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Your dream licensed videogame?

Post by ThirdMan » February 11th, 2019, 8:05 pm

This is coming off the back of a conversation I had with some friends over the weekend. We were speaking specifically about comic book characters but I'm opening the question up generally. What property would you like to see licensed in 2019? Perhaps an IP that's been overlooked up until now, or maybe a favourite character that's never quite got a fair shake?

My own dream game is a Hellboy RPG in the style of the Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (maybe The Witcher 3, but in my mind the game benefits from being more linear). I'm reading through the Hellboy paperbacks right now and it's remarkable how many of those arcs, and the short stories in particular, are Witcher-like in their construction. Many of the creatures Hellboy faces off against are based on European folklore and they have a similar richness to CD Projekt Red's work. Then there's the cast of supporting characters that are ripe for branching narratives. And of course there's Hellboy's various trinkets and charms that he often uses to prepare for battle. He is, in effect, a monster hunter masquerading as a supernatural detective.

Dark Horse Comics, the home of Hellboy, are currently running a Witcher comic and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola produced a variant cover for a recent issue in his inimitable art-style. That leads me to believe I'm not the only one that's spotted the connection, or at least day-dreamed about it.

Anyway, that's my completely derivative, but rather mouth-watering, flight of fancy. What's yours?

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Re: Your dream licensed videogame?

Post by Suits » February 11th, 2019, 8:11 pm

Dog The Bounty Hunter.

Ace Attorney come runner chase sequence (think Nabbit).

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Re: Your dream licensed videogame?

Post by KSubzero1000 » February 11th, 2019, 8:31 pm

Generally speaking, I don't have the highest opinion of crossovers between video games and other forms of media. Converting traditional stories and intellectual properties into video games more often than not leads to gameplay being treated as an afterthought, and video game-based novelizations and Hollywood movies have a pretty abysmal track record as well. The vast majority of what I would consider all-time great games and franchises have been conceptualized as video games from the ground up. With a few notable exceptions, of course (The Witcher, Batman: Arkham Asylum, various visual novels).

With that said, I think that the 1911 novel The Quest for Fire, which is about early humans' struggle for survival during prehistorical times, would potentially lend itself very well to a spin-off gaming franchise with a talented and passionate developer attached to it. Especially considering the current popularity of survival open world games.

And on a purely mechanical note, I always thought that the fully 3D space flight engine of Dead Space 2 & 3 could have been a great foundation for an Iron Man game.

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Re: Your dream licensed videogame?

Post by dezm0nd » February 12th, 2019, 5:30 am

I'd love a VR Being John Malkovich

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Post by Alex79uk » February 12th, 2019, 6:24 am

dezm0nd wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 5:30 am
I'd love a VR Being John Malkovich
Haha I don't think anyone's going to beat that answer!

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Re: Your dream licensed videogame?

Post by ThirdMan » February 12th, 2019, 7:57 am

dezm0nd wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 5:30 am
I'd love a VR Being John Malkovich
Brilliant! :lol:

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Re: Your dream licensed videogame?

Post by Alex79uk » February 12th, 2019, 8:17 am

I was going to make a similar thread, about dream games you've always wanted but don't exist. It's not licensed, but I've just always wanted a Rockstar game based on pirates. I know there's Black Flag, but I just want that massive open world, full of islands, mainland, missions, strangers, basically RDR2 with pirates. Nobody has ever made a really good pirate game since Tai Pan on the Amstrad. Proper big open world, trading, smuggling, everything. It would be so good.

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Post by Flabyo » February 12th, 2019, 9:25 am

I’d love to see some modern Obsidian style takes on a few novel series I like. ‘The Vagrant’ books have a really interesting post apocalypse fantasy setting going on (imagine Warhammer fantasy after chaos won and everyone just kind of... carries on with those guys in charge now), and I think you could do some interesting stuff with The ‘Imperial Radch’ sci-fi novels cause there’s so much great detail in the setting.

