As I play through the multitude of sequels and thirds this year, I can’t help but think of a few franchises that never really made it to this era of consoles. Maybe their sales weren’t up to the mark or their developers started working on new properties but either way here’s hoping that someone, someday brings them back from the dead.
This won't hurt.... a lot!
The Manhunt series was primarily known for its over-the-top depiction of video game gore but beneath all the bloodshed was a very solid stealth game. The sequel couldn't recreate the dread and magic whipped up by the original, concentrating more on gunplay and even more over-the-top executions. Now with the power of the RAGE engine as well as Natural Motion's Euphoria engine at their fingertips, Rockstar could easily make Manhunt 3 the most disturbing game to grace this generation.
Bringing down the house - literally
Criterion will go down in history as the Burnout guys or the guys who successfully rebooted the Need for Speed series, but in my mind they'll also go down as the studio that came up with one of the most cathartic shooters ever, Black. Considering the insane environmental destruction they pulled off for this game on the older generation of consoles, it would have been a real treat to see them conjure up large scale mayhem on the PS3 and the Xbox360.
Imagine a Road Rash that looked like this
There's no dearth of car racing games on the block but it's been ages since we played a good bike racer and what better franchise to cure that itch than Road Rash. I mean seriously, is there anything as satisfying as whipping your opponents with a steel chain while burning through the road at mach speeds on a bike? GTAIV’s The Lost and the Damned kind of allowed us to relive this experience with a few
multiplayer modes but EA should really consider bringing this franchise back with none other than Criterion at the helm.
Torque brings the pain
In recent times the Dead Space series has managed to tread the fine line between action and horror perfectly but long before Isaac Clarke began his ill fated adventure on the Ishimura, a badass by the name of Torque was messing up the hellish population of Cranate island in The Suffering, an action packed, survival horror game. And now even though Midway isn’t around anymore, it would be aces if a capable studio adept at that genre brought Torque and his hellish past back to the new generation of consoles.