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Top 5 Video Game Franchises That Scream “Reboot!”

A look back on fallen IPs with lots of promise.
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With the recent success of Tomb Raider, and the incoming reboots of Wolfenstein and Doom, doing a game a different path seems to be the popular path throughout gaming. These are my top 5 game franchises that I would love to see brought back to life on our new gaming machines!

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If there was any game that desperately warranted a sequel, by god it was Tim Schafer's masterpiece Psychonauts. With incredibly charming characters, a unique art style, and an enticing story, It would be a great success for any company to revive this fallen gem and all of its IP glory now that the original has developed such a cult following.

Viewtiful Joe is a cell-shaded masterpiece that has spawned its own line of merchandise and even a show. However, despite its extraordinary fanbase, the series has seemingly died down with no new installments as of late. Although some may argue The Wonderful 101 is a spiritual successor, we need  some other companies take on this early 2000 classic for a new generation of fast punches and wicked outfits.

What in the world has Capcom done to their IPs? No series has gotten more neglected by the company than Dino Crisis. Although some may dismiss this underrated suspense-fest as simply "Resident Evil with dinosaurs," anybody  who has experienced   Dino Crisis and especially Dino Crisis 2 knows that this franchise kicks ass with its awesome storylines, ominous soundtracks, and action packed velociraptor skirmishes. We need to see more adventures in these Jurassic epics, and as long as the end result isn't Dino Crisis 3, than I hope someone can reinvigorate the franchise.

Werewolfs, Weredragons, need I say more? Altered Beasts is a brilliant concept concocted by Sega in the bit wars and has since carried over to the ps2. Tragically it has been forgotten by the masses by its lack of any installments. What a gold mine it would be if someone would just give this game a next gen facelift? Weredragons alone would sell copies for this imaginative license.

This can be interpreted as a metaphor for the rise and fall of great original first person shooters that have lost momentum for the likes of Call of Duty or Battlefield. Although those franchises do have their own merits, old school Medal of Honor set in WW2 was really the first time you could truly immerse yourself into to a gripping historical epic. Without those remarkable moments we would not have our blockbuster shooters today. Medal of Honor should come back as that classic WW2 shooter that could bring out that sense of wonder from you like its predecessor did in the olden days.

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