From Braid to Shadow Complex, the games of yesterday are slowly being reborn, recreated, and pushed to the next level. What’s next?
As more and more people from OUR generation become today’s leading programmers and developers, we’re starting to see classic genres move back to the forefront, and I couldn’t be happier. Braid reinvented the 2-D platformer. Shadow Complex brought 2-D exploration titles back from the grave. Castle Crashers and the upcoming Shank seem bent on bringing back side-scrolling beat’em-ups. The question is where do we go from here?
You’ve got Telltale doing what they do with adventure games, and 2K/Gearbox seems to be trying to mesh the FPS/RPG/dungeon crawler genres together with Borderlands, but where is the next big reinvention going to come from? Maybe the next evolution of puzzle games, much like Lumines came close to a few years back. Maybe Telltale’s amazing, continued efforts will inspire others to rethink what can be done with adventure games (at least that’s what I’m hoping… the more adventure games, the better). And by the way, that reminds me- can we get XBLA re-releases of Snatcher and Blade Runner already? Someone make that happen.
Of course, this line of thinking can be a slippery slope. If we’re not careful, we could end up with the rebirth of FMV… and no one wants that. Night Trap 2, anyone? So, let’s recap: puzzle and adventure games are at the top of my list, followed by old-school RPGs (I’d kill to see fresh concepts and game play dropped into a Dragon Quest/Final Fantasy-esque title). What about you- anything from your younger days you’re hoping to see make a comeback?
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