RPGs on Xbox One! Turns out a fair few of you are keen on the idea, though I suspect the prospect of a free Xbox 360 game may have had something to do with that. It's my pleasure to present the winners of last week's Diablo 3 competition, mighty champions of the genre one and all. If there is, in fact, a place called Valhalla, you'll find these great souls seated at the top table, quaffing Mountain Dew and throwing balled-up collectable world maps at the FPS-chugging peasants outside the window.
The top entry comes care of Funkcase, whose tale of a Morrowind-tinted youth had me saluting a statue of Alduin - he'll get a copy of Diablo 3 (including the Infernal Helm, an in-game item which grants an early EXP bonus), a Diablo 3 T-shirt, a hardback Art of Diablo 3 artbook, and a 4GB USB stick which contains Diablo 2 for PC and its expansion pack Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction. The runners-up are SteadiestShark, sexualchocolate, Arm Fall Off Mav and Furie - they'll receive a copy of the game apiece. Winners will be contacted shortly for their addresses, assuming we don't have them already.
Here's a round-up of the victorious entries, plus a few more that struck me as particularly interesting or plausible. I've added a few of my own thoughts, for context. Huge thanks to everybody who joined in.
1. Skies of Arcadia HD
An updated take on (or even, dare we say, a proper sequel to) the Dreamcast's high-spirited pirate 'em up may yet happen - Sega renewed its Skies of Arcadia trademark in November last year, though this may relate to the brand's wider applications in compilation games and spin-offs. I never played it, but the intro video below makes me deliriously happy. The Rayman franchise excepted, they don't make games like this any more.
"I would love for a HD edition of Skies of Arcadia to come to the Xbox One. I've got so many fond memories of playing it on my Dreamcast for hours on end and also flying pirate ships! Can't get much better than that!" (MangledRex)
"I'd like to see Skies of Arcadia remade. It subverted a lot of JRPG stereotypes and had one of the most incredible worlds to explore. The game was cheesy but told a story as well as Bioware does now a days. The Dreamcast version is quite easy to find but the Gamecube remake is very rare (PAL) and far superior. Yeah, it's pretty good. It also put a smile on my face, not may games do that for me." (sexualchocolate)
2. Final Fantasy VII HD
Square Enix must be sick to the back teeth of being asked for an HD remake of Cloud's adventures, so quite why they haven't greenlit the project eludes me. According to Final Fantasy XIII-2's producer Yoshinori Kitase, it's a problem of resources - recreating those pre-rendered backdrops as HD 3D environments would break the bank. "If we were to recreate the same kind of game - sequel or not - with the same volume, but give it a much higher level of graphical quality, it would us take three times, four times, even ten times longer to make such a game," he told us last year.
"Even though its probably going to mentioned a lot the game they should bring on to the Xbox One is Final Fantasy VII. My reasons for picking it are that it would be interesting to see in HD and with the addition of next-gen graphics it would bring tears even to the hardest gamers with what they could possibly do with battle and cut scenes." (walclr01)