At one point in your life you have bound to have felt this way about a particular game: You play an amazing title, even moving onto it's sequel and after you complete it, you search the internet for any relevant news of a follow up, you look and look until your brain hurts, only so to be hit with the dreaded news of a now defunct developer or leads to an outdated source. The franchise has fallen of the face of this earth and you never about it again, even though the previous game charmed the pants of you. Them feels..
Let's take a look at some ancient gems from back in the day that truly deserve a foot back in the door, each one a classic in it's own right. Here's ten video game franchises that need to be revived for the next gen and beyond.
|Klonoa needs a new adventure|
You controlled an anthropomorphic creature called Klonoa who had control of a magical ring, his world was in trouble and you had to save the day, sound cliche right? Well there's more to the story but the simplistic gameplay was the real highlight of the series, it was easy to pick up, the colourful worlds gave your eyes an eyegasm and you probably already knew this wasn't no originary game.
In spite of the low sale numbers and the childish exterior Klonoa displays, that's still no reason for this classic to be written off so easily. Namco need to make a sequel but will only do so with high demand as confirmed on this forum, so maybe there's still hope for our little buddy..
Parappa The Rapper
|Parappa in the house ft Lammy|
It gave us imaginative and memorable characters like Chop Chop Master Onion and catchy tunes with unforgettable lyrics "Kick, Punch, it's all in the mind." Unfortunately the rapping dog hasn't had another game since 2002 when Parappa the rapper 2 debuted on the PlayStation 2. The PlayStation Vita offers a good chance for him to make a welcome return and reclaim his spot of mediocrity.
Nintendo claim it wants to bring back past gen classics but F-Zero wasn't on the guest list. Amongst the excuses it wasn't entirely clear whether their focus was somewhere else or it didn't make sense financially but like many underrated games, Nintendo fans can blame themselves for not supporting and purchasing a copy of previous installments. And if you bought a copy, blame yourself for not buying like eight more copies.
Mario Golf/Tennis (Console Version)
|Mazza enjoying a round of Tennis with his nemesis|
The game followed some basic platforming concepts including collecting 100 fruits to gain a life and jumping on various interactive objects around the level.
Platforms are becoming a thing of the past, Crash comes from an era where non-italian plumbers could double jump and kill with a single leap, When touched by an enemy you died. It was a no brainer. This was the series that put Naughty Dog on the map thus making Jak, Uncharted and The Last of Us Possible. Crash bandicoot hasn't been seen since 2008.
"Damn Crash! Sh*t, in high school you were the man Crash! The f*ck happened to you?"
Street is a easy to pick up game, allowing you to show off with an assortment of tricks, and embarrass your opponent till they run home crying to their mommy. The ridiculous and over the top physics, urban atmosphere and overall slick presentation are just the crop of the cream.
While NBA Street did make the transition over to the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 back in 2007 it didn't get the respect or production it deserved. A new NBA street for the next gen would be a dream come true.
Breath of Fire
|Breath of Fire 3 Ryu and Nina|
The gameplay was pretty straightforward and traditional in the realm of classic Role Playing games. It carried a heap of charm and followed up with a story like many classic rpgs at the time but did so with unique differences.
Last heard from in 2002, the final BOF game took some drastic changes which separated itself from the successful formula of previous installments and instead followed the wrong path, going astray. Breath of fire fans beg and plead for a new sequel and rightly so. A new title in the series would do wonders for next gen and put Capcom back in many people's good books.
The Def Jam Series
|Def Jam Fight for NY|
The last we heard from the series was in 2007 with the release of Def Jam Icon, which took a different route from it's predecessor, thanks to the game's exclusive producer Kudo Tsunoda who felt Hip Hop and wrestling didn't go well together, which in turn ruined the momentum and reputation that the franchise had built up during it's years. A new Def Jam brawler is terribly needed but if there's ever another sequel, keep that man far away.
|Timesplitters: Future perfect|
It gave you the option of choosing from a variety of strange characters which you encountered in the story mode and allowed you to play with friends or npcs. This franchise came from the same people who gave us Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64 and it didn't disappoint. A new Timesplitters would be a breath of fresh air from the realistic and gloomy Call of Duty and Battlefields of today.
While a Shenmue sequel is highly desired even after 13 years of it's initial release, with games like GTA V and Red Dead Redemption, you sometimes have to wonder if the Shenmue series is worth bringing back anymore. The answer to that question is yes! (or a maybe...) Yu Suzuki stop hibernating and get back to work!
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