Top 5 Xbox franchises we want to see on Windows Phone 7 Series
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There are plenty of reasons to get excited about Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 Series. From stringent hardware guidelines promising top notch handsets to tight quality control hopefully leading to a store devoid of garbage, its a very exciting platform.
But if you're a gamer, the most important features are more likely to be Xbox Live integration, high powered handsets, and a veteran game publisher like Microsoft getting in on the action.
No offence, Apple, but you're hardly known for your gaming prowess (well, not since Oregon Trail).
In the same way that the DS got to cherry pick from Nintendo's best franchises for portable conversions, and everyone's favourite PlayStation heroes made their way to the PSP, here's hoping that we'll see the best brands on Xbox make their way to the 7 series.
In fact, here are the top five series in particular that we'd like to see make the portable leap.Halo
Bungie's FPS juggernaut has snared more than a couple of fans in its five iterations (so far) with a deeply engrossing world, huge planets to explore, and high octane, fast paced combat.
Gameloft's N.O.V.A. on iPhone has proven that sci-fi shooters can work great on the touchscreen, but the Xbox 360's real time strategy game Halo Wars made the statement that people gravitate towards Master Chief for more than guns and plasma swords.
Just make sure that the portable game is dripping in nerdy Halo lore and the fans will flock to it no matter what they're tasked to do. Be it a shooter, a kart racer, or a match-three puzzle game, as long as it has the words 'Forerunner', 'Covenant', and 'Spartan' in there, it'll sell.
Or, you could emulate the iPhone's Canabalt with a skyline hopping platformer or take Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars's lead and present the entire open world with a retro top-down camera. It's your choice, Microsoft.
You have to tend to the plant life, shoo off nuisance meanies, and tempt new animals into your garden by fixing the environment to their liking. It can get a little hairy when your Choclodocus kicks the bucket and explodes into a shower of confectionery, but for the most part its a slow paced, relaxing micro-managing sim perfect for phones.