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There is a lot of franchises that are forgotten, and we want back: Silent Hill, Legacy of Kain, Monkey Island, and many more.
But I think that there are less known/remembered franchises that are awfully forgotten, with wonderful, complex worlds, that can be really cool to revisit in a videogame form.
Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy
Usagi Yojimbo (the recent game doesn't count. Its a half-baked mess)
What do you think? Is there a really old and/or forgotten universe that you want to revisit?
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well, same thought before reading your comment - after having read the list I thought the same thing.. I'd have plenty of series and such to add, especially when it comes to RPGs and so on being born in the '80s, but on that list I first thought - hell, Dune!
Reading the Books right Now ... someone should produce a tv series about it too!
There was a movie with Patrick Stewart in the 80s, and a few mini-series tv shows on the Scifi Channel in the 2000s
... but imagine a series with a 'game of thrones'-like budjet =)
Yeah ! A game like the first Dune would be great. I think the following games were not as close to the book as the first one.
Indeed. First PC game I ever played (Dune 2000) :D
Same. My first game with Land of Lore :)
Windows 95 :D
Hmmm, I don't remember when I got into RPGs, but it was later, I think... :) At first it was mostly Dune 2000, Age of Empires 1, later on I remember playing the heck out of Serious Sam Second Encounter, Sudden Strike. Only yeaaaaaaars later did I play RPGs, and one of the first might be either Morrowind or KOTOR 2.
Lands of Lore was awesome, but became really hard. I never got past the mansion with all the ghosts that would utterly destroy my party.
Noooooo Not so hard. I did it again 3 years ago I loved it even if it took a while to get old.
Did it hold up well? I'm always concerned about going back to really old games, in fear that they won't hold up nearly as well as I remember.
And it was the White Tower Ghosts that utterly destroyed me. I couldn't hurt them, while they would rip through my party.
Looking it up now, I see I'm not the only person who got stuck there. I guess you had to avoid using a cube to break a seal on the city so you could use it against the ghosts (I'm sure I probably used it to break the seal), or use emerald blades to do piddly amounts of damage and run away frequently and slowly wear them down through a war of attrition. I can see why I would have gotten stuck there as a kid - that sort of design certainly wouldn't fly anymore.
If you still love old school dungeon crawler maybe you know this game (or maybe not ^^)
The Keep https://store.steampowered.com/app/317370/The_Keep/
He is really good and not so hard ;)
I actually haven't heard of it before.
The last dungeon crawler I've played was Etrian Odyssey IV, on 3DS, which was my first EO game. The lengthy demo completely sold me on the game - and progress carries over, which was awesome. At first, I thought I wouldn't like the map making aspect, but it turned out to be oddly compelling and enjoyable.
I got EO Untold 1 & 2 on super sale, but haven't had the time to play them yet. I also got the Legends of Grimrock games at some point, but haven't played them yet either. I seem to be spoiled for dungeon crawlers, while free time is eternally elusive.
Dune 2000 was great! I think it was my first RTS.
Indeed! I'd looooove a remake of it. Think Starcraft 2 engine, nothing too fancy :)
Yeah, that would be great. I can still see it vividly in my mind, the little groups of soldiers, the vehicles, the sand worms...
I didn't read the book until years later, but Dune immediately became one of my favorite books, and one of the very few books that I've re-read.
Ooooooooooooooh, yes, the spice must flow!
Feel that Discworld and Hitchhiker are quite lowed as books and perhaps partially as movies too and Another World got anniversary edition as well, guess Dune did get some treatment too based on site OpenRA? Both of them were among first of in their genre and did built those up for sure. Remember getting ass handed to me when played Dune as kid. o.-
Half of these aren't really "forgotten" (I was gonna bring up Hitchhiker and Discworld, too, and maybe Dune and Another World). Something more along the lines of being "actually" forgotten would be something like Relics: Ankoku Yousai and maybe Koudelka (I say maybe because that game was technically part of the Shadow Hearts franchise).
Indeed checked through games and it's hard to find series/franchises that didn't get love on later years. Single games shouldn't be even counted as topic says franchise. Would guess 80's would have more of them or perhaps some peculiar console releases or regional games. So far most i know have gotten sequel, remake, remaster, successor, spinoff etc kind off game in later years. o.o
Jazz Jackrabbit and Redneck Rampage would fit there as don't know any remasters etc products that game out of them, but they too aren't forgotten and well memorized by people. o.-
I meant forgotten in videogame form. A remastered version is not a sequel or a modern game.
We didn't have a new game of the mentioned franchises in decades. The last Hitchhiker's game is from 1985, last Dune game is from 2001, Discworld 1999, Heart of the Alien (the unofficial Another World sequel) is from 1994.
Well i kind of would say that is successors follow same pattern and make same kind of game it isn't surely not the franchise, but shows that game or it's genre isn't forgotten. Ehh well remastered or remake version would exactly show that it's not forgotten game and still valued by makers and players.
Indeed maybe not new games, but i have seen quite few oldies getting love and remembered by people due these remasters/remakes/fan made mods etc going around. They surely can make that old game come back very great and i'm all for it.
