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video game franchisesAll too often great video game franchises fade away for one reason or another. Some of these franchises need to stay dead because they weren’t so good to begin with, whereas some franchises are sorely missed and need to make a comeback. After all, if Duke Nukem can take 47 years in development and still see the light of day, why can’t some of these other franchises do the same?

A great example of a franchise that needed a comeback was Twisted Metal, and now it looks like it is. So it’s not just wishful thinking – video game franchises that were left for dead can still come back and make a splash. I’m just hoping that game developers hear my plea and bring back some of the great games that have been missing from the video game landscape for far too long.  Here’s 5 of them.

Road Rash

Road Rash is a franchise that could really benefit from next generation graphics and game play. Think about how far racing games have come on modern consoles and then imagine all of that advanced technology while racing down the street on a motor cycle and punching your opponent in the face.

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For the uninitiated, Road Rash is a motorcycle racing game where you not only raced against your opponents, you also tried to hit them and knock them off their bike. You could throw punches and kicks at your opposition, or you could pick items like chains along the track and beat them with that instead.

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Road Rash was incredibly fun back in the day, and I can only imagine how great it could be with all the trappings of modern gaming. How about playing Road Rash online? Yes please!

Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct was a game that hit the scene during the heyday of fighters. Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat ruled the land, but because of the popularity of the fighting genre as a whole, people were looking for more, and Killer Instinct was happy to oblige.

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Flash forward to today and fighting games have made a major resurgence. Street Fighter IV hit the scene and brought gamers back to the old days of fighting glory. A brand new Mortal Kombat launch isn’t a pile of garbage, and even Marvel Vs. Capcom launched with great success. It is the perfect time for Killer Instinct to bring its own brand of bloody violence along again.

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Killer Instinct combined Street Fighter’s awesome controls with some of the brutality and fatalities of Mortal Kombat and I want more of that!

Double Dragon

Yes, Double Dragon has had various remakes of the original done recently, but I’m not looking for a remake here. I am looking for a full next generation of the Double Dragon. With the online capabilities of todays console, a coop based game like Double Dragon could be amazing.

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Games like Army of Two and Gears of War have taken coop shooters to the next level, and it would be great to see what developers could do with a serious coop based beat ’em up like Double Dragon.

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With the budget of video games today they could actually get real voice actors to play Billy and Jimmy and take the story of the game to the next level. Remaking the game on the iPhone just isn’t enough, we need a real Double Dragon game, and I will be holding my breath until I get one.

Warcraft

Warcraft as a franchise may be alive and kicking with the massive MMO behemoth known as World of Warcraft. However, I want a proper Warcraft strategy game. It has been 8 years since a true strategy Warcraft game has come out, and that is just not cool.

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Blizzard is notorious for taking a painfully long time to make games, and they are notorious for everything they touch being of the highest quality. I don’t think it’s any kind of secret that these are connected.

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Blizzard just brought Starcraft out of a ridiculously long layoff, and they are releasing a new Diablo game sometime in the next year or so (hopefully) so here’s hoping we will see a proper Warcraft game sooner rather than later.

Chrono Series

Much like Blizzard, Square is a publisher who is known for taking an obscenely long time to finish and release games, and generally their games are top quality. That being said, waiting almost 12 years to release a sequel to a popular game like Chrono Cross seems a little insane.

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Chrono Trigger is widely regarded as one of the best games ever made, especially the port that was done on the Nintendo DS. Why Square would not want to capitalize on this is beyond me, but I think it is time they make it happen.

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If you like RPG’s I highly recommend you check out Chrono Trigger on one of the many platforms where it is available, and I think you will find that you want Square to make a new entry in the series just as bad as the rest of us.

Conclusion

So there you have it, five video games franchises that I sorely miss and wish would make a comeback. Game developers please make it happen.

What game franchises would you love to see make a full comeback? Let us know in the comments!

  1. DAVID B
    October 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    If its remade as good as the recent Mortal Kombat is, Killer Instinct would rule.

    I'd love to see a new Oddworld game, I'm missing the humour and Abe, lol.
    I'm also still waiting for Shenmue 3 myself. I wouldn't mind seeing Final Fantasy go back to the world maps and the menu / turn based fighting instead of this more involved system were seeing these days either. Would love to see all the PS1 FF titles remade.

    Aside from the above, Soul Reaver, and Nightmare Creatures would be awesome too.

  2. Mohan
    October 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I would love to play Killer Instinct again, I hope it would be remade one of these days.

  3. Suhel
    September 28, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I miss some dos games too Dave, Monster Truck (the one where we could build tracks), ALan Border Cricket :( :( :(

    • Dave LeClair
      September 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      These developers are missing out on big money by not making these games!

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