There was a time when a video game series always reassured gamers that another one was just on the horizon. As new genres and interests came about, sadly, many of these just couldn’t compete with the dynamic and highly competitive gaming landscape.
The good news is that these seemingly forgotten games have a lot of potential to make a comeback, and perhaps stronger and better than ever thanks to various compelling reasons. Let’s take a moment to acknowledge 5 forgotten game franchises that need to be revived.
5. Mega Man
First Appeared: 1987
Last Release: 2012
In all fairness, Mega Man has rarely ever brought anything new to the table. That being said, this classic franchise has rested long enough for new, enthusiastic developers to grab it and breathe new life into it. We were welcomed to a new video game in 2012 with Street Fighter X Mega Man, as well as a character appearance in Super Smash Bros for Wii U. Sadly, this isn’t quite a true successor to the original or the X series. At least we have Mighty No. 9 to keep a smile on our faces in the meantime.
First Appeared: 1997
Last Release: 2008
Turok has, for the most part, been a rollercoaster when it comes to its critical and commercial success. The once-beloved dinosaur hunter was last seen in 2008 in a rather mediocre release, then its developers quietly walked away from the series altogether. This reason alone warrants a new and fresh look into it, accompanied by today’s kick-ass graphical capabilities and the innovative gameplay that modern technology could potentially deliver.
3. Perfect Dark
First Appeared: 2000
Last Release: 2010
Oh, Joanna Dark, when will gamers see you again? We enjoyed a brief return in 2010’s remake of the original Perfect Dark, but this unique and insanely addictive shooter hasn’t surfaced again since. This is the type of game that reminds us of franchises like No One Lives Forever, which featured a highly charismatic protagonist but eventually became just a memory. With current-generation consoles still in their infancy, we are hopeful that a brand new entry in the Perfect Dark series could come into fruition sooner rather than later.
First Appeared: 1990
Last Release: 2004
F-Zero was once a highly prominent franchise on Nintendo’s consoles, but something seems to have happened over the years. As gamers were introduced to other trendy genres, the futuristic racing craze quickly faded out of existence and left gamers wondering when, or if, another game would ever be developed. But there is always hope, as fans of the series have been kicking and screaming for a new game now more than ever, making it one of the most anticipated game franchises that need to be revived.
First Appeared: 2003
Last Release: 2007
Manhunt was everything your parents warned you about, ironically making the series that much more desirable to many of us. After a long, controversial legal battle with Manhunt 2, Rockstar looked at the franchise’s lifetime sales and decided it simply wasn’t worth the headache. While completely understandable, Manhunt has inevitably gathered an ambitious cult following that refuses to lay the series to rest. Questions about a new release are constantly asked around online communities, hoping the game would suddenly surface when we least expect it. Due to its overall popularity, we believe it’s not a matter of if, but rather a matter of when.
Some game characters from said franchises have made a cameo appearance or have enjoyed a re-release of their original game. Unfortunately, this doesn’t quite give gamers the same satisfactory experience that a brand new entry would.
Which video game series are you looking forward to playing again?