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Which Game Series Would You Reboot?

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the star-control-please dept.

Games 1120

Franchise reboots are all the rage these days in Hollywood, and the trend is starting to creep into the games industry as well. The Guardian's games blog is running a story discussing a few examples and pondering likely candidates for future reboots. Quoting: "If anything, the concept of the reboot makes more sense in the videogame sector than it does in movies. For a start, games are complex entities, with each new iteration in a familiar series adding many, many hours of fresh narrative content. Entering, say, the Zelda, Resident Evil, Half-Life, Dragon Quest or Metal Gear worlds at this stage must be massively intimidating — even if the developers go to great lengths to make each entry work as a singular, self-contained entity within the canon. Also, videogames are going through a paradigm shift in terms of popular appeal at the moment. The faithful audience of young males has been joined by new demographics brought in by the Wii, PC casual games, and now the iPhone. Many of these people may be vaguely aware of long-running game brands, but won't have a clue about the key characters, sign post events and basic gameplay mechanisms." So, which series (or individual title) would you like to see rebooted?

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1120 comments

Toe Jam & Earl (1, Flamebait)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851291)

I was pretty impressed with the sounds and sights of the XBox reboot [wikipedia.org] but the game play and replay value just were not there. They need to get back on the horse for the latest Guitar Hero/Rock Band fad and reboot that game for the Wii or PS3.

I dare say I would welcome Guitar Hero: Funkatron Tour although it's possible the syncopation of funk would turn off players. Funk funk funk. E.

Rogue or Nethack (5, Funny)

thomasdz (178114) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851299)

I would mix up all the letters.

Re:Rogue or Nethack (1)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851417)

Rogue or Nethack. I would mix up all the letters.

So.... Angband?

Re:Rogue or Nethack (4, Funny)

wandazulu (265281) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851489)

Happens to me every time I drink XFKG MZJTZ. But then I chase it down with some JIZV KLZV and start thinking of Maud, and forget about everything else.

Re:Rogue or Nethack (3, Funny)

Verdatum (1257828) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851793)

Man, these new energy drinks have the WEIRDEST names! Like this one..."Kltpzyxm"...Hey wait, Oh noooooooooooo! *disappears into the fifth dimension*

Not all series need reboots (5, Funny)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851309)

Spiro's been rebooting with every new iteration from the original game and on. How else could you explain that he keeps forgetting how to breathe fire?

Kid Icarus! (4, Interesting)

Daetrin (576516) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851313)

I'm not sure if it really counts as a reboot since there's only been one console version so far, but i'd really like to see Kid Icarus! Rumors about it keep popping up from time to time along with vague statements by Nintendo, so hopefully it will actually get done at some point!

The summary is dark, (5, Funny)

swb311 (1165753) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851315)

All the crappy games listed should be eaten by a grue.

Space Quest (5, Interesting)

noundi (1044080) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851339)

A humorous game series about a deep space janitor solving mysteries. There is no better plot.

Re:Space Quest (2)

kermitron (701247) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851497)

Sometimes I dream I live in a world where Space Quest 7 was never cancelled. I'm hoping the new Monkey Island titles and the relaunch of the original games over XBox Live will reinvigorate the adventure game genre. Unfortunately most people who've bought The Secret of Monkey Island: SE are people who like me, played them many, many years ago, and wanted to relieve them one more time.

Re:Space Quest (1)

kermitron (701247) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851527)

Relive! Re-LIVE. All these years on the internet and I still can't type.

Re:Space Quest (1)

Fishchip (1203964) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851611)

Steam has the original games on sale too, I might have to give in and pony up.

Re:Space Quest (1)

kermitron (701247) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851767)

While you're there, pick up The Dig. Lucasarts' finest game, not counting the funny ones.

Re:Space Quest (3, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851587)

I don't think we need a reboot of the Space Quest franchise as much as we just need another Space Quest game.

Re:Space Quest (1)

Skraut (545247) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851689)

I'd even settle for the re-skinning of Space Quest like they recently did for Monkey's Island.

