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I'm talking the Nier Automata, the Dave the Diver, the... wait, that's all I got. Can we get a bigger list in here of games that defy or bend genre?

I'll add the most fitting to the OP. 

1. Sakuna of Rice and ruin

2 Cult of the lamb

3. Astebreed

4. Blast Corps

5. Cat Quest 3 (unreleased)

6. HifI Rush

Thanks folks, this thread is gold. 

Last edited by LegitHyperbole - on 06 June 2024

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Nier Replicant counts too. Forgot about that.



Dave the Diver is a great pick.

Here are a few recommendations:

  • Cult of the Lamb - part rogue-like action game, part colony management sim
  • Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin - part side-scrolling action game, part farming sim
  • Creature in the Well - part hack-'n-slash, part pinball


Veknoid_Outcast said:

Dave the Diver is a great pick.

Here are a few recommendations:

  • Cult of the Lamb - part rogue-like action game, part colony management sim
  • Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin - part side-scrolling action game, part farming sim
  • Creature in the Well - part hack-'n-slash, part pinball

Oh lovely, Sakuna is on PS catalogue and it looks really competent as a side scroller alone. Nice one. 



Total War comes to mind. A Grand Strategy series where it takes Turn-Based strategic gameplay on an overarching map, to resource management of a Real-Time Strategy game, then it dives into the map where your character is and turns into a Real-Time Tactics game where you're controlling hundreds/thousands of units on a battlefield.

This is all the overly simplified version too lol. I don't think there's anything like Total War.



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Astebreed merges hack n slash with shmup and it's amazing.
Hi Fi rush merging DMC with Rythm games.
REZ. Merges Panzer Dragoon with music games.
Dungeon and Dragons Tower of Doom/Mystara/Dragon's Crown and Gaurdian Heroes merging beat 'em ups with Action RPGs.



Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

Not sure if it fits, but I always thought pikmin was hard to pin down into a genre.



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Chrkeller said:

Not sure if it fits, but I always thought pikmin was hard to pin down into a genre.

I disagree. Pikmin is a real time strategy game with puzzle elements. I think that descriptor fits well



VVVVVV is a semi-open-world platformer without jumping, where the hardest challenge in the game is getting over a knee-high ledge.



Love and tolerate.

Doctor_MG said:
Chrkeller said:

Not sure if it fits, but I always thought pikmin was hard to pin down into a genre.

I disagree. Pikmin is a real time strategy game with puzzle elements. I think that descriptor fits well

Has real time strategy for sure, but also adventure/exploration elements.  More so than Warcraft or Starcraft.  Especially Pikmin 4.  

Most RTS, at least the ones I've played, the player commands the units to fight and is a spectator.  Pikmin has full control over the battles with skill bring required, certainly with boss fights.  Always felt a bit action genre to me.

I do agree that Pikmin is RTS dominant but has a bunch of secondary genres tossed in.  

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