Scooby-doo  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Scooby-doo  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 10 Franchises Telltale Games Should Tackle https://www.gameskinny.com/p8erc/10-franchises-telltale-games-should-tackle https://www.gameskinny.com/p8erc/10-franchises-telltale-games-should-tackle Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:10:05 -0400 Curtis Dillon

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1. Harry Potter

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And here we are, the number one franchise that Telltale Games should tackle. This is one I didn't actually see thrown around all that much, but it makes so much sense and fits the tone of Telltale Games perfectly.

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When this game takes place is the only sticking spot for me, because the books cover every single aspect of Harry's life -- except for the boring summer vacations. However I wouldn't be at all opposed to a series that simply retells the story of the books, with season one being the first book. Or maybe we play as a completely random student at Hogwarts who only sees the boy who lived in passing. Either way, I would be one very happy muggle!

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The Harry Potter universe is an amazing one that would look beautiful with Telltale's cel-shaded art. And the likelihood of this actually happening? Well, EA still owns the rights to the license, but the studio that made the Harry Potter movie tie-in games was shut down after the final movie/game. Since then, EA has been completely silent about the future of the IP, but that's a big name to just leave dormant. I don't think this one is all that unlikely, but it requires EA's agreement, as does Star Wars. Come on EA!

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What franchises would you like to see Telltale take a crack at? Let me know down in the comments!

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Honourable Mentions:

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  • Supernatural
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  • The 100
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  • Doctor Who
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  • Sherlock
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  • Dune
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  • Law & Order
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  • Star Trek
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  • Firefly
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  • X-Files
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  • Scott Pilgrim
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  • Sons of Anarchy
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2. Star Wars

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I think of all the suggestions I've seen thrown around of Telltale's official forums, Star Wars is the most commonly requested. I can't say that's surprising -- Star Wars is an amazing franchise, one that is now more relevant than ever and can fit into any genre and type of game/movie/TV show.

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We've only gotten one Star Wars game since EA bought the license from LucasArts in 2013, although Lego The Force Awakens is on the horizon. So Telltale would have to get the rights from EA, a company that is very protective of the franchise but seems willing to lend the license when it makes sense and will be handled well. Which is exactly how Telltale would treat the IP.

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I'm not even going to try and pitch the story, setting, or characters for this particular game, because Star Wars is an endless well of possibilities. Maybe it's a Han Solo game, an Anakin Skywalker game, or a Boba Fett game. Heck, maybe it's a Watto game. I have no idea, but I do know that whatever it is, it would sell in the millions.

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The best thing about this pitch is that it's the only one that Telltale has actually stated it would love to get its hands on. Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner said in a Reddit question that:

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"...coming from LucasArts we have so many people here that love Star Wars and have worked with the license so that would be a great fit and very cool."

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Of all the suggestions in this list, this is the one that I truly believe is more a matter of time.

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6. Halloween/Nightmare on Elm Street/etc.

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Up until a year ago, I would never have envisioned Telltale making a horror series. Sure they've done The Walking Dead, but I mean real, true horror with jump scares and serious tension. Enter Until Dawn. Sony's surprise hit of 2015 showed that interactive gaming meshes incredibly well with horror, and in doing so many claimed Supermassive Games bested Telltale and Quantic Dream at their own game. And I reckon Telltale probably took notice.

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The difference with Telltale is that it can get the rights to an iconic horror franchise. If Telltale wants to apply its style of interactive, episodic gaming to the horror genre, it could do so with Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Jason Vorhees, Chucky, or even The Crow. Any of those characters would make for an amazing game, although The Crow would certainly demand a different type of game.

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Play as an innocent teenage girl (or something less cliché) as Michael Myers stalks you around your suburban paradise. Or a Nightmare On Elm Street series could take you to all sorts of locales with the iconic dream sequences - Telltale could have lots of fun with those. Basically, there is a wide spectrum of horror characters that Telltale could opt to play with, and I am certain it would be a big success.

