Monkey Island is coming back and in a pretty big way. The rise of the adventure game once more perhaps? Well, that's too early to tell as a significant amount of the gaming populace still prefers more twitchy gaming such as Call of Duty, the pacing of RPG titles like the looming Final Fantasy XIII or the casual glimmer of titles like Geometry Wars. And none of that is a shame in the least because all of those franchises have been able to stand pretty well on their own and contribute to the medium in one way or another. But, if I had to say there was a digital safety blanket, or several of them, I wouldn't mind confessing that the Monkey Island titles have kept me pretty warm.
Not only is the writing solid, but the game just bleeds fun from every possible twist and turn. The dialogue is well written, the adventure elements are solid and truth be told, its one of the finer adventure games in my opinion. Sure, there are plenty of alternate adventure titles like King's Quest, Space Quest, Day of the Tentacle and Full Throttle, just to name a few. However, the remastered version of Monkey Island may just be capable of reviving the genre in a strong way.
And maybe it is time for the adventure genre to come back. It has been several years and the time just might be right. But that also goes hand in hand with whether or not the developers want to create or remaster older titles and the demand is there from the gamers. That's ultimately what it boils down to because if people remaster titles no one is really interested in seeing, then no one is going to play it and it'll end up being a waste of time. Silently hoping though, a next-gen adventure title, a true adventure title would be interesting to see if done from the ground up. I'm not talking about something like Heavy Rain, because while that looks very, very pretty, it doesn't exactly strike me in the same way as Guybrush talking to a dog in a pirate tavern. Fancy that.
So, what adventure games should be released again? Would it be even viable? And is the audience out there old enough to remember them or even young enough to take a chance and be receptive to something completely new? Like I said, I'm not dripping rancor on the other genres, this is just one I would actually like to see come back.