Should probably push some titles myself out here which could be forgotten, franchises are bit hard since usually they got quite much love due to making several games instead of one and there often are spin offs or something made out of them by different developers. Like Bloodrayne which had two games and few years ago came game Betrayal. o.-
Jazz Jackrabbit and Earthworm Jim - (EWJ got HD edition later on) and JJ was published on GOG lately, but they are originals?
Commandos - these are apparently getting a remake and reboot on top of that in future.
Star Wars Jedi Knight + KotOR
American McGee's Alice & Alice Madness Returns - feels these are on hiatus and unobtainable atm, but would not say forgotten. Quite many cases like these there, but damn it's hard to find actually forgotten series! o.o Checked list through and most i know from older ones got some treatment later on if they got to be series.
Discworld Noir was great. It's sad that we didn't get more games after that :(
Privateer in the Wing Commander universe
Untill the (If I can recall correctly) 2016's E3, Beyond Good and Evil. I was on Discord with some friends and suddently they announce the sequel. The heard me screaming soo loud, but they didn't recognize the franchise, and I was way too hyped to bother explain them why the hell I was that excited. As a grown woman (may I say so at 23 yo?) I busted into tears of relief.
I I can add something else, Timesplitters.
BG&E is one of the finest games ever. Too bad Ubisoft owns the thing.
But everiyhing, graphics, characters, music, story, is top notch. One of the few early 3D adventures that aged really well.
I've done the main story all over again one or maybe two years ago and graphics were still really enjoyable, so the combat system and the stealth section.
Black & White
I'd be happy with a re-release as well. Not just for me, more for others who have never experienced it before.
A Black & White remaster or just a re-release on Steam would be the best thing ever.
However, it's owned by EA, meaning that what we'll probably get is a shitty mobile game the second they remember it existed instead. :'(
I've tried, but I've never enjoyed a Peter Molyneux game
Great games, played both of them on Dreamcast back when they first came out.
Never tried the PSP ports but I think I heard they had poor load times.
Came here for Dune, wasn't disappointed.
Honorable Mention: I'm really pulling for a new Super Mario Strikers for Switch
Oh, I almost forgot.
FABLE. Please, I can't live with my memories of the third title anymore, I need fresh, good games.
Can the third one actually be purchased in digital form nowadays? I would really like to play it again.
You can only buy existent keys as it's no longer on Steam.
But, I mean, imo, it's a really poor game, not worth the trouble. That's why I need another one.
But Legacy of Kain had Nosgoth... OH WAIT
There will never be any more Discworld. So said his daughter Rhianna Pratchett.
Novels. New adaptations surely will be plenty.
We are getting Discworld: Troll Bridge though.
The Magic Knight series of games (Finders Keepers, Spellbound, Knight Tyme and Stormbringer), were a big thing when I was a kid but I haven't heard them mentioned in a long time...
Oh yes. Those were lovely games. Some of the best bargains to be had among budget games. I would definitely buy a new entry.
The Escape Velocity series.
I guess it can't really can't be considered forgotten, if it was never really known about in the first place. lol
I remember playing an Escape Velocity game. I don't remember which one, just that it was a space ship flying around on a planet and it was pretty fun.
Actually, Cyan, the company behind Myst, released a new game: Obduction.
While not a sequel to the franchise (I believe Myst 5 was very much a conclusion), it's the same genre and style, and is marketed as somewhat of a spiritual successor (although i haven't played Obduction, so that remains to be seen...)
and there is this... https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1252280491/myst-25th-anniversary-collection?lang=de
with the state of Lucas Arts and Star Wars games in general could be any from them, i pick the Jedi Knight series, 4 games, will never see more of them again.
This is truly sad. I loved playing them when I was a kid. Only played the last 2, but still one of the best games coming out of the quake 3 engine.
I'd love to play the three Discworld games again - actually I never got to play Discworld Noir as by the time I found a copy of it it would no longer run on my pc/laptop - I think the highest operating system it would cope with was Windows 97? and it wouldn't play on XP. Yes, yes I'm showing my age...
Mind you if the Starship Titanic (designed by Douglas Adams, who then wrote the book) is now on Steam there may be hope?
ScummVM supports Discworld 1 & 2 now, so if you still have your copies compatibility won't be an issue. It doesn't support Noir, though. I think your best option there might be running the PlayStation version in an emulator.
Yes. The PC version is kinda unplayable nowadays
Thanks but I don't think I have the CDs any more :(
There is one other, much earlier Discworld game. It's The Colour of Magic, a text adventure for the ZX Spectrum. Terry Pratchett was personally involved of the design of that one, an experience which inspired him to name a part of the Disc after the RAMTOP system variable on the Speccy.
Ooh, I did not know that!
To clarify: there is no windows 97 (yet) only Windows 98 and Windows 7 :p
Merp, my mistake - I knew it was the one after Win 95... o_0
Well 97 was unofficial name for 95 OSR2+ (came with 32bit, UDMA, USB and AGP support and so on).
C-12 Final Resistance. One of my absolute favorites back in the ps1. That game was so fantastic. Way ahead of its time, and in a good way.
