Last month I offered up some ideas for games within the Pokémon franchise, with the three fitting roughly into the labels of main game, side game, and spin-off. This month I am doing the same for the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.
Now, it would be easy to say for a main game Adventure 3 – specifically Chao Theory (that old concept of mine from back in 2013), but I’m not. What I want to see from a main series game these days is something that Lost World failed to execute beyond basic implementation.
The Galar region showed a lot of promise when it was first unveiled, taking a lot of elements from the UK and mixing them into what is the most diverse region we have seen in a main game.
It did deliver on that, but it also felt incredibly linear and unconnected, with certain sections of the map being cut off from access except by train. It made the whole region feel smaller than it should have been, not really helped by the Wild Area restricting design for half of the map.
So what would be the best way to set about making the Galar region a better place to be? Well, top priority is getting a better way to connect everything together, and that’s where the Wild Area comes in with its new name of Route 1.
Yesterday a Pokémon Direct was announced, and tomorrow at 14:30 GMT is when it will air. The obvious choice for such an announcement is about Home and what things that will give us (aside from storage capacity and the importing of ‘mon from previous generations, of course). However, stating the obvious is no fun. It’s time for some wild predictions.
The main series goes open world, but not in the way you think. Diamond and Pearl are announced as the remakes to come this year, with a trailer showing off the beautiful work done in recreating the world in a fully 3D environment.
The GTA series has been based in America since its inception (with one London-based exception), but the locations have always seen a complete overhaul from one era to the next. Los Santos and the greater state of San Andreas, Vice City, and Liberty City have been the three main locales whenever a new GTA comes along.
There are others that appear, such as Alderney and Ludendorff, but you won’t find them filling out an entire game other than Anywhere City, but since GTA 1 featured all three major locales in one game it was expected they’d try something different.
However, while many would want to see an HD revamp of Vice City (perhaps even extending it out to include more of south Florida), I feel the time is right to try something new. A completely new location offering completely new opportunities for exploration of not only a location, but story, world building, and the references to real world experiences.
With the rumours and leaks, it seems both are happening, and I made a rendition of the Project Americas stuff previously. This time the detail is much greater as I launch into detailing how I would go about making a GTA-verse Michigan.
I said in the monthly update that I would be unveiling the completely new state of Michigan within the GTA-verse. Instead, I’ll save that for some other time, as I want to put focus somewhere else today. And that focus is on the leaks.
The ones that say GTA VI is nearer to release than we think and give us an idea of where we’ll be exploring. So, using the information gathered by Gfinity, I’ve cooked up a concept of what that map might look like.
From the leak, we have Vice City returning, but there’s some new places that have never been seen within the GTA-verse before. A combination of Cuba and Panama will create the People’s Republic of Del Castro.
Well, it’s more like this fictional island will be based on those two places, but there’s sure to be many influences from both present. Bolivia and Columbia combine to form the Republic of Castellano, with Rio de Neve – the GTA-verse Rio de Janeiro – also being present.
In the first quarter of 2015, I outlined an idea relating to Wuhu Island – the sports haven of Miis featured in Wii Sports Resort (though it first appeared in Wii Fit).
Since Wii Sports Resort, it has featured in Pilotwings Resort, future Wii Fit games, and even got some representation in Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros., but while Nintendo in recent years seems to have forgotten the island except for the occasional referencing, I’ve been planning an expansion.
That idea I mentioned would put all the sports from Wii Sports Resort into a new game with a fully explorable Wuhu Island where you could naturally head to locations to access the sports, though you’d have the option to access them all through a menu in the hotel lobby if you so wished.
New sports would also be added, with the ability to freely fly without restriction and drive a kart around the island.
EA’s Star Wars Battlefront games have seen a lot of good, even if there’s glitches within the gameplay. Last time in Equipping Ideas I talked about mechanics, which leads the way into modes. Galactic Assault is a fun mode, though with command posts there’ll be a few changes. Heroes vs Villains is also going to see a change. Then there’s conquest and my new mode.
For Galactic Assault, each team has two permanent command posts that always move with the phases. A third would appear when needed. The two that are permanently on the field hold only ground forces. That third command post holds all vehicles including the transports during transport defence phases. No starfighters will be available in Galactic Assault. There’s conquest for that.
The EA Star Wars Battlefront games have been fun, though there are problems with how they play. To me, it doesn’t feel like Battlefront. It feels like a Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare clone in a Star Wars skin. Funny, when you think Battlefront was a Battlefield reskin, but at least that actually worked.
The thing I most dislike about the Garden Warfare feel is how the secondary weapons and abilities are handled. Rather than just offer a simple fix for it, I’ll be giving it a bit of a full change from how the entire system is handled in Battlefront 2. In fact, I’ll be using Battlefront 2 as a base to build all these ideas from.
Tower defence games have been around for a long time, bringing a lot of differences between them. It was only a matter of time before the concept was reversed so that the player would be on the offensive, and that came with a game called Anomaly: Warzone Earth.
While I don’t exactly know if the game was the first to reverse the concept, there doesn’t seem to have been as many notable games using it.
Tower defence games have you defending against incoming waves of enemies by placing units of your own in or outside the path that the enemy travels.
In tower offense, you are the units travelling on the path, with the enemy defences already in place. In the case of Anomaly, you can change the path your units travel to tackle the defences how you want.
With EA owning the Star Wars licence, the results from that have been rather pitiful. Not because of the games released, but from a lack of them. Take into account this – since they claimed the licence in 2013 there have only been two console games released by them.
Both in the same series. There has been one mobile game released by them, and there are supposedly four games yet to be released by them (one of them being another mobile game).
Now take the period of ten years prior. In 2003 to 2007 (not counting film-based games or LEGO-built ones), we had new entries in the Jedi Knight and Rogue Squadron series, two Knights of the Old Republic games, Galaxies and Empire at War, both Pandemic Battlefronts and Renegade Squadron, and Republic Commando. There were some other handheld and mobile games as well, such as Lethal Alliance.