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Top 10 Video Game Franchises That Need To Be Rebooted





Video game franchises come and go, and while some franchises go on to release Triple A titles like the Halo or Call of Duty franchise, not all video game series go on to be successful in the long run. Whether the first game was not something that peaked gamers’ interests or if the game spurred out too many unnecessary spin-offs, sequels, their developer is no longer in an active gaming company, a bad developer or lack of innovation on their developers part, or any of the other plethora of problems, they still have potential. These are the top 10 video game franchises that need to be rebooted.

10. Banjo-Kazooie

Banjo-Kazooie was a platformer developed by Rare with its first installment released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64. The success of the first game spawned a sequel in 2000 and a follow-up was initially announced and then eventually canceled. With Rare being purchased by Microsoft in 2002 and the fate of Banjo-Kazooie in the hands of Microsoft, one could wonder how would the series go on? With Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts released in 2008, fans of the series were left with mixed feelings and sour tastes in their mouths. This franchise has potential to be something more, but Microsoft needs to get a good developer on board and give this classic franchise the respect it deserves.


9. Conker

Similar to Banjo-Kazooie, although there were not that many games within Conker’s franchise. Many fans of the series can agree that Conker’s Bad Fur Day was the best game in the franchise. With Bad Fur Day taking the series into a more adult-targeted series, the game was still a cult classic and despite the great recognition Bad Fur Day received, it did not sell great, mostly due to the fact that it was released during the final moments in the Nintendo 64’s lifespan. This adorable red squirrel needs a comeback on Microsoft platforms, perhaps along with a reboot or follow-up sequel to Bad Fur Day too?


8. TimeSplitters

TimeSplitters is a first-person shooter gaming series created by developers Free Radical Design. While the games are referred to as similar in gameplay mechanics to Perfect Dark and GoldenEye 007, this FPS has not had a new installment since TimeSplitters: Future Perfect released in 2005, and with little to no hope of TimeSplitters 4 being released anytime soon. With the Call of Duty franchise being the most popular FPS on the market for multi-platform 8th generation consoles it would be nice to have some competition for COD, and this game is the perfect series to give Call of Duty a run for their money.


7. Parasite Eve

Do you ever wonder what would happen if you mashed an RPG like Final Fantasy with a Survival Horror game like Silent Hill? Parasite Eve is what you would probably be looking for. Parasite Eve was first released on the PlayStation in 1998 and was developed by Square Soft. The success of the first game spawned a sequel released on the PlayStation in 2000 in North America, as well as The 3rd Birthday on the PlayStation Portable in 2011 (Which is nothing like the first two in many different reasons with this particular installment being a Third-Person shooter.) The concept and ideas of the franchise were innovative for its time, but it would be nice to see this series being rebooted and bringing more RPG titles to PlayStation 4 owners wouldn’t ya say?


6. Dino Crisis

Dino Crisis is a survival horror game first released on the PlayStation in 1999; it’s like Jurassic Park and Resident Evil had a baby. Unlike Resident Evil, Dino Crisis was more oriented to action rather than survival. The first game was so successful it spawned to 2 sequels, and a light-gun spin-off with the third game being a disappointment.  There are not many dinosaur games out in the gaming world right now and with Jurassic Park hopping back into the movie business and sparking Dinosaur interests in the public, perhaps Capcom will consider bringing this series back.


5. Resident Evil

Unlike most of the other series on this list Resident Evil is popping games out like guppies. With the first initial game being released in 1996 for the PlayStation, the series has had over a dozen games released. With Resident Evil 4 being a game changer, the disappointing performances by Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 were not appreciated by fans. These two games feel more like action adventure games (and RE6 felt like an Action Adventure Movie) than the survival horror games that RE is known for. Many fans loyal to the series are left skeptical wondering if Capcom should stop making RE games or just have another developer take control and reboot the series. Should this series be rebooted, we would need this reboot to revert back to classic survival horror that made the series popularize the survival horror genre, while also using the third-person camera. Just give the fans what they want, zombies! No more of these infected humans or mutated gene monsters just good old fashion zombies.


4. Crash Bandicoot

Anyone remember Sony’s first mascot? You know Crash? Crash Bandicoot? No? Well let’s talk about Crash. Crash Bandicoot was a platformer released for the PlayStation to compete with platformer franchises like Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario (but mostly Mario and the critically acclaimed Super Mario 64) developed by Naughty Dog at first. A bunch of other developers got their hands on it and practically ruined the series altogether after the first release. The first game in the series was dubbed one of the best selling PSOne games of all-time, and spawning into several different spin-offs such as racing and party games, the last platformer being released in 2008. Crash needs to make a comeback, with the Uncharted series being one of the few Sony platformers. We need more variety for PS4 fans especially since Uncharted will be ending in 2016. We need another platformer to come fill our hearts once Uncharted is gone.


3. Jet Set Radio

Jet Set Radio is a franchise known for having its in-game characters on rollerblades; a mixture of action, sports, and platformer. Known for its colorful visuals, and soundtrack selection, the first Jet Set Radio game was released on the Sega Dreamcast in 2000 and was developed by SmileBit and Published by Sega. With no true sequels (not counting Jet Set Radio Future and not to mention even that game had a cliffhanger at the end) being released and the first installment seeing a re-release on two occasions with one re-released on the GameBoy Advanced in 2003 and then an HD remake of the game released on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network in 2012, this franchise was just kind of kicked around and forgotten by the important guys who actually make the games. With Sega already struggling as a game developer and practically overworking the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Sega really needs to make some moves to regain its title as a once powerful video game company, so come on, Sega bring back Jet Set Radio; reboot the series, and while you’re at it bring back some other popular franchises too.