Liked that one as well, good immersion going in game and it had good gun/enemy variety along with gameplay being quite nice. :) Think that have the original ps1 game in closet. o.-
Besides the already mentioned (hell yeah, Wing Commander and Dune :>), stuff like Dungeon Keeper, Elite Force, Lemmings and SWAT/old-school Rainbow Six would be nice to see continued, though I bet there's plenty more I'm currently simply forgetting. Outside of already existing video game franchises, there's way too many to list, although I'm also kinda glad most never were touched tbh since the video game industry is already suffering more than enough from way too many cheap cash-grab adaptations violating existing lore and good taste...
War for the Overworld is a rather good Spiritual Successor to Dungeon Keeper.
Dungeons 2 is a bit of a dumbed down version of DK with different management elements and I'm not sure what Dungeon 3 does yet.
Yeah, there's also Dwelvers, although that one seems to be kinda lost in development hell. Still, besides Overworld being a good game and, as you mentioned, spiritual successor, they all kinda lack that Bullfrog style for me. Come to think of it, I somehow miss the old days with companies like Bullfrog, Lucas Arts, Westwood, Id, Troika Games, Ion Storm/Looking Glass etc. I mean, the indie scene never was as big as it is now, but back then it just didn't feel as corporate as it does now.
Actually, sadly enough, EA did remember Dungeon Keeper.
As it did C&C.
Actually can we make EA forget licenses instead? That would be great.
You can't force me to recognize that horrible mobile cashgrab and that pathetic attempt at cashing in on THQ's success with COH (aka C&C 4 - Nail in the Coffin) to be part of the respective franchises, therefore I won't listen to you and thus I don't know what you're talking about. Nope. Doesn't exist. Lalala.
Jade Empire 2 would be nice.
Very much, yes. I had never been so invested in an rpg.
The Suffering is great, especially the first one. The first time I played it was the best time, it felt scary and atmospheric.
Eternal Darkness. Although it appears in any case that two possible successors have been half-alive and mostly hidden for years, rotting, moaning and occasionally surfacing for a brief glimpse of what could never be. Not dissimilar to Mantorok in his underground tomb, then. ;-)
Let's add a few to the list:
I have a lot of respect for the Team Andromeda and what they did with the Panzer Dragoon franchise. I still own all the console games (never picked up Panzer Dragoon mini for Gamegear, or the R-Zone game), and for the most part they've all aged extremely well.
Burnout is not entirely forgotten. There was a remastered recently. But I feel like the media didn't give much attention and so tge gamers(or the other way around).
I came here for Freedom Fighters. I loved that game, one of the best third person shooter that I've played. Having and controlling your own squad, taking advantage of the map, basic tactical commands for the individuals in your squad. I loved it!
Have Paradox actually announced any World of Darkness games since they acquired White Wolf?
Alan Wake is getting a series https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/13/an-alan-wake-tv-series-is-in-the-works/
They haven't, the hope was that Obsidian are working on something given that they've published with Paradox before, but that's a very long shot and one for the future, as Boyarsky and Cain are working on their secret RPG anyway, and that's a new IP for sure.
Alan Wake had a sequel in the works,some screenshots and video leaked a few years ago, but it is possible we see one eventually.
+1 for an Arcanum sequel ! This is a really good game !
I liked how you can solve the quest the way you want in this game. you're not tied to do the things in a particular way. For example (for those who doesn't know the game...) If you must get an object from someone, you can try to convince to give it to you, or barter for it, or steal it or simply kill him/her.
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I think that Tony Hawk's contract with Activision has - finally - expired?
At least we're getting Session.
Crazy Taxi. I really enjoyed the first two on Dreamcast. They got ports to other systems but the ports were always really half-assed and missing parts/all of the original soundtrack. I never played much of the third on the original XBOX since my console broke sadly.
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I think you'll be happy to know that Bandai Namco recently trademarked "Katamari Damacy Reroll" , so looks like that franchise is coming back in some form :)
And yea House of the Dead is one I kind of miss too. I spent so much time at the arcades playing the first game, and quite a bit of time on the second (plus Typing of the Dead) on Dreamcast too.
Oh it looks like it just officially got announced as a port of the original game for Switch and Steam, releasing in December.
Personally I would have preferred a new game, or a port of Katamari Forever, but this is good too :)
Switch trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swLrMvltrQs
Ding Dong wants more Gitaroo Man and Vib-Ribbon. I want a The Legend of Dragoon sequel since it was cancelled AND Dart was dropped as a playable character in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.
You guys will be happy to know that House of the Dead 5 came out two days ago in japan. Arcade only (for now) made with Unreal Engine 4. Also a good alternative is Dark Escape 4D made by Namco, if you can find the cabinet somewhere.
And a remaster of Medievil is in the works, so maybe there's hope for the franchise.
Forgot Dino Crisis myself, that one would be nice to see getting same treatment as RE 0,1,2,3. Silent Hill too. ;-;
Tombi/Tomba for sure was peculiar game from ps1 era! Had it some demo ps1 disk and played it though didn't have any clue what to do. :D