Comeback  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Comeback  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Microsoft Is Bringing Back Fable https://www.gameskinny.com/wqvr4/microsoft-is-bringing-back-fable https://www.gameskinny.com/wqvr4/microsoft-is-bringing-back-fable Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:53:32 -0500 Nilufer Gadgieva

Two years after the shutdown of Lionhead Studios, Microsoft is bringing back the nostalgic, long-awaited Fable as an Xbox One exclusive. It has designated the task to British developer Playground Games, who was also behind Forza Horizon 3. According to Eurogamer, Microsoft is said to have been inspired by none other than the PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn, more for its single-player, open-world concept than anything else.

While it's still in early development, with Playground Games having hired more than 200 people to work on the game, it's been said to be an open-world, story-driven RPG. Thus, the hype is growing among fans everywhere.

The Fable series became something of a hit back in 2008, when Microsoft released Fable II through the hard work of Lionhead studios, and it went on to become one of the biggest RPG bestsellers for Xbox 360. Although it had been a rather plot-less, incoherent game, what it lacked in story it made up for with the fantastic world in which players found themselves.

Unfortunately, Lionhead Studios was closed down by Microsoft in 2016, while the developers were knee-deep in Fable Legends and conceptualizing Fable 4. Rumors from Kotaku UK claimed that Microsoft had refused to sell the rights of the franchise to potential big-name investors of the studio, and therefore shut it down, canceling both projects abruptly.

Now it seems Microsoft wants to do some good for the Xbox One community, and what better way to achieve that than by bringing die-hard fans back to the platform to explore Albion once again.

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5 Star Wars Games That Need to Make a Comeback With The Last Jedi https://www.gameskinny.com/k66yw/5-star-wars-games-that-need-to-make-a-comeback-with-the-last-jedi https://www.gameskinny.com/k66yw/5-star-wars-games-that-need-to-make-a-comeback-with-the-last-jedi Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:01 -0500 sknau002

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There are plenty more Star Wars games that should make a comeback. But this was just a list of five that we thought really deserved it.

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In fact, many of these games were made back before their potential could really be reached or appreciated. With the technological advances we've made since their initial releases, comebacks from these titles could really take the gaming community by storm.

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So Disney, do us a favor. Get to work on bringing these amazing titles back, and we'll get to work buying them.

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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By: BioWare/EA
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Oh 2003, you hold a very special place in this writer's heart. It was the year we were blessed with the presence of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Set thousands of years before the prequel movies, BioWare was free to essentially do whatever they wanted with KOTOR.

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The first game was about a hero that rose to become a Jedi and save the galaxy from Darth Revan. At least, that's the non-spoiler version. Knights of the Old Republic 2 was like the first one, but with better skills, more manageable gameplay, and an even better story. One of the stars, Kreia, will always have a place in my heart as one of the most philosophical characters in a video game.

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Then EA had the wonderful idea of turning the franchise into an MMORPG. Truth be told, I couldn't care less about MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic. It's pretty, it's got that Star Wars look, it has great NPC characters that BioWare is known for... But it plays like an MMO and that's a no-go for many players.

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Knights of the Old Republic needs a comeback. Enough TOR expansions. Bring the simple player tabletop-like adventure back! We haven't had one of these since before Mass Effect and if they applied any of their technology and know-how from the Mass Effect series, it would be an instant success.

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Star Wars: Republic Commando

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By: LucasArts/Magellan Interactive
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Star Wars: Republic Commando was an awesome first-person shooter that went above and beyond the typical FPS model. First of all, you played as an elite squad of Clone Troopers called Delta Squad. You played as the leader, codenamed Boss, and you command a squad of specialists. Each squad member is good at specific things, and your role, aside from shoot the bad guys, is to command your squad to tactfully take out your enemies.

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First of all, you played as an elite squad of Clone Troopers called Delta Squad. You played as the leader, codenamed Boss, and you command a squad of specialists. Each squad member is good at specific things, and your role, aside from shoot the bad guys, is to command your squad to tactfully take out your enemies.

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First-person shooters today can't even achieve what this game did in 2005. It really did feel like a squad, as opposed to a one-man-army. Today, developers seem to take the shortcut of making a squad made of other players. While multiplayer may be a plus for some, others can immediately see the problems that would arise and would prefer an NPC squad with good AI that you have total control over.

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Republic Commando takes place during the climax of the film Attack of the Clones, making the clones look much more fleshed out than they do in the movie series. It's a story, or at least a playstyle, that Star Wars and video game fans alike have been clamouring for from the FPS sector.

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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

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By: LucasArts
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At first glance, this game may look bland. But remember, it was released back in the early days of the Nintendo 64 and boy was it ambitious for its day.  It takes place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as protagonist Dash Rendar.

