So, after dragging that last blog post kicking and screaming into the wide world of C-Blogs, I felt incredibly driven to keep pumping out some kind of creative material. And I thought, what better way that to do some kind of list? Lists are fun, but I don't wanna go all Kotaku on you guys, so I've decided to refrain the number of items to 5.
So from there, I decided I'd incorporate some crazy ideas I've sporadically come up with over the years for potential video games. In no particular order, mind you. Anyway, let's get started.
5. Kill La Kill
God, I love this series. Although only 4 episodes in, Kill La Kill is one of the most distinctive anime series I have seen in some time. It’s set in what appears to be some kind of post-apocalyptic Japan dominated by the dictator-like student council of the local high school. The school has special uniforms for it’s more prestigious students, that grant them superhuman powers. However, an anarchic (yes, do I do love my freedom fighters) transfer student named Ryuko Matoi, wielding half a giant scissor blade and an insanely powerful version of said uniforms called a Godrobe, sets out to find the one who killed her father and ultimately free the school from it’s tyrannical rulers.
This series rarely takes itself series, which is a refreshing thing to see in a modern anime series. All the episodes so far have featured some kind of ‘boss’ fight with a uniform wielder, the latest depicting a day where the School sets up a series of crazy inhuman traps, in an attempt to forcibly make them late for class, and furthermore expel them. I can definitely see some potential for a damn cool 2D brawler/platformer in the vein of Scott Pilgrim or They Bleed Pixels, with some kind of RPG element as to levelling up your uniform and fighting skills.
Seriously, if you haven't watched this series, get into it. It's really great.
4. Devil Dinosaur and Moon-Boy
For those who have lived their life in ignorance of Devil Dinosaur up to this point, let me enlighten you. You may think that Marvel Comics have produced some enjoyable, complex and to an extent, 'badass' characters like the X-Men, Iron Man and such, but none of them are really in the same league as Devil Dinosaur. Devil Dinosaur and his lesser-known-but-equally-amazing partner Moon-Boy, are native to a parallel world called ‘Dinosaur World’, where Dinosaurs co-exist with a primitive form of humans. Devil Dinosaur, himself, is essentially a mutant, as at a young age, he was exposed to a foreign fire element, changing his skin colour from an olive green to a hellish, blazing red,
and gave him extraordinary powers.
He is also coined as being ‘smarter than the average dinosaur’, and is a product of Marvel’s fantastic 1970s ‘bronze age’.
I don’t know about you, but I can see some serious potential for an amazing video game here, if done right. Devil Dinosaur, and his partner Moon-Boy have some awesome stories to draw upon, in both their own world and in the mainstream Marvel universe. I think a number of genres would make these characters shine, such as again, the Metroidvania style, maybe even a 3rd person action game, heck, I suppose even an RPG would be interesting. It’d be awesome to see this in some dirty, ink-heavy cel-shaded graphics as well, or some neat sprite-based graphics, depending on the genre. Seriously, I think a lot of lesser-known Marvel properties have so much potential in video games, but really, what better way to start than Devil Dinosaur and Moon-Boy?
3. Django Unchained
Now, I don’t necessarily mean adapting the movie itself into a video game. That would be questionable move to make, at best. But the setting, oh boy, the setting. I can see some insane fast-paced Assassin’s Creed
style gameplay, mixed with third-person shooter and bullet hell elements really making this game shine. The exaggerated use of blood that is a common theme in Tarantino films would also make this super-cool as well. And to top it off, the movie’s amazing-yet-slightly-inaccurate old-western setting. Really outstanding ‘cowboy’ games are few and far between these days, but they have been proven to be really quite outstanding at times (see Red Dead Redemption). I’d like to see a game of this type really push this concept into more types of video games.
And god, the potential for multiplayer! I’m really feeling some Anarchy Reigns vibes would fit right in here. Fast paced, bloody, over the top gunplay and vast, desert-y and western environments, really, it just feels right to make this a thing. Some movie references would be neat, too.
'Oh, I'ma go walking in the moonlight with you'
'You wanna hold my hand?'
Alternatively, I have never played Red Dead Redemption, and I could just be listing off elements of the game. But hey, Jamie Foxx shooting up white guys, amirite?
2. A Bonsai Tree growing sim
Alright, hear me out here. So I got one of these things last year for my birthday, and damn, they really require a certain skilful hand to grow them. Unfortunately, my underworked green-thumb and busy schedule led to me neglecting the poor thing. But I’ve always had a lingering interest in these plants. There’s an insane amount of attention to detail required, but it can be incredibly rewarding. Through many different means, you can shape and ultimately grow your bonsai to whatever you want it to look like. Many people accessorise their trees, and put them in large pots, where they create small ponds, parks, and essentially create a really pretty scene.
It’s such a special and complex method, it would really translate beautifully in to a video game.
I can see it now. A beautiful, yet calm, serene oriental themed soundtrack playing as you carefully craft your own collection of virtual mini-trees. A careful attention to detail in the soft, illuminated, yet intricate graphics. Watching over time as your plants grow, and are shaped by your creative thinking. Maybe even showing them at some kind of in game bonsai fashion contest? Regardless, I can see this being a very calming and serene game. Please, someone, make it happen.
1. This here Duck Water Jug and Iguana Hand Puppet
C’mon guys. Tell me you don’t see potential here. Right before your very eyes, you have the next Banjo-Kazooie, mixed with Tokyo Jungle. A tale of two star-crossed lovers meeting in the midst of civil war, Duck and Iguana can, no, will
take your breath away. It uses stunning, realistic platforming physics. It has realistic and believable villainy afoot. It could truly be a work of genius and innovation.
Duck and Iguana is love, Duck and Iguana is life.