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9. Dragon Ball

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Dragon Ball is a hugely popular franchise that has seen a resurgence in recent years, as has anime in general. Dragon Ball is the very best anime has to offer -- with hilarious, lovable characters, insane action, unique aesthetic, and love-to-hate bad guys. There's a huge well of story and characters to draw upon here, and Telltale could flourish.

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I say Dragon Ball, but I'm not implying it has to be the original series. I would be just as happy with Z, but I think the original would be an easier feat, considering it has far fewer crazy action scenes. That being said, the more serious tone of Dragon Ball Z would probably suit Telltale better.

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I would obviously love to play as one of the iconic characters, be it Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Bulma, or someone out of left field, like Bardock. But Telltale could also create a completely original character who only crosses paths with Goku. If Telltale were able to get legendary artist Akira Toriyama on board, I think this could be something very special!

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4. Psycho

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"We all go a little mad sometimes."  And you might think I'm a little mad for pitching Psycho as a 5 episode interactive game but, truth be told, I'm not so much thinking Psycho as I am Bates Motel.

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If you have not seen Bates Motel, a series I cannot recommend highly enough, I'll give you the elevator pitch. A young Norman Bates and his mother, Norma, buy the rundown motel just outside of White Pine Bay. Norman isn't a psycho just yet, he's just a shy high school student, but he is showing some tendencies. The town of White Pine Bay is every bit as corrupt as Norman's mind -- with drugs, bad cops, and evil businessmen. Isn't that perfect for Telltale?

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Maybe we play as Norman as he struggles with his inner demons. Or maybe we play as Norma, who has to cover up her son's antics while trying to make something of herself in the bizarre little town. Or maybe we play as Norman's brother, Dylan, who also has to cover up for Norman, deal with their crazy mother, as well as make money by operating a drug farm. Any of those would be fascinating choices, and there are even more options than that. Maybe this is a more personal choice, but I really think it would make for a fascinating, and very different, type of Telltale game.

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5. Fallout

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Now this one might seem really out of left field, but it's a lot less so than Minecraft: Story Mode -- and that worked surprisingly well. A Fallout series, I think, would be a perfect fit for the Telltale treatment.

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My pitch for this series would be for it to start pre-war, and you get warning that the bombs are incoming. You then would have to find shelter, but make dire consequences as to who can join you. This would immediately separate it from the Bethesda Fallout games, because it would be much more serious and emotional, and wouldn't place you in a Vault.

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Maybe episode one ends with the bomb dropping, and the rest of the series is about you coping with the new world. Or, maybe the entire 5 episodes are preparing for the bombs to drop, with season 2 then being post-war. Whatever the story, I'm sure Telltale and Bethesda could come up with something really interesting that gives us a new way to view the world of Fallout, while staying true to the series.

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3. The Godfather

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This one pretty much writes itself. The Godfather is a hugely popular franchise, but I guess it might have a more niche appeal than many of the other choices in this list. The last film came out in 1990, almost 30 years ago, and the two games that came in the past decade were good, but didn't sell huge numbers. That being said, I think The Godfather would be an amazing fit.

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So much like 2006's The Godfather on PS2, I imagine playing as a brand new initiate who must rise the ranks in Don Corleone's "family". You would go out and interrogate perps, persuade shop owners to give protection money, manage various rackets, and, of course, whack some dudes. All while dealing with the pressures of being part of a crime syndicate.

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If you've seen The Godfather, or any gangster flick, you can see why this would make for a thrilling video game. Imagine the web of lies you would have to manage in order to stay one step ahead, and the horrible things you would have to do in order to ascend. Once again, it writes itself.

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7. The Simpsons

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It's been a long time since we've gotten a proper game based on The Simpsons. The last game came almost a decade ago and was pretty decent. Before that we had Hit & Run, which was an awesome game that followed the GTA craze of the time period and gave us an open world with car theft. I think we're long overdue for a great game about America's best family, and Telltale could pull it off.

