Well folks, it’s time for another GamerSushi Top Six, where Anthony and I dissect the gaming world and come up with a list of six spectacular things. Why six? Because six sells. Our feature this week even has a holiday theme.
In the spirit of Independence Day, when us Americans threw off the shackles of tyranny by some other snooty country that nobody even remembers the name of, we have compiled a dream list of franchises that could be liberated from their current developers and sent to live with someone who will treat them in a way they’ve never been treated before.
6. Starfox: Freed by Factor 5
Starfox reached its peak with Starfox 64 and has been in a tailspin ever since. The ill-fated Starfox Adventures was met with lukewarm response and rightfully so. Fox belongs in his Arwing, not fetching crap for a bunch of kooky dinosaurs.
Enter Factor 5. These guys made some awesome Rogue Squadron games for the GameCube and N64, so I am sure they are familiar with the Wii already. Why not have them use their talent for creating intense flight combat to make the ultimate Starfox, complete with 4 player co-op? Oh, to dream…
5. Halo: Bailed Out by Bioware
Blasphemy, right? Even though Bungie has crafted remarkable console first person shooters with the Halo series, they seem to be missing out on one major component needed to create a masterpiece- story! Halo has one intricate and well honed mythology, but Bungie doesn’t seem to know how to tap into it and use it to its full potential. Master Chief is a wooden warrior at best, and none of the characters really resonate.
Throw in Bioware, some of the best storytellers in gaming, to tackle this huge franchise. They’ve already shown that they have a knack for epic tales, and they even know how to take care of other people’s intellectual property as if it were their own (KOTOR, anyone?). I’d love to see what a Halo game could do with a master storyteller at the helm.
4. God of War: Rescued by Kojima
God of War is an awesome game with an awesome story. But now that series is wrapping up, something new and fresh is needed. Why not let Hideo Kojima write the story and direct the cut-scenes for a God of War game?
Kojima’s stories are kind of fantastical anyway, so take them out of the real world and put them in a setting that could really handle some crazy-ass twists and revelations. Think of all the myths he could take on, like whats at the end of the rainbow? An evil leprechaun and a pot of gold that controls the minds of any who possess it! The possibilities are endless!
3. Sonic the Hedgehog: Resuscitated by Nintendo
For those of us that grew up on the Sega Master System, seeing the Sega logo play on Nintendo systems years later was quite the shocker. It seemed like sacrilege in the highest order, on par with spitting in the face of Zeus. However, perhaps handing over the reigns to Nintendo’s creative minds would do the blue hedgehog some good.
As we all know, the Sonic franchise has been in the crapper for years on end, which I find rather confusing. I mean, how hard can it be to make a kick-ass platformer that relies on speed and great level design? Nintendo seems to be the perfect fit to tackle a franchise like this, and if Super Smash Bros. Brawl is any indication, they already know how to handle the character.
2. Earthworm Jim: Liberated by Insomniac
Earthworm Jim was a promising series, with zany, off color humor and watercolor-esque visual style, I was looking forward to many fun installments in the coming years.. Sadly, it was not to be. The transition to 3-D games was difficult to make, as it was with many games.
So who better to introduce Jim and all the gang to a new generation than Insomniac, who bring you Ratchet and Resistance on a rotating basis? With their Pixar-like animation, wacky weapons and laugh out loud humor, I honestly think there is no company better suited to revive Earthworm Jim.
1. Legend of Zelda: Unshackled by Team Ico
We all love the Legend of Zelda games made by Miyamoto and his pals over at Nintendo. They’ve done an incredible job at making some of the most memorable and legendary games of all time, including Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time. While all of the recent titles have been game of the year contenders as well, the series has been stuck on a merry-go-round since OoT, trying in vain to re-create its success.
Well what better way to stick some new life into this classic franchise than by letting the masterful folks at Team Ico take a stab at it? After the fantastical settings and thematic elements of Shadow of the Colossus and Ico, they have proven that they can give the Legend of Zelda the kind of gravitas that a series with its name deserves. Imagine the kind of sprawling, emotional tale they could infuse with their art style, and the familiar tropes that we’ve come to know and love with Link and company.
There you have it, folks. This was just our dream wishlist for developers that we would like to see on some of our favorite franchises, new and old alike. Some notable exclusions were Mortal Kombat, Panzer Dragoon and Mutant League Football. Who do you think should tackle those franchises? And what do you think of the ones we threw out there? Go!