Five Franchises That Need To Be Revived, And Five That Don't

I'll get around to writing silly review number 3: Game Manuals sometime soon, promise. I tend to write spur of the moment, so planned things usually get held off until i'm done vomiting opinion. As always, this is just my opinion, and not all of it is meant 100% seriously, so sit back and relax as we reminisce about five franchises i'd love to see brought back, and five that I want to stay dead, in no particular order.

5. Bring Back: Road Rash

Overtake me huh? That's it, your dead sucka.
Forget Vigilante 8, forget Twisted Metal, Road Rash was the epitome of motorsports violence. I'm aware that some sequels were made for the N64 and PS1, but I won't count those as they were, well, shit. This game, and it's sequel Road Rash II, utterly blew me away, I had no idea that you could combine motorsports and violence and not only come out with a playable game, but one that was better and more interesting than just a plain racing game like Super Hang-On. The concept was simple, illegal street racing for a cash prize, and no rules. You could steal weapons from other riders, knock them off, or send them careening into a passing car, you could even beat up policemen. I had so much fun with this, and still do occasionally. What we need is either a remake, or a sequel, that follows the original format without changing it too much beyond what it is. As much as I liked bikes in PGR4, what we really need is Road Rash.

Don't Bring Back: The Adams Family:

God the games associated with this franchise were awful. From Festers Quest to Pugsley's Scavenger hunt, i've never played an Adams Family game that I liked, or even enjoyed for a short while. Often poorly programmed, with terrible design choices and overbearing levels of difficulty. Aside from that, you have to wonder, just how exactly do you introduce this family to the videogame world? They don't seem all that suited to being anywhere near videogames in the first place. I wouldn't lose a wink of sleep if we never saw this franchise again in any format, be it television, film or videogames.

4. Bring Back: Shenmue:

This just looks creepy...
Ok, not so much 'bring back' as 'finish it, or so help me god i'll hunt you down' The series really needs to be completed. However, while we know almost for certain now that the series never will be completed, as it's creator no longer works for Sega, or something like that, and Sega have said many times they do not plan to ressurect the series, that doesn't mean I can't want for it. I need to know what happens, dammit.

Don't Bring Back: Yu-Gi-Oh

I'll admit, shamefully, that I once enjoyed the card game itself quite a bit, I was a succesful tournament player in my region and even placed well nationally. However, every single videogame adaptation of this with the exception maybe of one of the GBA games, has been utterly atrocious. I guess the major problem here is that the developers needs to change up the gameplay in order to differentiate itself from the physical card game rules so that people will buy it. This just leads to incomprehensible rules and unbalanced games, when you combine this with incredibly slow gameplay and terrible (or abusive) AI you definately have a loser on your hands. Why continue to attempt to compete with the physical card game? I mean, it's still making tons of money, and the company responsible for the games is the same company, so stop trying to compete with it and simply divert the cash into making more money from the card game itself. Simple.

3. Bring Back: Dark Forces:

Die holographic Death Star! Pew Pew!
I'm not a huge Star Wars fan at all, but like KOTOR, Dark Forces being a high quality game, I loved it. I didn't love it as much as Doom or Duke Nukem granted, but I still loved it and i'd play it over some of the more modern FPS games (if I had the choice, I don't own the game anymore) and for an FPS, the Star Wars universe is one that provides some quite unique situations, enemies and weapons to play with. I honestly feel the franchise should be brought back with a vengeance. I'm aware that what we got out of this franchise was in fact the adventures of Kyle Katarn in Jedi Knight and eventually Jedi Academy, but those didn't resonate as well with me as the original Dark Forces did.

Don't Bring Back: Alone in the Dark:

The original series was ground breaking for it's time, and highly enjoyable well-crafted games. But the previous two attempts to ressurect the series have not succeeded. Firstly, we had The New Nightmare, a literal mashing together of Resident Evil and Silent Hill with an incomprehensible storyline and overly difficult bordering on punishing gameplay. The characters were difficult to care about, the plor hard to follow, the game itself difficult to play and while it managed to be pretty damned creepy for the first two thirds, as always with these kinds of games the run up to the end was just plain weird, not creepy or clever.

