ape escape Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com ape escape RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network PlayStation Classics That Need a Remake, Remaster, or Sequel on PS5 https://www.gameskinny.com/pgvbi/playstation-classics-that-need-a-remake-remaster-or-sequel-on-ps5 https://www.gameskinny.com/pgvbi/playstation-classics-that-need-a-remake-remaster-or-sequel-on-ps5 Fri, 17 Jul 2020 15:36:58 -0400 Ethan Anderson

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Legacy of Kain

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Legacy of Kain is, depending on who you talk to, one of the more obscure entries on this list. It's a series of action-adventure games dating all the way back to 1996.

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At the time, these games were praised for their storylines and gripping gameplay. Kain is a vampire out for revenge, and he didn't exactly meet the conventional standards for a protagonist at the time.

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Yet again, we have another classic PlayStation franchise that isn't available on PS4. It's long overdue for an upgraded version for fans to sink their teeth into.

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None of these games listed are guaranteed to get remasters, remakes, or sequels, but a little bit of hope can go a long way. Trust me. As a Spyro fan, I know the struggle well.

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What classic PlayStation franchises do you want to see remastered or completely remade? Let us know over on Twitter

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Tenchu

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Tenchu was one of the most notable stealth-focused games on the PS1, alongside Metal Gear Solid. In fact, they both released in 1998 in Japan.

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The duo's stealth mechanics are where most of the similarities between the two end, though, as Tenchu incorporated ninjutsu, Japanese fantasy, and martial arts elements throughout the series. Metal Gear Solid is, well, Metal Gear.

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FromSoftware President Hidetaka Miyazaki actually stated that Sekiro could have been a new entry in the Tenchu franchise, but plans changed. That confession alone should give fans hope for a Tenchu comeback.

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Suikoden

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Suikoden is an RPG series that honestly, didn't always sell well. Despite this, critics and fans alike have continuously praised the early games.

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Suikoden 2 is the brightest of the bunch, being hailed as one of the best non-Square Enix console RPGs of all time. Unfortunately, none of the games made it to the PS4 in any capacity.

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Even if a sequel or full remake seems unlikely at this point, we can still keep our fingers crossed for a remaster of the long series' most enjoyable titles.

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Sly Cooper

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Okay, so there are a few platformers on this list. They're all classics, though. Like Jak and DaxterSly Cooper is another PlayStation franchise that gained most of its popularity during the early- to mid-2000s.

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The latest entry came out in 2013 on the PS3, and at one point, there was even a movie in development, yet no signs of another sequel.

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Unlike Jak and Daxter, the Sly Cooper games weren't made available on PS4 at all. Sly's band of thieves missed out on an entire console generation, but it might be just the right time to bring the series back.

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Twisted Metal

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Twisted Metal started out as a classic PS1 game, and it just so happens to be the oldest entry on this list. The first game launched in 1995, while the latest game was a reboot released for PS3 in 2012.

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It'd be interesting to see just how the PS5 could improve upon Twisted Metal's chaotic demolition derby gameplay.

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The high-octane action needs to be experienced once more, and now would be the perfect time for a victory lap, especially considering the popularity of games like Rocket League.

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Jak and Daxter

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Naughty Dog has been a big name in the video game industry for a long time. Before The Last of Us, there was Uncharted. And before Uncharted, there was Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter on the PS1 and PS2.

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The Last of Us 2 has been on a lot of players' minds for a few weeks now, but it wasn't too long ago that Jak and Daxter could arguably be called Naughty Dog's best work. It was one of the very best action-platformers around in the early- to mid-2000s.

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The series has been brought to PS3 and PS4 with upscaled ports, which is nice, but Jak and Daxter is a franchise that deserves more. 

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It'd be a dream come true to be able to see more of the amazing story, fun combat and platforming, and loveable characters in a Crash Bandicoot-style remake or sequel.

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Silent Hill

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The Silent Hill franchise defined survival horror games with its first few entries on the PS1 and PS2. In fact, some would even say that Silent Hill 2 is one of, if not, the best game in that genre.

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The creepy, mind-bending narratives stuck with players for years to come. This is even true for the demo for the canceled Silent Hill entry, P.T.

