BioWare, the creators of Mass Effect and Dragon Age have placed their RPG spin on Sonic the Hedgehog and Star Wars in a triumphant fashion. They appreciated the original lore from the franchises they have worked on and there are still many franchises out there to bring their story based gameplay. Here are the Top 3 Franchises BioWare Should Work On Next.
3. Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy XIII was linear and Jim Sterling, from Destructoid, like many other gamers believe “the story is terrible, but the dialog is worse. An average conversation in Final Fantasy XIII goes like this: “Pulse, Cocoon, L’Cie, Fal’sie, Focus, Focus, Focus.” Over and over again, the same stupid words.” BioWare is known for its fantastic conversation trees and story so why not have Square Enix join alongside this fabled developer? They did try to have dialog choices in Final Fantasy XIII-2 but they had no effect on the story at all. BioWare can fix this issue for Square-Enix. This isn’t as absurd as some may believe because Crystal Dynamics, the American developers behind Tomb Raider, drew the concept art for Agni’s Philosophy (Square’s 2012 Tech Demo). A joint collaboration between arguably the two most important figureheads of RPG gaming for this console generation can be an excellent showing of Final Fantasy’s potential for next generation consoles.
2. Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra
Yes, this franchise is a cartoon on Nickelodeon but Avatar: The Last Airbender has a deep story attached to it. In the Legend of Korra, there is a war between both benders (people who can gain control of the world’s elements) and n0n-benders. There would be five different classes between Earth, Fire, Air, Water and Non-Bending and in addition to that, Avatar has a large amount of source material to work with for its classes and attributes. The combat system would work like Batman: Arkham City, when the main character has to battle multiple enemies and use special attacks to extend combos. Avatar also has an emphasis on character development, which is a massive component of many BioWare RPG’s. This company would be able to create the perfect Airbender/Korra video game and now that THQ do not wish to develop these tie in games anymore, EA can obtain the licenses. Make family friendly games fun, BioWare! There is an expansive audience for Avatar who are craving for a great game based on their favorite franchise so make it happen! If Batman and Star Wars can have interesting gaming experiences, so can Avatar.
1. Harry Potter
Throughout the span of all the Harry Potter video games, they have always met mediocrity. Fans are craving for a deep Harry Potter experience rather than a third person shooter so why not have a Harry Potter RPG created by BioWare? Being your own character within Hogwarts would be amazing as you learn spells, choose your classes and explore the grounds. The game could either follow the plot of the films or would be based after the war against Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. During the beginning of the game, your character gets sorted by the “Sorting Hat” as you answer questions given by it. Determining by what you answer, you get hoisted into any of the four houses. Think of all the possibilities within JK Rowling’s Wonderful World of Harry Potter with BioWare’s influence. With multiple endings and scenarios which occur from your choices, this game could be something remarkable. Potter fans do not want a Kinect or the Wonderbook experience attached to their cherished franchise; they want to be immersed in the lore, the characters and have an adventure in Hogwarts with their own customized character.
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