In today’s gaming world, sequels are pretty much a guarantee with some franchises surpassing double digits in their titles and frequently being near or at the top of global sales charts. Remember, not every game has to be an FPS or cover based shooter, there are other game genres out there that once lead sales charts around the world in their day.
This list however is made up of games that haven’t seen the light of day on the sales charts for a number of years or even decades but really could do with a new lease on life. Any game that has a sequel in development and has been teased or confirmed by the publisher/developer doesn’t make this list and while a HD remake would be great, these games need a new iteration on their established franchise. New IP is always a welcome addition to gaming but we think someone needs to sit down and build on these games for the current gamer.
10. Wacky Races
A SEGA Dreamcast and Sony PlayStation title developed by Infogrames Sheffield House, this 2000 release was based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon of the same title. Set as a third person view racer, the characters of the cartoon were accurately re-created in game including their trademark abilities or cheats they used to use in the cartoon to win the race.
Wacky Races is still one of the best crossovers from TV/movie to the video game format and even though the cartoon isn’t on main time TV anymore the game itself can live on its own merits.
Infogrames was a French owned company which later went on to be known as Atari after purchasing rights to use the name and logo.
Cel Damage did release and even saw a HD release but it dialed to capture what made Wacky Races fun. Whether a Wacky Races game could stand up to todays market with kids who likely don’t know about Wacky Races or Dastardly and Muttley in their Flying Machines (Stop the Pigeon) is unlikely and this entry is purely rose tinted glasses wishing.
Possibly one of the scariest games to date putting the likes of Five Nights at Freddy’s in the snooze corner. This SEGA psychological horror title did see a sequel with Condemned 2: Bloodshot which was just as scary and let down by what felt like a forced multiplayer addition. We would welcome a sequel as long as it only had the single player.
Condemned released on PC and Xbox 360 in 2006 while Condemned 2 released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2008.
8. DJ Hero
As both EA and Activision have recently stepped back in to the music rhythm game genre with Rock Band and Guitar Hero respectively, the time could be right for a return to the decks with a new DJ Hero.
The original developer of DJ Hero, Free Style Games, is actually the same developer behind Guitar Hero Live, the return for Activision to plastic peripheral rhythm games.
7. Hogs of War
Another title from Infogrames Sheffield House, this PlayStation and PC title released in 2000 and featured armies of pigs in a fight for dominance. The turn based gameplay is similar in flow to Worms but in a 3D world before Worms went 3D. Narrated by the late Rick Mayall, the humour used across the game in the dialogue and pig behaviours was untouched by any other turn based game.
6. RalliSport Challenge
Originally developed by Battlefield developer, Digital Illusions CE (DICE) for Microsoft’s first entry into games consoles, this Xbox rally game saw two iterations.
The game was one of the few titles to use the XSN (Xbox Sports Network) system which allowed you to create tournaments which could span weeks and allowed participants to set their best time at any point regardless of where they lived. After setting your best time, your time would be uploaded to XSN and logged for all to see. When the week ended, results were calculated and everyone assigned a point score. The winner was the one with the best overall score at the end of the event. Such a simple yet amazing and community building system hasn’t been replicated since.
RalliSport Challenge launched on Xbox and PC in 2002 and while its follow up, RalliSport Challenge 2 in 2004 on Xbox.
5. L.A. Noire
While the development of L.A. Noire received some scrutiny due to long working hours and accused mismanagement at Team Bondi, the game itself was pretty ground breaking.
With a new way to capture actor performances, the likeness and delivery of story from the characters was unparalleled for the ageing PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. In fact, such delivery has pretty much been unmatched since.
Taking on the role of Cole Phelps an LAPD detective in 1947 Los Angeles, you have to deal with the booming city and along with it the increasing crime rates.
While situations prevent the original cast from making a return, there is no reason what L.A. Noire 2 couldn’t revisit the growing city and give us a whole new perspective on the city while keeping us awestruck at the facial animations and likenesses that the original delivered all those years ago.
L.A. Noire released for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011.
4. Power Stone
This Dreamcast and Arcade title by Capcom is a 3D arena fighter where the aim is to be last one standing. The added twist is that a Power Stone would appear in the area and any player picking up three of these different coloured gems could use the characters special ability in the form of either a long range attack to affect all other players or a close melee attack to affect just the closest player(s).
