It’s Friday so that means another installment of Friday Feeling! This week, we take a look at gaming series that we want to make a comeback – we think you will too…
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
We could fill a whole article on dead Star Wars games that should return to our gaming rig of choice. For every shatto Star Wars: Obi Wan there’s a brilliant Rogue Leader. KOTOR, created by Bioware and released on Xbox and PC back in 2003, is head and shoulders above the rest. Superb RPG mechanics married with one of THE greatest gaming stories, the series came to an abrupt end with KOTOR II – leaving many questions unanswered. We know the series has since seen the online-only Old Republic but we’re chomping at the bit for a full-on KOTOR III. Do it.
We’ve written about Homeworld before but we feel it’s appropriate to mention it here. A failed kickstarter is closest we’ve come to getting a new entry in the series and it’s been too long. We feel a fully up to date Homeworld would be a breath of fresh air in the RTS genre and are hopeful that someone, somewhere, see’s sense and gives us, and it’s many adoring fans, what we want.
Call of Cthulhu
The first installment of a franchise-in-the-making, Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, was so ahead of it’s time that gamers were confused by its excellence and no-one bought it. This lead to the series dying a death before it had a chance to live. Released at the very end of the last generation on PC and Xbox, CoC featured many main-stays of today’s gaming such as featureless HUD’s, realistic character damage (your health was measured by your heart-rate and breathing, while injuring your leg would cause you to limp) and impressive insanity effects. Based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft the title boasted a rich mythology and story to build from but no-one bought it! The game had an extremely high difficulty level and, against the norm in a crowded FPS market, you didn’t receive your first gun until you were 5 hours into the game. A flawed classic but a classic all the same.
Oh, Grim Fandango how I love thee! Released in 1998, many people would argue that this is the pinnacle of the point-and-click genre (Monkey Island fans would probably disagree) though unfortunately for all involved was released AFTER that genre’s golden age. Like a few titles on in this feature – no-one bought it! However, thanks to the efforts of Telltale Games (The Walking Dead) the previously ailing genre is undergoing a renaissance. Is the time right for Grim Fandago’s return? We say yes.
– Dave Green. Follow him on Twitter and talk of the old times @davidpgreen83