Ok folks, sorry about the delay for a new article but here goes…
I was reading Wikipedia’s daily featured articles and they posted one about The Legend of Zelda, specifically, Link`s Awakening (here it is).
This made me reminisce about games/series that I played in the past that I totally loved and that I would love to see get a remake and/or a new version. Now keep in mind that I`m not talking about using the newest engines and making another cookie cutter game that`s been done. These all had original story ideas, game play and settings. I also acknowledge that there are MANY games that I`m forgetting, not listing and even some that I personally did not like, that SHOULD be on this list. But this is my article… so nyah!
So here we go, in alphabetical order:
I was fond of this game because the characters were cards, the setting was an elemental world and at the time, the graphics and colors were really good for a dungeon crawler on the SNES
The original NES version was one that I played sooooo often. I think I remember just about everything to play it again. That cheesy 8-bit music as you picked your path on the map and then the serious music as you wound your way through soldiers, fortresses and bosses. All while swinging by your arm!
Classic, campy, cheesy. It`s the best way to describe a Doom clone, with somewhat weaker graphics, but that was fun to play just because of the amount of blood the enemies had and the amount of secret rooms and hallways you could find per map.
Humans, Robots, Princesses, Frog, time travel, oh my! What didn`t this game have? It had everything any RPG’er could ever want. Timeless, but deserving of something equivalent with today`s technology.
This series had the Konami Code… What more needs to be said! Besides, we all know how many hours we all spent fighting over who would get the Spread Gun and who would be stuck with the crappy Laser.
I put this one here because the last installment I played was on the Wii (Dragon Quest Swords). That version was THE WORST P.O.S. WTF were they thinking when they made it?? No room to run around in the environment, slash slash slash with the controls because that`s all you do in this and half a day later the game was finished. F.U Square Enix for making this and F. Me for buying and playing it.
This series has such a cult status, it`s begging for a new game and a new tv series!! The concept was so far out there when it came to EVERYTHING. I LOVE EWJ. LOVE IT.
Final Fantasy was always a good series (at least until FF 1000 or w/e). But 7 will always be the one that will forever be the favorite. PlayStation 1 was not a console I would ever have considered playing or buying until FF7 came out. For any RPG’er and gamer, FF7 made the console. The story was fantastic, the characters lovable, fun and completely believable. Don`t we all still wish Cloud could have gotten together with Aeris???
Plenty of sequels, just about all of them are great, but this first release holds a special place in my geek heart. Burning every shrub to see if there was a secret entrance, keeping your health at 100% to be able to shoot with your sword… Ahh, the good ol`days.
So you`re a young kid who has to save the world from evil in 2 worlds!!! This story is epic and would influence future sequels. I could play this game any day. Heck, I might just do that!
An absolute masterpiece of gaming for the N64. A massive world that you could explore, secrets of your wing-wang and the concept of night and day influencing the environment and npcs. BRILLIANT!
This series was the equivalent of watching scrambled porn. But the hilarious adventures, side games (in later sequels) and just trying to help a full-blown loser try to win one just made this series a fabulous, entertaining game.
Just like Ocarina of Time, this Mario adventure was absolutely HUGE. I remember gaming sessions were we would take turns just trying to get a little further every time. Think I`ll queue this one up after Link to the Past.
This series started on the PC as Battletech and then migrated to Mechwarrior. On the PC, the settings were crisp, the battles were just awash with all the laser and missile fire. Online was a tough fight for every piece of armor you could whittle away. The last iteration was the one for Xbox and it`s definitely time for a good sequel in this franchise.
This rpg game used the early 3D game engine, but the story was compelling, the villains you fought were engaging and horrifying and the sound effects at the time definitely made the world of Barovia just that much creepier.
The SNES version was great and then Microsoft came in and fucked it up. What more can I say?? Fuck you Microsoft for messing up such a great world and turning it into some shootem’up pvp game. I hope the those at Cliffhanger or Harebrained Schemes do this franchise justice. I look forward to playing in their universes and running in the Shadows.
I miss the original arcade version where you had to throw ninja stars in between levels. Console sequels were fun, but never had the same feel as the original. *Sigh*
Having an inventory screen for a Mario game??? Having mini games throughout the levels?? This game was an absolute pleasure to play as you pulled your hair out because you had to go get more lives to continue your quest to rid the world of Bowser. I still remember the cramps in my fingers from trying to bypass the level with Bowser`s boats by going under them.
I`m talking original NES version here. Arcade renditions were fine with friends, but this original one was the one I`ll always enjoy the most. The enemies didn`t always make sense and the glitches were annoying, but anyone who`s played this and remember letting out a huge sigh when they disarmed all 6 bombs and safely made it out of the water, knows what I mean.
And last but not least:
The stories were fantastic, the game play was simple, yet SO engaging. These games were worth their weight in gold and then some.
Now I know some of these had a small paragraph written for them, but how could I possibly write everything I and everyone else felt as we explored, experienced and enjoyed these games. I will let your memories and your experiences do them justice because words could not.
Feel free to leave comments about which games you feel deserve a remake or re-versioning. As always, keep it clean and respectful. Our beloved characters got along with all their differences and so should we.