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From Timesplitters to Soul Reaver: 19 game franchises long overdue a reboot

Friday, 4th July 2014 16:22 GMT By Matt Martin

How could the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One help relaunch some of the franchises that time forgot?

Some video game franchises run their course and fade away. Some hit a bump, fail to sell the latest version and get rudely cancelled by a chief financial officer. Some are shelved out of the way and seemingly forgotten, only ever appearing again in crusty old retro magazines.

Here at VG247 we love new video games as much as the next man, but there are some series’ we’d love to see return after a period in the wilderness. Here then are our picks of the game franchises that are long overdue some love, care, attention, and a reboot up the backside.

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

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A long-time fan favourite and top of the reboot request line, Soul Reaver’s morphing between spectral and material planes felt pretty damn “next-gen” 14 years ago. Combat ended with brutal finishing moves – imagine the justice that NEX-GEN GRAFFIX could do as vampires are impaled, bursting into flames and beheaded.

Uncharted’s Amy Hennig (director of Soul Reaver 2) is currently working on Visceral’s Star Wars game and Glen Schofield (Blood Omen 2) is in charge of overseeing the big Call of Duty project this year. With those two handling story and action we could have something special but they’re both likely to be busy for quite some time.

Likelihood of a reboot: Technically, Nosgoth, the free-to-play online brawler, is a sequel of sorts. It’s not a reboot but we’ve played a fair bit of the beta and we have to admit it’s a good game. Don’t judge it for what it isn’t, judge it for what it is.

Full Spectrum Warrior

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You can’t move on consoles for military shooters so how come something as realistic and tactical as Full Spectrum Warrior ended up in a body bag? Probably precisely because it was realistic and tactical.

Full Spectrum Warrior was developed in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s Institute of Creative Technologies to see if commercial games technology could be used to help enhance military training methods. The game itself puts the player in command of two fire teams, issuing orders without directly controlling individual soldiers. In these days of first-person shooters it’s an idea that wouldn’t even get past the initial pitch meeting. Unless of course, it was supported by millions of dollars worth of military spending.

Likelihood of a reboot: Obviously the U.S. Army is using video games to subliminally train the youth to fight when the times comes. All it will take is a trigger word during Call of Duty or Battlefield multiplayer to start the uprising. But a new Full Spectrum Warrior? No.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater

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Oh, Tony. Anthony. What are we going to do? There was a time you were at your absolute peak, dominating every mention of extreme sports on home consoles. Many tried to copy and they all failed. But you fell with them, like a hawk with its wings clipped. Over ambition got in the way. Yearly updates sucked the ideas dry. And then some idiot decided to make a plastic skateboard to control a video game and we all laughed our internal organs up all over the floor.

Likelihood of a reboot: I continue to believe that when Tony gets out of his contract with Activision in 2129 someone else will snap him up and make traditional console skateboarding games like the ones we all knew and loved.

Knockout Kings

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There was a time when Knockout Kings was an annual franchise, with EA putting a lot of cash into marketing it and eventually morphing it into Fight Night. A clever idea there of keeping a franchise alive by changing its name entirely. It was also at this point that EA was perfecting its licensed soundtrack business and incorporating all the gloss that came with the hiphop music business.

Now in the real-world fighting game genre all we’re left with is WWE and UFC. One is old men grappling and the other is young men really, really hurting each other. What happened to the Sport of Kings?

Likelihood of a reboot: All it takes is for public interest to get behind boxing again. The fact Bruce Lee is in the latest UFC game tells us it’s a franchise that’s leaning towards novelty already, so maybe if UFC drops out of favour there will be space for a new boxing title.

Tenchu: Stealth Assassins

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Tenchu games were great stealth action games where the stealth wasn’t very well implemented but we forgave them because they were so atmospheric. And with a pinch of Japanese horror in the mix, Tenchu finally felt like we were getting the exciting ninja sim we’d dreamed of; violent kills, stalking and unforgiving combat.

