Every generation we see new IPs arrive out of nowhere, making a name for itself and if we’re lucky enough we’d see that game spawning a series of great sequels. Sometimes these continue for too long, but at times you’ll get a series that gets cut just as you’re getting into it. Below you’ll find five particular games that never appeared on any generation other than the one you played it in.
Basically we excluded any series that spanned over to another generation. Series such as Viewtiful Joe, Earthworm Jim and Borderlands were excluded below as we’ve seen a main series sequel on other formats thereafter or it’s been ported as HD versions. Also excluded from the list are spin-offs. Below you’ll find a main series of games that could only be played in one specific generation, and after that gen it disappeared into thin air – never to be heard of again.
It feels like a lifetime ago that I recall playing Onimusha for the first time. It played very similar to the Resident Evil series by utilising tank controls and pre-rendered backgrounds, but instead of shooting the undead you were out to reap the souls of monsters in ancient Japan. All three games showed up on the PS2, and when the third in the series appeared that was it. We saw the original title ported to the Xbox and a spin-off (Onimusha Tactics) heading to the GBA (which happens to be in the same era), and that was that. Capcom has since forgotten about this much beloved franchise. I wouldn’t mind slaying demons with Samanosuke just one more time.
It was a big deal at the launch of the PS3 and thereafter spawned two sequels. A fourth game went to PSP and ultimately got ported to PS3 at the end anyway. Motorstorm RC was the last spin-off game in the series to see the light of day on the PS Vita, but the main series came to an end on the PS3. Evolution Studios thereafter moved on to work on the fantastic Driveclub (yes, it was amazing once the server issues were rectified) and then Sony let the team go, which has since been snapped up by Codemasters. Will we ever see the muddy racer making a return on the PS4? We wouldn’t keep our hopes up. Motorstorm Apocalypse wasn’t the shining beacon it was hoping to be and Arctic Edge was fun, but never quite lived up to the first two games. It might be a good thing it crashed out.
TimeSplitters came out of nowhere to become one of the biggest console shooters of that particular generation. The PS2, GameCube and Xbox all benefited from Free Radical Design’s new take on the genre and it became an instant hit. It’s with TimeSplitters 2 that it hit an all time high, though the third installment, Future Perfect, wasn’t all that bad either. Since then Free Radical created Haze that flopped on PS3 and Crytek bought them out in 2009, while they were busy working on TimeSplitters 4. Since then it’s gone quiet and we’ve not heard anything from that particular team. In 2013 Techradar spoke to the series developer, Steve Ellis , whereby he responded with, “I don’t think there’s any chance that’s going to happen”. Another classic, gone. There is an unofficial fan-made game in the making that got the blessing from Crytek, but we don’t think you should get too excited for it.
Dead Space series
Of course I wasn’t going to skip the one series that’s been absent from this generation. If ever there was a series I would love to see return it would be Dead Space. The original Dead Space and its sequel was possibly some of the best gaming I’ve experienced in my life. The third game got a lot wrong, though the DLC (which very few ever played) probably topped what you saw in the first two games. Be as it may the critics slammed the game for being too action-orientated and since then EA put a lid on it. Dead Space Extraction launched on the Wii and PS3, and there was a mobile spin-off, but there’s no word whether we’ll ever see the fourth installment or remaster. It seems this series is as dead as a Necromorph with missing limbs for now.