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He's a mercenary, AKA not a Jedi. Unlike Kyle Katarn, he remains not-a-Jedi. This seems pretty rare in Star Wars games, as Jedi are really popular. That's what the suggestion of a comeback focuses on; A Star Wars game that focuses on someone who isn't a Jedi.

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Remember that game everyone was super hyped about, Star Wars 1313? It wasn't supposed to feature a Jedi. In fact, it followed Boba Fett in his younger years in sector 1313 of Coruscant. A real seedy underbelly tale of the grittier side of Star Wars. No high adventure and Force using in this title. But as many of us know, 1313 got canceled.

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Shadows of the Empire, along with Dash Rendar, proved that a game NOT featuring a Jedi could work, and very well at that. Shadows of the Empire was the third top-selling Nintendo 64 game of 1997 next to 007 GoldenEye and Mario Kart 64.  Come on Disney, Rogue One showed that it doesn't need to always be a Jedi, it's time to let those wings out again.

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Star Wars Battlefront

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By: LucasArts
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This one may seem too easy, as it's an easy target because DICE's Battlefront, but it wouldn't be talked about so often if it wasn't true. We want to see the true Star Wars Battlefront return.

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What does that entail? A story. What made Star Wars Battlefront II so special was the story following the 501st Legion of Clone Troopers. After Order 66, you followed them as Stormtroopers. Each mission had objectives that made sense and every one of them felt different from the last.

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In DICE's Battlefront, it just feels like Battlefield with a few changes. There are plenty of people who may say otherwise, but the point is there is no story to be invested in, just one deathmatch after another. Is the gameplay fun? Sure! But it's the characters and story that make Star Wars special.

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Another thing to note: The old LucasArts Battlefront games had their own skirmish maps called Instant Action. These maps were more-or-less what DICE did, the difference being that it's merely one mode in the old games and the entire package in the new one. It does leave something to be desired. But if DICE insists on keeping the new Battlefront an online-only deathmatch-fest, then maybe the other games on this list can fill in the need for Star Wars lore.

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Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

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By: Lucas Arts
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First of all, this game stars Kyle Katarn. Next slide.

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No, but really, many people debate whether Kyle is a bad ass straight out of whatever Star Wars people call hell or a literary Mary Sue. Not only was he a cool character, but the games were actually really fun to play. They may seem dated by today's standards, but this game was like The Force Unleashed for the early 2000's. 

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Here's where the eureka moment happens. Combine the creativity of Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast with the fast-paced and pretty looks of The Force Unleashed and you can really give the Jedi Knight series the comeback it deserves.

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In Jedi Outcast, players started off not being a Jedi and slowly learning the ways of the Force. This meant fighting with a blaster and other non-lightsaber weapons. As you progressed through the game, more force powers were achieved, giving a sense of accomplishment.

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Now obviously, The Force Unleashed was a game about a fully unleashed Sith apprentice with overwhelming power from the get-go. That's fine, it's what it was. But applying the progression of Jedi Outcast to the mechanics of The Force Unleashed could be a big accomplishment. It could even be done from another angle, putting a Jedi in the driver's seat once again.

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Star Wars is a precious topic to many pop culture fans. Many of these fans also happen to be gamers, and it's no surprise that over the years, we've had many top notch Star Wars games.

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With the announcement of Star Wars 8 being subtitled The Last Jedi, discussion on the reemergence of Star Wars games has taken place. But what games would we like to see return? Some on this list may be obvious, but the details of "how" are what really make this list worth it.

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These 5 Platformers Need To Make A Comeback Now! https://www.gameskinny.com/iaqr8/these-5-platformers-need-to-make-a-comeback-now https://www.gameskinny.com/iaqr8/these-5-platformers-need-to-make-a-comeback-now Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:00:01 -0500 DannyPTP

With Crash Bandicoot making his long-awaited return  and Sonic The Hedgehog getting what looks to be a decent game for the first time in six years, it's about time that mainstream platformers mount a comeback and make an impact on mainstream gaming as the genre did in the 1990s.

Maybe it's time some of these characters made a welcome return...

Gex 

 

Gex

Originally developed by Crystal Dynamics, Gex saw his debut in 1995, on the 3DO, PlayStation, Microsoft Windows and Sega Saturn. The series revolves around the titular character getting sucked into his TV and exploring channels while finding a way to defeat his rival, Rez. Many pop culture references are seen throughout the series.

The first game was seen as a standard 2D platformer/collectathon, in which players would run and jump through levels. A feature unique to the series is that Gex would be able to stick to walls so he could bypass enemies and hazards. With the release of Gex: Enter The Gecko, the gameplay style shifted into a 3D perspective, borrowing aspects from Super Mario 64, including a hub world.