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If anything on the level of P.T. gets released as a true sequel in the series for next-generation consoles, fans would absolutely lose their minds in the best way possible. Because of that, rumors of new entry have stalked the series for years, and iconic villain Pyramid Head has even made a recent appearance in Dead by Daylight

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Ape Escape

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The first Ape Escape came out back in 1999. It quickly became one of the console's must-play platformers. Exploring the diverse environments while catching all of the escaped apes never got old.

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Fast-forward a few years, and we have the latest mainline entry in the series. "Latest" may not even be the right word since Ape Escape 3 was released in 2005 on the PS2.

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With its insane number of spin-offs, it's genuinely surprising that a real Ape Escape sequel hasn't been made in 15 years.

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There are ways to play some of the games in the series on PS4, but nothing close to a true remaster, remake, or sequel. Here's to hoping that these apes are let loose once again on PlayStation 5.

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The next generation of consoles is right around the corner, but sometimes it's hard to leave old favorites in the past. Sometimes, players want a bit more than upscaled ports. But which games deserve that coveted remaster, remake, or even a sequel?

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Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot made nostalgia-infused comebacks as remakes recently, which feels like a ray of hope for fans of PS1-era games. Crash is even getting a brand new sequel, coming this year.

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With the PlayStation 5 arriving this holiday season, it's time to take a look back at some PlayStation classics that need to make next-gen appearances.

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Could a New Ape Escape Game be on the Way? https://www.gameskinny.com/nabfv/could-a-new-ape-escape-game-be-on-the-way https://www.gameskinny.com/nabfv/could-a-new-ape-escape-game-be-on-the-way Mon, 06 Jan 2020 14:11:09 -0500 Josh Broadwell

A new Ape Escape game is something series fans have dreamed of for almost a decade now. That dream might just come true in 2020.

The Twitter account Piposaru20th, aka the "Official" Sarugetchu (Ape Escape) 20th Anniversary account, posted an intriguing New Year's message. Roughly translated by Google Translate, it essentially says 2020 will be an exciting year to share more franchise news. 

That tease could point to potentially exciting news about a new Ape Escape game at long last.

The Twitter account is mostly retweets related to the Ape Escape series, with a few teases here and there about a new game since the account was launched in June 2019. Additionally, the only thing official about the account is the word "official" in its name.

Though the account lacks the blue checkmark imparting legitimacy to its tweets, it does have Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan as a follower. SIE Japan doesn't follow that many accounts except for influential figures in the press and games industry, including developers. Consequently, one could reasonably assume the Ape Escape Twitter account from which this news comes is trustworthy.

Still, the message itself is rather vague and could just refer to more of the same content as much as it could be a new PlayStation 4 game or even one of those elusive next-gen games we still don't know much about. We'll just have to wait and see.

Debuting in 2001 with the original Ape Escape game, the series went on to spawn two solid sequels on the PlayStation 2, before devolving into spinoffs. It all seemingly came to an end with the very badly received PlayStation Move Ape Escape, partly thanks to implementing motion control long after its heyday.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Ape Escape news as it gets peeled.

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It's Time For A New Ape Escape https://www.gameskinny.com/tyve4/its-time-for-a-new-ape-escape https://www.gameskinny.com/tyve4/its-time-for-a-new-ape-escape Wed, 24 May 2017 10:32:26 -0400 Erroll Maas

The Ape Escape series, known as Saru Get You in Japan, is a platforming franchise developed by SCE Japan that sees players capturing "evil" monkey and restoring order to the world. The first game in the series was released in 1999 on the original PlayStation and since then, Ape Escape has seen two sequels, a PSP remake of the original game, and various spin-offs and party games. On top of that, characters from the series have made guest appearances in a few other PlayStation games.

The last mainline game in the series, Ape Escape 3, was released for the PlayStation 2 in 2005, so players have not seen a new entry in the franchise for 12 years. Now would be the perfect time to bring the series back.

With a Ratchet & Clank remake released in 2016 and the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy coming in June -- as well as PlayStation 4 ports of the Jak & Daxter series on the way -- Sony would be crazy not to have something Ape Escape related in the works. The mainline series skipped an entire console generation. And that's just not acceptable. 

Monkeying Around in Three Fun Games

It might not be that easy for the game to make a return because players may not realize the importance of Ape Escape. The controls of Ape Escape are heavily centered around the analog sticks, with the original being the first game to require the use of the PlayStation's DualShock controller.

Unlike other platformers of the time that often used the D-pad for movement and the X button for jumping, Ape Escape reinvented the then accepted and conventional control scheme found in many games. The left stick moves characters throughout the world, while the right stick operates the player's selected gadget. The R1 and L1 buttons cycle through inventory items. 

