Double Fine has been doing a lot for both themselves and the gaming industry as of late. Tim Schafer was approached by Notch, the creator of Minecraft and founder of Mojang, in order to fund the production of Psychonauts 2. While that deal may only be in the very, very early idea phases at the moment, it’s one that got us at CraveOnline ah-thinkin’.
We want some dream games made. A few of them are probably on the realistic horizon, while others will likely never see the light of day.
Here come 10 games that we’d love to see made.
A Brand New Earthworm Jim
Earthworm Jim has already seen an HD remake. Look, that was great. We liked that the franchise got some love. But, by god, we want to see it return in a new way. Who knows which studio can make this happen, but the zany antics of Earthworm Jim need to return. Just, look, keep it a 2D platformer. Rayman Origins proved that works.
We know Blizzard is too wrapped up in Diablo III, Starcraft II and World of Warcraft to spend the personnel in creating a brand new entry in the Warcraft brand, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want one. Sure, we love that Starcraft II is happening; but, honestly, we fell in love with the RTS genre because of the original two Warcraft games. The third, yeah, she was okay, but bring on the fourth.
The Return of EarthBound
EarthBound is one of Nintendo’s most sought-after franchises. Its had some luck and relative (RELATIVE) staying power in Japan, but the production and localization in North America came to a screeching halt after we got the first game on the SNES. The Mother franchise isn’t even up for discussion in the form of remake or sequel as far as Nintendo is concerned, but die-hard fans would love to see a proper game come back.
Pokémon on a Console
As much as we loved Pokémon Snap (we really, really did), we’d love a traditional Pokémon game for consoles a whole hell of a lot more. Nintendo would clean up if they gave us a pure Pokémon experience on the Wii (or Wii U) and made it play nice with the current handheld iteration of the franchise. Think about the possibility of raising and training the same Pokémon across your Nintendo 3DS and your Wii U… you’d never have to stop. Plus, who among us wouldn’t love to see the Pokémon world blown up proper on our televisions with an HD console from the Big N?
Tim Schafer has admitted he wants to do this game, but indicated that publishers have not been interested in taking on the risk. The original Psychonauts was, for a long time, completely overlooked by the gaming community. Now? It’s a cult-favorite and critical darling. We bet no other “hidden gem” has received as much coverage and praise as the original Psychonauts. If Double Fine and Schafer get another crack at the universe we fell in love with on the original Xbox, we will be incredibly happy.
Next-gen Jak and Daxter
We were so close to this being a reality. Since the original Jak & Daxter trilogy ranks as one of our all-time favorite series around these parts, it’s easy to see why we would kill for either a sequel to the already-established canon or even a reboot altogether. Beggars can’t be chooser, you know. But it doesn’t look like a next-gen Jak & Daxter game is in the cards any time soon, considering Naughty Dog abandoned the project in favor of The Last of Us. Oh well, we’ll continue to hold our breath.
Road Rash Revival
It’s been a long ass time since we’ve had a proper Road Rash game. Although, in August of last year EA Games did tease the possibility of seeing a new entry in the franchise some time down the road. We would kill to see this happen, as Road Rash played a major part in our gaming lives growing up. We still have night terrors about being whipped off our bikes by massive chains at speeds exceeding 100 MPH. Man, good times.
A 'Good' Superman Title
Come on now, it’s about damn time! Superman has always had shitty luck when it comes to translating the Man of Steel and his powers into the video game space. Every Superman game on the planet ranges from god damn boring to an absolute abortion of video game potential (We’re looking at you Superman 64!). It’s time for this to stop. Rocksteady has proven that a great Batman game (or two) is possible, so now it’s time for Superman to get his just due. Somebody please make this happen.
Black Ops 2: Uncanny X-Force
Activision loves to pump out Call of Duty games on a yearly basis. They also own the publishing rights to Marvel games. Why not make the inevitable sequel to Black Ops use some of that cross-promotion wizardry to concoct a truly memorable Call of Duty experience set in the Marvel universe? The perfect team for that type of adventure: the Uncanny X-Force, a black ops group of mutants lead by Wolverine that includes Angel, Psylocke, Deadpool and Fantomex. You know this game could be amazing, and an awesome use of multiple licenses owned by Activision.
Sequel to 2008’s Prince of Persia
Ubisoft tried something different with their 2008 Prince of Persia reboot. They changed up the lead character, completely reworked the game’s visual design, focused more on fluid platforming and introduced a tandem game mechanic. And guess what? We loved it.
And then a movie based on Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was announced, requiring Ubisoft to completely drop this reworked Prince of Persia concept to instead make Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, a continuation of the original Prince of Persia trilogy, which was clearly a cash grab to tie into the upcoming movie. Unsurprisingly, it freakin' sucked.
We want Ubisoft to now dust off that 2008 Prince of Persia game and develop a true sequel to it. This is mostly because the first game ended on a damn cliffhanger. Make it happen Ubi!