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When I first heard the news that Duke Nukem Forever was actually confirmed for release, I was scared. After a quick look out the window to make sure it wasn't raining blood from the sky I calmed down and became excited. If Duke Nukem Forever can actually be released then we live in an exciting time. It got me thinking that this may herald a new era of game development, one where any title can be published then I thought what games would I love to see? Here's my top five.
#5 Power Stone 3
Power Stone 3 has it's own alliance of fans to get the game made. Power Stone seems to be the black sheep of Capcom's gaming roster. Power Stone 1 and 2 were four player fighting games released on the Dreamcast and a compilation including the first two games was released on the PSP. The series may not have had the depth of Street Fighter or Marvel vs Capcom but made up for it with easy to pick up controls and the frantic action. The reason I call Power Stone a black sheep is because characters from the series don't even get any Marvel vs Capcom love. Maxim recently put Edward Falcon a fighter in the series on its list of 15 characters they hope make the Marvel vs Capcom 3 roster. If they actually release the game on a console with a larger user bas I could see it being a success. Capcom please don't ignore Power Stone, the game was fantastic and a lot of fun to play so show it some love. Throw in some online play and I will call in sick to work for days!
#4 Shenmue 3
This fan made Shenmue 3 trailer has over 500,000 views. Obviously fans care about the series. Shenmue 3 would conclude the Shenmue trilogy and provide closure to the epic Shenmue story. Shenmue 1 and 2 are widely thought of as two of the best games on the Dreamcast. The second game Shenmue 2 was released on the origional Xbox in November of 2002 it included a Shenmue movie disk that summed up the events of the first game for players who may not have picked it up for the Dreamcast. Shenmue 2 had a complete cliffhanger ending and fans would love to find out what happened. Shenmue 3 has long been rummored, the most recent being an interview in Famitsu magazine summed up here at The Gamer Zone where Sega said they ‘loved to do it’ but have worries of poor sales, not enough funding to manufacture the game. Sega went on to say Shenmue is one of the most beloved fanboy game franchises they have and love to release the 3rd installment if they can. Lets hope they can get it released or sells the publishing rights to someone with the money to do something with it.
#3 StarCraft: Ghost
Announced in 2002 StarCraft: Ghost was to be a third person stealth action shooter featuring Nova, a Terran psychic espionage operative called a “ghost”. The game was to be set four years after the conclusion of StarCraft: Brood War. The game was put postponed in 2006 and a novel was published called StarCraft Ghost: Nova which covers the backstory of the central character. StarCraft: Ghost looked promising and would have given Samus a run for her money in the female sci-fi badass category. Frankly Blizzard has never released a bad game and maybe thats why it was cancelled, the development was done by by Nihilistic Software. Still the trailer and coverage got me excited for the game and I would love to play as a single unit in the StarCraft universe.
#2 Jet Force Gemini 2
Jet Force Gemini was a critically successful though still underrated game released in the twilight of the N64′s lifespan. The game was a third person sci-fi shooter that featured amazing graphics some of the best sound I ever experienced on the N64 and love-able characters. The title is one of the best times I had on the N64. The game was developed by Rare when they were still making hits. Rare is now owned by Microsoft and I am not even sure if the people who made the game are still with the company but hey Duke Nukem Forever is coming so a man can dream right?
#1 Mortal Combat vs Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat vs Capcom
This is my number 1 most wished for title for a reason. The sheer epicness of the game would probably explode my universe. Think about it East vs West, Ken vs Sub Zero, Cammy vs Sonya the possibilities are endless. Sure the Street Fighter characters are not as blood thirsty as the Mortal Kombat roster but the multiple dimensions of the Mortal Kombat universe would provide an easy work around. The story could be that Shao Khan sensing the power of the Dark Hado finds a way to open a portal to the Street Fighter universe then after defeating Akuma in a fight he tries to steal his soul but something goes wrong. The Dark Hado is to much for him in his weakened state and causes a massive release of its power with parts of the Dark Hado embedding themselves in the strongest fighters (i.e. the Street Fighters.) The characters would then have a story based reason for fatalities. Mortal Kombat already took on the DC Universe and that was comprised of heroes that refused to kill. This year at Gamescom producer Hector Sanchez of NetherRealm, the developer behind the new Mortal Kombat game told CVG that a MK versus Street Fighter game is “inevitable”. He then goes on to say that such a title “depends on the success of Street Fighter X Tekken”. He also revealed that the idea was originally pitched by Ed Boon over 10 years ago. While I think the title would be a great idea I don’t think it should depend on the success of Street Fighter X Tekken because a Mk vs SF title would make a much larger impact. Cross your fingers MK vs SF would be the fighting game fans ultimate match up.
That’s it for my list of games I would like to see made. What are the titles you crave?
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