By today's standards, that sounds banal, but during the PlayStation era, it was revolutionary. Bringing the game back with a modern version of this control scheme could interest players, as it helps make the gameplay more unique, and as many have seen with the release of Snake Pass, unique controls are great when done well. Perhaps the touchpad on the DualShock 4 could be integrated in a clever way, similar to Tearaway Unfolded or Gravity Rush 2.

Ape Escape 2 featured a new main character named Jimmy, new gadgets, and new minigames. Another notable feature of Ape Escape 2 were the five new boss characters known as The Freaky Monkey Five, an elite team of smarter-than-average monkeys whose abilities were enhanced by eating special bananas. These particular monkeys all have different skills, and can be really annoying to fight. However, the gameplay continued to revolve around use of the analog sticks, so there wasn't too much of a change. 

In Ape Escape 3, there are two characters -- a male character named Satoru, and a female character named Sayaka, who has the ability to leave certain monkeys starstruck and immobilized due to being a pop sensation. Ape Escape 3 had fewer gadgets, but instead had a device that allows characters to morph into different forms. The monkeys could also steal certain gadgets and use them against the player.

Ape Escape 2 may not have had many improvements, but Ape Escape 3 shows that the series was clearly getting better and heading somewhere. So why didn't we get Ape Escape 4 for the PlayStation 3 or Vita? Well, there is one possible, yet simple answer.

The Amount of Ape Escape Spin-Offs is Bananas

The reason we haven't yet gotten Ape Escape 4 may be because those responsible for the series were focusing on spin-off titles for several years. The first few spinoffs came between the release schedules of each mainline game, but Ape Escape saw five different spin-off games after the release of Ape Escape 3. These ranged from party games to racing games, to role playing games and even a separated spin-off series for PlayStation Portable known as Ape Escape Academy.

The last game related to the Ape Escape series was PlayStation Move Ape Escape in 2011, an on rails game that utilized the PlayStation move motion controller. And although not a true Ape Escape game, the goal was still to catch monkeys. Unfortunately, the PlayStation move spin-off received largely negative reception, with some claiming it felt like a "bargain bin Wii title" instead of a fleshed out spin-off. The negative reception may have discouraged the team from making another Ape Escape game, not realizing that a few years later, many fans would want the return of the primate capturing franchise.

Will We See Ape Escape 4 Soon?

At the moment, nobody truly knows if a new Ape Escape is in the works. Since it's been over a decade since Ape Escape 3, and about six years since the last game in the Ape Escape series (which was terrible), it's about time for the intelligent helmet wearing monkeys to run rampant through the world again. The franchise may have missed the Year of the Monkey, but maybe we'll see a new game in the series finally announced sometime later this year.

Do you think a new Ape Escape game will be announced soon? Which Ape Escape game is your favorite? Let us know in the comments! 

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5 PlayStation Collections the Vita Needs and You Want https://www.gameskinny.com/er2mz/5-playstation-collections-the-vita-needs-and-you-want https://www.gameskinny.com/er2mz/5-playstation-collections-the-vita-needs-and-you-want Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:00:01 -0400 GeorgieBoysAXE

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The odds of a major title landing on the little handheld in 2017 is slim, but that doesn’t mean that the Vita should be ignored.

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There are so many games with collections, like God of War, and Ratchet and Clank that can have plenty of games to arrange into a budget-minded package made to rekindle the same magic that they did when they first came out. The Vita can do so much more, but for now, I’d be happy with the idea of taking some of these potential collections with me on my next flight or road trip on a portable system that doesn’t get enough credit for how awesome it is.

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The Yū-Nama collection

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I find it strange that Nintendo is the first brand that people think of whenever the topic of weird games come up, especially when Sony has been open to the idea of a game about surviving in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo as a Pomeranian.

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The What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? series (part of the The Yū-Nama series) is a prime example, as they focused on the premise role-reversing the traditional fantasy setup where players take the action of a villain who is trying to defend the safety of his lair from the onslaught of adventure heroes who line up in droves to challenge your domain. The strategical nuance is reminiscent of a tower-defense style of game, only you’re given way more liberty in you arsenal to defend the Demon Lord from the defeat of a noble champion with charming tools and traps made to specifically counter distinctive hero-types and powers.

