I'm a pretty hardcore gamer. I logged more than 200 hours on Xenoblade before grudgingly beating the game. I like massive environments, compelling drama, epic repercussions of adventures, and just in general all the celebrations of the technology and art that make up modern gaming.
I'm also passionately addicted to playing the LEGO series. Let me explain...
If you're an adult with, like, pens and clipboards and stuff at work, sometimes you really don't have the energy to spend on the video-game equivalent of Atlas Shrugged. That's one of the reasons retro-gaming is still so big with people in their 30s and 40s. Being an adult often leaves you wanting to be more like a kid at the end of the day. The LEGO games are that perfect combination of childhood whimsy and ease, combined with puzzles and geekery.
My only complaint is that the games frankly haven't expanded enough. Batman, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings are fine, but there are franchises that scream to enter the series. Like...
James Bond: The video game world pats itself on the back constantly for Goldeneye, as well it should because that game is still one of the best. Here's the thing: That's not an excuse never to make another good Bond game. Considering the fierce competition in the first-person shooter genre, maybe switching over to LEGO is a more viable option. You've got a cast of thousands to choose from, gadgets galore and all kinds of fascinating locales. Plus, there is not a single person on the planet who didn't just think about how fun it would be to kill LEGO bad guys with Odd Job's hat.
The Goonies: The fact that in the current world of '80s nostalgia no one has resurrected The Goonies seems like some sort of clerical error. It remains one of the most beloved of all childhood adventures, and the NES adaptation was actually pretty amazing. A LEGO Goonies taking us through booby-trapped caves, gangster hideouts and pirate ships would be the perfect way to relive the film. If there is a loving God, unlockable characters would include Cyndi Lauper.Flashback Imagine Rigney Turns Bioshock into Lego Reality
Star Trek: This is really a no-brainer. LEGO Star Wars has been a massive success, and don't tell me that nobody is allowed to control Star Wars and Star Trek at the same time because J.J. Abrams proves that wrong. Star Trek has always been more in keeping with the play of LEGO games anyway, especially the classic series. And yes, this is me publicly advocating for Kirk and Riker to have the ability to seduce alien enemies to get past them.
The Simpsons: The Simpsons has never really had a very good video game adaptation (I still say Bart's Nightmare was a plot to get us all to secretly hate the series). With a well-known but much varied world, as well as one of the largest casts of characters ever developed, you could easily re-create the best episodes as interactive adventures or make all-new ones. An open-world version of Springfield alone would entice pretty much any fan, and since the LEGO games aren't necessarily reliant on voice acting, you could offer a host of the celebrity cameos.
This one is closer than you might think. It was recently announced that LEGO and 20th Century Fox have been in talks about collaborating on a Simpsons project.
Doctor Who: A little while back, I was lamenting the fact that making a great Doctor Who video game was more or less impossible without reverting to the types of games that they don't really make in the mainstream anymore. In doing so, I completely forgot how well the 50 years of Time Lord history would fit as a LEGO game! You've already got the Character Building line models to start from and more than 200 television stories to use as settings. As with The Simpsons, this means we could also play as the Doctors who are no longer with us since their voice talents aren't required. Give the 3DS port the option to activate Dalek lasers by screaming, "EXTERMINATE!" and you're pretty much just printing your own money at that point.
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