The final game in the series, Deep Cover Gecko, kept the 3D gameplay of its older brother and also incorporated aspects seen in the first game.

Gex hasn't seen a release since 1999, but in February 2015, Square Enix announced that developers would be able to develop games using old IPs, so perhaps there's hope for the green gecko yet.

Croc 

Croc

Developed by Argonaut Software, Croc began life as a 3D Mario spin-off starring Yoshi, but eventually moulded into its own game, with gameplay revolving around exploring levels, collecting crystals and rescuing Gabbos, who was captured by Baron Dante.

The game was developed for the PlayStation, Sega Saturn and PC, with a Game Boy Colour version being developed by Virtucraft.

A sequel, Croc 2, was released a few years later, along with a couple of mobile games as well.

But alas, Argonaut Software are no longer with us, so while a Croc remaster or sequel is highly unlikely, you never know in the world of Kickstarter and crowdfunding. Maybe some intrepid, nostalgic developer will bring Croc back to life. 

KlonoaKlonoa

One that I don't hear much about, Klonoa entered our hearts in 1998. Developed by Namco, Klonoa: Door to Phantomile was released on PlayStation and was well received by critics, considered by many to be one of the best games available in the Playstation's library.

Exploring a 2.5D environment, players had to guide Klonoa through levels known as "Visions" and utilise a weapon called "The Wind Bullet," which allowed Klonoa to lift enemies above his head and use them to defeat other enemies or to reach higher locations.

The game was re-released on Wii in 2009, but apart from that, no other games in the series have been made. But with an apparent anime film being made, maybe Namco will give Klonoa a second chance.

Ristar 

Ristar

Ristar was developed from a concept originally intended for Sonic the Hedgehog, where Ristar was a rabbit with extendable ears. Afterwards, the concept was used to create Ristar, whom would use his extendable arms to defeat enemies and reach platforms, something never seen before. 

The original game was released in 1995 on the Sega Megadrive/Genesis. There was also a GameGear release, which had different level designs and gameplay mechanics.

Since then, Ristar has been seen only in cameos, such as appearing as a 'Gachapon' in Shenmue and as the flagman in Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed. But with a high demand from fans that they want the character to return in a full-fledged game, here's hoping Sega let this star shine bright again.

Zool

Zool

Anyone remember this? I sure do!

Zool was developed as a rival to Sonic The Hedgehog, boasting high-speed gameplay across colourful environments while collecting items to progress through the game's seven worlds. The game also included mini-games, which included a space shooter and other arcade games.

The game was released by Gremlin Graphics in October 1992 and was made available on a multitude of consoles including, but not limited to, Amiga, Sega Megadrive/Genesis, Atari ST and SNES.

A sequel was also made, which kept the gameplay style the same but also introduced new characters, Zooz, Zool's female companion, and Zoon, his faithful dog.

The sequel's ending contained a hint of another sequel, but nothing came to fruition. However, with Ian Stewart, the founder of Gremlin Graphics, picking up the company's assets with his new company, Urbanscan Ltd, we'll have to wait and see. And we can only hope. 

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So, there we are. While the indie platforming scene is bustling with new and innovative titles that are expanding the genre, it would be wonderful to see these old platforming vanguards reappear in the mainstream scene and reinvigorate the platforming genre for new and old fans alike. 

Do you remember these games? Are there any platforming greats that I have missed that you feel should have been included? Sound off in the comments below! 

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EVO 2015 competitor loses by celebrating too early https://www.gameskinny.com/lecmk/evo-2015-competitor-loses-by-celebrating-too-early https://www.gameskinny.com/lecmk/evo-2015-competitor-loses-by-celebrating-too-early Mon, 20 Jul 2015 05:18:18 -0400 Victor Ren

You know all the "Not Top 10" highlights of those poor souls who lose because they celebrate too early? The ones that are usually either painfully hilarious or devastating to watch based on your what your perspective is?

Well, it happened during a match from EVO 2015 this past weekend.

The game was Guilty Gear Xrd and the two that were facing off against each other were Woshige and Ogawa. Throughout the match, Ogawa was the heavy favorite and he showed it by winning the first round of the match. However, Woshige did comeback and win the second round and... well, that was the problem. Right after Woshige won the second round he starts celebrating like he won the whole tournament, and Ogawa recognizes this opportunity by punishing Woshige.

Ogawa went on to win the whole tournament, and at least Woshige didn't do too badly finishing third in the losers bracket. Hey, if anything at least Woshige just got put into the history books in being part of one of the greatest moments in eSports history... or worse, take it as you may.

 

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