Descent! (5, Interesting)

Kilz (741999) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851343)

I would love to see a remake of any of the descent series remade. I still have each of them and from time to time have to play them even though they are getting old.

Re:Descent! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28851685)

Oh.
Hell.
Yes.

**goes to look for her purple pyro pulper**

Re:Descent! (1)

Icegryphon (715550) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851787)

Descent was an amazing Series, Still remember playing them.
I am still mad about MW4 sucking so bad and want a Good highend MW5.
MW2 & MW3 FTW

Star Fox (1)

10Neon (932006) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851359)

I feel as if they've been digging themselves into a hole over the last few games.

Re:Star Fox (1)

Verdatum (1257828) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851837)

Wow, I've been out of the loop, but have they made a decent Star Fox since the original? Man that was a great game. I've heard some of the most scathing reviews for some of the sequels.

Deus Ex (5, Insightful)

thisnamestoolong (1584383) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851369)

This game NEEDS to be remade -- the story, characters, and gameplay mechanics are just about the best ever, but are trapped in an awful game engine with atrocious AI. Even with the major flaws, I still play through it about once a year. I would LOVE to see it remade with a modern engine, with all the rough edges smoothed out (and without the dumbed down, console-friendly interface of the PoS sequel!), and the story line and environments fleshed out a little bit further. That would be beyond an epic win.

Re:Deus Ex (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851473)

I think a "reboot" implies something a little different than a remake. "Reboot" means you're going back to the beginning, starting over again, and throwing away everything since. Kind of like the recent Star Trek movie was presented as a "reboot" of the franchise.

Re:Deus Ex (2, Insightful)

Kell Bengal (711123) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851741)

Amen! The game was a tour de force, -despite- its short comings. How often can you say about the game "Well, it was terrible but it rocked my world." That was what Deus Ex was to me, and I played it years after it was released when it looked pretty old and the graphics were stale. It was a compelling, thoughtful, atmospheric and well-written piece of art. It was everything its sequel was not.

Final Fantasy (2, Insightful)

2names (531755) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851371)

I would reboot Final Fantasy and make many of the characters less cheesy. I would also make the subject matter a bit darker and the interactions more free form. I think it would also be nice to have a non-turn-based combat option.

Re:Final Fantasy (5, Funny)

imadoofus (233751) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851649)

I agree, you spoony bard!

Re:Final Fantasy (5, Informative)

Yosho (135835) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851705)

I would reboot Final Fantasy and make many of the characters less cheesy.

If you think the characters are cheesy, that's one thing, but why do you think this needs a "reboot"? What does "reboot" even mean here, given that almost every game has nothing to do with any of the other games in the series?

I would also make the subject matter a bit darker

Which FF game are you talking about? A number of the FF games have had fairly dark plots underneath their superficially colorful graphics; FF6, Tactics, 10, and 12 all come to mind immediately.

the interactions more free form

So... you want the series to basically stop being like a Japanese RPG and be more like a Western RPG?

I think it would also be nice to have a non-turn-based combat option.

FF 4 through 9, 11, and 12 all fit that bill. If you didn't mean "turn-based" but actually meant, "I want a battle system where characters don't line up in rows and swing at each other", there's still 11 and 12.

I could be wrong, but it sounds like you're basing your opinion of the entire series off of just one or two of the games.

Re:Final Fantasy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28851729)

Almost every Final Fantasy game is a reboot. Very few of them have anything to do with the others beyond a very general style. And some only share that they can be broadly categorized as RPGs.

Re:Final Fantasy (2, Insightful)

Hotawa Hawk-eye (976755) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851779)

Aside from FFX-2, each Final Fantasy game has been more or less independent of its predecessors, so essentially the series gets a small reboot with every game. And as for the non-turn-based combat option, FF12 came close -- each character still takes their turns, but it's less "your guys go, then the enemies go" and more of a "do your stuff, then wait for a cooldown" system.

