Community Speaks: Dormant Franchises You Want To Return…
It’s easy to forget sometimes, games we all loved in the past. The industry is awash with endless sequels. Guaranteed releases year in year out (we’re looking at you Call of Duty and endless sports games). Last year saw the cult Mirrors Edge receive a prequel, eight years after the original was released on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. And that got me thinking. What would I like to see return? There’s many a game series, or one hit wonder I’ve enjoyed in my 25+ year gaming life. And as I thought of my own ‘wish list’, I thought what better than to ask our own community here at Xbox One UK. And the response has been overwhelming.
Below is a selection of your choices. These are all games you would like to see return in a brand-new form, on Xbox One. In contrast, we’ll be coming back for your opinions on what games you’d like to see remastered for the current generation soon! But in the meantime, grab a drink, sit back and relax for a list (in no particular order) of the games you would love to see come out of retirement.
Rockstar caused controversy with its release of Manhunt in 2004. A stealth based survival horror, you took the reins of a prisoner lined up on death row. Controversy came in the form of the graphical manner in which you disposed of your foes, but this didn’t stop the game receiving high end reviews and spawning a sequel in 2007. David Clifford has highlighted Manhunt as his choice stating that; “I would love to see a reboot of Manhunt. Easily the sleaziest yet engaging stalk and slash I have ever played. Could really benefit from a facelift.” Are you listening Rockstar?
OK, we can look at Wipeout as a predominant Playstation series. But let’s not forget versions were released on The Sega Saturn and Nintendo 64. But that’s beside the point as Xbouk reader Danny Halliday has laid down the law and stated that “Wipeout I feel could be done far greater justice now than it could have then”. The odds may be long but if they can recreate the magic that was 2097, i’m all in.
Project Gotham Racing and Blur
PGR has been away for a long time. Which is surprising given its fan base and success. Toni Allen said “I would like to see a new PGR…one of the best racing games I have ever played. I have tried other racing games but none have grabbed my attention like the PGR series did.” It would be great to see a return to the series. But there’s a bit of ground to cover first….Let me take you back. Developed by Bizarre creations, PGR became a spiritual successor to the highly acclaimed Dreamcast game, Metropolis Street Racer. Published by Microsoft, the series graced up with four iterations until Bizarre were purchased by Activision, and then subsequently closed in 2010 with the studios last game being another racer, Blur.
And it is Blur that was highlighted as Gavin Holden’s pick. He said Blur offered “realistic racing,with power ups! Awesome, fun game.” Now it’s down to who holds the rights for both games, and if the publishers see fit to resurrect them with new developers. I would never count out PGR, but don’t hold your breath for Blur.
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X was the standout pick for Xbox One UK’s resident streamer Chris Nisbet. H.A.W.X is unlike most Tom Clancy games with you taking to the skies in this arcade flight sim. Much in the same leagues as Ace Combat, Chris said; “it was awesome! There isn’t many flight Sims and I know we are getting ace combat but HAWX was good on 360. I can only imagine what current gen would be like.” We hear you Chris, but will Ubisoft?
Now we’re really turning the clock back. Remember loading games off a cassette? No? Then you may not be aware of one of the finest series to grow out of the 80’s Dizzy, created by the Oliver Twins and published by Codemasters, was an extremely popular puzzle/platform series. The last official game released was Fantastic Dizzy on various systems in the 90’s. Dizzy strikes nostalgia through the hearts of us old time gamer’s and Nelson Rodimus Wayne appears to feel it. “I would love for somebody to revise the Dizzy series.’ Said Nelson, who continued to sate that; ‘adventure games are going down a more telltale-y path these days, so it would awesome if the yolk folk came back and brought the puzzle and exploration element with them. The minecarts can stay gone though.” Xbox Live would definitely be a welcome home for the Yolk Folk. And if Codemasters can resurrect Micro Machines, then there’s hope for Dizzy.
Jet Set Radio
A cult Dreamcast classic from Sega has been long ignored over the years. Yes we’ve had the HD remake, and the original Xbox was home to a direct sequel. But since then JSR could well be a true definition of a dormant franchise that many would love to see return. Andrew Young does too, he stated that; “Jet set radio, it was the Skate 3 of the early 2000’s. How many games have actually been released like JSR?” Good question Andrew, and from my own knowledge nothing has even replicated it. Can Sega of old resurrect the series?
Wrapping up this week (fear not if your game hasn’t made it in, we’ll be back for part two next weekend!), i’m throwing one in the hat from my own list. The equation in the late 90’s was simple. Resident Evil – Zombies + Dinosaurs = Dino Crisis. And that’s basically how the games played out (discounting the third, we’ll forget that exists). Stellar gameplay in a similar fashion to Resident Evil, Dino Crisis sucked you in with…well, Dinosuars. A breed that tends to shy away from developers. Apart from Turok….now there’s another right there.
It’s not too late for your suggestions, keep them coming in the comments and you could feature in part two. Until then, happy gaming folks!
About: Tim Slatford
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