Posts Tagged ‘magic the gathering’

3 Games I’d Love To Remake

April 14, 2012

There are a lot of games that get the opportunity for a remake. Some aren’t as hot as the originals; such as Golden Eye, while some hit the spot like Kid Icarus and even Donkey Kong Country: Returns. Obviously, these are my own personal opinions, but if I had the opportunity to captain a proverbial game development ship, I’d remake  following three. What would you remake?

1. Contra

As a kid I really loved this co-op game for Super Nintendo. Like a lot of American releases, it differs a bit from its Japanese title. Regardless of the difference between releases, either would make a fantastic remake. In 2002, a remake was released for Playstation 2, and while not awful it did not truly deliver to its fullest potential in my opinion. With this current generation, and its graphical and diverse engine capabilities, I visualize it as a FPS with the option of third person. The unique and alien-esque levels would translate well both in a campaign as well as online maps. The array of different specialty weapons you can collect throughout Contra would add a lot of interesting depth to online battles. The weapons are more futuristic which reminds me more of Halo or Unreal Tournament, and less like the realistic Military shooters like Call of Duty and Killzone which are popular today. With weapons like the Fireball gun, Spread gun and even protective personal barriers – I can see this playing out so fantastically in a FPS environment. My one pet peeve with FPS is how short the campaigns always seem to be. Yeah, I get it, FPS games are all about the multi-player, but I’d selfishly like to see both a long (even co-op! ) campaign and innovative online play. The story is simple and sweet Sci-Fi, two government soldiers are on a mission to investigate and neutralize what they believe to be a terrorist agency called “Red Falcon”. In reality, Red Falcon is actually the code-name for the main alien entity. I think this game would do fantastic as a remake, and I can already envision myself buying new maps off PSN. Last year around this time during a pre-E3 release, Konami teased what seemed to be a new Contra. Well, consider my fingers crossed.

2. Pokemon: Trading Card Game

While this obviously isn’t a traditional “video” game, the release of Magic The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers has proven that turning a card game into a video game can be pure gold. Pokemon has an absolutely huge and long running fan-base, and I know so many people who would love more current gen titles. In a style similar to MTG:DotP I can envision a colorful solo campaign, in which you defeat random trainers and gym leaders, collecting new and one-of-a-kind cards with every win. You could even implement a “badge” system, so that when you collect so many or all the badges, it awards you with rare cards or perhaps a promo code for a game related DLC. Besides the obvious online mode where you could play against friends, I think it would also be interesting to implement a chat room of sorts where people could discuss and trade cards, or duel each other while gambling cards. I know a lot of people are Pokemon “purists” and there could even be a region amongst the game for just the first 150 Pokemon. Another unique way to earn cards could be through a tiered system of X hours of play, or also completing certain goals within the game, such as playing so many rounds with a Ghost type Pokemon deck, etc! With Pokemon garnering such a large fan-base, this game could allow kids to continue to play with each other. My deck? Oh, psychic type. I love me some Psyduck.

3. Earthbound

As one of my favorite RPGs, Earthbound separates itself from the rest of the SNES RPG age by being quirky and hilarious. I can see a remake of this so vividly in my mind that it almost makes me nerd rage that it hasn’t already been done. I’d be content with a remake being for Wii, or a more ideally, DS or 3DS. I could absolutely see the looney animations of hitting a neighbor or a feisty lamp-post with a frying pan burst in 3D hilarity. Regardless, I don’t think Nintendo fully realizes its fan-base within this series in the US. We got Ness in Super Smash Brothers, but that’s not nearly enough. Nintendo recognized him as iconic enough for Super Smash Brothers, so I don’t feel a remake would be so far-fetched. The game is set in modern-day suburbia, which is quite different from most RPGs and definitely lends a hand to the humorous atmosphere of the game. While most the playable characters have psychic abilities, most the weaponry and attacks in the game are from normal items such as a yo-yo, slingshot or a frying pan. One of my favorite elements of this game has to be the pop culture references peppered throughout, I can only imagine the references that could be implemented in a remake nearly 20 years later. Even though the game is pretty humorous, the plot is still gripping and even thought-provoking. The main antagonist is a creature named Giygas who is turning humanity against each other using our own innate evil. Turns out, Giygas isn’t weak to frying pans or slingshots – but to pure human emotions! To me, this is such a wonderful plot that could be fleshed out into more detail while lending more to character development. To really give it a face lift, I think the idea of making it third person perspective could be interesting. This game is such a gem, and now with the release of another classic remake, Kid Icarus, I really feel now is the perfect time to resurrect some of our generations favorites for both ourselves and a younger generation to enjoy.