I agree that I'd like to see a darker Final Fantasy -- while most of the FF games deal with the end of the world as a consequence for your party's failure, that's too broad a penalty. It doesn't hit you in the gut like Aeris's fate in FF7 or Cyan's family and General Leo's fate in FF6. [Damn you, Kefka!]

Games of my youth! (5, Insightful)

confu2000 (245635) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851373)

X-Com! Star Control! Especially given that the most recent sequels were horrible.

Wing Commander (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28851389)

I'd love an updated, story-driven space opera.

Wing Commander (5, Interesting)

Faizdog (243703) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851391)

The original Wing Commander games were great. For some reason the gaming industry has moved away from space fighter simulators. Which is disappointing, that was an early genre that was a lot of fun.

I particularly have fond memories of Wing Commander Armada, which combined in strategy elements. You had to explore planets, mine resources and build factories and ships, and you had to do it carefully. When your fleet met the enemies, it switched to the traditional fighter simulator. Even then though, you had a fleet of ships with goals, and you could switch control between them.

I'd love to see Wing Commander, or some other space fighter, done with today's technology.

Re:Wing Commander (4, Informative)

FTWinston (1332785) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851617)

Jumpgate Evolution [jumpgateevolution.com] may interest you, when it eventually comes out. A twitch-based space fighter sim MMO, with a pretty good sounding flight model.

Re:Wing Commander (1)

PyroMosh (287149) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851797)

Enthusiastically seconded!

Armada was an interesting experiment (as was Academy) but I was fondest of 1, The Secret Missions, 3 and 4. Prophecy upped the gameplay a LOT but it really dropped the ball on the interactive story side.

I played Descent Freespace briefly at a friend's house a few years back. It struck me as a (wonderful) rip-off of Wing Commander's gameplay style. Right down to the brilliant / funky 3D radar.

I feel almost like the Wing Commander Movie killed the Wing Commander series. That, and EA loves to buy up wonderful, storied brands like Origin and then destroy them. Wonderful company, EA.

MDK (1)

GeorgeStone22 (1532191) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851397)

Anyone remember that game? It was awesome.

X-COM (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28851401)

The original UFO Defence AKA Alien Unknown is still the best game in the genre TO THIS DAY. The franchise has only gone down hill from there, and nobody has been able to replicate a modern version of the original, although several have tried.

Re:X-COM (1)

Kell Bengal (711123) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851799)

Indeed. I still play this game regularly; none of its imitators really compare to the startling balance and clarity the game achieved. They got the formula right - nigh perfect - and all new comers are just techno remixes of the original.

NBA JAM: Tournament Edition (4, Insightful)

ragethehotey (1304253) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851403)

The greatest arcade sports game in history, this game is begging to be remade for xbox live, the simplistic game mechanics yet deep skill still holds up to this day.

Re:NBA JAM: Tournament Edition (1)

C0R1D4N (970153) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851607)

Is it the shoes?

Are you listening Lucasarts?` (5, Interesting)

Darth_brooks (180756) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851407)

Grim Fandango. Just for the thought of being able to roam around in a full 3d environment with Manny would be awesome. Not that was a game that had style.

Sonic (4, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851409)

This is obvious. Every 3d Sonic has sucked starting with Sonic Adventure (which sucked just a little) and has gone downhill since. Dump all the stupid characters and give it a 2d perspective again. Sonic Rush comes close, it would be nice to see a game of that quality hit a major console.

perhaps a bit off topic (1)

uepuejq (1095319) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851411)

but i would rather just shut down final fantasy, dragon quest, sonic, and mega man.

Re:perhaps a bit off topic (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851733)

I agree whole-heartedly.

A Novel Idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28851423)

Stop raping the classics and move forward with some fresh ideas.

Ultima (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28851425)

The old isometric rpgs were just great.