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We could obviously play as Homer, and that would be fine, or it could follow the template I set for Scooby-Doo, and let us play as each Simpson throughout the five episodes. One reason I love the idea of The Simpsons being episodic is that we could get a Treehouse of Horror episode, and a Christmas episode, helping reflect the show and vary the look of the episodes.

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I won't try to pitch a plot for the series because, as South Park pointed out, The Simpsons has done it all. So whatever it's about, be it Sideshow Bob, Mr. Burns, Kang & Kodos, a giant dome, or something more meta, I'm totally down for a return to Springfield, Telltale-style!

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8. BioShock

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BioShock is an amazing game series that is chock full of story, zany characters, creepy atmosphere, and political/societal undertones. What more do you need to make a Telltale Games series?

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The first assumption would be to have the game take place in the BioShock we know from the first two games. But I would far rather go a little further back and base the series on John Shirley's prequel novel, Rapture. Now I know a lot of video game tie-in novels are fairly forgettable, but Rapture is the opposite of that -- it's essential reading for any BioShock fan.

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The novel begins with Andrew Ryan in New York as he is informed of the bombing of Hiroshima. This is the final straw for Ryan, who decides to put all of his fortune into building a new city under the sea. Ryan hires a man named Bill McDonagh to oversee the plumbing of the city, and this is the protagonist of the novel. It's a fantastic novel that I implore everyone to read, as it features the literal rise and fall of Rapture. We get to see it be built, function, and thrive as a city and society, then succumb to inequality, greed, claustrophobia, and the lure of Plasmids.

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Setting a game in this amazing time period of Rapture would be the perfect bookend to the Rapture arc. Rapture is a setting that, having been in three video games, has been explored a ton, but it's so rich with depth that there is plenty room for more.

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10. Scooby-Doo

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I want to start with this one because I've already written at length as to why I believe this would make a fantastic Telltale game. If you don't want to read that article -- though you should 'cause it's pretty great -- I can sum it up for you.

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The season would consist of 5 episodes, as usual, with each episode featuring a different playable member of Mystery, Inc. Episode 1 might start off with a fan-favorite like Shaggy. The next episodes would move on to Daphne, Fred, and Velma. Episode 5 would have you playing as Scooby while all the other teens are captured. The first four episodes would feature contained mysteries, but with an overarching mystery slowly developing and culminating in this last episode.

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Everything about Scooby-Doo lends itself to the Telltale formula, from the art style to the various well-known characters, as well as the crime-solving aspect. These two are a perfect match in my eyes, and I really hope this one happens -- though I won't be holding my breath.

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This is a list that many people, including myself, having been throwing around for years now. Ever since Telltale's The Walking Dead became a mega-hit, people have tried to guess what might be next. Part of the intrigue stems from the fact that no other developer makes adventure games based on well-known franchises, and because of that we all want our personal favorite franchises to be tackled next.

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There are several properties that I've longed for Telltale to get its hands on, including Dexter -- though I think the ship has sailed on my serial killer friend (so it won't be on this list). I'm also still clinging on to the very faint hope of The Wolf Among Us Season 2, but it seems Telltale is constantly finding new, bigger properties. So we're unlikely to see Bigby Wolf make a return.

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Like I said, everyone has their personal choices, and I've given a few honorable mentions to those I saw lobbied for most by fans on Telltale's official forums. But at the end of the day, this list is primarily my own picks -- although I left a few out for failing to see how it could possibly work (like a WWE game). So not even I can justify some choices.

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Without further ado, let the games begin!

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5 Franchises We Want to See in Lego Dimensions https://www.gameskinny.com/ijtsb/5-franchises-we-want-to-see-in-lego-dimensions https://www.gameskinny.com/ijtsb/5-franchises-we-want-to-see-in-lego-dimensions Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:09:03 -0500 Venisia Gonzalez

We are all huge fans of the Lego games that come into our lives to offer a little humor and a lot of fun. From franchise-specific games to Lego Dimensions, Lego characters have a place in our hearts. It's also obvious the developers love them as well.

