Two electronic games were made as product tie-ins for Pacific Rim. The one for consoles and computers is pretty obvious – it’s a fighting game, like Street Fighter but with jaegers and kaijus. I don’t have a problem with the concept, but I do have a problem with the business model. You have to buy multiple downloads to get the full game. When I’m King of the World, games targeted at kids won’t use the micropayment model.
Anyway, the kids like it OK, but what they really want are to be Drift-paired jaeger pilots. This kicks it up a notch…and I have no idea why Legendary et al didn’t do this. Here’s the pitch:
You take Just Dance or Dance Central or DDR, some Kinect game where two people dance side-by-side. Then you make the scoring based on how much of the “dance” they do in sync. On screen is a kaiju, like you’re seeing it through the jaeger’s interface. The fighting moves scroll down the side. If you and your Drift partner are doing really well, you can launch a power move. When you do something really cool, you get to see your jaeger from the outside.
This could also work like Rock Band – some of the moves could be highlighted, and if you do them perfectly you build up power, which you can use to save your Drift partner if he is failing (“chasing the rabbit”).
You could pick and customize your jaeger, and your power moves would be based on which jaeger you were playing. You would also start off by the intro move of your team (Cherno Alpha’s double fist bang, or Gipsy Danger Raleigh/Yancy or Raleigh/Mako), or make your own after a certain rank. Of course you would get promoted through ranks, take missions, get weapon and defense upgrades, and have the option to add kill stickers or nose art.
It would be extra cool if you could do tandem missions with another jaeger team via the net.
At the end of each battle you get your stats, like Rock Back – percent of success, special things each pilot did, etc. Lots of opportunities for achievements and PacRim art.
So what do you say, Legendary?