For all of us on PS2, to save the graft of emulators and a like, after all Capcom has done one, Taito has done one, but why not Ocean, here are the type of titles to be included, as I'm sure you would be on a profit making winner:
1) Knight Lore was by Ultimate 2) Atari (formerley Infogrames) now own the Ocean back-catalogue, so your suggestion would be best directed to them. Unfortunately, there isn't anyone on this site who has any continuing involvement with the Ocean of old (as it no longer exists).
I think this is an excellent idea. Although some of the games were originally arcade games from other companies, releasing this would be great. Even a Game Boy Advance compilation would be so cool! Re-releasing all the Ocean multipacks on GBA would rule! Imagine playing Night Moves collection for example?
A Hit Squad collection would be good, for example the Arcade Collection on a disc. As I said in another thread, if Atari released games under the Ocean name, the world would be a better place...
This sort of thing would be best done as a TV plug-in 'nostalgia joystick' type thing.
Thing is though, everyone today would realise just exactly what is missing from modern games and so it would simply have to coincide with a reintroduction of the best software house to grace our micro-computers!
What would be cool though, would be Ocean re-releases for cell-phones ... now that's a plan and a half!
Post by Simon Butler on Oct 22, 2006 2:25:20 GMT -5
Having worked on some of those "nostalgia joystick" tv plug-in type things I think I can say that it's the real "classics" that benefit from being brought back from the mists of time to a new market, or an old market made up of people who remember these games fondly.
While having been a part of the Ocean team for a considerably section of my professional career and having fond memories of some of the Ocean titles, I think it's pretty safe to say that there's not a lot of them that fall into the "classic" slot.
I come across Ocean fans on my wanderings around the industry, especially over in Germany and France and while they DO get all gushy and misty-eyed over these old titles I don't think there's enough of them to justify production of Ocean Joystick titles.
Especially in the States which would be your main market.
And as for mobile games! Not a hope in hell.
I work in the mobile games market and I'll tell you now, it's a bloody nightmare doing ANYTHING on a phone game. The screens are the wrong shape and size and the keys are just NOT designed for ease of use in games.
And when you combine all of those factors with the points I mentioned first about Ocean titles not exactly being classics when put next to Space Invaders or Pacman, it really does not make good financial sense.
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