Gamers were admittedly a bit confused last week, when Capcom released a trailer for a newly-announced Lost Planet spinoff to be titled "E.X. Troopers." The reason for their puzzlement? The game's bizarre departure from the gritty and mature themes known to the franchise, featuring instead colorful anime avatars and clean cel-shaded graphics, complete with manga-style sound effects dancing around the screen.
Though the look of the game still has many scratching their heads, there's really little cause for concern. To be honest, E.X. Troopers looks pretty awesome, and many are quick to forget that some truly awesome franchises have been spin-offs of already successful games.
Not convinced? Here's five examples of fantastic spin-off games, which despite jumping genres and styles, are true classics in their own right.