Lego Dimensions currently features wonderful characters from fourteen franchises. You'll find DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The Lego Movie, The Wizard of Oz, Portal 2, Lego Ninjago, Lego Legends of Chima, Jurassic World, Doctor Who, The Simpsons, Ghostbusters, Scooby-Doo, Back to the Future, and Midway Arcade.

But there are always more characters just waiting to be added. Here are our picks for franchises that would make great additions to Lego Dimensions.

Harry Potter

Warner Bros. has brought the wonderful world of Harry Potter to life in Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7. Who can say it wouldn't fit perfectly in Lego Dimensions? Many fans are hoping their favorite beloved characters make their way into the game.

Characters like:

  • Harry Potter
  • Hermione Granger
  • Ron Weasley
  • Sirius Black
  • Professor Dumbledore
  • Professor Snape
  • Lord Voldemort

Marvel Universe

With games like Lego Superheroes and Lego Marvel Avengers, fitting these characters into Dimension seems like a no-brainer. There are already characters from the DC Universe, so why not add Marvel?

Imagine having Batman and Ironman, or Frodo and Hulk being required to work together against the forces of Lord Vortech. Imagine the back-and-forth dialogue between The Doctor and Tony Stark. That alone would have me in stitches thinking about the ultimate Sumo wrestling of brain power.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

These Kung Fu, pizza-eating, mutated turtles are the ultimate in fun. Since the 1980s, they have captured the heart of fans young and older. The Lego Multiverse just seems incomplete without the TMNT teaming up to protect the Twelve Foundational Elements.

We'd love to see some of the great characters from the series, such as:

  • Donatello
  • Michaelangelo
  • Leonardo
  • Raphael
  • Splinter
  • Shredder
  • April O'Neil
  • Casey Jones
  • Karai

Lord Vortech would have a run for his money with Shredder and the Foot Clan in a bid for control.

Plants vs. Zombies

Plants vs. Zombies is such a beloved series. This adorable Walking Dead of gardening has found its way from mobile to consoles, to even comics by Paul Tobin. Any of the hilarious characters would be fun to see as an addition.

Characters such as:

  • Sunflower
  • Disco Zombie
  • Chomper
  • Zombie Yeti
  • Gatling Peashooter
  • Dr. Zomboss

Firefly

Firefly is a cult favorite by Joss Whedon. This science-fiction/western didn't last long on air, but stayed forever in the hearts of fans. Fitting in the beloved characters, prior to Serenity, would definitely make Lego Dimensions a must-buy on principal!

Character favorites include:

  • Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds
  • Zoe Washburne
  • River Tam
  • Kaywinnet Lee "Kaylee" Frye
  • Jayne Cobb
  • Hoban "Wash" Washburne

How you'd like a Firefly-class spaceship—anyone?

What do you think of our suggestions? Do you have any recommendations for franchises that you'd like to see in Lego Dimensions? Let us know in the comments.

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10 famous vehicles that should join Rocket League https://www.gameskinny.com/b54m8/10-famous-vehicles-that-should-join-rocket-league https://www.gameskinny.com/b54m8/10-famous-vehicles-that-should-join-rocket-league Wed, 18 Nov 2015 06:19:15 -0500 Curtis Dillon

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I think many of us would be happy if any of those ten legendary vehicles made their way into Rocket League. Sure, there would be licensing issues and design complications, but we can dream!

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The Delorean has given us all hope that we may someday see more famous vehicles brought to Rocket League, and the Delorean has proved the gamers will throw money at Psyonix should that occasion arise.

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Which car would you most like to see come to Rocket League? I personally am torn between the Batmobile(s) and the Wacky Races contraptions. Let us know which you love the most, and any we may have left off!

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1. The Batmobile

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But of course, what else were you expecting?

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The Batmobile, whatever iteration, is easily the most famous vehicle of all time. It's the most iconic car ever because it's awesome. Even going back to the '60s with the Adam West Batmobile, it's still a really cool looking car.