It's a classic, but I think it could be done... (1)

Provos (20410) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851427)

Zork. Or maybe Q-Bert

Hrmm (5, Insightful)

acehole (174372) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851435)

Syndicate ...and if I was being blasphemous, The last ninja

Re:Hrmm (1)

FlyingSquidStudios (1031284) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851539)

Don't reboot it, just update the graphics and the sound and keep Syndicate otherwise the same. Great game. Similarly, the point-and-click Adventure adaptation of I Have No Mouth Yet I Must Scream would be just as great today with some updated graphics and better voice actors (keeping Harlan Ellison's original VO).

Re:Hrmm (1)

Skraut (545247) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851561)

Wow, I haven't thought about Syndicate in a long time. Such a great game, and one that has so many possibilities.

Sega franchises (2, Insightful)

wandazulu (265281) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851443)

Sega had some great games in the 90s that I'd love to see done again:

- Crazy Taxi (how about a multiplayer version, everyone competing for fares?)
- Jet Set Radio (that funky Tokyo-esque rollerblading game with its awesome soundtrack never gets old)
- Shenmue (hell, forget the reboot, I just want to see the damn storyline finished!)
- Sonic (on second thought, no, forget Sonic)

X-Wing vs Tie Fighter (5, Interesting)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851445)

Dual solo campaigns (rebels and empire) and massive multiplayer dogfights, complete with capital ships. Hell yeah.

Re:X-Wing vs Tie Fighter (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851581)

Starwars Battlefront II doesn't scratch that itch for you?

Re:X-Wing vs Tie Fighter (1)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851631)

Too much FPS, too little flying. Not that shooting ewoks and jawas isn't fun (because it is!), but I'd like to see X-wings and TIE Fighters get more love from developers.

Re:X-Wing vs Tie Fighter (2, Insightful)

heathen_01 (1191043) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851795)

Starwars Battlefront II doesn't scratch that itch for you?

No.

Battlefront II is a first-person shooter/third-person shooter video game.

X-Wing is a space sim .... complete with capital ships.

Re:X-Wing vs Tie Fighter (1)

flitty (981864) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851701)

Yes. A million times yes. In a perfect world, it would be 64 vs. 64 players online (minimum), with the ability to have a few people on the capital ships (a la Battlefield 1942). I would imagine a leveling system sort of like COD4, allowing you to have access to perks and better ships the more xp you get.
No ground combat, though. I can't get behind the Battlefront series because it doesn't do vehicles or ground combat well, it does both halfway, and isn't very enjoyable because of this.

myth series (not myst) (1)

Andvari (685645) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851449)

This game still has significant community associated with it (even after 11 years) and had a great storyline with large room for expansion. The source code is still available and being actively maintained and ported to newer operating systems.

Blaster Master (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28851463)

I'd pay to play a new version of Blaster Master. Preferably from Retro Studios, the same people that did the Metroid Prime series.

Xwing Series (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28851471)

Come on lucasarts - let's reboot the xwing series - xwing, tie fighter, etc..
make it have the same controls like before, joystick support, keep the simulation aspects, don't dumb it downor make it all consolitis.. I want to be able to manage my weapons shields and engines..

that would be awesome

Contra (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28851477)

A remake of contra would be epic to say the least.

Space Wars! (1)

starglider29a (719559) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851491)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Wars [wikipedia.org]

The iPhone app is fun. Keep it simple, controlling with the WiiMote... my daughter could end up being the next Carmen Ibanez.

Also, any game that is first-person flying through an asteroid field, so long as the display doesn't "tell me the odds."

Yay Mechwarrior (and a few more suggestions) (4, Insightful)

RogueyWon (735973) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851513)

Guess what, the number 1 candidate I'd have named is getting a reboot. Mechwarrior. My head tells me that disappointment is still the likely outcome, but my hearts looks at the material they've put out so far and jumps for joy.

Other good candidates?

Wing Commander - it was the series that defined "cutting edge" gaming for a generation. I'd love to see this done properly on modern technology - including the heavy story emphasis and cheesy cutscenes.

Eye of the Beholder - this would need to be done properly. RPGs these days tend towards big open worlds, which can be great. But I'd love to see a decent, non-Diablo-style RPG which takes a classic, claustrophobic dungeon setting (running on a decent, modern engine) and places the emphasis firmly on survival and puzzle solving, rather than making friends and becoming the Grand Trademaster Caravanlord of Little Wizzlington.