The weakness of Tenchu was the poor AI and the shoddy draw distances. Both of those problems have been all but solved in this robo-future we live in, which makes the absence of a decent Tenchu game all the more painful.

Likelihood of a reboot: From Software has the rights to Tenchu and it’s currently making rock-hard Dark Souls and Bloodborne games. If anyone’s going to reboot the series it’ll be these guys, but certainly not in the immediate future.

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  1. mamu-ti

    Soul Reaver 3 please.

    #1 3 weeks ago
  2. polygem

    +1
    Legacy of Kain, Time Splitters, Perfect Dark

    Add: Earthbound, Medievil, Eternal Darkness, Zak Mc Kracken and a very true to the original Giana Sisters remake.

    #2 3 weeks ago
  3. Dave Cook

    Streets of Rage :’(

    #3 3 weeks ago
  4. polygem

    Grim Fandango too

    #4 3 weeks ago
  5. polygem

    @Dave Cook

    Ok, ok, I will call the game gods now :)

    #5 3 weeks ago
  6. Legendaryboss

    I heard Timesplitters and came running… No? Timesplitters: Rewind will do for now. I can think of plenty of games missing on this list, but whatever floats your boat.

    About Midnight Club, are you under impression that Rockstar only has one team? Do away with that. Leeds is likely working on next port.

    #6 3 weeks ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    I would like to add suikoden, brute force, jade empire, advent rising, kotor, eternal darkness, baten kaitos, killer seven, viewtiful joe, god hand, the suffering, psi ops, etc.

    #7 3 weeks ago
  8. jos3moreira

    Where is Resident Evil?!

    #8 3 weeks ago
  9. OrbitMonkey

    Y’know what platform would be perfect for Timesplitters?

    WiiU.

    The sense of humour and silliness just doesn’t fit with the serious, edgy PS4/Xbox gamers.

    #9 3 weeks ago
  10. KesMonkey

    @jos3moreira “How could the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One help relaunch some of the franchises that time forgot?”

    I wouldn’t think that Resident Evil could be considered “a franchise that time forgot” considering that RE6 is about a year and a half old.

    #10 3 weeks ago
  11. jos3moreira

    @KesMonkey I could say the exact same thing about Medal of Honor.
    You are missing the point, its not about timing, it is about rebooting great games that were destroyed over time.

    The last Resident Evil was released in 2000. Code Veronica. The newest ones are total joke, and should be renamed as Resident of Duty: Modern Zombie. Yap, it doesn’t make any sense as the games itself lol

    #11 3 weeks ago
  12. Untold stories

    I would like another flashpoint game but one that leans more to the first

    #12 3 weeks ago
  13. silkvg247

    Panzer dragoon Saga.

    #13 3 weeks ago
  14. infernalism

    New Legacy of Kain entry please. Or a reboot. Or a reimagining of the original Soul Reaver with the first intended conculusion, which was killing Kain within the Silenced Cathedral. Anything.

    I will not shit on Nosgoth, but unfortunatelly I don’t care. Bring back the great and convoluted storyline, fantastic voice acting and the whole shabang. I will buy at least 3 copies of the next decent single player LOK game. That’s a promise.

    #14 3 weeks ago
  15. Gheritt White

    Dino Crisis!

    Power Stone!

    Myth!

    #15 3 weeks ago
  16. Darkfield

    A list of this nature without Fear Effect is utter garbage.

    #16 3 weeks ago
  17. jmg24bad

    Jay and daxter. Ps1 JRPGs. Powerstone

    #17 3 weeks ago
  18. TheGreatWhiteHerd

    Good List, I’d add a ton more, but sadly most of the companies that own the rights no longer care. They ruined the storyline in Condemned 2, if they could go back to the original game, and forget the 2nd ever happened. it would be good.

    I want a new Battlezone game, or at least a first person RTS in that style again.

    #18 3 weeks ago
  19. OwnedWhenStoned

    Mercenary. Battlezone. Flashpoint done right.

