The Game He Could Have Made: The Last Guardian
Admittedly, it’s not out yet. But from all we’ve seen, the adventure about a boy and his monster is basically E.T. Just replace the little cross-dressing intergalactic traveller with a sodding big cat/dog/eagle… eh, thing.
Spielberg is one of the few filmmakers we can think of who’d be able to instil a game with the gentle, ethereal spirit The Last Guardian will no doubt have.
Oh, and he’s also dang good at making stuff where folk get eaten by big bloody monsters.
Games He Could Make: Story-driven adventures. Especially ones with a soulful, sentimental quality (similar to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus).
In an age of 42 inch teles and blistering 1080p clarity, gamers demand spectacle. And last we checked, the Greatest Director of all Time TM was fairly decent at delivering it.
Spielberg would also understand the importance of delivering an honest, heartfelt narrative, which the medium needs if it’s ever going to be taken more seriously.
Next: Guillermo del Toro