Star Control - Pretend the third game never happened, just give us either a decent sequel or a franchise reboot in the style of the second game.

And finally (and this is what gets me flamed)... Half-Life. I didn't like Half-Life 2. I've replayed it a couple of times trying to "get" it and I still don't like it. The changes with the game-world of the first game are too jarring and badly explained. The idea of the mute protagonist just Does Not Work in the context of a more open-world game like Half-Life 2. It certainly doesn't work when you try to make said protagonist out to be some kind of a Messiah figure. Pretend HL2 never happened and go back to the feel of the original.

Re:Yay Mechwarrior (and a few more suggestions) (2, Interesting)

TomRK1089 (1270906) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851853)

Half Life 2 is "open world?" I love the game, but it's totally linear. There's a series of arenas connected by narrow passages. Episode 2 had slightly more space, what with the driving sequence at the end, but even that was still an arena. And Gordon was mute all through the first game, so I don't understand why you feel it "works" in that one and not in the sequels.

ReVolt! (2, Interesting)

Gen. Malaise (530798) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851517)

Old Acclaim IP was purchased by the tard that runs Throwback Entertainment. They aren't doing anything with it unfortunately.

Shadowrun (5, Insightful)

Pingh (1130313) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851519)

We need a true shadowrun game. Nothing at all like the multiplayer shooter MS released. A true old school cyberpunk game. On a completely unrelated note, MDK could use revisiting.

Baldur's Gate. /thread (1)

JoltCola (1275220) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851523)

Baldur's Gate. /thread

Mutant League Franchise (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28851529)

My favorite part about any sports game has always been fouling the crap out of the other team. I know, I know...it's wrong. However, an entire game built off that idealogy was truly epic.

PC gaming (-1, Offtopic)

XPeter (1429763) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851547)

The entire PC gaming market needs a reboot.

Microsoft has done an excellent job of completely destroying the PC gaming market with two simple tools: DirectX and DRM. DirectX has limited gamers to the newest M$ operating systems, so many older gamers and Linux/Mac users will pass right by some newer titles which make game sales slump.

Then there is DRM. Spore, for example, was supposed to be a huge hit because it worked with both DirectX and OpenGL, but when word got out of the draconian DRM EA had implanted to "help" the gaming industry, the game was trashed. Especially in this economy, people don't want to buy what they can't own.

There's no easy way to bypass the M$ monopoly and convince game makers to convert to OpenGL as well as DirectX other than writing to them and make your opinion heard. It has been done already, but if more do it they are bound to listen.

The solution for DRM and piracy is easy. Require an quick online login to open your games, and then your free to play. Yes, the online login won't be convinient, but it's better than DRM.

Wing Commander of course (1)

mbierenfeld (72214) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851551)

an epic story with todays graphic would be great

Re:Wing Commander of course (1)

Fishchip (1203964) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851709)

Just go play EVE. >=D

Nah, an updated Wing Commander would be hot. And if MechWarrior got a new game, bring it back to the old MW2 feel of piloting... I've tried MW3 and MW4 a few times and it just doesn't quite feel right. Don't know why.

Just one word (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28851557)

Pong!

Re:Just one word (1)

Explodicle (818405) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851825)

It's been done. [cnet.com]

ShadowMan!!! (1)

Spiffy (16623) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851573)

ShadowMan! The New Orleans / Voodoo theme is fantastic! I'd make ShadowMan more human-looking, like in the first game, and I'd make Deadside more visually interesting. And I would not make the challenges impossibly difficult or have a ridiculously hard control scheme, as in the awful ShadowMan 2. Basically, if the people who did HalfLife 2 were to do the same thing for ShadowMan, it would be frickin awesome!

Football, baseball, basketball (1)

RogueWarrior65 (678876) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851585)

Where is Barney Frank when you really need him? Those guys make entirely too much money.

