5 Forgotten games that should return next-gen

by Jake Galouzis Featured 30 Comments 26 Votes 3474 Views 07/02/2013 Back to Articles

Five franchises we haven't heard a peep from since earlier this generation.

I'm sure we've all seen the various opinion pieces regarding classic franchises we'd love to see make a return (I'm guilty of this), but as much as I'd love to see Crash Bandicoot and co. return, it's getting a little old. This generation has seen a ton of new and unforgettable franchises born - but as is the circle of life, some fall by the wayside. But do they all deserve such a cruel fate? Let's take a look at five games we haven't heard anything about since earlier this gen, that should make an appearance on next-gen consoles:

Viva Pinata


Don't let the soft, colourful exterior fool you - for Viva Pinata is arguably the Xbox 360's most underrated series. Possessing one of the most unique art directions of the current generation to this day, it's not only one of the most visually-engrossing titles we've forgotten about, but also one of the most engaging.

You may be thrown off by the seemingly-childish nature of the game, but don't let that fool you. The sandbox design of the title is everything we've come to expect from vibrant, open-ended games - sure, it's great for a bit of mindless fun but there's plenty there for those who are willing to dive into the nitty-gritty too.

If Microsoft and Rare could even manage to bring back half as much of a charming and engrossing world as the first two Viva Pinata games, they'd be on to a winner.

Project Gotham Racing


Last seen back in 2007 launching shortly after the Xbox 360, Project Gotham Racing 4 was met with favourable reviews and an in-game world that was certainly on par with the big boys in Gran Turismo and Burnout.

While presumably Microsoft allowed Forza to take the wheel (pun intended) and become the company's premier racing exclusive, it's time for PGR to return and reclaim its coveted position.

There's no reason why PGR5 couldn't be a next-gen exclusive to Xbox. Bring back the killer soundtracks, crisp visuals and the perfect blind of sim and arcade gameplay.

Perfect Dark Zero


Perhaps it was the lofty expectations set by its predecessor that contributed to the mixed reception for Perfect Dark Zero. The original (Perfect Dark) on the Nintendo 64 remains one of the most successful games for the console, if not all time with hardcore fans.

Theoreotically, Perfect Dark Zero's release alongside the launch of the Xbox 360 should have been a killer combo - but despite ultimately being a solid and enjoyable first-person shooter, it didn't meet the expectations developers Rare nor fans had hoped it would.

Though Rare have now been delegated to Kinect Sports games, give them another shot with brand new tech and the benefit of hindsight to make the Perfect Dark game we've been longing for.

Heavenly Sword


Referred to often as the title made to showcase Sony's powerful new hardware, Heavenly Sword was far more than a glorified tech demo. Heavenly Sword gave gamers one of the very first opportunities to explore the new capabilities of the PlayStation 3, and did so in a stylish and original manner.

A sequel was apparently in production at SCE Cambridge in 2008, but was unfortunately canceled. Since the game, Ninja Theory's experience with the hack 'n' slash genre has only strengthened (Devil May Cry), and a fresh next-gen entry could see the series hold its own against the likes of the mighty God of War and DmC.

Mirror's Edge


It's been over four years since we saw the release of the inaugural Mirror's Edge title, a strange outcome considering the generally positive critical reception and unique premise of the game. Rumours of a sequel have been floating around longer than I can care to remember, and while there's been much chatter about the game it still remains unconfirmed by EA.

Back in 2011 EA President Frank Gibeau stated, "We haven't killed Mirror's Edge...we're actively looking at how to bring it back in the right way...we love that franchise", but take this with a grain of salt - its long hiatus could mean it's trapped in development hell - or we could in fact be seeing Mirror's Edge 2 as a next-gen launch title.

It'd be terrific to see such an original and expansive title return on next-gen consoles. A sequel to Mirror's Edge is a true example of a title that could benefit greatly from a next-gen release - think grander environments and skill sets, and even more intense action.

What games do you want to see return next-gen?

By Jake Galouzis

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Perfect Dark maybe. but dear god not Zero [MOG]
um i think it might just be me but i feel like heavenly blade is sony's red steel... please dont make a sequel for it. -_-
Tano
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Heavenly Sword is one of the most underrated games this generation.
I like how every iteration of this kind of list always has Mirror's Edge.
Wouldn't mind a Chromehounds game again on next gen, really miss my mechs :'@
mirrors edge one of the greatest games that gets over looked :D
Wizardry 8 should get a next gen overhaul :D just get the guys from sir-tech(where ever they may be) to do it and not a japanese remake
Heavenly Sword is a game I always wanted to try out! Maybe I will pick this up somewhere...
Heavenly Sword for sure one of the best but like Beta said so underated.

Project Gothem Racing for sure. If they go back to there roots what made the game fun to play. The last one was a little average.
The Legacy of Kain series
I'd love to see an improvement on L.A.I.R. even thought lots of gamers complain about it for it's use of the SixAxis, i didn't complain and decided to learn it and ended up enjoying the game which turned out to be beautiful with an awesome soundtrack, it's more than what i imagined flying a dragon would be like in a game and it turned out kick ass :D
My theory is that EA made DICE scrap Mirrors Edge 2 and start work of BF3 for them. They then recycled some of the buildings and scenery and used them in the single player campaign. Surely i'm not the only one wonders why some of the architecture in battlefield 3 resembles Mirror's Edge. :S
call of duty
I think Forza killed Project Gotham
All except Mirrors Edge, absolutely hated it

Silence said: I like how every iteration of this kind of list always has Mirror's Edge.



That's obviously a good thing.

Now I just have to play it. Anyone want to lend me a copy.... guys?..... guys??? :D
Legend Of Dragoon:P
These would make some good launch titles.

q-Firzenion-p said: um i think it might just be me but i feel like heavenly blade is sony's red steel... please dont make a sequel for it.



You watch Game Grumps don't you [Shifty]

Dino said: I think Forza killed Project Gotham

Yeah, Microsoft don't need two first party racing franchises. That and Bizarre Creations are now no more.
heavenly sword, yes for as for the rest [Facepalm]
PS4 needs Warhawk 2 and Lair 2 and Eye of Judgement 2 and.....

Dino said: I think Forza killed Project Gotham


It shouldn't have project gotham was way better.

There is a reason mirrors edge was forgotten, it was shit
Terrible list, except PGR.

I wanna see Bad company 3
Dark Sector
Manhunt
Brothers in Arms

Tsunamo said:

Dino said: I think Forza killed Project Gotham

Yeah, Microsoft don't need two first party racing franchises. That and Bizarre Creations are now no more.


Activision gave Bizarre the boot after the release of Blur. Unfortunately PGR will be no more.

DarkEnemy said:

q-Firzenion-p said: um i think it might just be me but i feel like heavenly blade is sony's red steel... please dont make a sequel for it.


You watch Game Grumps don't you



i watch them but i felt this way about the game since launch since i didnt have much of anything else to actually compare it to. also im not sure why you would need a god of war clone to exclusively be on the system that god of war is already known for being on... playstation.
Burnout is pretty much in need of a reboot.
:) so any of these descent
Viva Pinata was a really fun game, was my first game I played on my first 360. (Then it got RRoD 5 minutes later :) ) Anyway, I hope they can bring back old franchises as well as bring in some new ideas.
Hated Mirrors edge and Heavenly Sword so I am happy to never see a sequel :P

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