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As was the case with the Wacky Races cars, I would love to see all of the Batmobile iterations come in a pack. I mean, I'm pretty sure a lot of people would pay through the nose to get 5-6 versions of the Dark Knight's ride. I think at least one version of the Batmobile is entirely possible in Rocket League's future, and I for one will be there on day 1 to get my hands on it.

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Honorable Mentions:

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  • Tour Car (Jurassic Park)
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  • Fred Flintstone's car
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2. The Mystery Machine

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And coming in at number 2 on the list is the Mystery Machine. Who else but those meddling kids?! And their dumb dog?!

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The Mystery Machine is just about as iconic as it gets, and it has all the makings of a Rocket League vehicle. A nice, practical shape, simple but recognisable paint job, and lots of potential for rocket trails, toppers, and sound effects. This bad-boy could have bats flying out of the tail-pipe, or Scooby Snacks, or just psychedelic flowers!

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Honestly, this is one I would not be surprised to see actually show up someday and, as a genuinely huge Scooby Doo fan, I would throw money at Psyonix.

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3. Lightning McQueen

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Lightning McQueen makes the 3rd spot on the list because of how well he would fit into the Rocket League roster, as well as the fact that it may be possible. Disney is fairly keen on sharing its properties when the circumstances are right, and Psyonix proved with the Delorean that only good can come from the cross-promotion. Also, 2017 will see the release of Cars 3, just sayin'.

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Lightning is a really cool-looking car that already has a cartoony art style that would look right at home alongside the other cars in Rocket League. He's sleek, fast, and always smiling, what more could you want?! 

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4. Wacky Races

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OK, so this might be cheating. I was going to just choose Dick Dastardly's badass rocket car but I remembered how much fun I had with Wacky Races: Starring Dastardly and Muttley on the PS2, and I realised I wanted them all.

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I'm aware how incredibly unlikely this one is but I would pay a stupid amount of money to get a Wacky Races DLC pack that included all of the cars above. Yes, it's another 11 vehicles, the same as the game launched with, but they are all so varied and fun. 

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I figured the licensing wouldn't be a massive issue considering how old the property is, but it turns out Cartoon Network plans to revive the series in 2016. Who knows, maybe this improves the chances. I just want Wacky Races to collide with Rocket League, maybe then Dastardly and Muttley could actually win!

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5. The Party Wagon

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You can almost create the Ninja Turtles' Party Wagon in Rocket League - there's a similarly shaped van, which you can make green and yellow, add the slime trail and the pizza hat, and there you have it! That being said, it isn't the real deal.

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It would be much more awesome if we could get the real Party Wagon, with shell roof, as seen above, as well as green rims and maybe even weapons attached. Of course, you could just replace the pizza hat with a pizza-slice topper. 

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6. Ecto-1

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When the Delorean was revealed, I imagine quite a few people immediately thought about the possibility of the famous Ecto-1, from Ghostbusters, finding its way into the game. Plus given that there is a new movie out next year, the time for Ghostbusters promotion is now!

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This car has all the makings of a Rocket League vehicle; it's oddly shaped, colourful, and has already established features. I'm sure the Ecto-1 is numero uno on many gamers wish lists, I mean c'mon, there's already a slime rocket trail!

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7. Herbie

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Herbie the Love Bug might seem like a surprise, weird addition to this list, but it's a recognisable car and a very possible one. There have been 5 Herbie movies, the most recent being the 2005 reboot with Lindsay Lohan, as well as several TV shows. Sure, you could argue that Herbie hasn't been really relevant since the 1970s - but the car is still iconic.

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Herbie is a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own. The movies were very much a product of their time, although still fun, but that means the rocket trail could be the flowers that already exists in the game, as well as having the music from the movies as the boost noise. Herbie would provide a nice classic (and real-life) vehicle to Rocket League.

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8. Star Wars Landspeeder

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As was the case with Optimus Prime, the Star Wars Landspeeder doesn't feature higher on the list because it seems logistically challenging. The Landspeeder flies, which presents a slight challenge to Psyonix; however, it wouldn't have to do much other than hover, as seen in the picture above.