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The games never really got a fair break, as they were release late in the PSP’s life cycle with some potential legal conflicts over their original names that they projected to release with, and a rushed port of the third entry hastily dropped on the PlayStation Network with little to no fanfare. Hell, don’t even get me started on the silent treatment the upcoming VR spinoff of the series is getting.

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The initial two "Badman" games and No Heroes Allowed, with some of the Yu-Nama puzzle mobile games sprinkled in what could be the niche RPG equivalent of Super Mario All Stars that we never knew that we wanted, yet still deserve to have, and there’s no better system to accommodate the wacky collection that the PlayStation Vita.

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The Parasite Eve Collection

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It’s strange that the world we live is one where we’re being treated to RPGs that are starting to get a sequel count in the double digits (Persona is HALF-way there!) and yet there are plenty of other properties that only have a handful of titles to their name.

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The Parasite Eve series is such a franchise, and while it hasn’t exactly been ignored  by Square, the publisher has done a crap-job at reviving the series by shoveling the originals over to PSOne Classics on the PlayStation Network as a shallow attempt to generate excitement for the release of the third entry at the time, The 3rd Birthday.

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The science-fiction horror story of Aya Brea is one that deserves to be told again with an upscaled production effort that would fit right at home on the PS Vita. The mechanics of the game’s combat mechanics and stage design are ideal for a “pick up ‘n play anytime” setup that can be alternated between each other like epic chapters to a grand story. Complete the arrangement with additional content, and some behind-the-scenes access to the development of the three titles, and you’ve got a prospect that’s already exciting in concept alone!

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It’s a surprise that Square hasn’t already released a collection like this after continued support of the platform with releases like Dragon Quest Builders and World of Final Fantasy, a Parasite Eve collection could be just the thing to push owners to charge the sleek Sony handheld once again.

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The Ape Escape Collection

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I don’t know if you guys heard, but 3D platformers are back in style -- like, gamers are straight HOT for these free-roaming scavenger hunt experiences right now. In all the excitement for this nostalgic renaissance though, one particular gem seems to be glossed over by the fact that it wasn’t on the Nintendo 64; Japan Studio’s Ape Escape had you scrambling through dozens of worlds to nab the eponymous simians themselves in a weird, but enjoyable series of collectathon games.

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When Ape Escape: On the Loose was first release at the PSP’s launch, critics found the revival to be too ambitious, as it suffered from the limitations that it had with the PlayStation Portable’s button layout and single-stick control, which doomed any possibility for the underrated sequels to get another revision themselves on the new handheld system. The Vita is the new opportunity that franchise needs to return from obscurity; I mean do you guys remember what the last Ape Escape game was that released? Ape Escape Move…a party game focused around the troubled motion-control peripheral, it didn’t even get a physical release in the states.

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All Sony needs to do is to get Vita remaster of Ape Escape: On the Loose, and Ape Escape 2-3 from the PlayStation 2 onto one loaded cartridge, and they’ll be able to cash in on the platformer fever with a series that rightfully deserves the prestige that the genre is currently enjoying from the public.

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The Clover Collection

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Before they were known for their games about sexy, violent Witches, or pulpy action, pen-and-ink brawlers, Platinum went by another name, one that wasn’t simply just another rose, but a Clover instead.

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The original Capcom-owned studio helped usher in modern day classics that’re still cherished to this day; classics like Viewtiful Joe, Okami, and God Hand were titles that truly embodied the creative spirit that the team went on to brand themselves with. As acclaimed as the lineup of software is however, they’re admittedly still niche games that are arguably considered to be sleeper-hits than runaway ones, making them all the more ripe for re-releases on an interface that they’re already familiar with.

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It’s no secret that the Vita’s touch control options aren’t the most popular among its features, but the potential they hold for the unique dynamics of the Clover trio is something shouldn’t be ignored. Think back to the Wii port of Okami; the transition it made to motion-controls was subtle enough to be fresh without overpowering the purity of the gameplay, it was a move that influenced many to consider the Wii version of the game to be the definitive one.

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Speculation aside though, these experiences are one that rightfully deserve another release on hardware that can do them justice, and I can’t think of a better way to do it then to include them all in a budget assortment.

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The Patapon Collection

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The one issue that the Vita inherited from the PSP was its lack of exclusive properties that made carrying one around worth the investment. Not to say that Sony’s pocket systems never had any killer apps of their own, and a prime example of that was Japan Studio’s Patapon, a rhythm-based real-time strategy game that had you time your beats for some beat-downs.