The original Power Stone was a 1-on-1 story based progression but the sequel, Power Stone 2, while it also had the story progression it added the option that allowed up to 4 players to go head to head.
Power Stone released in 1999 with Power Stone 2 getting a release in 2000.
3. Midnight Club
Another racing game, this time from Rockstar. Last time this game saw the charts was in 2009 when Midnight Club: Los Angeles released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and Xbox 360. Not all games in the franchise were limited by the location mentioned in the game title, during the life of the franchise the games have covered locations like New York City, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, San Diego, Atlanta, and Detroit.
The solid handling, range of vehicles and environments made this stand out against similar titles like Need for Speed.
The original release from RARE for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) starring Rash, Zitz, and Pimple. The game released in 1991 based on a Canadian cartoon of the same name as an attempt to rival the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, whether that goal was achieved is up for debate as Battletoads has its own cult following. Known for its high difficulty the addition of this would mix things up in a gaming environment where the majority of games are designed to be pretty easy to complete to have the widest appeal.
While Rash, Zitz, and Pimple appeared in a cameo on the Xbox One version of Shovel Knight it is about time they got their own punishingly difficult game to take us back to the good old days of gaming.
1. Theme Park/SimCoaster
Bullfrog was a developer from the UK that was absorbed into EA back in 2004 and brought us games which include Populous, Theme Park and Theme Hospital. EA has used the Theme Park franchise under the EA Mobile label to try and separate nostalgic gamers from their money in this Free to Play adaptation. As tends to be the case in these scenarios the mobile version is a mere shadow of the original game which released on multiple platforms including Amiga, PC, Mac and even 3DO among others.
Putting you in charge of your own amusement park you build and micro manage everything including how much salt to put on fries, how much ice to put in your drinks and how fast and dangerous you want your rollercoaster to be. Combining all those it wasn’t unusual to see people flying off the coaster or vomiting once they got off the ride. Managing staff to deal with bullies who popped balloons, maintain rides and clean up the trash and vomit was all part of dominating the area to make yours the park to visit.
Do you agree with out list? Is there a game you played when you were younger that you loved but hasn’t been out recently? Let us know and don’t forget to tell us what makes it a game you love.
Sonic CD – Arguably the best Sonic game that no one played. This SEGA Mega CD title released in 1993 and on Windows in 1996, since then it has seen a number of releases on mobile, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 but without the original sound track which helped make the original as memorable as it was.
Red Dead Redemption – The Western take on GTA. Massive expansive world with plenty of gameplay, what more needs to be said.
Spore – This PC title from Maxis brought some controversy when it was released from some groups complaining that it taught children evolution. Beyond those groups the game was unique and for the most part fun, until the poor end game which let the game down. Still, creating your own creatures from cell to civilization stage was something that no other game has made fun and interesting.
Conkers Bad Fur Day – While this N64 2001 classic did see a re-invention on Xbox with the release of Conker: Live and Reloaded back in 2005, it was no where near the original in terms of humour from the foul mouthed squirrel and his pals. We’d like to see a real successor to the original.
Half-Life 3 – Half-Life originally released on PC back in 1998 followed by Half-Life 2 in 2004 including ports to console. While Valve puts a lot of effort into maintaining Steam and the development of the Steam Box, there is hope that there are still people working on Valve’s own games especially the next addition in the Half-Life series. In fact, Valve, forget about ever releasing Half-Life 2: Episode 3 which is way beyond due instead jump straight to the release of Half-Life 3. Hacks and leaked information have all but confirmed that a third installment is in the works within the halls of Valve but being tight lipped as always, it has not been officially confirmed. The only reason this isn’t number one in the Top 10 is because it is an obvious choice and we know it is coming… perhaps.
Windjammers – Possibly the most obscure entry in the list, this Data East Corporation title for the Neo Geo released in 1994 this arcade game is what you’d expect with a cross between beach volley and competitive Frisbee all with the addition of power ups. This fast paced game would make a great arcade release on PC and consoles as there aren’t enough real arcade games available anymore. Those who grew up in the UK during the 90’s may also remember this as a favourite of gaming TV show, GamesMaster.
Release date confirmation from MobyGames.com