Then we have the Atari remake Alone in the Dark for Xbox 360 and PC (and later, and hopefully much improved, Inferno for PS3) which was very poorly recieved. While the
Just be thankful i'm not Christian Slater
game had a lot of ambition, some really great mechanics all but wasted by the poor level design. Much of this games ambition and technical achievement was put to incredibly poor use which really is a great shame, I mean the game achieved a lot of things, environments that could burn realisticly, entire levels being animated in one of the greatest cinematic action sequences ever seen in a videogame, and more. The level design however, the plot, the characters, utterly abhorant. Impossible to care for any of the characters, and what I onestly feel is one of the worst, rip-off endings ever seen in any media format. And I havn't even touched upon the bugs or terrible driving sequences. Alone in the Dark for 360 was 100% wasted potential, and in my opinion the final nail in the coffin of a once great series. Leave it alone now.

2. Bring Back: Oddworld

Holy shit! He just posessed a fart!... No Way!
Both of Abe's adventures in Oddworld were classics, the following games in the series not so much. But despite the failings of Munch's Oddysee and Strangers Wrath (even though I quite enjoyed Strangers Wrath) I still feel the franchise would be perfectly at home generating side scrollers like the originals, or adventure games for episodic content or DS/PSP releases. Theres so much lore there, and so many unique characters and environments to put te player in, I honestly don't think we've seen many franchises quite as unique as Oddworld and it needs to rise from the ashes like a pheonix. Apparently Oddworld Inhabitants are working on something new, but we've not seen or heard anything in quite a long time now.

Don't Bring Back: System Shock:

This one is going to be controversial, but I am very confident that the current right holders (EA) would make a stink of it. To start with, interest in the franchise from EA was only reinvigorated upon the release of Bioshock, and while I loved Bioshock, I do not want a knee jerk reaction from EA resulting in a Bioshock clone set in space. But illogical reasons like that aside, i'm seriously fed up with the business practice of shitting all over fans of a classic series in order to make money from a name people are curious about because they have heard great things, but don't want to, or cannot play the originals. We've seen it with Fallout 3, FarCry 2 and others, and we're going to see it with Deus Ex 3, the Monkey Island remake, and more. I'd rather they make a new game, under a new name, especially considering any new project under the name of System Shock would not include any of the original talent, and that doesn't sit well with me just as it didn't in the other examples.

1. Bring Back: Discworld:

Out of work, Death is forced to audition for Brutal Legend.
This is the second franchise on the list that while I want brought back, in all likelyhood will never ever happen. I'm deeply saddened by Terry Pratchetts diagnosis of Alzheimers a couple years ago now, as my favorite author and a great man I was very upset to hear this. I own both the PS1 discworld adventure games, and Noir on PC. While Noir didn't fare so well, I still think that the previous too games are a fantastic example of the genre, and contain some great comedy moments and superb voice acting from comedy legends such as Rob Brydon, Eric Idle and Tony Robinson. I honestly think that if it were revitalised, and you could get hold of some equally good voice actors and get a clever script and puzzle set written, that the fanchise could put out an adventure game to rival that of Grim Fandango or Starship Titanic in greatness. (Incidentally, Starship Titanic features John Cleese as a voice actor)

Don't Bring Back: Duke Nukem:

I'm a massive fan of Duke Nukem, but lets face the truth here, his first and last truly great game was Duke Nukem 3D, a game that not only was brilliantly constructed and immense fun, but gave the FPS genre that final kick it needed in order to be fully realised after Doom had proven to everyone that it was a legitimate player. But since then, we've had multiple ports of Duke 3D, side scrolling platformers, terrible third person games, and several cancelled games. Not to mention the whole fiasco with Duke Nukem Forever. DNF? More like DNR. Duke's an old man now, and need to be layed to rest, even if he were brought back, in all the flashy glory he's known for, three quarters of todays gaming population wouldn't even have a clue who he is, just let the man rest, I think he deserves it after being strung out all these years.

