The simple notion of rebooting a video game franchise is enough to incite heated debate between fans. Some feel as though reimagining a franchise is unfair to the series as a whole, while others feel that a breath of fresh air can only be a positive for those series’ that have fallen out of the limelight.
Regardless of either side of the argument’s stance, there is no denying that rebooting popular franchises is getting more popular than ever. In the last few years, classic video game franchises have gotten a modern day makeover. Tomb Raider, Castlevania and Devil May Cry all saw recent reboots that were met with critical and commercial success – establishing the franchise reboot as a lasting and worthwhile endeavor.
With the advent of the new consoles, the time for franchise resurrections has never been more perfect. Below are four franchises that truly deserve a reboot. These games, a veritable hodgepodge of genres, would be surefire hits.
4 – Suikoden
The Suikoden franchise has been a staple among JRPG enthusiasts for just under two decades. With five main titles and a handful of spin-offs, Suikoden has long been respected as one of the oldest – and most enjoyable – role-playing franchises.
Suikoden and Suikoden II are widely considered two of the greatest JRPGs of all time and for a good reason. Both titles are lengthy, engrossing and downright addicting. Suikoden has always been known for its deep roster of recruitable characters, near-perfect battle system and tremendous writing. While Suikoden and Suikoden II are easily the best in the franchise, the other main series titles are undeniably enjoyable as well.
The Suikoden franchise is an unfortunate victim of a shifted interest in genres by the gaming public. During the height of the JRPG craze, Suikoden reigned in as one of the genre’s champions. While the genre has become more of a niche market in recent years, a Suikoden reboot on the new consoles would be nothing short of astounding.
3 – Tomba!
Tomba! and its sequel, Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return, are two examples of genuinely unique and charismatic platformers. Featuring a vibrant color pallet and charming visuals, Tomba! has always had the ability to instantly hook players.
Tomba! has established a cult following throughout the years that continually pushes for the series to get an update.
Sidescrolling platformers may have fallen out of style in recent years, but Tomba! is a perfect candidate to break the mold. As a reboot, taking Tomba! from 2D to three dimensions would open up a world of nearly limitless options.
Sadly, Tomba!’s developer, Whoopee Camp, has closed its doors, dashing any hopes of seeing the PlayStation’s spunkiest wild boy making new appearances.
2 – Resident Evil
There is almost too much that can be written about the sad decline of the Resident Evil franchise. The grandfather of the modern survival horror genre, the first Resident Evil title took the gaming world by storm upon its release.
After Resident Evil’s success, Capcom kept the series running strong by releasing Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis to high praise. Resident Evil 4 is seen by many as the pinnacle of the series, thanks largely to its ability to blend the series’ traditional elements with a more modern approach.
Unfortunately, Resident Evil has since fallen from grace. Subsequent releases have continually disappointed fans and sent the long-running horror franchise into a downward spiral.
Resident Evil has continually tried to do too much, and in doing so, strayed away from what made the series so brilliant. A return to classic roots with a modern touch up could seriously kick start the pulse of one of gaming’s beloved franchises.
1 – TimeSplitters
The TimeSplitters games are easily some of the most stylish games ever made. Filled with crazy weaponry, a time spanning plot and characters that don’t bother taking themselves seriously, TimeSplitters and its two sequels have long been listed among some of the greatest shooters ever.
With yearly releases from Call of Duty and many other studios trying to capture the addicting multiplayer component of the FPS, perhaps TimeSplitters deserves a chance to shine once more. TimeSplitters has long been requested to make a new appearance and the market seems almost perfectly prime.
TimeSplitters would do well for itself as an ‘arena’-styled shooter that could blend elements of the current multiplayer shooter trend. With the series’ larger than life weaponry and witty humor, a new TimeSplitters might just be the perfect series to be rebooted.[#ff entbuddha] “Making you a better geek, one post at a time!”