Top 10 PlayStation Sequels/Reboots We’re Dying To See On The PlayStation 4
You’ll probably remember that we held a couple of polls on SpawnFirst a short while ago, in which we asked you all which classic Xbox and PlayStation franchises you’d like to see resurrected on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One respectively. In this article I’ll be having a more detailed look at what PlayStation IP’s you voted for, what their respective developers are up to at the moment and maybe discern the likelihood of your favourite games getting a sequel – or reboot, as is the trend nowadays – on the PS4. While tons of franchises – such as PaRappa the Rappa, Bloody Roar, Breath of Fire, Klonoa and Colin McRae Rally (y’know, back when that name meant “rallying” and not “eclectic mish-mash of X-TREME motorsports with a handful of rally events tossed in there in a half-arsed attempt to satiate rally fans”) – managed to rake in a fair number of votes each, here we’ll be delving into the top ten, as voted for by you. Strap yourselves in, folks: NOSTALGIA ALERT!
10. Fatal Frame
Known as Project Zero in Europe, the Fatal Frame series put a unique spin on the survival horror genre; namely, in order to defeat the ghoulish inhabitants of whatever nightmarish locale you were exploring, you had to snap their pictures. It sounds absurd, but Fatal Frame has a cult following – as shown by its appearance in this here top ten – and is one of the more successful survival-horrors-that-isn’t-Resident-Evil series to grace PlayStation consoles. Contrary to that, however, the most recent iteration in the core series remains a Wii exclusive. Titled Zero: Tsukihami no Kamen – informally known as Fatal Frame IV in the US and Project Zero 4: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse in Europe – this Suda 51-directed installment hasn’t even officially released in the West, despite the petitioning of fans; an unofficial patch presenting the only means of even playing the game in English. Series creators Tecmo have given little indication that they have any intent to either release Fatal Frame IV in the West or resurrect the series with a brand new installment, and with the videogame industry having proved time and again that it’s notoriously incapable of keeping secrets, the chances of Fatal Frame making a return on PS4 anytime soon are slim at best.
Capcom’s vividly stylised and cel-shaded adventure Okami is – alongside the likes of Ico, Shadow of the Colossus and The Last of Us – one of those games that I sincerely hope the developers never revisit; it’s widely regarded as a masterpiece and is so utterly unique in its execution that to release a sequel would only tarnish our memories of the original or diminish the cultural or artistic impact it once had within the industry. Nonetheless, plenty of you are hankering to see sun goddess Amaterasu and her Celestial Brush return on PS4 for a second adventure. The Capcom in-house team responsible for Okami – Clover Studio – has been defunct since 2007, with its members having either been absorbed back into Capcom or moved on to form their own studios; however; with a Wii port, an HD remake on PS3 and an indirect sequel on DS named Okamiden having all met with critical acclaim and moderate commercial success, the fan interest is most certainly there. And the mere fact that these games exist in the first place - not to mention Amaterasu’s status as a playable combatant in Marvel vs Capcom 3 – is surely a sign that Capcom isn’t ready to let Okami fade from memory just yet.
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins and Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth Assassins are two extremely highly revered PSone stealth action games that represent the pinnacle of what the genre had to offer in the late Nineties. Thing is that they’re probably the only two reasons why Tenchu placed so highly in our poll, as since the series made the transition from PSone to PS2 – and simultaneously also went multi-platform – its been steadily declining in quality, the critical success has dwindled and it’s all but fallen off the radar in the past few years. From Software currently owns the rights to Tenchu, which is about as good a situation you could hope for. From has churned out a fair few sleeper hits in its time and certainly isn’t afraid to hedge its bets on niche concepts; and with the popularity of the stealth genre at an all-time high, now could be just the right time for a Tenchu reboot. Tenchu‘s stealth mechanics mixed with the hardcore gamer mentality of From’s own Dark Souls could potentially bring the series back in a huge way.
7. Soul Reaver
OK, so technically the name Soul Reaver doesn’t actually apply to the series as a whole, or so my research tells me. I’ll level with you: I’m no expert on the subject nor have I ever played an entry in series of games that bear either Soul Reaver, Legacy of Cain or Blood Omen in their titles. All I know is that the legions of Cain fans have been clamouring for another instalment in the critically acclaimed bloody adventures of the eponymous vampiric antihero Cain for quite some time. The last time he appeared was on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in 2003′s Legacy of Cain: Defiance; the closest we have to an upcoming sequel is the mysterious – see: nobody knows anything about it – multiplayer game Nosgoth, which Square Enix confirmed the existence of last year before promptly neglecting to feed anymore information through regarding the title.
6. Parasite Eve
Square Enix – or Squaresoft at the time – was largely popularised during the PSone era due to the worldwide phenomenon that was Final Fantasy VII. Then Final Fantasy VIII and IX also came along and Square became synonymous with the brand. But they had other stuff going on too; mostly Final Fantasy-esque RPG’s if we’re being truthful, but if you were after something from the Japanese development powerhouse that wasn’t merely about stat-crunching and chocobo husbandry, Parasite Eve and its sequel had you covered. A pair of “survival-horror meets action RPG” titles, Parasite Eve and Parasite Eve II were actually developed as a direct sequel to the Hideaki Sena novel of the same name. Apart from a lone spin-off in 2010 – the PSP-exclusive The 3rd Birthday – nothing’s been seen or heard from Parasite Eve since the second game launched internationally in 2000 and with Square Enix’s hands full with the development of Kingdom Hearts III and no less than three Final Fantasy titles, the chances of seeing it again in the next few years are almost non-existent.