But licensing books to make games from that haven’t been made into movies yet isn’t a risk most western publishers will take. Despite how well the Witcher games did.

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Re: Your dream licensed videogame?

Post by ThirdMan » February 12th, 2019, 9:52 am

Alex79uk wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 8:17 am
I was going to make a similar thread, about dream games you've always wanted but don't exist. It's not licensed, but I've just always wanted a Rockstar game based on pirates. I know there's Black Flag, but I just want that massive open world, full of islands, mainland, missions, strangers, basically RDR2 with pirates. Nobody has ever made a really good pirate game since Tai Pan on the Amstrad. Proper big open world, trading, smuggling, everything. It would be so good.
That sounds fantastic. My favouite aspect of RDR2 is the exploration. That would be well served in a pirate setting.

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Re: Your dream licensed videogame?

Post by Bakers_12 » February 12th, 2019, 9:01 pm

A squad based action X-Men game that leans on tactical team work.

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Re: Your dream licensed videogame?

Post by DomsBeard » February 12th, 2019, 11:32 pm

Telltale Eastenders (no really)

Anything with Saga (comic books not the holidays)

Elder Scrolls VI Middle Earth

Rocksteady's The Punisher

Rocksteady Robocop

The Running Man VR

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Post by Bakers_12 » February 13th, 2019, 9:26 pm

I have said this before but rockstar doing a sequel to bully set in an 80’s comp basicly Grange Hill the game!

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Re: Your dream licensed videogame?

Post by dezm0nd » February 14th, 2019, 5:07 pm

Would like them to do a uk based game yeah but it would seem America is just too ripe for the picking

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Re: Your dream licensed videogame?

Post by duskvstweak » February 16th, 2019, 3:06 pm

After watching Alita: Battle Angel, I would mind a really good game based on it. Especially the motorball moments.

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Re: Your dream licensed videogame?

Post by cake_bakery » February 18th, 2019, 10:29 am

duskvstweak wrote:
February 16th, 2019, 3:06 pm
After watching Alita: Battle Angel, I would mind a really good game based on it. Especially the motorball moments.
And I'd like to play a game dedicated to Alita's flashbacks as they were too ununderstandable in the movie.

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Re: Your dream licensed videogame?

Post by ThirdMan » February 18th, 2019, 10:59 pm

Some pretty cool suggestions in there. My pick of the bunch has to be 'Rocksteady's The Punisher', although a tactical X-Men game raises a lot of interesting possibilities as well.

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Re: Your dream licensed videogame?

Post by macstat » February 19th, 2019, 12:06 pm

My childhood licensed game dream already exists. It's Witcher ;)

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Re: Your dream licensed videogame?

Post by ThirdMan » February 19th, 2019, 1:31 pm

macstat wrote:
February 19th, 2019, 12:06 pm
My childhood licensed game dream already exists. It's Witcher ;)
Lucky you!

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Re: Your dream licensed videogame?

Post by Sean » February 19th, 2019, 9:22 pm

macstat wrote:
February 19th, 2019, 12:06 pm
My childhood licensed game dream already exists. It's Witcher ;)
Same, but, it's Ghostbusters (360/PS3), and, it was...fine?

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Re: Your dream licensed videogame?

Post by duskvstweak » February 20th, 2019, 5:52 pm

ThirdMan wrote:
February 18th, 2019, 10:59 pm
Some pretty cool suggestions in there. My pick of the bunch has to be 'Rocksteady's The Punisher', although a tactical X-Men game raises a lot of interesting possibilities as well.
X-Men: Legends I & II WERE my dream games when I was a teen. I'd sit in school, writing down ideas for an X-Men rpg akin to Final Fantasy, with some ideas to use their powers out of battle, like ice slides and flying. I still remember reading the preview in EGM and feeling both joy and jealousy that someone else was doing the thing I was never going to actually do...

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