A long list of forgotten classics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28851599)

Flight / Space Sims: Wing Commander, Strike Commander, Privateer 2: The Darkening
Strategy / Tactics: X-Com, Fantasy General
RPGs done right: Planescape Torment

Excellent games which would benefit from a retelling using updated engines.

Re-Boot To Mobile (1)

popo (107611) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851601)

What I'd really like to see, is a "re-boot" -- or updated port, of a whole generation of games onto mobile devices

Baldur's Gate (As in the PC versions, not the X-Box stuff...) -- BG2 still rules as the best RPG ever made.
Wing Commander -- Why are there no good space flight / space operas anymore anyway?
M.U.L.E. -- for those who know...
X-COM -- This game could be done on an iPhone oh so well...

Re:Re-Boot To Mobile (1)

Skraut (545247) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851833)

Agree so much on Space Operas. I think that's what got me so much into the TV reboot of Battlestar Gallactica. It felt like the TCS Tiger's Claw from Wing Commander. It would be so cool to see WC come back in some form with actual story lines between missions.

Pong! (1)

sootman (158191) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851603)

God knows it's been ages, and the whole ball and paddle thing... I don't know, I just feel they could be doing so much more.

Dawn of War (1)

nobdoor (1496229) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851609)

This series needs a reboot. The original was a groundbreaking and massively fun RTS that gave us a glimpse of what the genre held for the future. Then Relic released a series of increasingly lackluster expansions, and finally the atrocity of Dawn of War 2.

All platformer games. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28851627)

Using 3d in platforming games is just silly and makes for poor or horrible camera work, plus generally shoddy controls.

Until we get true 3d displays, making series of 3d games that is all about accuracy of jumping projected on a 2d screen is just stupid.

I seriously have no idea how Mario64 got to be so revered as a great game with all its horrible camera and control issues. I blame people's reaction to the (at the time) impressive graphics and that I think Nintendo paid for good reviews and everything else that followed was some sort of mass hysteria.

NO ONE will agree with this, though, because of this mass hysteria over Mario64 and all the 3d platformers that came after it based on the same flawed gameplay. So this is getting posted AC.

Wing Commander and/or X-Wing and Tie Fighter (1)

haplo21112 (184264) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851645)

Both are these series are long over due for new entries with updated tech driving them. A reboot would be good. In the case of the Star Wars titles new entires that include the ships from the Prequel Trilogy would allow for adding fresh content. Perhaps even serving to provide a story arc. Fresh new Pilot in the days of the republic to grizzled Vet in the days the rebellion.

Sim Earth (3, Interesting)

bhima (46039) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851655)

OK, I know this would be the best selling game in the history of games... but I've been pining for an updated Sim Earth lately. There is so much going on with climate science I think it would be really interesting.

minor detail on green lasers (0, Offtopic)

v1 (525388) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851671)

For those of you wondering why green laser pointers exist, here is the short answer: take an infrared diode laser, use it to power another laser that is deep into the infrared. Use an optical nonlinear crystal to double the frequency and half the wavelength of that laser. You get 530nm light and profit from a complicated little device. The overall efficiency of this process, however, is something like 6 percent.

That should make most people immediately wonder why the brightest handheld laser pointers you can get currently are green. (ok some of the blue ones are pretty good too but green rules here generally)

The reason is the human eye is MUCH more sensitive to green than it is to red, especially the red that's approaching infrared that most handheld pointers use.
So for 1/4 of the power you can 10x the visual impact.

Long ago I bought a special red laser pointer, it was red but it was shifted much farther away from IR than any of the common pointers of the day. At the time it was the only one you could see in daylight on say a wall. From what I've seen of modern laser pointers like the little keychain ones, they must all be using the higher freq (lower wavelength) now. Memory's really fuzzy at this point but iirc the common "dim" pointers ran at 550-560nm, and mine runs 535. Not a LOT of difference, and still looks like the same red, but runs 4x the visibility at 1/2 the power.

I believe green is the most sensitive color for most herbivores?

