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 Regardless of how past games have become outdated, we can’t deny that the past generations of video games paved the way for what we play know.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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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