Well that's it for now, this is just the compilation of this mornings thoughts really, what do you guys feel? Any franchises you'd like to see brought back? Or ones you feel strongly should remain dormant for ever?
47 Comments
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Posted by The_A_Drain

I'll get around to writing silly review number 3: Game Manuals sometime soon, promise. I tend to write spur of the moment, so planned things usually get held off until i'm done vomiting opinion. As always, this is just my opinion, and not all of it is meant 100% seriously, so sit back and relax as we reminisce about five franchises i'd love to see brought back, and five that I want to stay dead, in no particular order.

5. Bring Back: Road Rash

Overtake me huh? That's it, your dead sucka.
Forget Vigilante 8, forget Twisted Metal, Road Rash was the epitome of motorsports violence. I'm aware that some sequels were made for the N64 and PS1, but I won't count those as they were, well, shit. This game, and it's sequel Road Rash II, utterly blew me away, I had no idea that you could combine motorsports and violence and not only come out with a playable game, but one that was better and more interesting than just a plain racing game like Super Hang-On. The concept was simple, illegal street racing for a cash prize, and no rules. You could steal weapons from other riders, knock them off, or send them careening into a passing car, you could even beat up policemen. I had so much fun with this, and still do occasionally. What we need is either a remake, or a sequel, that follows the original format without changing it too much beyond what it is. As much as I liked bikes in PGR4, what we really need is Road Rash.

Don't Bring Back: The Adams Family:

God the games associated with this franchise were awful. From Festers Quest to Pugsley's Scavenger hunt, i've never played an Adams Family game that I liked, or even enjoyed for a short while. Often poorly programmed, with terrible design choices and overbearing levels of difficulty. Aside from that, you have to wonder, just how exactly do you introduce this family to the videogame world? They don't seem all that suited to being anywhere near videogames in the first place. I wouldn't lose a wink of sleep if we never saw this franchise again in any format, be it television, film or videogames.

4. Bring Back: Shenmue:

This just looks creepy...
Ok, not so much 'bring back' as 'finish it, or so help me god i'll hunt you down' The series really needs to be completed. However, while we know almost for certain now that the series never will be completed, as it's creator no longer works for Sega, or something like that, and Sega have said many times they do not plan to ressurect the series, that doesn't mean I can't want for it. I need to know what happens, dammit.

Don't Bring Back: Yu-Gi-Oh

I'll admit, shamefully, that I once enjoyed the card game itself quite a bit, I was a succesful tournament player in my region and even placed well nationally. However, every single videogame adaptation of this with the exception maybe of one of the GBA games, has been utterly atrocious. I guess the major problem here is that the developers needs to change up the gameplay in order to differentiate itself from the physical card game rules so that people will buy it. This just leads to incomprehensible rules and unbalanced games, when you combine this with incredibly slow gameplay and terrible (or abusive) AI you definately have a loser on your hands. Why continue to attempt to compete with the physical card game? I mean, it's still making tons of money, and the company responsible for the games is the same company, so stop trying to compete with it and simply divert the cash into making more money from the card game itself. Simple.

3. Bring Back: Dark Forces:

Die holographic Death Star! Pew Pew!
I'm not a huge Star Wars fan at all, but like KOTOR, Dark Forces being a high quality game, I loved it. I didn't love it as much as Doom or Duke Nukem granted, but I still loved it and i'd play it over some of the more modern FPS games (if I had the choice, I don't own the game anymore) and for an FPS, the Star Wars universe is one that provides some quite unique situations, enemies and weapons to play with. I honestly feel the franchise should be brought back with a vengeance. I'm aware that what we got out of this franchise was in fact the adventures of Kyle Katarn in Jedi Knight and eventually Jedi Academy, but those didn't resonate as well with me as the original Dark Forces did.

Don't Bring Back: Alone in the Dark:

The original series was ground breaking for it's time, and highly enjoyable well-crafted games. But the previous two attempts to ressurect the series have not succeeded. Firstly, we had The New Nightmare, a literal mashing together of Resident Evil and Silent Hill with an incomprehensible storyline and overly difficult bordering on punishing gameplay. The characters were difficult to care about, the plor hard to follow, the game itself difficult to play and while it managed to be pretty damned creepy for the first two thirds, as always with these kinds of games the run up to the end was just plain weird, not creepy or clever.

