There have been a lot of video games over the years and many of the best titles have gotten copious sequels, with some franchises running upwards of 25 years (like Madden NFL). However, more often than not, games don’t get sequels when we would like to see more from the franchise. Here are some gaming franchises that the VGU staff would like to see make a return in some form.
Senior Staff Writer
Resident Evil Reboot
Despite being one of the greatest games of all time and bringing the living dead back to relevance, Resident Evil is a shadow of its former self. When debuting in 1996 for the original PlayStation, this game scared many and was beloved by many. A sequel shortly followed introducing the sister of Resident Evil’s protagonist Chris Redfield, Claire. Co-starring alongside Claire was Leon S. Kennedy, a character who would become the face of the series in some people’s eyes. The next two years saw the release of two more games Resident Evil 3: Nemesis and Code Veronica. Series creator Shinji Mikami had requested a new Resident Evil title for the PlayStation 2 from Hideki Kamiya and the project strayed too far and became the Devil May Cry series.
The version of Resident Evil 4 that was in development at the time was eventually scrapped in order to reinvent the series. The inspiration of this new Resident Evil game was from the third iteration of the Onimusha series. Sweeping changes were made for Resident Evil 4 including changing the series’ camera style by placing the camera behind the player, and removing the zombies as enemies with new ones called Ganados. As far as I’m concerned this was the last great Resident Evil game. Resident Evil 5 brought back Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine but it wasn’t enough as the game felt more like a Michael Bay faux-horror action game. 5 also marked the death of series antagonist Albert Wesker which made things difficult for finding an enemy for the next installment; Resident Evil 6. By the time RE6 came out there were three co-op campaigns available following Leon, Chris, and Albert Wesker’s bastard Jake Muller who was very much like his father in terms of combat. RE6′s campaigns were split by the genre of said campaigns. One was survival-horror, the other a Michael Bay action movie, and the last being melee focused when not fighting monsters.
By the time I played RE6 I could barely play Leon’s campaign as the story was too continuity-clogged. With various books, side-games, and movies, the continuity of the series had become that of Silent Hill or late ’80s Doctor Who. Frankly, the series was no longer what it used to be and is now something else. After the success of the Devil May Cry reboot: DmC I think that after 15+ years it’s time for the Resident Evil series to be reset. With next-gen systems being what they are it would be a perfect time to reboot the series. The Last of Us is a perfect example of a current day survival-horror game. With its success there is absolutely NO reason why a Resident Evil reboot cannot work.
The Legend of Dragoon
I grew up loving Japanese RPGs. And while there were plenty of amazing RPGs before it, the original PlayStation planted that seed of desire to level up characters, explore a massive world, and be a part of a growing storyline that ended with the cliché of saving the world. One of those games that I absolutely adored was The Legend of Dragoon.
I read many scathing reviews on this game, mostly due to the graphics and the battle system. The graphics at this point wouldn’t be a problem. But the battle system I would argue helped make that game as great as it was. While most Japanese RPGs relied on the one button press attacks, The Legend of Dragoon challenged the player by timed button presses to increase the damage per blow and adding to the Dragoon meter. The ability to also transform into a Dragoon created cool animations with the reward of stronger attacks and the option to cast magic. The guard option also did more than just limit the damage, but also healed a small portion of the character health as well. Many feel this could be taken advantage of, but only with smaller enemies as the boss attacks would still cause much more damage than the healed point count. As far as the industry has come since this game has released, the battle system could greatly be improved to make it even better.
There are plenty of franchises out there that I would love to see make a return. But The Legend of Dragoon has always been one of my favorite games since I played it and I would love to see a sequel or even a remake. Especially since the number of Japanese RPGs have dwindled this generation compared to past consoles. And no other genre engages me the same way a Japanese RPG does.
Personally, Alan Wake was one of the most thought-provoking titles I have experienced. I randomly picked the game up knowing very little about it or what to expect; all I can say is that I was completely engrossed upon finishing the game. The horror elements that Alan Wake played upon were absolutely terrifying and replicated the experience that the classics Resident Evil and Silent Hill once offered. Remedy described the game as “the mind of a psychological thriller” and “the body of a cinematic action game put together” which is what I can best describe as the experience of the player as well. The narrative was absolutely incredible with Alan dictating the player through the dark mystery he was trying to unravel. The gameplay was interesting, slightly repetitive at times but it kept players on edge especially when a horde of enemies flocked towards them and they had to fend them off using their trusty torch and revolver.
Alan Wake brought together elements of film and television which complemented the game quite nicely. Stephen King served as a huge influence for the title and little homages are placed within the game, including a reference to The Shinning. The Night Springs, which are seen constantly on the television sets throughout the game, serve as a reference to The Twilight Zone, adding to the spine-chilling environment. I am someone who is deeply into their film and television so this was something which I welcomed and enjoyed in the game.
As someone who bought the game and both DLC pieces (The Signal and The Writer), I am still anticipating the next installment in the series. Alan Wake’s American Nightmare was announced and released for Xbox Live Arcade in 2012 but it served merely as a spin-off title. Alan Wake 2 has been confirmed but it is yet to be put into development and with the more time that passes, it seems less likely to happen. Remedy announced its new game for the Xbox One in May 2013 called Quantum Break. I’m excited to see what the title has to offer but the news no doubt about it has shunned Alan Wake 2 further away. The game’s success could lead to a Quantum Break 2 which would put Alan Wake 2 on an indefinite halt.
Reboots tend to receive a negative reception, so I am very skeptical when they are announced, for either games or films. I have enjoyed some titles which have thrived on their re-development and success such as Tomb Raider and Mortal Kombat but others have suffered deeply like Duke Nukem: Forever. I wouldn’t mind seeing a re-boot of the Crash Bandicoot franchise but at the moment I want to see sequels, especially for Alan Wake.
That’s what our staff had to say but what do you think? What franchises would you like to see make a comeback? Let us know in the comments below.