15 Franchises That Need A Resurrection
Everyone has that franchise that they loved to death back in the day but always wonder “Why isn’t there another one?”. Well we compiled our list of franchises that desperately need another entry into the series. Or at the very least a Kickstarter campaign.
15.) Power Stone
Power Stone took the Smash Brothers Bros. franchise and gave it a healthy dose of craziness thus turning it into one of the best games on the Dreamcast. While the Dreamcast’s days may be over I certainly see no reason why Capcom can’t resurrect the series on modern consoles. Four player and co-op games are more popular than ever and Power Stone’s unique style would be a breath of fresh air in this FPS soaked generation.
14.) Mega Man X
Oh Mega man, what to say about Mega Man. The series has always had a cult following but so rarely does it get major releases on consoles. The Mega Man X series has had it shares of up and downs when it came to level design and story. However a new generation could bring new opportunities for the series. This could be the opportunity for Capcom to show that 2D is not dead and that the Mega Man X series could have a great story and awesome level design.
MechAssault was the first BattleMech video game released on the Xbox and was built from the ground up to encompass console play. What came out was a surprisingly fun game that flourished on Xbox live. While the second in the MechAssault series wasn’t anything to write home about, the series as a whole remains one of the great Xbox Live symbols of the original Xbox. While Chromehounds was felt to have filled that void for the 360 generation, nothing will quite fill the void of fast robot action like the BattleMech universe.
Now I’m talking about the badass old school Shinobi from the sega genesis days, not the disappointing reboots from the PlayStation 2 era. The sweet side scrolling badass ninja who fought samurai, monsters and even giant robots. Shinobi 3 is still to this day one of my favorite Sega games and favorite side scroller. Now I do accept the fact that maybe side scrollers are on their way out but the handling of the Shinobi reboot was just all wrong. Let us be a badass ninja more concerned with dodging kunai than traversing a castle that apparently has no floors.
Grandia is one of the most underrated RPG’s out there. Grandia 2 was an awesome Dreamcast game and decent PS2 port. Grandia 3 while being odd on story had some of the best gameplay on PlayStation 2. And lets not even mention Grandia Online, an MMO which will prolly never see release in the west. More and more of today’s RPG’s are adopting hybrid real time and action based gameplay which is perfect because Grandia’s is quite possibly the perfect blend of that. Combine some next gen graphics with a real story this time around and you have a RPG of Final Fantasy caliber.
Suikoden went from being a top class PS1 game to well something less. While the series creator Yoshitaka Murayama left Konami shortly near the end of Suikoden III and the Suikoden team has been disbanded I feel like there’s still hope for the series. All it needs is a classic back to basics type reboot, emphasis on BACK to basics. The 108 Stars of Destiny is still one of the coolest RPG systems out there. In these RPG starved days a new and revamped but classy Suikoden could potentially clean up.
9.) Baten Kaitos
Baten Kaitos is one of those love it or hate it sort of games. Its unique and odd battle system was something of a contention, the voice acting was horrible and marketing nonexistent. But throughout all that there is a true gem that if given the love and care (and a real system..) could grow into the great RPG it should have been. With the success of Xenoblade Chronicles perhaps its time for Monolith Soft to give the series another chance now that they’ve learned some new tricks.
8.) Valkyrie Profile
Another classic RPG of the PlayStation 1 era that has sort of fallen to wayside, Valkyrie Profile was unique in so many ways. The most unique of course was the fact that your entire party was actually dead. Valkyrie Profile was unique and awesome in almost every single way, which makes it that much sadder that the series has not made its way to the shores of PlayStation 3. There is really no excuse for the lack of it this gen, both Valkyrie Profile 1 and 2 sold very well and were highly praised. So Tri-Ace needs to jump on that, if they do I might even forgive them for Infinite Undiscovery.
