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Nov 05 2012

Games We Can Only Dream About

With November now freshly arrived, we’re in for a month of great releases. Assassin’s Creed 3, Halo 4, Black Ops 2, Far Cry 3, and one that’s not a damn sequel, LEGO: Lord of the Rings. What? I’m excited to break some blocky orcs. But while these games are great, everyone who looks at the list of games to be can’t help but imagine what it would be like to see the game of their dreams on that list. These are some of the games I’d like to see one day.

Avatar: The Last Roleplayer

Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then everything changed when M. Night Shyamalan attacked.

The first game that I would see made is an open-world sandbox adventure-RPG set in the Avatar: The Last Airbender universe.

Background: For those of you who are unfamiliar with the television series, or are only familiar with the horrible abomination that was the live-action film adaptation, not-James Cameron’s Avatar tells the story of a world in which people can bend one of the four elements (fire, water, earth, or air), except for the Avatar, who can bend all four. If you’ve seen just one fight scene from the show, you’ll know how awesome bending looks.

What I Want to See: Based on what I’ve seen from series like Batman in which games like Batman Begins have tanked, but Arkham Asylum and Arkham City have excelled, it seems games that simply retell a story already told on-screen don’t do very well, and are also not much fun to play. So the ideal Avatar game should revolve around the tales of past Avatars such as Roku (of the Fire Nation), Kyoshi (of the Earth Kingdom), and/or Aang (the series’ protagonist) in his later years. The plot could follow a threat that is prevalent throughout the generations that takes on different forms, that each Avatar has to deal with in a different way. This could also open up some RPG elements that would fit nicely into the game. For a show on Nickelodeon, Avatar features a lot of tough, ethical decisions, and even some dark moments. Those of you who watched the finale of the new Legend of Korra series know what I’m talkin’ about. It’s the Avatar’s responsibility to be able to make these difficult choices, so obviously, the game should feature these choices. What’s that game I always try to mention in every post? You know, the one in which your decisions affect the galaxy and the people around you? It’s something like Knights of the………Round Table? No, that’s not it. Anyway, moral/ethical dilemmas would be nice. Another cool feature with roots in RPG’s would be elemental skill trees. Put points in each tree, choose which element you want to specialize in, unlock new powers and abilities as you gain experience and knowledge. Then go Avatar state (when the Avatar is at their strongest) on any who dare cross your path. Yip yip!

Likeliness Scale (Out of 10): 3. Unfortunately the series isn’t popular enough to justify a project of this scale. There aren’t too many publishers or developers who would take a risk on a show that airs on a kids channel. So with no Avatar game in the foreseeable future, I guess those of us who have felt the plight of the cabbage merchant will just read fanfiction and rewatch the old series until the new season of Legend of Korra comes out.

Star Wars Battlefront: The Old Republic

Mods exist for KOTOR-themed Battlefront, but it’s just not the same.

Oh, Knights of the Old Republic was what I was trying to think of earlier! It’s so obvious now. And you know what else would be sweet game? A new Star Wars: Battlefront set in the time and locations of Knights of the Old Republic.

What Made Battlefront and KOTOR great: Some would say otherwise, but I believe Battlefront is the perfect example of how a class-based shooter should be put together. All the different class types are well-balanced, the gameplay was simple and addicting, the third-person view is stellar, and of course, SPACE WARFARE. And the environments of KOTOR were very good-looking and well put together, and featured a lot of variety, from Sith temple ruins on Korriban, to the urban setting of Nar Shaddaa, to the plains of Dantooine, and the island jungle of that planet near the Star Forge from the first KOTOR. Click here for a more in-depth look at why these two are fantastic.

Why This Game Would Be Great: Both Battlefront’s were wonderful, and although it’s wise not to fix what isn’t broken, a few additions and changes would be more than welcome in my mind. Apart from new characters, enemies, heroes, and maps relevant to the Old Republic time setting, we could see a revamp of the multiplayer system that could contend with the likes of Call of Duty or Halo. And perhaps a survival mode, in which you and three to four other heroes hold out as long you can against waves of increasingly greater enemies. And apart from just KOTOR, “Battlefront: Old Republic” could incorporate scenery and environments from The Old Republic MMO. This game would be perfect for those who miss the Battlefront series, and want to experience the world of the Old Republic galaxy, without the story telling and RPG aspects of KOTOR, or the grind in MMO’s you would see in The Old Republic.

Likeliness Scale (out of 10): 5. After Star Wars: 1313 releases and The Old Republic goes free-to-play this fall, what else will LucasArts have to work on? [Ed’s Note: aside from adding mouse ears to all theirs characters.] Let’s just hope it’s not another Force Unleashed. Will someone finish the work Pandemic started? Please?? Writer’s Note (11/6/12): And hey, with Disney’s purchase of Lucasarts, maybe they’ll listen to the public and start work on more Battlefront. Will it be KOTOR-themed? Probably not, but let’s keep our lightsabers crossed.]

Lego Sports: The Video Game

Lookin’ good, Dirk No-brick-zki.
(Lego reference, not implying Dirk misses his shots).

Lastly, and probably the most unlikely, I would love to see a Lego Sports game.

Why This Game Would Be Great: What we’ve seen from Lego video games in recent years has been an excellent emphasis on silly silent humor, which I believe would bring a much appreciated light-heartedness to sports games. While color commentary is important to sports games trying to emulate the presentation you’d see from sports on the television, since Lego Sports isn’t aiming for reality, commentary isn’t incredibly necessary. Ideally, what I want the game to be is a mash-up between the over-the-top gameplay style of games like NBA Street and NFL Blitz, and the silliness and power-ups from the Backyard Sports series from back in the day. And you know how crossovers and jukes would break people’s ankles? Well since it’s Lego, these moves as well as hard hits and tackles would break more than ankles, they would break entire players into Lego pieces. Which is very satisfying. The game would also include Lego versions of professional athletes. After watching Derrick Rose go down in the playoffs last year, I would relish in the opportunity to break a Lego LeBron James into tons of pieces. Lastly, Lego Sports: The Game should include a Create-A-Lego mode that has a legitimate plot behind it, as opposed to most sports games which only emphasize advancing skill points, getting more playing time, and winning championships and awards.

Likeliness Scale (out of 10): 2. The primary reason this game regrettably won’t happen is because the LEGO Sports series (for the actual LEGO sets) has been discontinued since 2006. I still have the basketball set in my basement with LEGO versions of Allen Iverson, Jalen Rose, and Toni Kukoc collecting dust. LEGO has so many series based on movies and TV shows that I don’t think they have enough room, time, or resources to reopen LEGO Sports. But as the name of this article suggests, I can dream, can’t I?

I would’ve thrown Half-life 3 in here, but I feel like another article wishing Half-life 3 was a real thing is just a raindrop falling in the ocean. Got a dream game of your own? Post it in the comments below, I’d love to hear what you guys wish could be made.

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  1. D'Arcy

    I would like to see more Mega Man games that aren’t 8-bit. It’s not that those weren’t fun (or freaking hard), but the Snes and PS games were pretty darn fun, and I would like to see a little innovation go in that direction.
    I would also be okay with some RPGs that go back to focusing on a solid story and world-building rather than complicated management systems or fanservice (I’m looking at you, Pokemon and Final Fantasy.)

    1. HalfBeard

      Man I would kill for a new HD Megaman Legends, too bad Capcom is convinced that everything Blue Bomber is sales poison at the moment.

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