Zelda? (1)

DarkKaplah (861495) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851677)

Hasn't Zelda been rebooted every two or three games? It's the same basic story retold from the beginning each time. A few of the games are sequels to a previous game, but for the most part Zelda's been restarted at least five times now.

Origin Systems Games (2)

Myrv (305480) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851711)

Ultima and Wing Commander in particular.

There hasn't been a good single player fantasy RPG game released in quite a while.

And I grew up on Wing Commander. From pixelated sprites to 3-D models. Nothing like nursing your ship through that last waypoint with one working mass driver hoping you don't meet any more nasties. Space sims seem to have dropped of the edge of the planet in recent years (EVE Online excepted). It would be nice to see one again so I can blow the dust off of my joystick.

Zelda has no definitive timeline (4, Informative)

PyroMosh (287149) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851713)

Despite a growing interest in piecing one together by it's fanbase; Zelda has no definitive timeline.

Nearly each iteration of the series is a reboot.

Zelda 2 was a sequel to Zelda 1. Majora's Mask was a sequel to Ocarina of Time. And I suspect that the DS games I haven't played are related (Oracle series, Minish Cap series?)

The rest are independent of each other. Hell, the intro to Wind Waker basically spells that out.

We're talking about a series of like 12 or 13 games, where only 3 or 4 are direct sequels, and none of the series has 3 in the same series.

Mail Order Monsters (1)

jacerie (1071646) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851721)

This was a truly awesome game back in the C64 days and nothing since has come close in style or design. You purchased and trained your own monster for an arena combat circuit. The more you won, the more you could mutate your monster to give it new abilities.

X-WING (1)

mcnazar (1231382) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851723)

Or even better, networked X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter

Pong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28851731)

Id reboot one of the very first computer games ever, Pong

Power Blade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28851753)

nm

Elite & Sword of Fargoal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28851765)

Freelancer was a putrid attempt to update Elite. Sword of Fargoal was ported, but it would be cool to have it rebooted...

Motor City Online (1)

CannedTurkey (920516) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851769)

Probably the best game EA ever made. It was really quite sad that they didn't know what to do with it once it was done. It needed better marketing, more support, and a few bug fixes, but it had a fantastic community and game-play that they haven't matched since. You could really tell that they had no clue how to support an MMO. ( and I'm not sure that's changed)

Firefly (1, Flamebait)

RobVB (1566105) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851773)

I know it's not a game, but I'd reboot it. Just wanted to put it out there.

Ultima (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28851785)

I'd reboot the Ultima series -- There were some core elements of the middle "trilogy" (IV, V, VI) that really shined and went deep into storyline and extended the mythology of the series, but the first three were too generic. Restarting the series with some of the more shining elements could work.

Atic Atac (1)

prh6576 (1450569) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851791)

Go back to the original classics, thats what I say!

Tetris (2, Insightful)

NES HQ (1558029) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851801)

Tetris!

Call me old (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851809)

Manic Miner.

Earthworm Jim (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28851827)

I mean, who doesn't want be a worm in a supersuit again?

Two Words.... (4, Funny)

Digital Mage (124845) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851839)

BURGER TIME.

'Nuff Said

The Tex Murphy Games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28851847)

Under a Killing Moon, The Pandora Directive, etc.

Commander Keen (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28851857)

I still religiously play Commander Keen every year or so. Even today, bouncing mushroom, slugs, and kid heroes in football helmets don't get old. I would love to see a remake, as long as it stays true to the original series.

Super Mario RPG (2, Informative)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#28851859)

I think Square-Enix needs to collaborate with Nintendo to make another Super Mario RPG. Few RPGs have the level of actual -fun- that Super Mario RPG had. Paper Mario and Mario and Luigi are pathetic imitations when it comes to Super Mario RPG. And above all the game seemed "fresh", having a lot of the same Nintendo characters but added a lot of new ones with impressive depth. Mix that with graphics that still look great today and it is a game just dying to be re-made as a DS or Wii game.
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