Hey all, joined this site just in the hops that some designers might do their homework by browsing around forums, and maybe come across this.
I realize that there have been alot of spin off games from other animated shows out there, and while I dont watch most the animes to begin with (cant really stand the whole cutesy **** most of them are full of) I have noticed that the games made, dont even measure up to the already (in my opinion) bad anime show.
Afro Samurai is a different story though, here is a chance to create a truly superb game, the story is easily set out, and the backbone of the game has already been made- (Get second fighter band, fight your way through many trials to the top of a mountain, take the number 1 headband, laugh it up)- when I saw this show, the first thing I thought was.. this could be an amazing game.
That being said, I would be MAJORLY disappointed if they ruin this for a cash in, go ruin The alchemist(again) or Pokemon, or something equally bleh. and for that reason, Im going to list the 5 Major things this game needs to have in order to stand with the best of them.
1-Stylized Cell shaded graphics-
this game would be perfect with gritty cell-shaded graphics, I think they would add to the atmosphere nicely, recreating the shows look. Im not a programmer personally, and don't know if there's something better out atm, but case in point, -make the game look exactly like the show-
In my opinion every game needs this, but especially in this one, where the story is linear in nature already. This could be achieved by allowed the player to begin as a child (good setup for getting used to game-play and training at the dojo) where he sneaks out and looks for the second headband, leading up to finding it on his master. (lots of quest opportunity here as well, just don't make it straight-cut, try to recreate the experience of hunting around, with multiple paths to finding it on the master, or whoever actually has it if they decide not to recreate the shows plot)
3-M rating, if not higher-
Ok this should make sense. This show is not for children, and if the game sells out by making it available to everyone, it will suffer. There should be ample swearing (not by the Samurai though, hes to cool to lower himself to that) gore, explicit death,decapitations, and even nudity if they can put it in without cheapening it as a gimmick.
Another no brainer, please dont rush this, use voice acting, cut-scenes, and an excellent physics engine. Make the fighting flow intuitively, with the simple deadly attacks that samurais are trained in, plus the style of Afro Samurai. Lots of opportunities to make this the best sword fighting game out there since Way of the Samurai 1.
mm ice cold lemonade. Ok ill be honest, i may have gone outside for a breath of 'fresh air' and forgotten the last one. will have to come back and add it later.
so thats it for now, lets get a discussion going on what other people would like to see in this game. and let me know if there's a better forum to put this on to get the developers in on the discussion. We all love this show, lets make the game just as memorable.