Here is an idea for a video game: The first scene begins in a laboratory. Scientists have found a way to reanimate dead tissue or “cure” a serious disease. But — oh no — something has gone terribly wrong, and now their subjects begin to eat them.
Sound familiar? That’s because this is basically the plot to 95% of the action/shooter games on the market right now.
I know I’ve said this before, but I am sick and tired of zombie games. Those feelings have only intensified.
In the last two weeks four zombie titles were released. We are in the 2015 dead zone — that low point in the year when hardly any new games are released and what does come out are all zombie games.
It started two weeks ago with the early access release of “H1Z1,” Sony Online Entertainment’s answer to open-world zombie title “DayZ.” About a week and a half ago, Capcom released a remastered version of “Resident Evil,” one of the first zombie titles ever. Finally, this week saw the release of Dead Island franchise spinoff “Dying Light” and the zombie-infested Havoc expansion for “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” complete with John Malkovich as a butt-kicking janitor.
I am sure these games are fine, and I know there is a great demand for anything to do with zombies right now. But there has to be something else out there that gamers can blow to pieces.
This is the obvious choice. With the “Jurassic World” film coming out this year, the world is ripe for some sort of dinosaur game.
It is time to remake “Turok.” The comic book-inspired dinosaur hunting game was undervalued on the Nintendo 64, and the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 remake hardly did the original justice. Remaster the first game, or reboot the series — just make “Turok” happen.
I would even settle for another “Dino Crisis,” Capcom’s weird survival horror franchise.
Classic horror monsters
The world will get a little taste of old-school horror monsters in “The Order: 1886,” but I think we could benefit from hunting down classic villains.
I think vampire hunting would be especially rewarding. I am not necessarily asking them to make a decent video game version of the Marvel anti-hero Blade. Wait, yes I am. Someone make a good Blade game.
I would also play an honest Van Helsing game, where players could hunt Frankenstein, werewolves and Dracula.
If you too feel the need to hunt 19th century monsters, check out the trailer for “Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age.” It looks great, but its development company is on shaky financial ground. We may never see it in the flesh.
If developers are short on ideas, they need only look through thousands of years of regional history.
I would definitely be interested in a game where modern or period characters took on Greek, Norse or Egyptian gods and creatures. Maybe even a mix of several mythologies?
The Egyptian creature catalog is especially interesting. I am shocked no one has made an Egyptian shooter similar to “The Mummy.” Hollywood is rebooting the film series, so let’s get a decent game out of it, too.
Fairy tale characters
We all grew up on watered-down Disney fairy tales. Most of the original stories are actually quite gruesome. In the first versions of Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf or werewolf eats both the grandmother and Red. In the original Little Mermaid, she almost stabs the prince to death.
Let’s make some of those into video games.
M. Night Shyamalan creatures
It’s time to finally put an end to the ridiculous creatures in M. Night Shyamalan movies.
I want to hunt down the talking plants in “The Happening,” the aliens in “Signs,” the ghosts in “The Sixth Sense,” and — the worst villain of all — modern society in “The Village.”
Actually, I’d really enjoy playing a game in which the main character’s only goal is to march on Capitol Hill and demand legislation barring M. Night Shyamalan from ever making another film. I would back that Kickstarter in a heartbeat.