Then we have the Atari remake Alone in the Dark for Xbox 360 and PC (and later, and hopefully much improved, Inferno for PS3) which was very poorly recieved. While the
Just be thankful i'm not Christian Slater
game had a lot of ambition, some really great mechanics all but wasted by the poor level design. Much of this games ambition and technical achievement was put to incredibly poor use which really is a great shame, I mean the game achieved a lot of things, environments that could burn realisticly, entire levels being animated in one of the greatest cinematic action sequences ever seen in a videogame, and more. The level design however, the plot, the characters, utterly abhorant. Impossible to care for any of the characters, and what I onestly feel is one of the worst, rip-off endings ever seen in any media format. And I havn't even touched upon the bugs or terrible driving sequences. Alone in the Dark for 360 was 100% wasted potential, and in my opinion the final nail in the coffin of a once great series. Leave it alone now.

2. Bring Back: Oddworld

Holy shit! He just posessed a fart!... No Way!
Both of Abe's adventures in Oddworld were classics, the following games in the series not so much. But despite the failings of Munch's Oddysee and Strangers Wrath (even though I quite enjoyed Strangers Wrath) I still feel the franchise would be perfectly at home generating side scrollers like the originals, or adventure games for episodic content or DS/PSP releases. Theres so much lore there, and so many unique characters and environments to put te player in, I honestly don't think we've seen many franchises quite as unique as Oddworld and it needs to rise from the ashes like a pheonix. Apparently Oddworld Inhabitants are working on something new, but we've not seen or heard anything in quite a long time now.

Don't Bring Back: System Shock:

This one is going to be controversial, but I am very confident that the current right holders (EA) would make a stink of it. To start with, interest in the franchise from EA was only reinvigorated upon the release of Bioshock, and while I loved Bioshock, I do not want a knee jerk reaction from EA resulting in a Bioshock clone set in space. But illogical reasons like that aside, i'm seriously fed up with the business practice of shitting all over fans of a classic series in order to make money from a name people are curious about because they have heard great things, but don't want to, or cannot play the originals. We've seen it with Fallout 3, FarCry 2 and others, and we're going to see it with Deus Ex 3, the Monkey Island remake, and more. I'd rather they make a new game, under a new name, especially considering any new project under the name of System Shock would not include any of the original talent, and that doesn't sit well with me just as it didn't in the other examples.

1. Bring Back: Discworld:

Out of work, Death is forced to audition for Brutal Legend.
This is the second franchise on the list that while I want brought back, in all likelyhood will never ever happen. I'm deeply saddened by Terry Pratchetts diagnosis of Alzheimers a couple years ago now, as my favorite author and a great man I was very upset to hear this. I own both the PS1 discworld adventure games, and Noir on PC. While Noir didn't fare so well, I still think that the previous too games are a fantastic example of the genre, and contain some great comedy moments and superb voice acting from comedy legends such as Rob Brydon, Eric Idle and Tony Robinson. I honestly think that if it were revitalised, and you could get hold of some equally good voice actors and get a clever script and puzzle set written, that the fanchise could put out an adventure game to rival that of Grim Fandango or Starship Titanic in greatness. (Incidentally, Starship Titanic features John Cleese as a voice actor)

Don't Bring Back: Duke Nukem:

I'm a massive fan of Duke Nukem, but lets face the truth here, his first and last truly great game was Duke Nukem 3D, a game that not only was brilliantly constructed and immense fun, but gave the FPS genre that final kick it needed in order to be fully realised after Doom had proven to everyone that it was a legitimate player. But since then, we've had multiple ports of Duke 3D, side scrolling platformers, terrible third person games, and several cancelled games. Not to mention the whole fiasco with Duke Nukem Forever. DNF? More like DNR. Duke's an old man now, and need to be layed to rest, even if he were brought back, in all the flashy glory he's known for, three quarters of todays gaming population wouldn't even have a clue who he is, just let the man rest, I think he deserves it after being strung out all these years.

Well that's it for now, this is just the compilation of this mornings thoughts really, what do you guys feel? Any franchises you'd like to see brought back? Or ones you feel strongly should remain dormant for ever?
Posted by Death_Unicorn

Star Fox needs some revision, and maybe Republic Commandos.

