Back From the Dead
I recently dusted off and plugged in my PS2 and found all my old games for it, games such as Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven and Max Payne. I played through each of them and it has made me realise that, whilst this generation’s franchises are great and whilst I want some new and innovative games there are certain series that need to be brought back from the dead.
Later this year Rockstar are releasing Max: Payne 3 and a much loved series will be brought back, this seems to me to be a good thing but I wish more developers would do it. The last Tenchu game (Tenchu: Z) may have been a flop but the games that came before it are classics and they deserve a worthy sequel. Rockstar aren’t the only developers looking to bring back a franchise, Nintendo are soon to release Kid Icarus: Uprising and have shown that it is possible to resurrect a series, keep it familiar, but also innovate and modernise it.
With the developments that games such as Assassin’s Creed have made in the stealth/action genre a new Tenchu could feel very modern, indeed with the right developer behind it it could even freshen up current trends in that genre. Similarly if a new Doom game was to be released it would be able to incorporate some of the modern shooter mechanics into itself and would also provide a breath of fresh air in the current climate of somewhat stale first person shooters (Modern Warfare, Duke Nukem etc.)
So perhaps, whilst focusing on current franchises and hopefully trying to bring some new ideas to the table, game developers should also look to the past to see what is worth bringing back. It has been proven that it can be done with great success and it is becoming increasingly popular but it is obviously yet to become a full-fledged idea.