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It’s easy to write off a video game based on a TV show as a company’s way to cash in on the property. While not all of the games in the list below do that, most of them do. That’s a shame.
Multiple video games exist for the five shows below – but we think they can do better. A lot better.
Battlestar Galactica (2004 series)
What we have: Not much. A simplistic shooter was released on Xbox Live Arcade and then later pulled from the platform. A free-to-play browser-based MMO also exists in addition to a mobile game, and all focus on space combat.
What we need: Mass Effect wouldn’t be a bad series to emulate. Running around a beautifully recreated Battlestar Galactica as Lieutenant Starbuck would be fun. Just hearing her yell “frak” at people might be enough, but the game could also allow players to have meaningful interactions with the show’s complex world. Dogfights can take a cue from Star Fox and have little heads pop up when pilots relay messages, except it won’t be of Slippy Toad screaming for mercy as he proves his worthlessness as a pilot.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
What we have: An assortment of terrible action games best left smoldering in the flames of one of the show’s fire benders. The games are so bad that people only remember the Xbox 360 version because it hands out 1,000 Gamerscore in less than five minutes for spamming the attack button.
What we need: An open-world action-RPG centered on exploration with cel-shaded graphics akin to Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. The world crafted in the show is easily one of the most interesting on television. There’d need to be a modest use of bending – no wave after wave of cheap enemies unless utilized in the show’s bigger set pieces. And sky bison Appa. For the uninitiated, Appa is a flying bison from the TV show. He helps the main characters travel the world and fight the evil fire nation. So basically he is too awesome to not be included.
What we have: Perhaps the best Amiga, Sega Genesis, Super NES and Nintendo Entertainment System games ever created. That last sentence is an outright lie; the NES version barely resembled the TV show, but the other versions did – just not very well.
What we need: This show screams Kinect game. As a downloadable title a new American Gladiators game could bring all the thrills of being a truly elite athlete right to your living room. Many of the show’s events like Joust or Hang Tough would make for a fun diversion on the Kinect. Sweaty, muscular gladiators are optional.
[Next up: deadly fishing and aliens]
Hey, I thought one of the avatar games for the original xbox was decent, but then again, I was kind of young when I played it...
I might even give up my Mega Man lust if I could have a proper Avatar: LLA/LOK game. Super mega bonus points (money for you, developer!) if it's an action RPG.
Ben 10, desperately needs a good videogame.
I've been thinking a lot about an Avatar game lately, and I think Louis hit it on the head pretty well. Perhaps a BioWare-style action RPG would be best. Some decision making would be a neat touch, especially if the player is an authoritative figure.
However, some co-op element would be awesome so players could pick benders of different nations and specialities. This would allow for interesting element combinations, e.g. fire + water can create steam to mask movements, air can add velocity to earth projectiles, lightning could add to metal attacks, etc.
I would be SO pumped for something like that.
A good Avatar game would almost assuredly be a day one buy for me. Perhaps one that spans four generations. The different avatar's nationalities could come into play as unique combos and abilities, and it would be cool to see the world change as time goes on. ARPG sounds perfect for the series by the way.
Doctor Who has games a lot like Telltale's stuff. Appropriately, they're called "Doctor Who: The Adventure Games". And they're pretty good.
Totally agreed re: Avatar and Doctor Who. I've said exactly the same to friends. If only! And not that Firefly ever got a game, besides the rumored one, but man alive an RPG of that would be fantastic. Or heck, even a Telltale game would do if you want the game to be only about the Serenity crew. But a full out RPG with the ability to create your own new character in that universe would be preferable. And maybe you experience one mission with the crew? Or maybe you become part of their crew? I feel like that'd be more limiting, though. So yeah -- just one mission, and then maybe a final one as a revisit, would be cool. Especially if it had to do with Niska. He could, appropriately so, be the "big bad".
Crab racing game sounds like a winner to me.
Don't know much about the other shows (although I've been considering watching Battlestar Galactica) but I completely agree with the Avatar statement. I still have the first game and I still don't know what I was thinking when I bought it.
Game of Thrones should never be a video game, unless you like the idea of killing horses and playing sex mini-games on a frequent basis. The elements of the story are so anti-Lord of the Rings, you can't possibly plot a video game out of them.
I do enjoy the Point-and-Click idea for Doctor Who, though. It'd be like the classic 4 or 6 part stories that William Hartnell started.