The Story of Riki-oh
Quick synopsis: Riki gets locked up for manslaughter after killing a man who caused the death of his girlfriend. Inside, he is picked on by vicious gangs and corrupt wardens. Being a lethal martial artist, he proceeds to f*** them up, one by one.
Why it would make a great game: Technically this isn’t a horror film (it’s a film version of a Japanese comic book) but the special effects used in the brutally comic fight sequences would suggest otherwise. If the makers of Mortal Kombat had any balls, this is the game they’d make – real men, fighting to the death, smashing big bloody chunks out of each other.
This is all well and good...
But add in some Fight Night realism and mix well with Riki-oh and…
Now that’s some fatality.
Night of the Living Dead
Quick synopsis: Once again, someone’s left hell unattended, and the gates spew forth a zombie mess. A bunch of survivors hole up in a house and try to stem the onslaught with fire and pitchforks. They all die, in black and white.
Why it would make a great game: Zombie mode was Call of Duty World at War's crowning achievement. That Modern Warfare 2 is categorically not incorporating the mode, means there's an opening for a full-on modern day zombie survival game that takes the best elements of Romero's classic (and archetypal) film and WaW's gameplay mechanic and extending it into a full-blown entrails-laden, suspense-filled tactical shooter.
WaW's zombie mode - technically the same as Night of the Living Dead...
...in that it involves significant 'battening down' of 'the hatches' - but we're thinking bigger.
Yes, we already have Left 4 Dead. Yes, we already have Dead Rising and Resident Evil. But we don't have a game that sets up the player in a real-world zombie apocalypse, forced to use their guile to survive.
Imagine having to navigate a huge map, finding a remote bolt-hole (probably in the woods) collecting supplies, ammunition and weapons and then defending your makeshift fortress from waves of unrelenting zombies. We don't really have to sell it to you, right? It would be amazing.
Next up: Eye gouging and clowns!
Above: Where we'd be hedging our bets