Microsoft sent ripples down the Internet after announcing acquiring Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. Everyone was left surprised and wondering as to how the gaming industry could change after this buy-out. With over a year until this deal is finalized, fans are speculating about what the future holds for new-gen and old-gen games. Fans are optimistic that Microsoft will help Activision bring back some of its dead games. These are some such games that we players would love to see once again.
In its heyday, this game series was quite popular, but not a lot was going on for it regarding its gameplay. To play the virtual instruments, players needed a special controller that was quite costly. Now seeing the latest trends of gaming giants releasing DLCs and new content for already published games, it’s quite easy to see that Guitar Hero will shine as a Live Service game for Xbox players only. Moreover, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick even told GamesBeat that Microsoft is the perfect company to bring the franchise back.
While it may not be a critically acclaimed game, it surely is a fan-favorite one with a decent score on Metacritic both for the original and for the sequel. It’s an open-world game with such dark tones that it can easily be revamped and remade into a massive success in today’s time. With the revitalization of Prototype, Microsoft will have the opportunity to own a superhero-type game. It would also be able to compete with the likes of Spider-Man and Infamous games of Sony.
Though it is not that dormant, its latest addition to the series came 7 years ago. So it’d be the right time to bring this critically acclaimed series back with a bang. Geometry Wars” has an 86 on Metacritic, “Geometry Wars 2” has a 90, and “Geometry Wars 3” has an 82. The game is also not that complex and can be completed in a shorter time compared to big open-world games.
Now that the Crash Bandicoot franchise is entirely under the Xbox banner, Microsoft could pull a “Ratchet & Clank” with it and remake the series into a modern-looking and true next-gen game for Xbox only. This would undoubtedly be a well-needed break from violence-heavy Call of Duty games that are somehow still being released after so many years.
The Lost Vikings
With filmmakers making remakes of old classic retro movies, it’s time to do the same with games too. “The Lost Vikings” is a 2D puzzle game following three Vikings kidnapped by aliens and needed to escape. Players had to navigate all three Vikings, each with their own special ability, to the end of each level. It’ll be a great retro-style game to get a complete 360-degree modern makeover.
What do you think, should Microsoft invest a lot of money and bring these games back? Will it be worthwhile for them, or better yet, will these be worthwhile for us?
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