By The_A_Drain 46 Comments
I'll get around to writing silly review number 3: Game Manuals sometime soon, promise. I tend to write spur of the moment, so planned things usually get held off until i'm done vomiting opinion. As always, this is just my opinion, and not all of it is meant 100% seriously, so sit back and relax as we reminisce about five franchises i'd love to see brought back, and five that I want to stay dead, in no particular order.
5. Bring Back: Road Rash
Don't Bring Back: The Adams Family:
God the games associated with this franchise were awful. From Festers Quest to Pugsley's Scavenger hunt, i've never played an Adams Family game that I liked, or even enjoyed for a short while. Often poorly programmed, with terrible design choices and overbearing levels of difficulty. Aside from that, you have to wonder, just how exactly do you introduce this family to the videogame world? They don't seem all that suited to being anywhere near videogames in the first place. I wouldn't lose a wink of sleep if we never saw this franchise again in any format, be it television, film or videogames.
4. Bring Back: Shenmue:
Ok, not so much 'bring back' as 'finish it, or so help me god i'll hunt you down' The series really needs to be completed. However, while we know almost for certain now that the series never will be completed, as it's creator no longer works for Sega, or something like that, and Sega have said many times they do not plan to ressurect the series, that doesn't mean I can't want for it. I need to know what happens, dammit.
Don't Bring Back: Yu-Gi-Oh
I'll admit, shamefully, that I once enjoyed the card game itself quite a bit, I was a succesful tournament player in my region and even placed well nationally. However, every single videogame adaptation of this with the exception maybe of one of the GBA games, has been utterly atrocious. I guess the major problem here is that the developers needs to change up the gameplay in order to differentiate itself from the physical card game rules so that people will buy it. This just leads to incomprehensible rules and unbalanced games, when you combine this with incredibly slow gameplay and terrible (or abusive) AI you definately have a loser on your hands. Why continue to attempt to compete with the physical card game? I mean, it's still making tons of money, and the company responsible for the games is the same company, so stop trying to compete with it and simply divert the cash into making more money from the card game itself. Simple.
3. Bring Back: Dark Forces:
I'm not a huge Star Wars fan at all, but like KOTOR, Dark Forces being a high quality game, I loved it. I didn't love it as much as Doom or Duke Nukem granted, but I still loved it and i'd play it over some of the more modern FPS games (if I had the choice, I don't own the game anymore) and for an FPS, the Star Wars universe is one that provides some quite unique situations, enemies and weapons to play with. I honestly feel the franchise should be brought back with a vengeance. I'm aware that what we got out of this franchise was in fact the adventures of Kyle Katarn in Jedi Knight and eventually Jedi Academy, but those didn't resonate as well with me as the original Dark Forces did.
Don't Bring Back: Alone in the Dark:
The original series was ground breaking for it's time, and highly enjoyable well-crafted games. But the previous two attempts to ressurect the series have not succeeded. Firstly, we had The New Nightmare, a literal mashing together of Resident Evil and Silent Hill with an incomprehensible storyline and overly difficult bordering on punishing gameplay. The characters were difficult to care about, the plor hard to follow, the game itself difficult to play and while it managed to be pretty damned creepy for the first two thirds, as always with these kinds of games the run up to the end was just plain weird, not creepy or clever.
Then we have the Atari remake Alone in the Dark for Xbox 360 and PC (and later, and hopefully much improved, Inferno for PS3) which was very poorly recieved. While the game had a lot of ambition, some really great mechanics all but wasted by the poor level design. Much of this games ambition and technical achievement was put to incredibly poor use which really is a great shame, I mean the game achieved a lot of things, environments that could burn realisticly, entire levels being animated in one of the greatest cinematic action sequences ever seen in a videogame, and more. The level design however, the plot, the characters, utterly abhorant. Impossible to care for any of the characters, and what I onestly feel is one of the worst, rip-off endings ever seen in any media format. And I havn't even touched upon the bugs or terrible driving sequences. Alone in the Dark for 360 was 100% wasted potential, and in my opinion the final nail in the coffin of a once great series. Leave it alone now.
2. Bring Back: Oddworld
Both of Abe's adventures in Oddworld were classics, the following games in the series not so much. But despite the failings of Munch's Oddysee and Strangers Wrath (even though I quite enjoyed Strangers Wrath) I still feel the franchise would be perfectly at home generating side scrollers like the originals, or adventure games for episodic content or DS/PSP releases. Theres so much lore there, and so many unique characters and environments to put te player in, I honestly don't think we've seen many franchises quite as unique as Oddworld and it needs to rise from the ashes like a pheonix. Apparently Oddworld Inhabitants are working on something new, but we've not seen or heard anything in quite a long time now.
Don't Bring Back: System Shock:
This one is going to be controversial, but I am very confident that the current right holders (EA) would make a stink of it. To start with, interest in the franchise from EA was only reinvigorated upon the release of Bioshock, and while I loved Bioshock, I do not want a knee jerk reaction from EA resulting in a Bioshock clone set in space. But illogical reasons like that aside, i'm seriously fed up with the business practice of shitting all over fans of a classic series in order to make money from a name people are curious about because they have heard great things, but don't want to, or cannot play the originals. We've seen it with Fallout 3, FarCry 2 and others, and we're going to see it with Deus Ex 3, the Monkey Island remake, and more. I'd rather they make a new game, under a new name, especially considering any new project under the name of System Shock would not include any of the original talent, and that doesn't sit well with me just as it didn't in the other examples.
1. Bring Back: Discworld:
This is the second franchise on the list that while I want brought back, in all likelyhood will never ever happen. I'm deeply saddened by Terry Pratchetts diagnosis of Alzheimers a couple years ago now, as my favorite author and a great man I was very upset to hear this. I own both the PS1 discworld adventure games, and Noir on PC. While Noir didn't fare so well, I still think that the previous too games are a fantastic example of the genre, and contain some great comedy moments and superb voice acting from comedy legends such as Rob Brydon, Eric Idle and Tony Robinson. I honestly think that if it were revitalised, and you could get hold of some equally good voice actors and get a clever script and puzzle set written, that the fanchise could put out an adventure game to rival that of Grim Fandango or Starship Titanic in greatness. (Incidentally, Starship Titanic features John Cleese as a voice actor)
Don't Bring Back: Duke Nukem:
I'm a massive fan of Duke Nukem, but lets face the truth here, his first and last truly great game was Duke Nukem 3D, a game that not only was brilliantly constructed and immense fun, but gave the FPS genre that final kick it needed in order to be fully realised after Doom had proven to everyone that it was a legitimate player. But since then, we've had multiple ports of Duke 3D, side scrolling platformers, terrible third person games, and several cancelled games. Not to mention the whole fiasco with Duke Nukem Forever. DNF? More like DNR. Duke's an old man now, and need to be layed to rest, even if he were brought back, in all the flashy glory he's known for, three quarters of todays gaming population wouldn't even have a clue who he is, just let the man rest, I think he deserves it after being strung out all these years.
Well that's it for now, this is just the compilation of this mornings thoughts really, what do you guys feel? Any franchises you'd like to see brought back? Or ones you feel strongly should remain dormant for ever?