Posted by Jeust

Some great choices there, though i'm not a big fan of shemue... I got to it very late. :(


Regardless i'd love to see brought back the road rash, odd world and discworld.

Also dark forces seems nice, but never really played it though.

The death to the series choices are also great... but i could generalize and say that almost all games based in anime (except for naruto and dragon ball) should never be touched again!!!!

Almost all are really lousy games... 

And Alone in the Dark now is more a wallet assault, as the quality of the latter ones is questionable. 

Duke Nukem, i think the fps genre misses a character like duke nukem... I want him BACK!

I would love to see brought back broken sword (a new chapter), similar to the third one. That one rocked :)

Panzer Dragoon would also be good to see. 

Adidas Power Soccer would be cool.

But never again i'd like to see (probably) a silent hill game. I think the latter ones are trashing the series, much like in the Alone in the Dark series.

And Resident Evil with the last chapter is becoming questionable to bring it back...

Great blog by the way...

Cheers
Posted by The_A_Drain
@Death_Unicorn:

Shit I totally forgot Republic Commando, that games ending pissed me off so much. It need a sequel almost as badly as Shenmue, I just have to know what happened ;_;

Posted by atejas

Another franchise for resurrection could be X-COM. Chris Avellone has expressed interest in making a sequel.
And I second Republic Commando.

Posted by Seppli
Posted by Lyphen

I'm with you on Dark Forces, those were incredible games! I think they were the first PC games that I actually fell in love with, so they have special meaning. Great control, and there's nothing more fun than force powers.

And also, I'm actually shocked there were Discworld games. I've read and loved a few for the books, and had no idea there were brought over into our realm. I'll have to look into it some more. Thanks!

Posted by TooWalrus

I'd love to see a Duke Nukem game that takes place in the future, where all the men have become feminine and homosexual, and when an alien force threatens life on earth, they must un-freeze Duke Nukem, because he's the only tough guy left on the planet.

Posted by The_A_Drain
@TooWalrus said:
"I'd love to see a Duke Nukem game that takes place in the future, where all the men have become feminine and homosexual, and when an alien force threatens life on earth, they must un-freeze Duke Nukem, because he's the only tough guy left on the planet."

So, you want a Demolition Man game? Edit Haha, there is one as well.

At least it's not Demolition Girl, some friends of mind bought that, and it scares me.
Posted by Alexander

Roadrash would be perfect as an XBLA game. Give that thing a nice, basic engine, have it run at 80fps, have it priced at 400MS points.

Posted by The_A_Drain
@Alexander:

Huh? Changing the engine would involve remaking the game, which you can be sure wouldn't be 400 points.

I think you mean emulate it. Besides, with emulation if you cranked it up to 80fps the game would speed up accordingly, not a good thing Road Rash is pretty fast as it is. Also, why 80fps? What's the point in that?

But yeah I have been hoping for a while now that it would hit XBLA, but to no avail.
Posted by SathingtonWaltz

They should bring back Tetris Attack. 

Posted by mrbasehart

Man, I loved the Shenmue games! My Dreamcast copies are neatly stored away in case I ever need to bust them out again in advance of the thrid one even coming out.  One game I'd like to see remade (and this is really kinda pathetic of me) is the Birth of the Federation game that came out a few years back on the PC.  It's basically Civilzation in space, with the Star Trek universe.  In a similar mold, I'd also like to see another Alpha Centauri.  The original was great.

Nice list!

Posted by Alexander
@The_A_Drain:

I played the original some time last year and I'd say if it was to be released it would need to be remake. Not emulation, the 400 was me being dreamy, but I would love to have the game remade, everyone buys it and then 40 man races (that would be INSANE). The 80fps is just me saying the game does need to be eye bleedingly smooth.

I wouldn't support or buy a port in any way shape or form, leave that to the Virtual Console.
Edited by The_A_Drain
@Alexander:

Yea that'd be pretty awesome, a Road Rash HD Remix :D Possibly even better than a full retail title. I'd but a port anyways though, even if its just for te 200 achievement points. But not for more than 400 points.
Posted by MattyFTM

I totally agree with Oddworld. The PS1 oddworld games are some of my favourite ever. They are fantastic.

