At this point in the current console life cycle, you’d have to be living under a rock to not have heard the latest rumor about the PS4 or Xbox 720. Whether it’s about the soft or hardware, gamers everywhere are being inundated with every new rumor and bit of speculation about the systems hiding just around the corner.
And while I’m mildly excited about some of the features new systems promise, I often find myself worried that they’re turning into entertainment boxes over game consoles, shifting the focus away from what made them successful in the first place. It’s great if my console can stream TV shows and cook a pizza for me while I’m playing three games at once (rumor), but let’s not forget what the core of the system’s existence should be about: games.
The arrival of new consoles promises a fresh new batch of IPs as well. And while we’re long overdue for some new titles, there are still a handful of games I’d like to see return and get the next gen treatment. Whether it’s benefitting from the more powerful hardware or simply returning for nostalgic and fan-based reasons, here’s a whishlist of some of the games I hope to see return on next gen consoles:
After we’ve heard rumors about the next Fallout taking place in Boston, it’s become a need of mine to see the game on next gen consoles. I’d love nothing more than to walk through the eerie, war-torn world of Fallout in an updated engine with an all new look and feel worthy of more powerful technology. And who knows, maybe whatever new hardware console makers are cooking up will be able to support the world better and we won’t have the litany of bugs that plagued both Fallout 3 and Fallout: NewVegas?
Or, yeah…maybe not. But still, one can dream, and a dream of mine is to fire up my next gen console and start hunting down raiders and Super Mutants in the Wasteland.
RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2
Rockstar has mused about it in the past, and it needs to come to fruition. I’d love to see a return to the Old West with the power and ability of the next gen console, and call me crazy, but I’d also love to see it through the eyes of a completely new character and a completely new story. Give me more of the fantastic voice acting, writing, and the atmosphere that felt like something out of a Clint Eastwood western on a PS4 or Xbox 720, and I’ll be a happy woman.
A NEW MASS EFFECT
No, I don’t want to return to Shepard’s story. I’m done there, thank you very much. But the Mass Effect universe itself has become such a deep and immersive environment that there’s still a lot to explore and more than enough to make at least one more game out of. Give me the chance to pilot another ship on an epic space mission on next gen consoles. And more planet scanning, if you please. I’m ashamed to admit how much time I spent planet scanning while the universe practically burned down around me. But it was soooo much fun…
So yeah, a bit more Mass Effect on next gen consoles wouldn’t draw any complaints from over here.Quite the opposite, actually. Unless there’s no planet scanning.
METAL GEAR SOLID 5
No, I’m not talking about the Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes we’ve heard so much about recently. That’s being targeted for current gen consoles. And, Ground Zeroes is a prologue to Metal Gear Solid 5. It’s Kojima time; you don’t have to understand it, just go with it.
After seeing the impressive graphical display of the Fox engine in the Ground Zeroes demo, it’s probably safe to say that whatever new stealth-based adventure we can have with Big Boss will be an impressive one to say the least. It should be noted, however, that the demo was running on a high-end PC, so it might take a hit in the aesthetics department once it reaches the 360 and PS3. But if the next generation of consoles is as powerful as all of these rumors would lead us to believe, Metal Gear Solid 5 has the opportunity to impress on a whole new level. Plus, it’s more Metal Gear, and that’s always something to be excited about.
A NEW FINAL FANTASY
…and one that doesn’t include Lightning. Sure, I liked Lightning well enough, but good grief, not enough to get excited about another game stretching out her story.
Square Enix gave us a glimpse at their new Luminous engine with Agni’s Philosophy, an impressive demo featuring the capabilities of the company’s new technology. It looked amazing, and I’d love for nothing more than to have a brand new Final Fantasy game set in a new universe and following a new story in this new engine. Just give me that, really: a whole lot of new.
And while we’re dreaming of a new Final Fantasy, let’s see a return to the conventions that made games like VI and VII so influential. It seems like the games have steadily drifted away from what made them so great in the first place, and it’s time for a fresh start for the Final Fantasy franchise. Next gen consoles are the perfect opportunity to do it.
HALF LIFE 3
Not to sound like every other forum thread started on gaming sites around the interwebs, but it’s time, Valve. Arm me with a crowbar and the Gravity Gun and throw me back into that world again. For the love of all things good and holy, it’s time for Half Life 3.
So, what games do you want to see return on next gen consoles? Tell me in the comments and in the forums!