In this era of tablets and portable devices…in a world where the Pokemon games where so popular for so long, way past the time of the 16 bit consoles…I think the we deserve a game ala Shining Force 2. I don’t know how strong the brand is though, and how viable it is to use that name anymore… but whatever… I just want to see a game like SF2 and I think with the right direction it would actually sell and be really well receive. I think it’s the sort of genre that with the right people, could really make a hit. I can’t think of a sane person that would not enjoy SF2. If they do exist…I have to learn who they are so I can cross the street to avoid them.
Aside from that my favourites from back then where the Sonic games (now we have Sonic Mania which was awesome…more to come I’m sure), SoR, Shinobi and Golden Axe (yes I played those 3 game cartidriges until my hands started bleeding too). All three IPs are super cool.
On paper Golden Axe The Duel was, for me, a good direction to take the series in. I still haven’t played that game after all these years (even though I love some of the soundtrack). Maybe the SRPG ala SF2 could be set in the Golden Axe world?hmmm
Sega should have thought of something like Ninja Gaiden (Xbox) for Shinobi. I think I’d take Shinobi into 3D rather than 2D. (I know they have, but what I’ve seen of the PS2 game didn’t do it for me). The 3DS 2.5D scroller seems neat…I don’t know…I’d make a 2D Shinobi like some sort of Comix Zone take on it…more like a graphic novel feel…They really need Yuzo Koshiro with the music though. These games are nothing without that music setting the right tone. Capturing those moment s when you fight Spiderman or Terminator without feeling cheesy is a tricky thing in this era of realism.