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Posted by The_A_Drain
@MattyFTM said:
"I totally agree with Oddworld. The PS1 oddworld games are some of my favourite ever. They are fantastic."

I tried to play them a while back, and it utterly shocked me how much graphical detail I had simply imagined ;_; the backgrounds still look fine, but the characters don't look anywhere near as good as I remember them, shame really it kinda blindsided me and I couldn't play through because I was so annoyed.

They still look better than hundreds of other 2d platformers though (although classing them as a mere platformer is a bit of an insult really)
Posted by baba2

I'm also one of the crazy folk that will never stop wanting Shenmue III.

Posted by JJOR64

I'm still waiting for Tomba to be revived.

Tomba!

Posted by Kiemoe

Congratulations on not saying Sonic, I was planning on this being a very generic post. You have proven me wrong.

Posted by Akeldama

Need to be: 


Luigi's mansion, XIII, Timesplitters, Perfect Dark 

Should not be:

Halo 
Posted by TheHBK

Im gonna say bring back Jedi Knight.  That Academy one was gay because of that Rosh asshole.  But the best part of those games was the lightsaber fighting.  I still cant fucking believe they release games like the movie tie in of episode 3, and a big offender, star wars the force unleashed and have the lightsaber combat be as lame as it is.  In Jedi Knight you could kill anyone normal in one hit, jedi, sith and robots.  Would it not piss you off to have a lightsaber in your hand and realize its only as good as a club that emits light

Edited by The_A_Drain

See I hated Luigi's Mansion, Timsplitters and Perfect Dark, but I also dislike Halo intensely. XIII sould get a sequel though, I loved that game.

@TheHBK:

Yeah i'm with you on that one, although wasn't Jedi Knight a Dark Forces game?  And so therefore was Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, I assumed they were and would love to see another. Also, don't forget Bounty Hunter, that was an awful Star Wars game, worse perhaps than most of the others including Force Unleashed imo.

Posted by ververdan0226

You know what, they should bring back System Shock, regardless of what you say. Other than that, great list. I want a next-gen Oddworld!

Posted by Wolverine

Jet Set Radio needs to be revived. That series was awesome.

Posted by TheMustacheHero

Yeah I want a new, GOOD Star Fox game with the original voice actors.

Posted by baba2

This is already bringing back so many brilliant memories.

Posted by Sick_J0ke
Bring Back:
  • KOTOR
  • Star Fox
  • Syphon Filter
  • Xenosaga
  • Shenmue

Don't Bring Back:
  • Duke Nukem
  • Dynasty Warriors
  • Turok
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

Posted by baba2
@Sick_J0ke

Dynasty Warriors must stay!

I can't have two of my beloved series die.
Shenmue is already gone, leave me with something.
Posted by Sick_J0ke
@baba2:

Please tell me your joking? Dynasty Warriors is a cow that's been milked to the point of death. There's nothing left of it, or if there is it's slowly dying. Don't get me wrong it's a good franchise... but the expansions and the fact that none of the games throughout the series are really that different from each other or innovative just makes it  extremely redundant and too much. 
Posted by baba2
@Sick_J0ke:
I'm not joking, I hate the games now but absolutely love the franchise. I'm just hoping that they'll change and expand the game into something more than what it is now and has been for the past few years. Even though there's small chance of that happening, I would hate to see it go away forever.
Posted by TheHBK
@The_A_Drain:
Oh well yeah, the first Jedi Knight was called Dark Forces 2, even though it really deviated from the first game when you became a jedi.  By extension Jedi Knight 2 was also one but they dropped the name, even though the first 5 missions were also a first person shooter but it didnt follow the feel of the first Dark Forces game.  You would have to make it a FPS exclusively with no lightsabers to be a real Dark Forces game.  But to me, now a days, star wars weapons dont lend themselves well to FPS.
Posted by marlow83

I'm right with you on Dark Forces. Dark Forces 2 was my first FPS, and I just recently played through it again, and it's just as great as I remembered.

Posted by vidiot
@The_A_Drain said:
Don't Bring Back: Duke Nukem
AMEN.