    Agree totally about Black And White though, that would be great on todays hardware.

    #19 3 weeks ago
  20. Digital Bamboo

    Good list!

    I’d like to add The Lost Vikings, Burn:Cycle, The 7th Guest, and Rock & Roll Racing.

    #20 3 weeks ago
  21. Digital Bamboo

    …Uniracers, Wild Arms, Xenogears, The World Ends With You

    #21 3 weeks ago
  22. DarkElfa

    Skies of Arcadia
    Xenogears
    Super Mario RPG
    Resident Evil

    #22 3 weeks ago
  23. adam-22

    wow i love this site now thank you for mentioning dark cloud it is one of my favorite also legend of the dragoon i wish they will remake it or make a prequel it is epic

    #23 3 weeks ago
  24. wolfenjosh

    Parasite Eve please!!

    #24 3 weeks ago
  25. salarta

    I don’t want to see ANY reboots. At all. I know exactly what reboot translates to with this industry, thanks to games like the “Tomb Raider” reboot and DmC. All it means is that some guy doesn’t appreciate the source material one bit, but has an idea for an entirely different game in mind and a deep desire to turn an easy profit off name recognition, so they’ll slap the IP onto material that doesn’t fit the IP in the slightest.

    If reboot actually meant “We love this fucking game/franchise and we want to do a great deal to show how awesome it is by getting back to its roots,” like Mortal Kombat 9 did, I’d be all for it. But that’s not what reboot means to these people. It just means a way to take franchises that have been treated poorly and completely twist them into something they should never be.

    Perfect Dark would probably be nice, but it’d be limited to XBox One and it’d probably involve some “gritty” and “realistic” story about how Joanna got where she is because some guy raped her or tortured her in a dungeon or some other notion meant to make her “cool” for people that don’t care about the source material.

    Onimusha’s the only one I’d really want to see revived on this list, the rest I can take or leave. That is, of course, assuming the demons of Onimusha aren’t suddenly aliens from the planet Zidalgo that hacker Samanosuke needs to shut down with his computer skills or whatever would end up getting forced onto it because it has a name people know.

    #25 3 weeks ago
  26. ThePlotThickens

    Road Rash
    NFL 2k series
    Jedi Knight series
    The Suffering
    Dead to Rights
    Nights

    shenmuuuuuuueee :(

    #26 3 weeks ago
  27. ChristopherJack

    Dino Crisis.

    #27 3 weeks ago
  28. OmegaSlayer

    http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140321171404/fantendo/images/d/d8/Office-no.gif
    I’m in the NO REBOOTS PLEASE camp.
    I hate “different takes” and changes to stuff and lore I grew up with, be it movies, comics and videogames.
    Since the new generations are shallow, only the shallowest content from old classics is taken and is spinned with diluted modern crap.
    I want to play some of those mentioned IP again but no reboots.

    #28 3 weeks ago
  29. polygem

    What I really really want the most though…If I had to break it down to one thing…It would be a classic 2D castlevania game.
    SOTN needs a sequel.The sorrow games also leave room for more story telling.
    If they do return to the classic formula at one point (and they will) one can only hope that they will stay true to the traditional artdirection as well.
    These games are why I love gaming.

    #29 3 weeks ago
  30. Homer2014

    DINO CRISIS DINO CRISIS DINO CRISIS DINO CRISIS DINO CRISIS DINO CRISIS DINO CRISIS

    and Syphon Filter, Crash Bandicoot, Contra, Jak & Daxter, Age of Empires, Duke Nukem, Star Wars KOTOR and Repubblic Commando

    need a reboot
    Gran Turismo (a review of all game modes)
    Resident Evil (last is not Code Veronica, but Rebirth and Zero, damn nintendo)
    Silent Hill

    #30 3 weeks ago
  31. OlderGamer

    Salarta +1

    while I have a list of old favs, no guarantee they would be done justice with a reboot. This list and thought just furthers my thoughts of the industry being past prime. Too many of todays games are hallow. Today if is about franchising and marketing.