7.) Dino Crisis
Haha Dino Crisis, oh Capcom, dinosaur survival horror? Classy, so classy. I’m not gonna lie and say that Dino Crisis is a classic or a masterpiece. But what I will say is that I always enjoyed my time in Dino Crisis and its sequels (minus the light gun one, ew). In the land of unconventional games Dino Crisis is king and this generation of games desperately needs that. As the Resident Evil franchise has evolved to a more action focused genre Dino Crisis could easily slide in with that. Shooting rockets at dinosaurs in HD is something is always fun, no matter the gen.
6.) Chrono Trigger
Chrono Trigger is quite possibly the crowning achievement of the anime based RPG’s. Combining Akira Toriyama’s famous art style, with a crazy plot involving time travel, Chrono Trigger is a highly regarded classic. Its follow up Chrono Crusade was also well received and both games regularly show up Top 25 lists. So once again this is one of those “Why the hell not?”. The only thing we know is a quote from Senior Vice President Shinji Hashimoto, “If people want a sequel, they should buy more”. So I suppose everyone has to start buying PSN copies of the Chrono series.
5.) Panzer Dragoon
Panzer Dragoon is one of the last great on rails shooters out there. Made famous during the glory days of Sega, Panzer Dragoon put you in control of a crazy looking and badass dragon as you blew up all kinds of crap. The rail shooter is all but dead these days which is a shame given how fun the genre can be when done right. The last major release Panzer Dragoon Orta was a solid move in the right direction, and could serve as a solid base for a new game. Step up the storyline and throw enough crap at us to think we’re in a 3d version of Ikaruga and we could have another classic on our hands.
4.) Breath of Fire
Notice a trend in this list? The amount of amazing RPG’s that have just sort have tapered off over the years is crazy. And like so many on the list its a Capcom RPG that needs a shot of adrenaline to the heart. Breath of Fire was unique in the fact that your main character could shapeshift into different forms of dragons. When it comes to RPG’s I don’t think any concept is as awesome as hero turns into dragons. The art style was great and the stories were good and the only real bump in the series was the subpar Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter. So instead of letting the series die, lets just fix the mistakes made in Dragon Quarter and get a Breath of Fire 6 going on!
3.) Parappa the Rapper
Chop, kick, love with rose! All these years later I still remember that phrase. Parappa was one of the craziest and most entertaining games I had every played, hell still is. The mix of ridiculous raps, goofy scenes and catchy tunes made it an instant hit with me and others. It spawned a number of spin offs like Umjammer Lammy and inspired games like Guitaroo Man. Parappa the Rapper was just all about fun and music and in this new time of super serious games I welcome the return of the canine rapper and his friends.
2.) Legacy of Kain
The Legacy of Kain series is perhaps one of the most dramatically written series in history. Every line is dripping with literary gold, ever line is delivered with the weight of a Shakespearean play. It’s one of those games that I can go back and play numerous times and enjoy every word. While the overarching plot is a treacherous mix of double, triple crosses and time travel, it still holds up over time and scrutiny. While rumors have floated around about a possible Soul Reaver reboot, its important to note that Soul Reaver is the sequel/side story and not the meat of the Legacy of Kain storyline. The first game in the series is the foundation for everything and the least played of the series. It needs to be remade in glorious 3D before Soul Reaver, or possibly a sequel that shows the ultimate fate of Nosgoth.
Otogi is pretty much the poster child for “Artistic game that comes out of nowhere from a studio you wouldn’t expect.”. In fact its becoming a sort of signature for developer From Software. They make a crap game like Murakumo then a classic like Otogi, an awful game like Ninja Blade and then knock it out of the park with Demon’s Souls. Otogi had a style rarely seen on this side of the ocean, combined great action, destructible environments and remarkably long for an action game. The blend of japanese lore and unique visuals made the whole experience truly one of kind. However the sales of the game didn’t match up with what it truly should have been, and I feel that perhaps Otogi was just ahead of its time. Perhaps in this post Demon’s Souls era a new Otogi would garner new attention and hopefully respect.