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There are many different Landspeeders, including the more recognisable Anakin Skywalker one from The Phantom Menace. Any of them would be a welcome inclusion in the game, as well as offer a very different shape of vehicle. Not to mention, a Landspeeder would have a real nice swooshing sound when moving.

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9. 007 Aston Martin

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The James Bond Aston Martin is an iconic car but the DB5 that Sean Connery sleuthed around in is arguably the most famous. The only reason this beauty doesn't feature higher on the list is because it's a fairly standard-looking vehicle, which many of the rest are not.

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The fun thing about the Aston Martin is that it could have an oil slick, nail spreader, or smokescreen rocket trail. And of course, it would have to have the classic James Bond theme song playing when you boost. I don't think I need to say anything more.

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10. Optimus Prime

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OK, so this one comes in at number 10 simply because I believe it to be fairly impossible. From licensing issues to design complications, Optimus Prime finding his way into Rocket League seems very unlikely. That being said, this would be very near the top of the list if it were feasible.

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The biggest challenge in designing the legendary red and blue truck is the transforming. If you were to have Optimus Prime in the game you would want to see him turn into his two-legged gun-wielding form, but where would that fit into a match? There are no match intro/outro scenes, nor are there any goal celebrations. Optimus would be an awesome inclusion in Rocket League but one that I can't figure out, I'll leave that one up to the geniuses over at Psyonix.

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A little less than a month ago marked the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown travelled to in Back to the Future 2. To celebrate the occasion the guys behind Rocket League, Psyonix, gave players the opportunity to buy the famous time-travelling Delorean, and it turned out to be hugely popular.

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Ever since Rocket League released back in July, on PS4 (PS Plus) and PC, the game has been a runaway success. The last announced sales figure for Rocket League was 6 million, which put it alongside The Witcher 3. Think about that.

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So, it was no surprise that Psyonix could pull some strings and get a famous car like the Delorean. Now, that inclusion opens up the possibility for more cars being added to the already impressive roster. Rocket League had 11 cars available when it launched, but that number has increased to 16, thanks to DLC. New cars will continue to appear in Rocket League, and with a big update planned for December it seems that could be a good time for new additions.

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So far, however, the Delorean is the only famous vehicle to be included in the roster. Hopefully, things won't stay that way. There are many awesome movie vehicles that would fit perfectly into Rocket League. Read on and find out which ten would be most suited to join the Delorean.

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Telltale Games should make a Scooby-Doo episodic game next, here's why https://www.gameskinny.com/qd89q/telltale-games-should-make-a-scooby-doo-episodic-game-next-heres-why https://www.gameskinny.com/qd89q/telltale-games-should-make-a-scooby-doo-episodic-game-next-heres-why Wed, 21 Oct 2015 09:27:42 -0400 Curtis Dillon

Telltale Games is a leading developer in the games industry and the studio that revitalised the point-and-click genre. I won't bore you with the history of Telltale, you know what the studio does and why it has become so popular, but I do want to explain my reasoning before delving into the actual idea.

Telltale needs to make a Scooby-Doo game, and could get the rights.

First off, we all love Scooby-Doo. Everyone has been a big fan of the cartoon series at some point, be it the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? or A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, What's New, Scooby-Doo?, or even the lesser-known 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.

Telltale Games has a history of choosing fairly huge properties to make episodic seasons with. We all know and love The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, and the ongoing seasons for Game of ThronesTales from the Borderlands and Minecraft: Story Mode are very good, but Telltale also made a Back to the Future game, which was just re-released on PS4 and Xbox One, a Jurassic Park season, and a CSI series.

2017 will also see the release of a Telltale/Marvel game series, so it's no secret that Telltale is able to secure the rights to some pretty huge properties. This, of course, leads to a lot of speculation and theories as to which series the studio might take on next. Everyone has their dream property that they would like taken on, be it Star Wars, Doctor Who, Dexter (perfect fit), or Mass Effect, among many others.

