With all the talk about video games this week, I’ve been thinking about the video games of my life, from those heady early-80s days playing Defender and Gorf at the local Boogaarts grocery store through my current use of my PS3 as little more than a media server.  Once upon a time, my roommate actually worked in a video arcade, which allowed us an occasion or two to play Mortal Kombat 2 after closing, and introduced me to the mysterious ninja known as Noob Saibot.  As a side-character, he actually seemed considerably cooler than the likes of Sub-Zero or Jax, but the eventual reveal of his identity was inevitably disappointing.  Likewise somewhat disappointing was the fact that, even with all the hullabaloo about new consoles, nobody said the magic words that would immediately sell me a console (those being “Wario”, ” beach volleyball”, “Doctor Who” or “Legion of Super-Heroes”), which made me wonder if I was the only one disappointed…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) want tells you warn of have no chance to survive make your time, asking: What character, property or game could make one of the next-gen consoles a must-buy at any price for you?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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8 Comments

  1. June 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm — Reply

    I am a slave to the Disgaea franchise. I know I can’t afford a PS3 to get the third, fourth, & anniversary games, but the PS Vita is ever-so-slightly cheaper & I know NIS will support it, so that’s vaguely more justifiable. The answer used to be Final Fantasy, but Square has forgotten how to make things fun.

  2. B.V.K.
    June 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    Borderlands 3: loved the first two games. Borderlands 2 is one of the only games I bought a season pass for and it was well worth it. The characters play so differently that you could easily play through the campaign/dlc three or four times. The writing, humor and art style are also very engaging. Tiny Tina ftw.

  3. June 15, 2013 at 1:01 pm — Reply

    Given their stance on digital property rights, nothing could make an XBox One a must-buy for me, but another entry in the Awesome Transformers: Cybertron series, or a Batman: Arkham City-quality game for another DC hero (Aquaman!) would definitely encourage me to pick up a PS3. Heck, for that matter, a MUA 1 style DC game would do the same. Everything else I love I’ll be quite happy to play on the PC or my existing console for the foreseeable future.

    • June 15, 2013 at 1:15 pm — Reply

      Also, I too would like to see a Legion of Superheroes game, Matthew. An MUA or Freedom Force style outing would be a lot of fun. In fact, you CAN play the Legion of Superheroes in Freedom Force, if you like:
      http://frp.unlimited2.net/mods/
      But an official game would certainly be welcomed!

  4. Harry Yak
    June 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm — Reply

    Critical Hit the role playing game! Sounds like I’m doing some “brown nosing” but I would so play the heck out of that!

  5. Michael Kiser
    June 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm — Reply

    A sequel to Star Wars Republic Commando would definitely make me buy whatever console I don’t end up with. Also if the next Mass Effect or Dragon Age ended up being exclusive that would force me to buy whichever console they ended up on.

    Yay for new technology!

  6. June 15, 2013 at 10:05 pm — Reply

    A Transformers semi-MMO (or similar multiplayer open world game) where you can actually customize your Transformer (the official MMO that isn’t really an MMO doesn’t have that, at least aside from weapon upgrades). Sure, there would only probably be a few base choices, but then you could earn/unlock upgrades, customize color schemes and at least have a few more options than playing on a team where half the other team members look exactly like you

    An advanced version of Pokemon Conquest.

    A Digimon RPG reminiscent of the first few anime where you have a single Digimon partner per human character (although it could become several Digimon via digivolution trees, armor digivolution, etc.).

    A Gokaiger RPG where you collect Ranger Keys rather than armor/weapons (and maybe there could be bonus DLC with Kamen Rider and Metal Heroes keys from the Super Hero Taisen films).

    Twi’lek Beach Volleyball (because I can’t get enough scantily clad Twi’lek girls).

  7. Samuel
    June 21, 2013 at 11:31 am — Reply

    My first and only real choice would be Smash Bros. This is a game that I could play for hours a day and never get tired of it. Adding that it has put me off on any other fighting game and that I have friends and a girlfriend who are not into Nintendo or video games but will play this game just as long is I can.

    If Pokemon ever wants to create a giant all region spanning game with…You know what I’d just buy that game and take it as a first step into something bigger and better.

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