12 rogue sequels that dumped the original genre and gameplay

Thank heavens for the humble spin-off title, granting devs the opportunity to expand a franchise without risking the reputation of its more 'legitimate' cousins. Mainline entries can carry with them a major degree of prestige, meaning a risky dip into unknown waters is best left to a parallel, somewhat less 'official' additions to the series. Call it a test run, if you like - one that maintains a healthy distance between 'promising' ideas and the brand's more sacred cash cows. If nothing else, it makes for sound business sense.

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