Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Classics for the DS

There are a bunch of older 'classic' titles that should be ported onto the DS, such classic titles include everything from FPS to RPG's. I've been looking at my 'vintage' gaming collection and have found a couple of games that definitely would work well on the DS and should be ported.

So lets get to it,

Half-Life: This is a no brainer, Half-Life is a classic FPS title that will work with the DS, Metroid Prime Hunters has already proven that FPS games are almost as accurate as keyboard and mouse with a touchscreen and D-Pad. Half-Life is also a real classic, I think if it were to be released on the DS it would find its niche in the older gamer audience who would be playing it while out on the run.

Command and Conquer, Warcraft 2: Two pioneers in RTS titles, there dated graphics yet addictive gameplay should definitely give them a new lease on life on the DS.

MechWarrior 2: While MechAssault on the DS wasn't tii bad an experience it lacked the depth of MechWarrior 2. What made MechWarrior 2 so popular was its extremely deep mechanics, you'd find yourself adjusting what weapons, rate of fire, amongst other things, all from inside the cockpit. MechAssault didn't do the touchscreen justice due to its shallower mechanics, MechWarrior 2 can and will if given the chance on the DS.

Star Wars X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter: As deep as Mechwarrior 2 (re-route all power to front shields) and as realistic Star Wars fighter sim as you can get, even today it has yet to be surpassed in terms of sheer depth. Star Wars buffs and even average fans should be salivating for this already.

Grim Fandango: The DS is supposed to be the savior of adventure games, make it so Lucas! Exploit this chance to bring back Grim Fandango, the graphics are timeless, the gameplay is impressive and if anything this is what the DS was made for. Bring back this classic!

System Shock 2: I want to yelp in fear on a bus full of oily skinned and pimple faced kids.

Diablo 2, Baldur's Gate: Classic dungeon hack and slash fun, these game ran off the mouse and with the DS it can do so off the touch screen. The DS is just crying for a long term epic adventure and these two games would be great to deliver on that.

Unreal Tournament: I've heard of complaints that Metroid Prime Hunters' MP component is just an Unreal Tournament rip off, quite frankly I don't see where the complaint comes in. I recall the sheer thrill I got when for the first time like out of some sort of action movie I jumped out of a helicopter onto a speeding train, or stormed the beaches then looking back seeing my friends getting blown up to pieces. Granted the DS probably wouldn't be able to handle the larger levels from Unreal Tournament I think the smaller maps would still be more than adequate to be ported over to the DS.

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