Things I Love Thursday!

August 26, 2010

1. Red Hair: My natural hair color is blonde, but I’ve dyed it pretty much every color you can think of, and multiple times. I usually always end up sticking with black, or red. Since I’ve been black for a couple years now, I think its time to switch it up. The only question is, will I wait for a professional, or get impatient and do it myself and see what happens?

This is me when I was red - I want to go back to this!

2. Jigglypuff: Jigglypuff is probably my favorite pokemon because he/she sings people to sleep and then draws all over their face with a marker. I just wait for my drunk friends to pass out, then draw on their face with a marker.

3. Bows: I’ve been big into bows lately. Bows in my hair, bow rings, bows on my clothes. I dont really know why, It just makes me feel fancy.

4. Lush “Fresh Farmacy”: I posted a Lush product on my last TILT – but I recently bought this new one to try. It’s for sensitive skin, and helps reduce redness. It goes on milky and creamy and I can literally feel it working. It smells great, and when I rinse it off my face has zero redness, its smooth with a soft matte finish. My new favorite product.

5. French Press: The best way to make coffee! ( or Tea! )

6. Magic The Gathering: I used to play this all the time many years ago, and I keep talking about wanting to build decks and play again but I would have no one to play with! I used to play white decks, and they were so fun!

7. Ramona Flowers: A girl after my own heart. Any girl that can be kind of a bitch and change her look up all the time is good in my book. I wish I had a subspace purse like her. “I think she’s the girl of my dreams.”

8. Tamagotchi: I used to have at least 12 of these things on my school backpack. I wish I still had them! I love looking back on things that were popular trends from when I was a kid. As ridiculous as they were, I get all nostalgic and excited thinking about them! I browse them on ebay, and im surprised how many working ones are still out there!


August 21, 2010

Fridaaaay! Too bad im not doing anything fun. Im at home watching episodes of  House and Adventure Time ( so good ). I wanted to go out with some of my lady friends but everyone was either broke or busy.  Oh well! My weekends havent been too exciting because i’ve been working almost every weekend lately! I dont mind too much. I am tired a lot lately from being on my feet and biking so much lately. It’s so hot out lately it makes it hard to run errands, so if im not working im hiding under my comforter at home until the sun goes down!

I am so boring lately! I really want to go to my local comic book store and pick up some interesting Anime or Asian import movies to watch. I want something new and interesting. If you have any suggestions, let me hear them! My local comic book store is one of my favorite places in the world. The have everything. I’ve been shopping there for about 12-13 years I think!  They’ve won all sorts of awards for being one of the largest and most magical shops in the Galaxy! Please go visit them! Tates Comics deserves all the love in the world.

i have my bicycle covered in various Tates stickers!


July 16, 2010

It’s the weekend! Again! This snuck up on me as i’ve been really sick the past week and had intense intervals of insomnia and coma. So, all the posts I had planned for this week didn’t happen, but I plan on getting some up tonight and tomorrow – honest!

I dont know what I contracted that made me so sick, but today is the first day I am feeling better so I hope that trend continues. While sick I got a chance to lay around and watch Anime, Ren and Stimpy, Spongebob and Rocko’s Modern Life, all while eating Pistachio ice-cream. Not a total loss.

I dont know what my plans are for this weekend, I want to go shopping for a new couch because this Ikea one I have looks and feels like tiny cardboard dollhouse furniture. Not good for gaming or watching cartoons! I would like to get back to the comic book store and look into rebuilding a Magic: The Gathering deck, but i’d be content just riding my bike and picking up where I left off in Final Fantasy: XIII. Uhg. That game. I both love and hate it. I became extremely stuck at a certain point in the game and took a break, which turned into me not playing for two months. I leave no Final Fantasy unbeat, so I need to put on my game face and just spend a night truckin’ through it.

Siq tribal tat, Fang.

Siq tribal tat, Fang.

Have any of you played it? Tell me what you think!

For today I have some cleaning to do, then im going to workout, touch up my hair, bike, grab some groceries, have a night swim, update here and then spend the bulk of my night jumping back into Final Fantasy: XIII !

What are you doing this weekend?


July 9, 2010

i want to party with those guys.

This weekend i’ll be working, drinking a lot of Bloody Marys, getting my Star Wars tattoo, getting a new gym membership, loitering my local comic’s and games shop, and maybe rebuilding a Magic: The Gathering deck? We’ll see!

Have a fancy weekend, everyone! I have some silly/strange posts lined up for this weekend as well, so im pretty excited about that you should be too.

Tell me your weekend plans!