Tonight a friend and I headed out to see the new Star Trek film at Hoyts in Melbourne. While we waited for the film to start we got to talking/reminiscing about some of the games we spent our youth playing. Some where between our recount of Grim Fandango and X-Wing Alliance we came to the conclusion that there is a lot of IP out there in the games industry that is ripe to be ported to Xbox Live Arcade.
For example Lucas Arts has around 7 titles that I can think of off the top of my head that were great hits back in the 90’s that would be accepted with wide open loving arms if released to XBLA. As mentioned above Grim Fandango and X-Wing Alliance are a great start. But why stop there when Lucas Arts has some great content in games like Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, Rebel Assault and of course the original space flight sim that I’m sure we all sunk more than a few hours into X-Wing vs Tie Fighter
Of course Lucas Arts isn’t the only studio out there that I can see is resting on it’s laurels when it comes to classy game IP from yester year. Take Activision or as they were known in the day Sierra, they had a great series of games in the Space Quest, Kings Quest and Gabriel Knight franchises, while these were probably not amazing graphically they had great storylines and humour that gave them a special charm,
Now I can understand people like Activision and Lucas Arts are probably more focused on your big budget games, but it surprises me that Microsoft hasn’t made an attempt to re-release some of it’s older titles and breath some new life into them. Two I can think of that got a lot of my attention gaming wise was Starlancer and Freelancer both games that have some great co-op and multiplayer prospects, and in theory would not be difficult to move across to the Xbox Architecture.
What I’ve listed above is by no means an exhaustive, and I’m sure there are more you could probably think of but the above are a few that I enjoyed completing more than once.
So this is my official call out to each of these developers/publishers time to look at some of those games that made you great and see if you can’t help us gamers in our mid-20’s relive our youth :o)