We’ve really come a long way in terms of video games. There was a time when the best we had when it came to virtual tennis was Pong, but now we can simulate tennis with games like Wii Sports. Regardless of how past games have become outdated, we can’t deny that the past generations of video games paved the way for what we play know.
There are a lot of video game franchises that withstood the test of time despite bumping into bad entries every once in a while. Some of the longest running video game franchises include Final Fantasy, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter and Resident Evil. Sadly, there are also some noteworthy titles that seemed to have been forgotten by developers and publishers alike.
There’s a lot of reasoning behind why developers and publishers decide to call it quits on one franchise. It maybe because of poor sales and a weak fan-base. In some cases, the developers decide to just end the franchise because they feel that it shouldn’t be progressed any further like the Uncharted series. But sometimes, fans just can’t see a reason why the developers decided to pull the plug on what’s considered a good franchise.
Here’s our ode to forgotten franchises that we believe deserve more titles to come. Take note that we aren’t considering re-releases and HD remasters as new titles, so expect to see some games that are available at some recent console offerings.
10 Wild Arms
Wild Arms is one of those few gems that people may have forgotten about. The story of each entry revolves around ancient relics called ARMs which are basically guns. The trademark of the series is its Old West setting, Tools and hard-as-nails puzzles.
It's been a long while since we've seen a game from the main series. In fact, it's been 10 years now. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the franchise and the makers have been teasing a big surprise for fans. Fingers crossed, let's all hope for Wild Arms 6!
9 9. Jak And Daxter
Why not? This beloved duo from the PlayStation 2 era were some of the icons of the console. The game is a standard platformer but the reason this series is so fun to play is because of Jak and Daxter themselves. The games were rereleased for the PlayStation 3 back in 2012 but what fans want is a sequel. If Rachet and Clank got a new title, maybe Jak and Daxter deserve the love too?
8 Monster Rancher
Aside from Digimon and Pokemon, another franchise that centered around monster catching and fighting is Monster Rancher. These monsters weren’t as cute as Pokemon or as cool as Digimon, but boy they were fun to take care off. The series spawned a series of games that revolved around the same concept. You get a monster, you train it, you fight it.
The Monster Rancher games were the reason why gamers still had use for their old Backstreet Boys CDs back in the day. It was fun inserting a disc into the tray in hopes of getting a good monster, only to be disappointed with getting another Mochi or Suezo for the ninth time.
At some point in our history, developers decided that animal mascots were no longer the thing. Before Nathan Drake, Joel, the Dragonborn and many more, gamers had Sonic the Hedgehog, Ty the Tasmanian Tiger and other animals as a lead. One of the forgotten gems of that era was Gex.
For those unfamiliar with the franchise, Gex is a platformer whose lead is a charismatic reptile named Gex. Clad in a lizard-sized tuxedo, it’s obvious that Gex is the reptile world’s take on Agent 007. The franchise has a total of three games only and we’d like to see more.
Before Dark Souls, countless controllers were broken because of Tenchu. This action-adventure/stealth video game was the pioneer in stealth mechanics back in the day. It was an authentic ninja experience. Players had a wide array of tools to stealthily dispatch enemies with including throwing knives to poisoned rice.
Acquire was the developer of the franchise before, but the rights have since been given to, yep you guessed it, FromSoftware. We can’t imagine how painstakingly hard this game will be with FromSoftware’s touch and the current gen's offerings. But we’ll still play it though.
5 Bloody Roar
Back in the day, Tekken, Mortal Kombat, Soul Calibur and Street Fighter had another franchise to compete with for the title of best fighting game. Back in 1997, arcades and the PlayStations everywhere were introduced to a new take on the fighting genre with Bloody Roar.
It’s your typical back and forth battle between an odd cast of characters; much like any other fighting game. What makes Bloody Roar stand out from the rest is that these characters can transform into an animal. Seeing two muscle bound guys go at it is entertaining, but who else wouldn’t want to see a chameleon go toe-to-toe with a rabbit?
4 Dino Crisis
Back when Resident Evil was at the height of its career, Capcom decided to develop another survival horror experience that feels similar to the zombie shooter. Back in 1999, Capcom released Dino Crisis. Simply put, Dino Crisis is basically Resident Evil but with dinosaurs.
Although the game often feels like a reskin of Resident Evil, it didn’t fail to deliver the same intense moments from the zombie game. If Capcom decides to bring back the series, let’s hope they do better than the recent entries of Resident Evil.
No, we aren’t talking about the MMO. But we’re talking about its father and one of the pioneers in real-time strategies. Blizzard has other RTS titles under its name but there’s no doubting that Warcraft is the best. First launching in 1994, Warcraft: Orcs and Humans took gaming to another level by pushing players to deeply strategize before making any drastic moves.
The last entry in the RTS series was released back in 2002 with Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. Then a year later, the Frozen Throne expansion was released. Since then, the RTS was taken over by custom maps, the most notable of which is DoTA; the pioneer in MOBAs. Since the Starcraft Trilogy is done with, can the guys over at Blizzard give us a new Warcraft RTS now?
2 Chrono Trigger/Cross
JRPGs are still popular today with franchises like Final Fantasy and the Tales Of games leading the fray. There is without a doubt that JRPGs were even more popular back in the day. There are ton of JRPG franchises; other than Wild Arms, that have been buried in the ravages of time. One of the JRPG titles that stood out the most was Chrono Trigger and its spiritual successor, Chrono Cross.
These two games had excellent story-telling with a good cast of characters to support the plot. Sadly, we’ve yet to see another sequel (or even a remake) of the renowned titles.
1 Crash Bandicoot
Was anyone else surprised? Fans of Uncharted and The Last of Us should be very familiar with this timeless classic from Naughty Dog. There’s probably not a gamer out there that hates this franchise from the late 90s. It’s been 8 years since the latest entry in the main series with Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant. But the series has lost its luster ever since Naughty Dog left the development to other studios.
There have been several hints that Crash Bandicoot is making a comeback. And if he does; please Naughty Dog, please bless us with Crash’s former glory.