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Timing different combinations to the tune of a jungle drum, players would guide a growing tribe of savages to victory as they would challenge rival tribes for land and posterity in order to regain the honor they once had for their Patapon heritage. Patapon became popular enough to spawn two more sequels with its surprisingly deep and quirky gameplay, and it wasn’t long before the trilogy was considered to be a cult-classic among PlayStation fans, and voyeurs alike.

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Strangely enough, two of the three games never saw a Vita port, which was a shame considering how brilliant the touch-screen interface could be for a reimagined control scheme. Then there’s the upcoming remaster of the collection that’s slated to release for the PS4 later this year; a Vita version of that collection with a Cross-Save feature for its console counterpart would make all the sense in the world for Sony to follow through with -- like, an absolute no-brainer even.

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Not since the original Wii, has there been a platform that was so “undead” like the PlayStation Vita; a system that was in this weird purgatory where it was considered a critical success among the masses, and yet was still regarded as a commercial failure. Still, we can only hope that the handheld can host a couple more game collections that could use the portable treatment, poetically giving them, and the Vita, a second chance at a new life.

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Here are some properties that could use the travel package treatment, considering the potential choice-cuts that’re available for a bundled release.

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6 Other Platformer Stars Who Need to Hop on the Remake Bandwagon https://www.gameskinny.com/oherd/6-other-platformer-stars-who-need-to-hop-on-the-remake-bandwagon https://www.gameskinny.com/oherd/6-other-platformer-stars-who-need-to-hop-on-the-remake-bandwagon Mon, 26 Dec 2016 06:00:02 -0500 Janette Ceballos

Abe’s Oddessy, DuckTales, Tomb Raider -- all these franchises were beloved by gamers enough to be brought back in the modern day. And it’s been great. With improved visuals, gameplay, and a nostalgic factor, most reboots have been doing well enough to inspire even more reboots and remasterings. (Even in spite of some massive failures like Mighty No. 9.) Sometimes, that’s what a good franchise needs.

So what other games could benefit from the reboot fad? We can think of quite a few...

Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers

Considering how DuckTales Remastered proves you can add to these sidescrollers while still keeping the core of the game, this one could work too. Both the original and the sequel were incredibly popular in their time, so it’s not too crazy of an idea for Disney to release updated versions of one of their most popular games.

The cooperative play of this sidescroller is what players enjoyed the most. Being able to lift and toss boxes and each other was always a fun time, and a return to simple two-player might be a welcome change of pace from online multiplayer. What I would love to see in a reboot is a little more challenge added to the boss battles, adding special abilities that let the other characters be playable, adding a more adventure-y feel like the old cartoon had. 

Ape Escape

This was a weird 3D platformer about monkey armies, butterfly nets, and time travel that came out for the PlayStation. It was fun going around different time periods, using cool gadgets, and trying to stop the monkeys from destroying human history.

While the latest game came out in 2010, the series could definitely use a reboot. Going back and improving on the original platforming mode would be better than going the motion-controlled route. Plus, updated graphics would be nice. You can even incorporate some of the PlayStation 4’s online mode to create multiplayer challenges people would enjoy.

Battletoads

People love a challenge, and this was a game that notoriously delivered. The 2D sidescrolling beat ‘em up offered no save points and only three lives. It was a challenge to get through one level, let alone the entire game. Every combo and attack was the difference between seeing the end and having to start over.

Plans for a 2013 remake were dropped, which is a shame since it would do well in the current market considering the popularity of Super Meat Boy and similarly challenging games. It’s nonsensical, creative, and has the right amount of 90’s oddness that would make it appreciated today.

Ghost n’ Goblins

This one’s even more difficult than Battletoads in terms of gameplay, but is still regarded as one of Capcom’s best sellers. With maze-like stages and relentless armies of monsters on your heels, the game tests just how good of a player you are. Like Battletoads, the challenge it poses to players will be the main draw in a reboot.

Spyro

Let’s be honest, it’ll only be a matter of time before this happens. With Skylanders being such a commercial success and Crash Bandicoot getting a remastered edition, this is a logical step for the franchise.

It would be fun to have a reboot in the adventure platformer style of the original game or Year of the Dragon, where you could explore the bright and magical worlds for hidden gems and secrets. You wouldn’t even need to add a long, detailed legend or gritty story plot. Just have the purple dragon explore and save other dragons in weird new worlds with weird new friends from Skylanders.

