Here are the top ten video game franchise sequels and remakes fans are dying to play!
10. Eternal Darkness 2
Back in 2002, Silicon Knights released one of the scariest video games ever on Nintendo’s Gamecube console. Not only was it scary due to all the beasties and panic inducing audio, but it was also frightening because of all the weird tricks the game played on you. Gamers freaked out when a message saying that their memory card data had been wiped clean came up on the TV screen. Once they figured out it wasn’t real, they applauded the game’s penchant for real-life scares. We implore Nintendo to commission Silicon Knights for a sequel to this awesome survival horror game. Where ZombiU failed, this game can succeed.
9. Capcom vs. SNK 3
Capcom and SNK are highly regarded for their excellent attention to quality when it comes to fighting games. Both companies have created countless awesome fighters for the masses. Both companies have also crafted great crossover fighting games that pitted the best of each side against one other. Ever since the fighting game community got a shot in the arm again, fans have been eagerly awaiting a third entry in the Capcom vs. SNK series. New characters have made their presence felt on both sides and I’d now like to see them added to this company battle royale. C. Viper, meet Ash Crimson. Ash Crimson, say hi to C. Viper. We’d pay good moolah to see SNK handle this version since we’re huge fans of their sprite work. Capcom, go ahead and do your own version too while you’re at it.
8. Beyond Good and Evil 2
Ubisoft surprised gamers everywhere when they debuted a teaser trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2. Ever since that trailer hit the web, fans of the series have been patiently waiting for any type of fresh news for the game. We know it’s coming, but we’ve come to grips with the fact that it’s not coming anytime soon. It looks like this game is hitting next-gen consoles due to the ambitious scope of its current development. In the meantime, we’ll all just have to enjoy the HD version of the first game. See you sometime in the future, Jade!
7. TimeSplitters 4
First person shooters rule the current gaming landscape. Old franchises and new ones have popped up in the genre every year. Fans have made their voices heard about the one FPS franchise they want to see return the most: TimeSplitters. The series featured a wacky cast of characters, such as a space monkey and a zombie clown. The gunplay was fast and tight and gamers couldn’t get enough of the wild multiplayer. Crytek was rumored to be the guys behind this game, but it’s been “indefinitely postponed.” If you wanna see this project happen, we suggest you join this Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/Timesplitters4PLZ.
6. Shenmue 3
Fans of this series have been extremely vocal about getting a part three. The second Shenmue ended on a cliffhanger that left those who finished the game wanting more. But they still haven’t gotten their proper closure. The project was put on hold due to low sales, but there’s a hardcore fanbase out there that would gladly offer their greenbacks for this sequel. Sega should start the healing process by offering parts one and two as downloadable HD remakes. If they sell well, then hopefully they’ll make part three a reality. Yakuza has done well for Sega, so we presume Shenmue will mirror that series’ success as well. People want their Ryo, dammit!
5. Chrono Trigger 2
We totally get that Chrono Cross was the purported sequel to the fantastic SNES RPG. But in actuality, the sequel’s plot and characters were vastly different from those of the first game. What Square Enix should do is create a direct sequel to Chrono Trigger that offers a brand new tale in its vast world. Hey, Final Fantasy got a few sequels to its numbered entries! The same should be done for this one, too. A modern take on the game’s cast of characters, time traveling storyline, and innovative double and triple team Tech attacks should do the trick. The Wii U could do well with an epic Japanese RPG this gen.
4. Star Wars Battlefront 3
Such a sad state of affairs for this game. It was in development and it looked phenomenal. Free Radical Design was working on it at first, then it was rumored that LucasArts handed over the development duties to Rebellion Developments. Now, the game is pretty much scrapped. We still hope to see someone picks the rights back up to this game and makes it into a worthy sequel. Past games in the series let players take on a variety of roles within intergalactic teams (The Republic, CIS, Galactic Empire, and Rebel Alliance). The all-out wars contained some great third person shooting and team synergy. Someone make this happen again, please!
3. Final Fantasy VII HD Remake
Fans of this revolutionary Final Fantasy entry have been asking for one thing and one thing only: an HD remake. They got an animated movie, plenty of side games (some good, some awful), anniversary box sets etc. But they still haven’t gotten what they truly want. Square Enix’s representatives always get pressed about this project and they always offer the most professional “no’s” and “maybes” we’ve ever read. They can push this thing off all they want, but they know the truth: Final Fantasy VII HD is practically a plan for printing money.
2. Kingdom Hearts 3
You know what game series has one of the most dedicated fan bases? Kingdom Hearts. Ever since this Disney/Square Enix collaborative project hit the PS2, gamers have fallen in love with Sora and his Keyblade adventures. Both PS2 games were superb RPG’s that featured a who’s who of both entertainment powerhouses. Since those games dropped, we’ve seen a boatload of side quests on portable devices. Every time we finish one, we immediately think “I hope part three is on the way.” We’re not the only ones who echo that thought. All those new Square Enix characters mixed in with Disney and Pixar’s new worlds = Heaven. Could a Star Wars and Marvel themed world enter the mix? Who knows?
1. Half-Life 2: Episode 3/Half-Life 3
Yo Gabe Newell! Stop messin’ with people’s hearts dude. Fans are craving a peek at whatever Valve may be cooking up for the next Half-Life. Those fans have a gut feeling that it’s being created, but they don’t know if it’s another add-on to the second game’s episodic series or a full-fledged sequel. Every time a shirt with the game’s logo pops up or when the game appears on the listing for a game convention, the speculation begins. Valve knows what their fans want. It’s just a matter of time before this game finally hits consoles and PC’s. Gordon Freeman deserves his return. An E3 2013 appearance will stop everything. Everything? EVERYTHING.