    #31 3 weeks ago
  32. Seventizz

    Crimson Skies on Xbox One?

    Yes, please!

    #32 3 weeks ago
  33. Matt Martin

    Some good lists here, keep ‘em coming.

    I can’t believe I missed Road Rash. I was struggling to think of a racing series I’d be interested in again. Let’s make Road Rash the official number 20 in this list.

    #33 3 weeks ago
  34. ThePlotThickens

    Yeah some fond memories of nunchuking motherfuckers off their crotch rockets in Road Rash

    Also, i think its the only game mentioned so far that is getting a reboot
    Road Redemption:
    http://www.vg247.com/2014/04/12/road-redemption-gameplay-video-conatins-45-seconds-of-alpha-footage/

    http://www.roadredemption.com

    #34 3 weeks ago
  35. SlayerGT

    Tourist Trophy..still the best motorcycle video game.

    #35 3 weeks ago
  36. Citrus raptor

    Shenmue most definitely doesn’t need a reboot, it needs an ending to the trilogy. Maybe a reboot after that.

    #36 3 weeks ago
  37. antraxsuicide

    ManuOtaku mentioned it. Jade Empire.

    God, I loved that game. I own it on my 360 because it’s that damn good. Bioware would own my wallet for another one.

    #37 3 weeks ago
  38. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Nintendo needs to reboot Pilotwings, a 2D Metroid, F-Zero, and Wave Race

    #38 3 weeks ago
  39. Clupula

    This is one of the rare times where I agree with Salarta, for the most part.

    I don’t want to see reboots. Sequels, prequels. Alternate timelines? Fine. But don’t take a perfectly good franchise and then delete everything that came before.

    Streets of Rage, for example? It’s not Streets of Rage if we don’t see the return of Axel and Blaze. Maybe older. Maybe as mentors for a new generation of street vigilantes. Maybe even as corrupted heroes who are now the villains.

    But don’t reboot it. Don’t reboot that. Or Soul Reaver or Resident Evil or Shenmue or any other titles. Fuck that nonsense.

    #39 3 weeks ago
  40. unknown_gamer

    How could anyone forget Parasite Eve after what they have done to T3B ?
    They killed the franchise with this game and its 100% needs reboot than RE or any game

    #40 3 weeks ago
  41. Blackened Halo

    i cant agree more

    #41 2 weeks ago
  42. salarta

    @unknown_gamer Parasite Eve doesn’t need a reboot, it needs a Parasite Eve 3 sequel to the original games that makes 3rd Birthday completely noncanon with no ambiguity. If it’s rebooted, then 3rd Birthday will continue to be seen as an actual sequel to the original Parasite Eve universe, including all the incredibly insulting and sexist content 3rd Birthday did in warping perception of Aya.

    Sadly, as much as I want to see a Parasite Eve 3, I think at this point I’d dread that kind of announcement because Squeenix has shown they do not value or respect the character or IP.

    #42 2 weeks ago
  43. sebastien rivas

    I agree with @25

    Reboots usually leave me perplex and pretty cool at heart.

    But then and again, I agree with Playstation to bring back some or lots of those franchise IPs we all loved.

    Just please….. don’t kill games because A PUSSY WANNA BE GENIUS decides it would be fucking great to take the franchise with a different take, flair, and vision.

    #43 2 weeks ago
  44. Dog4life

    Great list !

    i loved MP of Timesplitters <3

    I miss games such Streets of Rage nowdays. Would be amazing a game in that direction. Reboot of Fighting Force `?

    #44 2 weeks ago
  45. unknown_gamer

    @salarta I completely agree with you , so sad how Square-Enix treat this epic IP these days without roots

    #45 2 weeks ago
  46. fearmonkey

    I have said it a thousand times….I want a Heretic reboot Activision!

    #46 2 weeks ago
  47. POOhead

    canon spike

    #47 2 weeks ago