Yesterday we reported on a domain registration related to Legacy of Kain, lending some credence to the rumours that the series will be making a return. I’ve never actually played the Legacy of Kain series, and its potential return doesn’t have me interested in the least. However, in the way that pieces of news often do, it sparked off a thought about what games I’d like to see come back or be rebooted.
The first one to leap to mind was Crash Bandicoot, a series that I desperately want to see come back. It was never as significant a part of my childhood as the Sonic series was, probably because it came into my life when I was older, but I absolutely adored it. It was obvious that many others did too, with Crash becoming the de facto mascot for PlayStation.
Ultimately there were eighteen games in the series including spinoffs, although I’d say there were six core games and we haven’t had one of those since 2007. I mean technically you could include 2008’s Mind over Mutant, but I don’t believe it was a proper platformer like earlier entries.
I know that, to some extent, platformers have become old hat now; the once dominant genre has largely fallen by the wayside to be replaced with action adventure titles and first person shooters. I accept that, it’s just the way of things, and maybe it isn’t the right time for a platformer like Crash Bandicoot to make a return.
On the other hand the popularity of Rayman, and the fury about Legends’ delay and loss of exclusivity, does seem to indicate that there’s still a market for that kind of bright, cartoonesque platformer.
A more likely return, and one I indicated earlier this week that I’d love to see, is the Syphon filter series. Much like Crash Bandicoot it hasn’t cropped up since 2007, a gap that I’d say is long enough to warrant a return from the wilderness. Perhaps some see the series as too close to Splinter Cell in tone, but I think it’s got enough to set it apart, as well as being in a nice position for either a reboot or simply a new game in the series.
Syphon Filter does seem like it would be a better fit for the general attitude in gaming right now, and whether it comes as a reboot or a sequel I could see a returning Syphon Filter as a strong candidate for a PS4 launch title. I’ve no idea if the series has really stuck in anyone else’s memory like it has mine, but beyond the name on the box the series is just a good fit for this moment in time, while being just different enough from most of what’s already out there to make it grab hold of the public.
The announcement of launch titles for next-gen consoles that will, in all likelihood, dominate E3 has had me vaguely wondering about the concept of returning titles for a little while now. Although I’m a big backer of new IP for a new generation, the success of Uncharted and Assassin’s Creed this generation make it clear just why, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with dusting off something that’s been sitting in the cupboard for a while and seeing if something can be made of that.
While there are plenty of games that deserve another shot at greatness, Crash Bandicoot and Syphon Filter are the two that really perk my interest. However, I’m really interested to know if there’s anything you’d like to see make its way back into the spotlight. Hopefully you’ll spark my interest in something else as well.