2. Silent Hill

Much like Resident Evil, Silent Hill is still popping games out the wazoo. First released on the PlayStation in 1999 as an exclusive, this Survival Horror franchise has seen released on Microsoft and Nintendo platforms as well. With the latest game in the series, Silent Hill: Book of Memories being released in 2012, this series has yet to see a title released on eighth gen consoles. It doesn’t already help with the fact that not only has the series been going into question and giving fans doubts after the release of Silent Hill 4: The Room  in 2004, or even the fact that the game that probably would have saved the series, Silent Hills, was cancelled by Konami (bad move you guys….B-A-D move). Since then, the series has been up in the air.


1. Jak and Daxter

Jak and Daxter is a platformer first developed by Naughty Dog (the same wonderful group of guys that brought us titles like The Last of Us. The first game, The Precursor Legacy was released on the PlayStation 2 in 2001, the first installment going down in history as one of the defining franchises for the PS2. With the most recent release being the Jak and Daxter collection, an HD re-release of the first three games int he series released on the PlayStation 3 in 2013, Jak and Daxter has yet to make its debut on the PlayStation 4. With rumors about Naughty Dog allegedly considering a reboot, there might be a future for the franchise. Like I said before, Uncharted is ending very soon, so we need a new Sony exclusive platformer. Bring back the loveable Ottsel, Daxter, Naughty Dog DO IT.



To keep Apex Legends running for an additional “10 to 15 years,” Respawn opens a third studio





Apex Legends developer Respawn has created a third studio in order to keep the popular battle royale genre running for another “10 to 15 years”. Madison, Wisconsin is where the new studio is situated.

This third studio (the first two being headquartered in Los Angeles and Vancouver) will largely focus on Apex Legends in order to ensure a continuous and, most importantly, sustainable production pipeline. It may, however, contribute to other Respawn products in the future. Ryan Burnett, who previously served as director of engine production at Epic Games and had a distinguished 14-year career at Raven Software, the Call of Duty Studio, will serve as the studio’s head.

Senior VP of operations at Respawn, Daniel Suarez, claims in-depth in an interview with that “Because we intend to stick with this for the long haul, team health is unquestionably a top priority for us. We’re eager to see Apex become a franchise that endures for ten, fifteen, or more years because we think it will. We can’t just accomplish everything at once, exhaust ourselves, and be unprepared to do it over the long run.”

Consistency (as well as adequate production runway) are essential to make Apex Legends’ 90-day turnaround for new seasons of content realistic. Suarez observes that the introduction of new characters to the game takes a lot longer than you might anticipate “It takes us between a year and a year and a half to become proficient in a Legend. We are therefore making preparations well in advance.”

Only a few weeks ago, parent company EA fired more than 200 Apex Legends quality assurance testers in an impromptu Zoom call, raising concerns among some fans about the game’s future.

Do you support Respawn’s decision to open a third studio? Do you believe Apex Legends will still be around in 15 years?

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On the PS5, Kingdom Eighties brings micromanagement and vintage nostalgia





Kingdom Eighties, a micro-strategy game coming out for the PS5 in 2023, is a loving tribute to that legendary time period.Eighties will be a stand-alone novel like earlier books in the Kingdom series, such as Two Crowns or New Lands.

You take on the role of the leader, a camp counselor tasked with protecting the village against enigmatic creatures known as greed. Bike around the neighborhood with youngsters like The Champ, The Tinkerer, and The Wiz, who will support you in combat and each contribute something unique to the table while doing your best Stranger Things impressions.

Your thoughts about Kingdom Eighties Have you played any of the other Kingdom games?

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Currently available on PS5, PS4, and 18 more PS + Extra, premium games





Just now, another great update for PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium came out.There are 17 titles in all that are available for these higher membership tiers in March, which is a wonderful collection that should have something for everyone. In Europe, these games are now available for download on the PS5 and PS4, and they will soon be released in North America.

Here is a list of everything included as a reminder:

PS Plus Extra: March 2023

  • Tchia (PS5, PS4) | Review
  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (PS5) | Review
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising (PS5, PS4) | Review
  • Rainbow Six Extraction (PS5, PS4) | Review
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo (PS5) | Review
  • Life is Strange True Colors (PS5, PS4) | Review
  • Life is Strange 2 (PS4) | Review
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (PS4) | Review
  • Street Fighter V Champion Edition (PS4) | Review
  • Untitled Goose Game (PS4) | Review
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (PS4) | Review
  • RAGE 2 (PS4) | Review
  • NEO: The World Ends With You (PS4) | Review
  • Haven (PS5, PS4) | Review

PS Plus Premium: March 2023

  • Ridge Racer Type 4 (PS1) | Review
  • Ape Academy 2 (PSP)
  • Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror (PSP)

Tchia, an independent open-world adventure, debuts on PlayStation Plus Extra on the first day of this month. In addition to everything else mentioned above, members will also have access to this endearing new game. The three classic games mentioned above are also available to PS Plus Premium subscribers. Both Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror and Ape Academy 2 provide a set of trophies, which is always a welcome extra.

According to our most recent poll, the majority of you are happy with the new games and oldies that were added to the catalog this month, and we don’t blame you. It’s a fantastic choice. With these more recent membership tiers, Sony seems to be finding its footing after a somewhat poor start.

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