@SuperMooseman said:
" I really wish they'd make a new Monkey Island game one day. :(....OH WAIT!! "
I am absolutely excited about the concept of HD revival of anything Lucas Arts Adventure game wise. DOTT/Full Throttle anyone?

Edited by The_A_Drain
@ververdan0226 said:
"You know what, they should bring back System Shock, regardless of what you say. Other than that, great list. I want a next-gen Oddworld!"

Yeah, I would honestly love another System Shock game, but unfortunately the only people who are able to do that are EA as they own the rights, and i'd rather it die a dignified death than be made by EA, especially as a knee jerk reaction to Bioshock, because a System Shock game taking inspiration from Bioshock would be like going back in time and becoming your own grandfather. It's just freaked up :P

@Sick_j0ke:

I honestly think another Turok remake done properly could re-invigorate the franchise, but unfortunately Rage Wars, Evolution, and the current gen remake killed the franchise for most people. But if they were to remake the original, in a huge open world, crysis/farcry 2 style, with the same storyline, and taking inspiration from the games major sections, I honestly think you could have a winnder on your hands.

Posted by Tylea002
@The_A_Drain: I disagree with you on Yu-Gi-Oh. I would have totally agreed until about 4 weeks ago when the last game came out, proving you could use the card game rules and some light puzzle elements to make a fun RPG. They also have this F-Zero style racing bit in it. I've heard all thats from the new series. Whatever, its a fun game, and doesn't need to die.

Also, as its so new, theres no "reviving," its kinda still alive.
Posted by Optiow

I don't really think there is a series I want to come back that has gone...

Posted by ImperiousRix

Could not agree more with Road Rash and Oddworld.  I would also like Sly Cooper to come back, even if it was only a PSP game.
However, no Dynasty Warriors/Samurai Warriors/Warriors Orochi get outta here?  Oh well.

Posted by ververdan0226
@The_A_Drain said:
" @ververdan0226 said:
"You know what, they should bring back System Shock, regardless of what you say. Other than that, great list. I want a next-gen Oddworld!"
Yeah, I would honestly love another System Shock game, but unfortunately the only people who are able to do that are EA as they own the rights, and i'd rather it die a dignified death than be made by EA, especially as a knee jerk reaction to Bioshock, because a System Shock game taking inspiration from Bioshock would be like going back in time and becoming your own grandfather. It's just freaked up :P@Sick_j0ke:I honestly think another Turok remake done properly could re-invigorate the franchise, but unfortunately Rage Wars, Evolution, and the current gen remake killed the franchise for most people. But if they were to remake the original, in a huge open world, crysis/farcry 2 style, with the same storyline, and taking inspiration from the games major sections, I honestly think you could have a winnder on your hands. "
Yeah, I guess I see your point... It would be tragic to see another System Shock, but you can always for the best.  :)
Posted by skrutop

I've been reading the Discworld books lately, and I really like them.  I'm not so sure how they would work as a game.

Posted by Ineedaname

Your idea to bring back disc world only makes me want to see a new full throttle and grim fandango!

Posted by The_A_Drain
@skrutop:

The previous ones were point and click adventure games, they are well known for their good humor and decent use of celebrity voice actors (Eric Idle, Tony Robinson, Rob Brydon etc) and they worked incredibly well. Something like those again would be brilliant, adventure games are getting something of a revival lately what with Sam and Max, Wallace and Gromit, and several other games.
Posted by Tordah

I completely agree with Road Rash and Dark Forces! Damn, reading this blog gave me nostalgia. It was ages ago since I played those games but I still remember them well. I'd love to see them come back.

I'd also like to see Luigi's Mansion and One Must Fall to make their return.

Posted by lordofultima
Posted by dagas

They should release Discworld on the Iphone/Ipod Touch. The format is great for point and click games from the 90's.

Posted by blackbird415
@JJOR64 said:
" I'm still waiting for Tomba to be revived.
Tomba!
"
YYYYEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
 
 
 
I will say though I have enjoyed some of duke nukems early platforming shooter days
Posted by jakob187

I whole-heartedly agree with Road Rash, but your blog has a disturbing lack of Legacy of Kain.