialis'', gang-based ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'' and recently the role-playing game ''DarkHeresy''.''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy''.
5th Aug '16 12:22:14 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Another gaiden game of sorts is ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST''; despite that 3 in the title (and being based off the third game's engine), it actually takes place during ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', and involves an almost totally different cast of characters.
** The reason why ''ODST'' has a ''3'' in its title is because it was originally planned to be merely an add-on that still required ''Halo 3'' to play. But as the game grew and grew and more and more tweaks to the game engine were made [[note]]the VISR system, the whole NAV/map/waypoint system, Firefight game mode, making groups of opponents patrol and thus successfully navigate large areas, and so on[[/note]], Bungie decided to make it a stand-alone product for half the price of a normal retail game. Then Microsoft "interfered" and added a second disk containing the multiplayer portion from ''Halo 3'' along with all the DLC map packs, and upped the price to that of a normal retail game.

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* Another gaiden game of sorts is ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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''VideoGame/Halo3ODST''; despite that 3 ''3'' in the title (and being based off the third game's ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''[='s=] engine), it actually takes place during ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', and involves an almost totally different cast of characters.
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characters. The reason why ''ODST'' it has a that ''3'' in its title is because it was originally planned to be merely an add-on that still required ''Halo 3'' to play. But as the game grew and grew and more and more tweaks to the game engine were made [[note]]the made[[note]]the VISR system, the whole NAV/map/waypoint system, Firefight game mode, making groups of opponents patrol and thus successfully navigate large areas, and so on[[/note]], Bungie decided to make it a stand-alone product for half the price of a normal retail game. Then Microsoft "interfered" and added a second disk containing the multiplayer portion from ''Halo 3'' along with all the DLC map packs, and upped the price to that of a normal retail game.



** In contrast, its sequel, ''VideoGame/HaloWars2'', takes place ''after'' ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians''.



* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}: Spartan Assault'' is a side-story interquel which takes place between ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}: Spartan ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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** ''Spartan Strike'' is a side-story which takes place both concurrently with the beginning of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' and around the end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''.
6th Jul '16 4:19:25 AM MoogleSam2222
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** Played straight with ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded'' however. The main purpose of the game is to reveal the content of [[SequelHook the letter written by Mickey to Sora]] at the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II'' and how Mickey found out about the fate of Aqua, Terra and Ventus, [[InternalReveal something the player already knows]] if he played to ''Birth By Sleep'' previously. The actual plot (Mickey creating a data Sora to restore Jimminy's journal and Maleficient trying to stop him) has little bearing on the MythArc and is never alluded in the next game ''Dream Drop Distance''.

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** Played straight with ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded'' however.to a degree. The main purpose of the game is to reveal the content of [[SequelHook the letter written by Mickey to Sora]] at the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II'' and how Mickey found out about the fate of Aqua, Terra and Ventus, [[InternalReveal something the player already knows]] if he played to ''Birth By Sleep'' previously. The Most of the actual plot (Mickey creating a data Sora to restore Jimminy's journal and Maleficient trying to stop him) by defeating bugs) has little bearing on the MythArc and is never alluded in the next game ''Dream Drop Distance''.Distance''. It does contain a few relevant points that are obviously setting up for future games though, including the first mention of the Book of Prophecy; Maleficent and Pete gaining knowledge of such a thing; and Mickey seeing all the people Sora has to help which includes Xion, a character he previously would have had no reason to be aware of at all, and that fans may have expected not to see again.
23rd Jun '16 7:54:09 PM nombretomado
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* ''TimeCrisis: Project Titan'', ''Crisis Zone'', and ''Razing Storm''.

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* ''TimeCrisis: ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis: Project Titan'', ''Crisis Zone'', and ''Razing Storm''.''VideoGame/RazingStorm''.
16th Jun '16 7:12:46 AM erforce
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* Each ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' game had a Game Boy follow-up in the "Donkey Kong Land" series. The first was a completely separate adventure, the second was basically a port of Donkey Kong Country 2 and the third was a basic collection of very generic levels in the style of Donkey Kong Country 3.

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* Each ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' game had a Game Boy follow-up in the "Donkey ''Donkey Kong Land" Land'' series. The first was a completely separate adventure, the second was basically a port of Donkey Kong Country 2 ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest'' and the third was a basic collection of very generic levels in the style of Donkey Kong Country 3.''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble''.
12th Jun '16 10:57:23 AM Midna
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* The ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'' series has a number of titles not in the main series -- ''VideoGame/LegendOfMana'', ''VideoGame/ChildrenOfMana'', and ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMana''. But what's more interesting is that the original game, released as ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyAdventure'' in the US....was actually called ''Seiken Desnsetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden'' (and was in fact the first game in the US to have a Chocobo in it!).

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* The ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'' series has a number of titles not in the main series -- ''VideoGame/LegendOfMana'', ''VideoGame/ChildrenOfMana'', and ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMana''. But what's more interesting is that the original game, released as ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyAdventure'' in the US....was actually called ''Seiken Desnsetsu: Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden'' (and was in fact the first game released in the US to have a Chocobo in it!).


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* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPaperJam'', as a {{crossover}} with ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', is one to both series simultaneously, but moreso the former. As confirmed by WordOfGod, to keep the budget down, several musical themes are reused from earlier games and the settings and characters draw more from the main platformer games than other installments before. Adding to this, it's the only ''Mario & Luigi'' game to eschew NumberedSequels in its Japanese release.
4th Jun '16 8:04:37 AM nombretomado
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** The spinoff games to the ''VII'' universe could be considered Gaiden Games, including the PS2 sequel ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', and two prequels, ''VideoGame/BeforeCrisis'' for mobile phones and ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' on the PSP. Fans are divided how much material has been stapled on as a cash grab and how much was simply cut for time.

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** The spinoff games to the ''VII'' universe could be considered Gaiden Games, including the PS2 [=PS2=] sequel ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', and two prequels, ''VideoGame/BeforeCrisis'' for mobile phones and ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' on the PSP. Fans are divided how much material has been stapled on as a cash grab and how much was simply cut for time.
30th May '16 6:20:25 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The ''VirtuaFighter'' series has ''Virtua Quest'' (released in Japan as ''Virtua Fighter: Cyber Generation''), a beat-em-up set in the {{Cyberspace}}. The original ''Virtua Fighter'' roster appears as ghost data that bestow their fighting techniques upon the player.

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* The ''VirtuaFighter'' ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' series has ''Virtua Quest'' (released in Japan as ''Virtua Fighter: Cyber Generation''), a beat-em-up set in the {{Cyberspace}}. The original ''Virtua Fighter'' roster appears as ghost data that bestow their fighting techniques upon the player.
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