Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: of course, I want gorgeous graphics that take advantage of all the bells and whistles of next gen, a silky smooth frame rate, a beautiful musical score, earth shattering sound effects, and a polished experience.
1. Galaxy As A Character
I want the galaxy and worlds we explore to be every bit as meaningful and rich in history as Rapture was to Bioshock. No lifeless worlds with empty landscapes. The worlds should convey a sense of mystery and intrigue. Environments that flourish with awe and wonder with a sense of danger around every turn. Variety in terrain, cultures, and civilizations would be a welcomed breath of fresh air. Imagine exploring the scene of an ancient battle or walking the corridors of a highly advanced city bristling with life.
2. Drown In Customization
From the character to your ship, including your crew, your weapons and your star base, the more customization options the better. It would be great to give your character and ship some history in addition to fine tuning it in both appearance and performance. But my ship should be an extension of my character.
3. Not Just Fetch Quests
One of my favorite things about Elder Scrolls IV was the side quest missions for the dark brotherhood. And the side quests in The Witcher 3 are phenomenal. And Mass Effect did a generally great job in this department as well. Give me deep, dark quests. Give me goofy, hilarious moments. Give me a blend of wild and zany mixed with brooding and scary. Give consequence to decisions made, and show them in both the short and long term. Show some imagination and eliminate fetch quests as much as possible.
4. Improved Gameplay
Better combat (have the Doom guys assist with the 1st person gun play, the Dishonored team assist with magic and stealth, etc), vastly improved AI, and real choice in how we approach situations. Diplomatic? Explorer? Conqueror? Spy? Assassin? Fool? Throw in some space combat and destructible environments, fun boss battles, not to mention the right feel of weight to your gear. And don’t be afraid to try something new.
5. A Main Story That Entertains
And if the story needs some DLC to get it done, do so. Loved the DLC for Elder Scrolls 4 and 5. But a good quality story that stays with you long after your shut down the system would be well worth all these years of waiting.
At least, that’s my two cents.