Banjo-Tooie

Originally released for the Nintendo 64 in the early 2000s, this platformer was a fun and addicting collect-a-thon in the same vein as Donkey Kong 64. The memorable characters and fun world ripe for exploration kept people coming back for more. It’s got a spiritual successor in the upcoming title Yooka-Laylee -- but if somehow a full-blown reboot could be made, people would love it.

There you have it...a few old classic games that could benefit from a remake. Whether it’s because of neat mechanics, fun worlds, or for just being well-made platformers, all of these games deserve the reboot treatment. In any case, the reboot craze is showing no signs of stopping, so we might as well enjoy the nostalgia-driven ride.

What sorts of games would you like to be brought back in a modern reboot, remastering, or remake and why? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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5 games/series to celebrate the year of the Monkey this Chinese New Year https://www.gameskinny.com/j2kcj/5-gamesseries-to-celebrate-the-year-of-the-monkey-this-chinese-new-year https://www.gameskinny.com/j2kcj/5-gamesseries-to-celebrate-the-year-of-the-monkey-this-chinese-new-year Thu, 04 Feb 2016 04:26:15 -0500 Tobbpitt

Did you know 2016 is the Year of the Monkey on the lunar calendar? If you're not lucky enough to find yourself smack-dab in the middle of a Chinese New Year party, you probably won't have much reason to care that Chinese New Year is coming up on February 8th. 

You may not be celebrating directly, but some games can get you in one the monkey action this year. Monkeys and apes have been prevalent as main characters and enemies in video games since Donkey Kong's rise in arcades in the early 1980s. If you want to give the Year of the Monkey the attention it deserves, this is the right way to do it. Sort of.

So what game is the first one to grace our list? With so many options out there, it could be anything -- but it's not. It's..

The Monkey Island series

Perhaps one of the first series any long-time gamer thinks of when someone says "monkey" is the classic LucasArts adventure series, Monkey Island. I mean, what else could it be? Adventure games that are more limited on their monkey usage, obviously.

Guybrush Threepwood's first attempt at piratedom and clash against the nefarious LeChuck arrived on limited gaming platforms and PCs in 1990 and spawned four sequels, the last of which saw its release in 2009 after being developed by (the now well-known) Telltale Games.

The Monkey Island games aren't known by fans of the genre to be the toughest point-and-click adventure games out there, but they do still pack a hefty mental challenge for all skill levels, and the humor and charm of the series is still renowned today.

The original The Secret of Monkey Island is still a great starting point, and the 2009 re-release with optional updated visuals and music is available for iOS, PC, Mac, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 for cheap. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge got the same treatment. The third game, The Curse of Monkey Island, wasn't so lucky.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

A game many Wii U owners regard as one of the best games on the console has so easily found its way onto this list that it's a bit sickening. Apes as protagonists and tight, difficult gameplay in this day and age? Come on, man. That's not what modern gaming is about. 

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze isn't what you'd expect from a big game released today, but it is a faithful and gorgeous throwback to Donkey Kong Country on the Super Nintendo, and a more than worthy sequel to Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii.

The game more than fits the Year of the Monkey bill, but it's tough as nails. Gamers with low-to-no patience need not apply to Donkey Kong's most recent platforming adventure. Those who can withstand the challenge have what is definitely one of the best Nintendo platformers released in years ahead of them.

Bloons TD5

I defy you to find a series more monkey-packed than the Bloons TD games. This well-known tower defense title has been knocking around on browsers since 2007, and it first found its way to mobile devices with Bloons TD4 in 2010.

Bloons TD5 is the most fleshed-out addition to the series. While Bloons TD Battles and Bloons Cities are booming on browsers and mobile, TD5 is the the biggest in terms of sheer content, and is generally a more varied experience than Battles and Cities.

You've got monkeys in airplanes, monkeys with corrosive glue guns, ninja monkeys, monkey banana farms -- there are just a ton of monkeys in TD5, and each one has a use for one playstyle or another. There's a reason this is regarded as one of the best tower defense games out there, and it's not just because of the monkeys. 

Temple Run 1 & 2

Like it or not, Temple Run and its sequel are some of the most popular games ever made, thanks to their dominance on mobile devices. There's something to be said about the simple fun endless runners provide, that much is for sure.

