Five franchises that could do with reboot treatment

It’s the trend these days. A lot of series are getting a restart and a second chance. Sometimes it’s to align more with the expectations and demands of a modern gaming public, and other times, it’s simply done because the direction it took ran its course and the creatives behind it ran out of ideas.

Recent reboots have seen a fair amount of success with games like Tomb Raider (2013) and the slightly more recent DOOM and Wolfenstein series getting the reboot treatment. These games were mostly redone to adapt to modern tastes, but others such as Assassin’s Creed: Origins gave the entire series a bit of a “soft” reboot to inject some excitement and fun into something that has become a bit stale of late. Another good example is Resident Evil 7, which changed their formula quite a bit to once again adapt to the tastes of modern audiences, as well as give people what they actually want.

But I think that some other games/series might deserve some rebooting love as well, and here’s a list of them:

Dead Space series

One thing that makes Dead Space such a fantastic game was an intense atmosphere, the sense of isolation and the incredible jump scares. The way the story unfolded, and how Isaac is gradually losing his mind was done so fantastically because of the great balance between action and horror. Unfortunately, the series became the poster boy for corporate greed, with Dead Space 3 being a co-op action game, rather than a horror game, and with micro-transactions being shoe-horned in there to keep the board’s pockets lined. There is a time and place for everything, and seeing the series I loved get this kind of treatment broke my heart.

So can it be rebooted? Certainly so. The lore is already there and it’s surprisingly deep. You might get another protagonist and a completely different story, but if the game goes back to its roots of having the hero navigate a dark and scary spaceship with monsters all around you that are trying to kill you and limited resources, then it might actually work, and be loved by all.

Wing Commander series

Back in the mid-90s Chris Roberts actually finished games that he started making. He is probably best known for making the Wing Commander series, which was quite revolutionary for the time. From the third instalment, Heart of the Tiger, actual cutscenes with real actors were added, which game the game this truly cinematic feel to it. It included actors such as Malcolm McDowell, John Rhys-Davies and Mark Hamill himself as the main protagonist. Throughout the campaign, you could make actual choices during these cutscenes and conversations, and what you said and did had some consequences.

The series had a lot of lore to it, and seeing as it played out in space, there’s a chance of adding more alien races and factions to the mix. The game can be a bit more than just a space combat sim though, with some RPG elements and maybe some Mass Effect type gameplay thrown in there for good measure. It is a largely forgotten series that has so much potential.

I mean, just look at the cool intro video for Wing Commander III and tell me you wouldn’t want to play something like that?

Little Big Adventure 2

It’s a game series we really don’t hear much about today, but I absolutely adored the adventures of Twinsen in Little Big Adventure 2. It had a real kid-friendly look to it, even by 1997 standards, but I remember it having some pretty cool open world exploring, as well some really interesting and tricky puzzle solving to it. It’s the type of game that I truly think can work if it gets reworked for modern platforms. It has a fun, entertaining story, some solid combat an gameplay, as well as decent sense of progression. It might not grab everyone’s attention today, but if done right, it might just be a game worth owning and playing.

Dino Crisis

The Dino Crisis games are hard to take too seriously. It’s survival horror games that took the Resident Evil formula and switched out zombies for killer Dinosaurs. But was still a lot of fun, and a lot of people have been asking for a reboot or a sequel of sorts. It’s the type of series that might work better with a bit more action to it, like the later Resi instalments, especially if they go for a 3rd person, action survival type game. And when I say Action, I’m not saying it should go full Resident Evil 6, but rather for more of an RE4 approach, since there’s nothing quite like fighting a T-Rex with limited resources at your disposal.

Prince of Persia (Sands of Time Series)

I know we’re getting the Assassin’s Creed games of late, and that is essentially the “new” POP games, but come on, who wouldn’t want to play as a wall running nameless Prince again (or is that again again, seeing as this was a reboot already?) The original Sands of Time series was great fun, with decent combat thrown in with Warrior Within onward. It had an entertaining story, fun characters and excellent gameplay. It’s easily a series that can be brought to a modern audience. A new POP game also doesn’t need to be as linear, it can follow the lines of the recent Tomb Raider series which is a bit of an open-world/linear hybrid. If done right, I think Ubisoft could make a killing. And I don’t want the excuse that they’re making good Assassin’s Creed games again, because who said we can’t have both?

And that’s my list. You have anything that you wouldn’t mind getting the reboot treatment? Let us know in the comments and we can argue over which games should be done first.

  • Onimusha. That is all.

    • Funnynel42

      Up you go

  • Dave

    *cries in No One Lives Forever*
    Seriously though, how about commandos or hidden and dangerous?

    • Recently picked up NOLF for PS2. Hopefully the console port is good enough to explain why everyone loves it so much.

      • Dave

        No it’s not. I’m sure it will convery the spirit of the characters, but PS2 era shooters weren’t that great on console. And besides NOLF 2 was even better than the first. The good news is that because it’s old it runs on just about any computer from the last 10 years, so if you really wanted to try it you could easily find a download of it.

        • Fair point. I’m sure it’s on Steam, so I’ll just grab it there when the day comes.

          • Dave

            Nope. Because of the licencing issues. Same reason there’s been no sequel. But those same licencing issues mean there’s no one to stop websites offering it for download, and a quick google will turn up a few places you can download it. I still have it on disc, one of very few PC discs I still own.

    • Funnynel42

      Just go take a looky at Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun on Steam.

      • Dave

        Yeah I own it and have been playing it. It’s nice enough, but the settings of the commandos games was also what made them great. Exploring WWII cities and eliminating Nazis with extreme prejudice.

    • Admiral Chief

      NOLF was the baws!

