More Classic Series That Deserve Some Attention

Last week I talked about 10 specific series that I feel really need a new entry. Continuing that thought process a little more today, I have a few more franchises that haven’t seen action in at least a couple years, and deserve to get new games or in some cases, remakes/HD updates. There really isn’t any order with these, just games I enjoy playing, even today.

Dishonored

Dishonored
This is probably the closest to a cop-out I have – there was DLC for this game within the last year after all. But for my purposes here, I am disappointed that there hasn’t been any real talk of a true sequel yet. Bethesda mentioned back in 2012, after the sales were strong, that they intended to develop the game into a franchise – two years later (which seems like an eternity in gaming these days) and still no news. I was hoping maybe at E3 to see something, but I think we’re stuck waiting at least another year for news.

Decap Attack

Decap Attack
Decap Attack is a weird one to explain – it’s a platformer about a mummy with no head, but a face in his chest, doing the usual platformer fair – saving the world. The art style was really cool, there was the right style of humor to go along, and the gameplay itself was really strong. It was included in Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection on the 360, which is great, but I think it needs a true HD update, like what Earthworm Jim got, and a solo release on the digital markets (PSN, XBLA, and Virtual Console) to get the ball rolling on maybe a sequel.

Vectorman

Vectorman
Another fantastic game from the Genesis, this game actually did get a sequel that was just as good as the first. Both are also included on that Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection, but again, I’d really like to see them on the Arcade for download separate from the collection. They’re good examples of platformer/shooters that had really unique art direction, and had great gameplay to back it up. I think they would look pretty incredible with an HD update, and thanks to the revival of classic 2D games, I think a third game would do well.

Gunstar Heroes

Gunstar Heroes
One of my all time favorite games, and my favorite game on the Genesis hands down. Treasure had a really great gameplay system in place with this one – switching weapons and combining the different shot types let you fine-tune the way you play. Plus, in typical shoot-em-up fashion, there are a ton of enemies on screen at a time, and lots of bosses to fight through. Add in a great soundtrack, and I still say you have an all time classic. The good news is that it is available on the 360, PS3 and Wii’s digital marketplaces, for a good price no less. There’s a GBA remake/sequel out there too, but no true sequel, which is a travesty.

Bloody Roar

Bloody Roar
While I’m not a huge fighting game fan, mainly because I’m pretty bad at them, I do have a fondness for the old Bloody Roar series. As far as fighting games go, they weren’t the smoothest combo based games, nor were they the best special move based ones. What they had was a pretty neat gimmick where each character can transform into an anthropomorphic creature, with a good variety in the animals they can change into. The last installment came out in 2003, and while Hudson Soft closed down a few years back, I think there’s probably an audience for a reboot of the series, especially if they approach it similar to how Killer Instinct did on the Xbox One.

Shadows Of The Damned

Shadows of the Damned
Another pretty strange game, but one with really great gameplay behind it. The story is a little odd, and full of more dick jokes than any game outside of Saints Row; but the game still somehow manages to be serious enough to really dig into it. The oddness really shouldn’t be a surprise though, since it’s a Suda 51 game. I had never played this game until Ray from Achievement Hunter talked it up a lot, and I’m very glad I played it. With Suda busy working on his new zombie game, it’ s unlikely we’ll see a sequel anytime soon, which is already rare with Suda games.

There are a ton more games and series out there that I know need to see a little more updated attention, but these were the ones that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. Next week’s post will probably be Wednesday or Thursday, as I will be playing the Destiny Beta starting Wednesday and want to sink my teeth in it before I put any words to print about it.

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