If you've never played Temple Run, you wouldn't know that the "big bads" in the games are evil demon monkeys hungry for the flesh of the player. These carnivorous antagonists (who definitely look more like apes than monkeys) are a constant threat in the Temple Run games, and are always on the heels of an unlucky player.

These are certainly the most intimidating monkeys on this list, and I would definitely not want to run into one in a back alley. You get a look at these guys enough while playing the game that it's impossible not to include the Temple Run series in our Year of the Monkey game list.

Ape Escape trilogy

What!? You forgot about SCE Japan Studio's monkey-catching action-adventure games? Oh, the humanity! You need to remember the Ape Escape series, stat. Otherwise I'm just going to feel disappointed.

The first Ape Escape was the first game to require the use of analog sticks on the PlayStation, and it set the stage for some unique gameplay and controls that not many other games have decided to imitate. And man, there are a ton of monkeys to capture.

The original trilogy is the best of what Ape Escape has to offer in English, with the sequels improving upon the original formula. Further entries to the series are either Japan-only or spin-offs which don't really live up to the monkey-catching hype. And it is pretty hype.

The entire Ape Escape trilogy encompassing the first three games can be found on the PlayStation Network today, but if you're a physical copy junkie you can pick up the first entry on the PlayStation or PSP, and Ape Escape 2 and 3 on the PlayStation 2. There really is no better game series to celebrate the Year of the Monkey with. 

What are you favorite monkey related games? Let us know down in the comments!

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9 Old-School PlayStation Games That Deserve To Be On PlayStation Now https://www.gameskinny.com/9460b/9-old-school-playstation-games-that-deserve-to-be-on-playstation-now https://www.gameskinny.com/9460b/9-old-school-playstation-games-that-deserve-to-be-on-playstation-now Thu, 09 Jan 2014 13:54:53 -0500 Lauren Puga

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Crash Bandicoot: Warped (1998)

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Remember when Crash Bandicoot was essentially the Mario of the PlayStation world? There's been speculation that our favorite marsupial will be making a comeback in the near future, so what better way to welcome him back than streaming his classic titles to a variety of platforms? 

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Silent Hill 2 (2001)

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It's pretty much an uncontested fact that Silent Hill 2 is the scariest game of the series. The game was recently re-released as part of the Silent Hill HD Collection but the initial reviews were less than stellar. PlayStation Now would be a perfect opportunity to redeem this horror classic. 

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Spyro: Year of the Dragon (2000)

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Skylanders is huge right now so it seems like a no-brainer for Sony to include the classic Spyro titles in the PlayStation Now lineup. While the original Spyro and Ripto's Rage were both great games, Year of the Dragon deviated from the usual formula and gave us the option to play as other characters.  

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Tomb Raider 2 (1997)

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Despite being one of the biggest names in video game history, a lot of young gamers never had a chance to play the old Tomb Raider games. With the recent reboot of the Tomb Raider series and release of the original Tomb Raider on iOS, Lara Croft is making a comeback that PlayStation Now could definitely be a part of. 

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TimeSplitters 2 (2002)

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A fan-made sequel to the popular TimeSplitters franchise is on the horizon but will anything beat the second installment? TimeSplitters 2 is recognized as one of the best shooters ever released on PlayStation 2 and surely that title deserves a spot in the PlayStation Now library. 

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (2001)

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Not only is Pro Skater 3 hands down Tony Hawk's best skating game ever, but the soundtrack is killer and you can play as Darth Maul, Wolverine, and Doomguy. I think that alone is enough reason to bring this gem back from the dead. 

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The Simpson: Hit & Run (2003)

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For those of us not allowed to play Grand Theft Auto back in the day, The Simpsons: Hit & Run served as a excellent substitute. Modeled after GTA, this sandbox-style driving game allows you to explore and wreak havoc on Springfield while playing as your favorite Simpsons characters. 

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Spider-Man (2000)

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There have been a lot of Spider-Man games released for PlayStation over the years but Neversoft's Spider-Man still remains a personal favorite. The What If? mode, based on the comic series of the same name, allowed users to play in an alternate universe; something we don't see in many games today. 

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Ape Escape (1999)

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There aren't many games about time traveling monkeys on the market these days, so I think it's time to bring back the original Ape Escape. PlayStation Move Ape Escape was released in 2011 but it was formatted like a FPS rather than the classic, monkey-catching platform game we know and love. 

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