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Game Of Thrones – the chance for a classic video game has probably passed

GameCentral readers name the movies, TV shows, and comics theyd most like to see turned into a game, from It to Doctor Who.

The subject for this weeks Hot Topic was suggested by reader Carnie and inspired by the slow, but noticeable, resurgence of big budget licensed games in recent years. What video game would you most want to see based on something that already exists and who would you want to make it?

We had plenty of suggestions, for properties both new and old, with James Bond and Game Of Thrones being particularly popular – as well as the obvious, to gamers at least, potential for more Star Wars and superhero games.

Topical choice

Its obviously a pretty obvious choice at the moment but a proper game based on Game Of Thrones would be amazing. Theres actually been a bunch, including boring PC strategy games based on the books, the lame Telltale series, and whatever this awful mobile game is that I see advertised on seemingly every single website I visit at the moment.

Since the show is finishing now weve obviously missed our chance, especially in terms of having all the actors together/alive, etc. But I will admit itd have been a difficult game to do. Telltale wouldve been a good fit if theyd actually put any effort into it, because the game would need to have lots of dialogue. But itd also need proper action and a strategy element.

Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War is probably the closest comparison I can think, with more emphasis on dialogue and less on constant fighting. Im imagining something that, rather than just a linear adventure, allows you to pick any of the houses and play through the game as them. Then if you die halfway through its just game over. Kind of like a roguelike, except hopefully youve had a good story out of it and there is not real ending. You know… like the books!

Genisys of an idea

Back when everyone was hoping that Alien Isolation would be a huge hit I remember lots of talk about whatever classic 80s franchises Sega could do in a similar style. My favourite idea was always The Terminator. There have been a lot of Terminator games over the years but, as usual most of them are awful. Also, most of them are set in the future, for some reason, despite that only being a tiny part of the movies.

More things to shoot is, I assume the logic, but that means theyre nothing like the two best films in the franchise. A game that was set in the present day (or at least pre-Judgement Day) would be much more interested if, like Alien Isolation, they played it up like a suspense game, where you were never quite sure where a Terminator would jump out at you, and youd be constantly scanning the crowd, looking for targets.

Giving you something to do between major encounters is the tricky bit, but maybe focus on stealth and trying to avoid police. Perhaps you could have accidentally upset a criminal gang or maybe ordinary Cyberdyne agents are after you as well. Theres plenty that could be done while still only having a small number of Terminators overall. Plus it would actually, you know, be something like the movies.

Never again

At least you can say that Star Wars is getting video games made of it at the moment but we still dont seem to be any closer to getting something Id actually be interested in. We did, for a moment, when they made that VR X-Wing game, and the starfighter stuff in Battlefront II has the basics right – but its just a multiplayer free-for-all, with very little tactics or consistency.

What Id want to see is a return to the old LucasArts space combat simulators, with complicated controls, varied missions, and tons of different ships. Itll never happen, I know that, and well be lucky to get something as complicated as even Rogue Squadron. There seemed to be a chance that would happen back when EA thought Battlefront II would be a hit, but Ive got a feeling theyve mothballed it now.

Im sure Respawns new game would be good and everything but it just sounds like The Force Unleashed and I really didnt like that game. Im not sure Jedi really make for good video game protagonists but while flying spaceships around does clearly work the relatively difficulty of doing so seems to have doomed it to never happening again.



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The final frontier

This ones so obvious I seem to remember a Readers Feature all about it, but why are there no decent Star Trek games? Star Trek was a huge influence on the origins of video games and there were lots around in the early days but I dont think theres ever been any truly good ones except for the 25th anniversary ones with the full voice cast (and voice recognition if you got the deluxe version!).

But actually I know exactly why there are no decent Star Trek games nowadays, and its because everything has to be an action game now. The last Star Trek game (based on the first reboot) was a co-op third person shooter for gods sake! Nobodys going to make a complex space flight and exploration game where violence is never the answer and its all about trying to get on with alien races and finding out that humanity is actually insignificant compared to other cosmic forces.

No, all you get now is some dumb phone game where youre controlling the Enterprise around like its a dodgem car. I know these games cost money to make and so have to make even more in return but surely someone couldve come up with something unofficial at least?
Baron Grubber

Thank you Earl

Not the most obvious answer, but glancing across my DVD collection I think Tremors would make a really good video game. The second film in particular, which I maintain is almost as good as the original, is a lot more open-ended and basically has two competing teams trying to hunt graboids for money. If thats not a set-up for a video game I dont know what is.

And because its not a licence that whoever owns it is likely to be preRead More – Source


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