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Five Games That Need To Be On Xbox Live and PlayStation Network
The Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network store have become perfect opportunities for game companies to re-release their most popular titles from the past. Many classics have seen new life breathed into them by the two online marketplaces, and for some it’s an excuse to play that which they had missed the first time around (like me with Beyond Good and Evil).
However, for all of the excellent titles that are currently in these digital download shops, there are a few games that have yet to see the return to glory that they deserve. I’ve always wondered why these games have yet to be transferred to the networks, as I know they’ll sell like hotcakes once they arrive. Here are my Five Games That Need To Be On Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.
Capcom vs SNK 2: Marvel vs Capcom 2 is downloadable. Street Fighter III is downloadable. Hell, Darkstalkers 3 is now downloadable. The only Capcom fighter missing is one of my favorites, Capcom vs SNK 2. Granted, getting permission from SNK Playmore might be an issue, but it shouldn’t be: why wouldn’t they want one of the most popular fighting games starring their characters to see release on a new line of consoles, allowing for a new breed of fans to enjoy it? Who knows, maybe the re-release of Capcom vs SNK 2 could lead to Capcom vs SNK 3 a la MvC2 and MvC3? Wishful thinking? Maybe, but new game or not I still want to re-live CvS2 on the digital front.
Tekken 3 PS1: Another example of “the other games are there, why not this one?” Only this time, the missing game is considered by many to be the best of the three! Tekken 3 was 3D fighting excellence on the original PlayStation. A giant roster, beautiful visuals (at the time), and full 60 frame-per-second brawling. When the fighting got old, there was Tekken Force (the Final Fight-style 2D side-scroller), Tekken Ball (volleyball with Tekken characters) and Tekken Bowl (bowling with Tekken!). Oh, and let’s not forget the mini orange dinosaur called Gon, the greatest selectable character ever. Tekken 3 is the quintessential Tekken game for PS1, so why isn’t it on PSN yet?
Deus Ex: Deux Ex: Human Revolution was one of the best games of last year, yet some gamers had no idea that it hearkened back to a classic. There’s no reason why the original Deus Ex wasn’t released on the digital marketplaces concurrent to DX:HR’s launch. That way, people could have familiarized themselves with the world of Deus Ex, the major players, and the storyline. Human Revolution references the previous game, but they’ve flown over the head of any players that didn’t play the original first. Luckily, this is an oversight that can be fixed, so I don’t see why we need to wait any longer. Put the original Deus Ex on Xbox Live and PSN. It’s been long enough.
Mega Man Legends: Alright, Capcom. You broke our hearts by cancelling Mega Man Legends 3. The wound should have healed, but it remains because there are no plans for anything Mega Man anything soon (at least that we know about). Throw us a bone and put the original Mega Man Legends on the PlayStation Network. We want to return to Kattelox Island. We want to reprise the role of Mega Man Volnutt, the treasure hunting digger. We miss the Bonnes, Data, and Juno. Hell, some of us want to kick the can around Apple Market for hours on end. Please Capcom, I’m begging you, give us SOMETHING. It would go a long way to winning people back.
Derby Owners Club: World Edition: Ever been to Dave and Buster’s? Ever see the horse racing game that gives players cards to save their horses on? That is Derby Owner’s Club World Edition, and it would be one hell of a good time on Xbox Live and PSN. Think about it: create your own horses, train them, and race them just you do in the arcades, only this time your horses are on your hard drive, NOT on cards, and you’re racing your friends over the Internet. There are plenty of people who watch the Triple Crown or play this game in the arcades that would LOVE the opportunity to play it at home. I don’t know why it hasn’t been done already, but I wish it would be soon.
These are just five games I could think of that would have a happy home on the digital marketplaces. I’m sure I missed something, so tell me what YOU want to see in the future. I’m all ears.