      • Dave

        Yeah it really was, and in the 15 years since it came out there’s not really been anything with quite the same mix to it.

        • Admiral Chief

          Really liked the stealth in NOLF2, good lolz were had

          • Dave

            Best was sneaking in and hearing some of the guard conversations or in the Russian base, where the one guy was dancing to the radio by himself. So many little ways they rewarded exploration and sneakiness, but then still exploding into big action set pieces when the story needed it.

          • Admiral Chief

            Exactly, now THAT is how you do gaming!

        • the problem with nolf is the license. the folks over at gog have speculated that it’s such a crazy web of people that it’ll be nigh-impossible to do anything with the copyright/ip of the franchise until it eventually falls into the public domain or lawyers with a bunch of time [and people with a bunch of money] are willing to untangle the situation.

          and, you know, given our stupid public domain laws right now, i wouldn’t hold your breath.

          • Dave

            Yeah I know full well the situation, which makes it all the more sad, hence why I “cried in No one lives forever”. But the thing is, monolith is still around, and they are still making good games, so I’d love to see something that was even a spiritual successor. They make much heavier games nowadays with the F.E.A.R and mordor games, but there was a glint of the same style in their free to play shooter “Gotham City imposters”, that makes me think they could still do a decent job of a game in the same style, even if not a direct reboot or sequel. But given the trends of the day, maybe it’s better if my happy memories of NOLF aren’t tainted by some $80 game with DLC and Loot crates.

          • i didn’t realize that was monolith.

            in that case, yeah. given the current landscape, i’d just flee, screaming, too 😛

  • Admiral Chief

    YES
    YES
    NO
    NO
    YES

    • Funnynel42

      Why no for Dino Crisis? That game was awesome

      • Admiral Chief

        Me no likey CRAPCOM

        • Funnynel42

          But, it’s Dino Crisis.

          • Admiral Chief

            The me is strong with that one, in my case

  • Admiral Chief

    Blackthorne NEEEEEDS a reboot

    • not under current blizzard.

      if you’d asked for this from old blizzard/blizzard north, then maybe.

      but current blizzard needs to die in a fire.

      [i’ll get off my blizzard soapbox now, i swear :P]

  • Funnynel42

    Prince of Persia, still love all the games, would be awesome to get more.

    I’m mainly just waiting for a NOX remake/reboot…

  • DemonGamer

    Oh yes , dino crisis . Want to see tenchu in a more of a hitman kind of way be reboot.

  • Raidz19

    Haaay little big adventures!! Nice! I loved it! I actually made my 9 year old niece play it the other day. She plays a lot of games but really atruggled with this “old school” game

    • the problem with lba is the control scheme. especially in the first game. switching stances is difficult [at first, until you realize that there’s shortcut keys to get there] and then the other problem is the way the game’s damage model works/fighting system works:

      if you start an attack and someone hits you, because the attack has an animation attached to it, you will get stopped mid-attack to do the “i’m hurt” animation. this was ridiculous design even then. this coupled with the fact that once you start taking damage [especially from people shooting at you] it’s /very/ difficult to move out of the line of fire makes for a badly put together combat system.

      if the combat system were fixed [and the pretty wonky jumping could be made better, somehow] then i think lba would be more of a winner.

  • Wesley

    Dino Crisis & Pop would be awesome.
    If i could add:
    Onimusha, Parasite Eve, Time Splitters and condemned.

    • I assume that you’re aware of Parasite Eve: The 3rd Birthday on PSP? That was so disappointing, but I would love a reboot or even a remake of the first two titles.

      • Wesley

        Ya, but that one does really count 😛
        Reboot or remake, either way, i would love it!

        I also feel that the first 2 were rather underrated, and a reboot could actually do it well breathing new life into the PE universe.

  • Skittle

    Dino Crisis and Prince of Persia need a reboot, NOW!

  • Psycadelic Bear

    I would not mind a Prince of Persia reboot… as long as they don’t screw it up

  • i would love to see wing commander, little big adventure and prince of persia: sands of time again. only…

    …i know that the modern industry would screw all three up somehow with microtransactions/open world design/some other silliness. [not to mention that they’d expect the games to sell like gangbusters, and if they didn’t, they’d just kill them again, because all three of those were pretty niche.]

    so, on balance, my pessimism about the industry leads me to believe that i’m grateful for the games we already have in those series.

  • throwing five in the ring [though, as i’ve said, the modern industry would screw them all up. pulling the list of genres from wikipedia.]:

    adventure game: space quest: the current landscape of aaa games is bereft of comedy. i’d love to see a silly space quest [and/or monkey island] reboot.

    rpg: ultima: [but not online, and certainly not in the vein of 9, though, 3d would be great.] we need more complex, story-driven rpg’s in the aaa space. ultima [until it dropped the ball] was pretty good with this.

    shooter: hexen: unlike all the other shooters [which are bland and unfun], hexen kind of realized that having goofy superpowers was a great way to play an fps because it gave you silly power.

    platformer: banjo kazooie. i know, i know, we’ve just had yooka-laylee. but that didn’t /quite/ work out as intended. i’d like the bird and bear back, please [and i’d like them to drop the ridiculous fps segments that cropped up in 2.] plus: more colour. the aaa gaming landscape is slowly moving back to nicer palettes [through things like gigantic/overwatch and so on] but…we’re not altogether there, yet.

    text adventure: a mind forever voyaging. i’d love to see what someone did with this setting and what they came up with for a future, based on current-ish events. i’d be even more intrigued if they could dodge some of the bullets amfv shot. again. the aaa space is devoid of games with nuance and meaning. amfv was a great politically-centric game that showed what you could do with the form and got people [who played it] to think.

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