5. Dino Crisis
As we move into the top five, we reach one of my personal dream resurrections and/or reboots: Dino Crisis. Best described as “Resident Evil with dinosaurs”, Capcom’s 1999 PSone survival panic – their words, not mine – thriller starring hordes of time displaced prehistoric nasties epitomised what makes dinosaurs such cool videogame adversaries; unlike zombies, Nazis and foreigners, they’re fast and they’ll stalk you until you’re nothing but a few chunks of flesh stuck between their teeth. Dino Crisis was popular enough in its day to warrant a light gun spin-off – remember those? – as well as two full-blown sequels; the equally awesome Dino Crisis 2 (also on PSone) and the ill-conceived Xbox-exclusive Dino Crisis 3, the latter of which saw the series move away from secluded jungles and into the far-flung future, pitting the player against mutant alien dinosaurs aboard a ginormous transforming space station. Like I said: ill-conceived. Dinosaurs don’t get nearly enough screen time in videogames nowadays, so like you I’m hopeful that Capcom will return to Dino Crisis on PS4. I’ve often wondered what a game that takes the shooting, hunting and jungle island setting of Far Cry 3 and replaces the pirates and indigenous wildlife with a variety of dinosaurs – you know, like Jurassic Park: Trespasser; only… not rubbish – would be like. Then I quickly stop wondering because there’s no denying that it would be ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, and I’d be more than happy to have my dream game proudly bear the Dino Crisis name.
Taking the historical figures that shaped Japanese history as its inspiration and infusing said history with a healthy dose of supernatural elements, Onimusha steadily garnered strong critical acclaim with every subsequent PlayStation 2 release. In fact, here’s some tasty trivia for you: not only is Onimusha the sixth most successful franchise in Capcom’s almost unbeatably diverse portfolio, but the first game in the series – Onimusha: Warlords, released in 2001 – was the very first PS2 game to break one million units sold. So it’s no wonder that Capcom’s hack and slash action adventure series placed so highly in our poll, nor is it unclear why its eight-year absence has gamers aching for Samanosuke Akechi’s return. Onimusha Soul – a 2012 browser-based strategy spin-off – was the last time Onimusha saw the light of day, while there’s no word on Capcom returning to the core series on PS4, or any console for that matter. I’m calling it though: should an Onimusha sequel and/or reboot be announced, chances are that Capcom will get the right people on it. Remember Ninja Theory’s DmC: Devil May Cry? Need I say more?
3. Syphon Filter
It’s frankly criminal that Sony has allowed this third-person shooter (with a heavy emphasis on stealth) to all but fade into obscurity. The popularity of the globe-trotting adventures of Gabe Login attempting to thwart bio-terrorism hasn’t dwindled after three outings on PSone, one PS2 iteration and two absolutely stellar instalments on PSP; and yet Gabe has remained hidden in the shadows throughout the duration of the PS3′s lifespan thus far despite fan demand for another Syphon Filter still being at an all time high. The impending release of Metal Gear Solid V and the renewed success Splinter Cell has enjoyed since its revamp in Conviction and Blacklist both prove that the stealth action genre continues to be a huge draw for gamers, and with the current activities of series stalwarts Sony Bend currently under wraps, we can only cross our fingers and hope that their unannounced PS4 project turns out to be a Syphon Filter revival.
2. Jak and Daxter
I absolutely adore Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy; the whimsy and wonder it installed within me when I first played it place it right up there with Banjo-Kazooie, Super Mario 64 and Tearaway as one of my all time favourite 3D platformers. Just writing about it now has renewed my intense desire to see the genre undergo its own renaissance, in much the same way 2D platformers have over the past few years. On the flipside, I’m not nearly as enthusiastic toward the series as a whole; when the vivid colours and playfulness of The Precursor Legacy disappeared and were replaced by a dystopian setting and – ugh! – guns in Jak II: Renegade, my love for Jak and Daxter all but died and I’m yet to pluck up the courage to give Jak 3 a go. Don’t get me wrong: I still love the platform-hopping duo as characters and the more serious tone that Naughty Dog has taken since Jak II is all well and good when applied to the likes of Uncharted and The Last of Us – two spectacular franchises – but Naughty Dog was built on pure, simple platforming fun (as you’ll see below) and thus I long for the day when the studio announces a long overdue return to the series’ colourful roots. So yeah; Jak and Daxter… number two slot. Bring ‘em back.
1. Crash Bandicoot
And so we reach the franchise you desire to see resurrected on the PlayStation 4 more than any other. It should come as no surprise that another platforming legend, Crash Bandicoot, took the top spot in our poll, given the sheer amount of speculation and fevered discussion that arises whenever a rumour emerges regarding Crash’s return. The more recent rumblings that the Crash Bandicoot property had been bought by Sony proved to be false when Activision chimed in on the Internet discussion to inform us all that they still held the rights and that they’re actively exploring how to revive the franchise. And revive it they should; it was, after all, one of the few IP’s they opted to retain the rights to during their merger with Vivendi Universal in 2008. The latest in a long line of increasingly lacklustre outings for the marsupial – Crash: Mind Over Mutant – released the same year, and only a handful of forgettable mobile entries have appeared since. Naughty Dog’s original trilogy on PSone – Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back and Warped – are fondly remembered for a reason and the fan demand for a Crash revival grows ever stronger; by picking the right team and returning to the series’ 2D roots, Activision would practically be printing money. Oh, and a modern take on the awesome kart-racing spin-off CTR: Crash Team Racing wouldn’t hurt either.