As the next generation of gaming looms large, which is the one genre that needs to be amped up? Which one needs more attention from designers?
A popular answer around here would be "JRPGs" but that's more of a sub-genre. Besides, they still exist aplenty; it's just the quality that has been suffering mightily. It's not so much the lack of titles in the genre, but the fact that such titles aren't getting anywhere near enough TLC from the developers.
So, what genre tops your list? Which one has been getting overlooked this generation? Or is there a genre that just hasn't done well in terms of quality and sales, like JRPGs? There's the always niche flight genre, which enjoyed a bit of a resurgence during the current era, but fans could definitely use more love. It's also interesting that going in to the current generation, the fighting genre was definitely ailing. Many wrote it off entirely. But that particular category has done very well in recent years, hasn't it? Some of the best games ever!
The sports and racing genres need a bit of a boost, I think. We've been seeing a lot of the same ol', same ol' and I'd hope the new consoles would give them new life. And I want to see more in the way of old-school arcade-type sports games. We always get the sims every year, but where'd franchises like MLB Slugfest go? We got the NBA Jam reboot – which was awesome , by the way – but we need others. I miss stuff like NBA Street , and let's not forget those wicked entertaining Hitz sports games from the PS2 generation. Not great but always super fun.
Another popular answer might be adventure or puzzle games, but we're seeing a lot more of those in the digital world. They don't usually have big budgets but at least they exist. Still, I kinda miss the days when pure adventure games were a big part of the market. Myst , anyone?