Ten popular culture franchises that deserve another chance in games0 Comments
Video games based on popular franchises have had a spotty history. Games based on movies – particularly those scheduled to release around the same time as said movie – normally aren’t the best experiences, while original takes like the Batman Arkham franchise or the Dragon Ball Z fighting games do a little more justice to their source material.
It’s a shame that some franchises can’t see to get the winning formula for a good game down, as some of them truly deserve a flagship video game to call their own. Here are ten franchises that deserve another shot.
The Man of Steel just can’t win when it comes to video games. While he does feature in some success stories like NetherRealm Studios’ Injustice: Gods Among Us, starring in his own game has never really panned out. His most recent starring role was the movie tie-in Superman Returns, and his other exploits include Superman 64, a game widely regarded as one of the worst of all time. Let’s get Rocksteady Studios or Platinum Games assigned to Superman and see if they can’t give ol’ Clark Kent his due.
The Walking Dead
There’s going to be some cross looks for this one, because many will cite Telltale’s episodic adventures as a shining Walking Dead experience. Those people are absolutely correct, but I’m focusing more on the smash hit television show on AMC here. There’s been one attempt at a video game in that realm, and holy zombie apocalypse did that not live up to potential. The Walking Dead’s television show is too popular to not have its own awesome video game, so maybe give a studio like Capcom a run with it. A Resident Evll-style Walking Dead game would not be a bad idea.
Jurassic Park/Jurassic World
It befuddles me that the last non-Lego Jurassic Park game was the Telltale episodic adventure from a few years back. I thought for sure a Jurassic World tie-in adventure game would come out, but the series continues its long drought. I remember playing Jurassic Park games on Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo and loving every second of it, so aside from getting those games re-released how about Bethesda brings us an enormous landscape infested with dinosaurs and other creatures. I bet they could handle it.
There’s been a smattering of Top Gun games scatted throughout the different consoles and tablets, but none of them even compare to the type of flight intelligence achieved by Project Aces for the Ace Combat franchise. Who wouldn’t want to play as Goose or Maverick in an Ace Combat-style flight combat sim? Some ideas make too much sense, and this is certainly one of them.
Let me clarify: I'm talking about Star Wars fighting games. I may be the only person on Earth that didn’t hate Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi – then again, there’s nary a fighting game I didn’t play for hours on end – but I admit it’s far from a perfect fighter. While Yoda, Darth Vader, and Starkiller were cool cameos in Soul Calibur IV, we haven’t seen a full-blown Star Wars fighting game since the much maligned Teras Kasi. I find it hard to imagine that no one would take up this task, especially now with the franchise re-peaking in popularity due to The Force Awakens. Oh, and to avoid any “lightsabers shouldn’t act like that” arguments, style it like Bushido Blade where one hit can kill. I’d play the heck out of that.
Much like the movie franchise Terminator has been up and down in the video game world. There are a few standouts – Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines wasn’t bad – games like Terminator Salvation knocked the name down more than a few pegs. I know the company doesn’t normally do licensed stuff, but a first-person Terminator game styled like Wolfenstein: The New Order and published by Bethesda could set the world on fire – much like a sentient AI will if and when The Singularity occurs.
The Avengers themselves have featured in plenty of successful games like Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Disney Infinity and the Marvel Ultimate Alliance games, but a core Avengers-branded game hasn’t happened since the Marvel movie studios have blown up. We almost had it courtesy of the long-gone THQ, but I think it’s high time we turn “almost” into “done deal.” The framework from that cancelled game is fine; a team like DICE or Visceral Games at EA could make it a masterpiece.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
This one sits close to my heart, as I spent hours on end playing both the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis Mighty Morphin Power Rangers games as a kid, yet haven’t played a second of any newer games since. After playing and enjoying Transformers Devastation, I can’t think of a better candidate for the Platinum Games style of 3D brawling (after the rumored Ninja Turtles game, of course) than the Power Rangers. Co-op play would have to feature prominently though, and I think Platinum could figure that out.
This TV series took the television world by storm in the mid-2000s, spawning hundred of questions, legions of fans, and one mediocre video game. Lost: Via Domus was alright for pre-existing Losties, but it did nothing to bring in new viewers. There’s one game developer that has succeeded numerous times in bringing me into brand new franchises, one that tells engaging and emotionally deep stories that would knock this out of the park. Tell me LOST: A Telltale Games Series isn’t a match made in heaven.
I already know what you’re thinking: “I sat through to the end of this article to be greeted with THIS?!” Indeed E.T. is notorious for its sheer awfulness, a level of gaming crappiness not reached since its launch back in the 80s. There’s no other franchise that deserves a second chance more than Spielberg’s little alien, and like Lost above this Telltale would make a great volunteer for the cause. If E.T. is going to come back to gaming, a Telltale-Spielberg partnership in my mind would be the best way to do it.