A Scooby-Doo game from Telltale practically writes itself.

The two are a perfect fit with the mystery solving, the art-style, and the episodic format. I've always had this idea, but it was the animated series, Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated that made me realise exactly how it would work. If you haven't watched this particular iteration of the gang, I highly recommend it. Not simply because it's Scooby-Doo and all things Scooby-Doo are awesome but it's genuinely a very good show and, most importantly, it has a running plot.

Yes, for the first time ever a series of Scooby and the gang was not made up of random weekly episodes; it had a recurring plot that ran through every episode, building from the first episode right through the season. 

Mystery Incorporated sees the gang in their hometown of Crystal Cove, a small town in which an awful lot of ghosts and monsters seem to show up. The twist though is that the sheriff and Fred's father, the mayor, are aware of the goings-ons and try to discourage the gang from exposing the mysteries because they encourage tourism. All the while a presence, known only as Mister E. sends the gang confusing messages that hint at a much larger mystery that pre-dates them by many years.

If you haven't watched Mystery Incorporated, you should

What has this got to do with a Telltale game? Well, Mystery Incorporated showed us that Scooby Doo can be light-hearted and funny, while also having a larger plot that ties episodes together and being for all ages. Much like any great animated movie, there are jokes for the adults as well as the kids and the plot is just serious enough to make it grip you.

Telltale Games has some fantastic writers with a proven track record with both gravity and humor - The Walking Dead and Tales from the Borderlands represent both ends of the spectrum, respectively. And their most recent work on Minecraft: Story Mode has shown that the studio can inject life and characters into an iconic world that millions are familiar with. I have full faith that the team could write Scooby-Doo and make it appeal to everyone.

To be or not to be, 5 episodes

Telltale usually goes with the 5-episode a season format (besides Game of Thrones' 6) and I think that would suit Scooby-Doo perfectly. Similarly to Game of Thrones, there could be multiple playable characters, one for each episode.

So, each episode would have one playable character and a mystery. Episodes 1-4 would center on these mysteries but feature a growing thread of a larger mystery, which would culminate in the final episode.

In episode 1 you would play as Shaggy and, once the gang inevitably split up, he would have to lure the monster into the trap. Then episode 2 you play as Velma and it's up to you to figure out who the culprit is. In every episode, you play as a member who has a different role in the group, making each mystery feel diverse.

The final episode would of course be all about Scooby: maybe he gets completely separated from the gang and must do everything on his own to solve the mystery and reunite the meddling kids.

That's just a rough idea for how it could work with the episodic format and multiple playable characters. Game of Thrones has been a good series for Telltale but the multiple playable characters has left me feeling much less attached to the characters. I would care so much more for Rodrick, Asher, or Mera if I spent more time with them, as opposed to 20 minutes every episode.

Imagine how much less meaningful the relationship between Lee and Clementine would be if that story was split between Lee, Kenny, Lilly, Ben, and so on. However, I don't see that as a problem for Mystery Inc.

Mystery Inc. is an established brand

Everyone knows Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne, so it wouldn't take hours of exposition and characterization to make us care for them. The gang would also be together in every episode. Unlike GOT, they wouldn't be separated by seas and so you would constantly be seeing and invested in the story of each member.

This obviously wouldn't be a life or death kind of game. Much like Minecraft: Story Mode and Back to the Future, it would be more light-hearted and fun, therefore the big choices you make wouldn't be life and death based, they would relate to the mystery. The choices you make would determine whether or not you solve the mystery correctly.

Of course, before every unmasking you would have to choose who you think is underneath.

So there you have it, my pitch for a Scooby-Doo game by Telltale. I would be more than happy for Telltale Games to take this idea and run with it, I expect no royalties, maybe just a mention in the credits! *wink wink*

Do you like the idea of a Scooby-Doo game? Would you play it? If so let us know in the comments and/or berate Telltale Games on Twitter! I'm kidding, don't berate anyone, let them know politely or share this exquisite article.

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