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If a non-adventure-game Full Throttle sequel was to be made...

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...would you be okay with it?

The question occurred to me when I recently found the trailer for the planned Full Throttle sequel. In my opinion, it looked really, really bad, but then it got me thinking about how the trailer suggested an action game rather than an adventure game. It also made me wonder what it'd look like if it were made in modern times, with today's graphic capabilities and video game audience.

Then I realized that if you described Full Throttle's premise today to a gamer with no knowledge of it, the adventure genre would not be the first thing that pops into that gamer's mind. This made me wonder what a Full Throttle action game would be like.

Anyway, I'm sure you all believe that it's wrong to make Full Throttle a non-adventure game. But when I think about it, the premise, setting, etc. really does fit the sandbox action-genre, and you can still tell a really great story using said genre.

I'm not saying it should be done. I'm saying that I wouldn't be too angered if, let's say, Double Fine decided to make the game.

How about you guys?

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  • What are you talking about? Surely it's the most reasonable idea to revamp a game far away from its roots for extra financial gain to its license hol-- ah anyway you got my point.

    Although Full Throttle would work as a action-adventure hybrid, kinda like Psychonauts, or even better; Brütal Legend without strategy elements. I'd buy that.

  • I think that Full Throttle is far more suited to an action based adaptation than most other adventure games (the original even had those fighting on your bike sequences). The preview of the cancelled sequel did look like a heap o' crap but that most mostly to do with the graphics and the actual gameplay mechanics being more than a little underwhelming. In the right hands, I think it could work.

    That is to say that whilst I'd be happier with a true adventure follow up, I certainly wouldn't feel the urge to vomit if a non-adventure sequel was made. On the other hand, if anyone tries to heavily move Monkey Island in a non-adventure direction, then I'll vomit right in the developer's stupid, mis-guided face.

  • @Davies said: I think that Full Throttle is far more suited to an action based adaptation than most other adventure games (the original even had those fighting on your bike sequences).



    I was also going to say that but, hey, that's the expected thing everyone is going to say. In contrary, if there was no Monkey Island in this reality I don't think we would still count the "pirate theme" as a good setting for an adventure game either. It's a good spice you know, what truly makes Full Throttle shine, and losing this unusual combination completely wouldn't be really wise.

  • I want it to be an adventure game because ...

    a) As an adventure game it will be something special out of the box. Sure you can make a Full Throttle themed game in any genre but i doubt it really would be something different and for the known genres i can imagine other or even better suited franchises/themes as well. There is a lack of great adventure games! Beside of a few indies, no one produces great adventure games anymore. TT in its current shape is definately no option, sad but they fucked it up and produce uninspired roi games like the majority of the other devs where you better invest your time in other games/things.

    b) I think that especially Double Fine could make awesome adventure games because they dare something, are convincing on the humour side, have great artists, produce bolder instead of boring play it safe games. I think it's interesting for Double Fine to produce all those different types of games but whilst beeing interesting they always aren't fully convincing as well. Double Fine doing an adventure game could end up in a fantastic adventure game. Even Psychonauts, which was a good and unique jump&run with its on flaws, could have been so much better as an adventure game.

  • I don't like non-adventure game sequels to adventure games, period.
    Doesn't matter which games we're talking about.

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    @Davies said: I think that Full Throttle is far more suited to an action based adaptation than most other adventure games (the original even had those fighting on your bike sequences). The preview of the cancelled sequel did look like a heap o' crap but that most mostly to do with the graphics and the actual gameplay mechanics being more than a little underwhelming. In the right hands, I think it could work.



    I agree. Full Throttle was a hybrid of gaming styles back then, it could lean in different directions today as well. The motorcycle element could be extended, maybe even with a bit of upgrading/roleplay elements. But I don't see how an entire game could work that way. We'd need characterisation and a stronger sense of place. So, action-adventure maybe. Still, if something like that would be announced, I'd be careful and wait for reviews...

  • @Vainamoinen said: But I don't see how an entire game could work that way. We'd need characterisation and a stronger sense of place.



    What do those things have to do with adventure games?

  • I would buy it... I would even probably like it... but I would still rather it be the same type of game that it was.

  • @JuntMonkey said: What do those things have to do with adventure games?



    I don't really understand this statement, but I think JuntMonkey meant that, these days, adventure games aren't the only genre that can provide characterization and a stronger sense of place, which I agree with. I mean, look at the Half-Life series; it's pure FPS with some physics puzzles, but it has great characterization and storytelling. Every character's personalities and the world the story takes place are established very well.

  • Half Life and adventures are two completely different things to me. I enjoy both but i'm looking for something different in an adventure than in a Half Life game.

    This reminds me of all the bad examples where people tried to mix a first person fps with rts.

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