With the inevitable release of the next generation of home consoles, comes the next generation of fresh blood in gaming IP. But what of the games from yesteryear? The games that had come and gone, but are not entirely forgotten. Well, below is a list of games that we, here at AwesomeSloth, would absolutely love to see a sequel for on next gen consoles. Let’s be clear here, these are NOT games that we KNOW will have sequels, nor are they blockbusters that we see sequels for yearly. Not yet another volume in the Call of Duty franchise or an addition to the Halo saga. These are games that captivated us and then faded away into our memories. Games that brought pure enjoyment, yet possibly didn’t quite make the sales that would merit another go in the publishers eyes. So, the disclaimer here is that the games on this list are NOT games that necessarily deserve continuation on a standard scale, but simply games that we love and would cherish a chance to revisit on new systems. You may not agree, have played or have even heard of some of these games. With that being said, here is the first half of our list in no particular order
Hunter: The reckoning was a Gauntlet style action adventure based on the role-playing game of the same name. It had a triptych of titles on the 6th generation of home consoles that included Hunter: The Reckoning, Hunter: The Reckoning: Wayward, Hunter: The Reckoning: Redeemer. A fairly simplistic game that would allow you the choice to take on the role of a “Hunter” (a human imbued with powers given by unknown entities) then hack and slash your way through waves of the undead and supernatural alike. To be honest, my sword was always too thirsty for blood to pay close attention to the story. As far as I was concerned, evil things appeared. I killed them. End of story. At the end of the day, it was a very entertaining top-down button smasher, (albeit nothing outside the box) that was always more fun when friends joined in. (of course only couch co-op. that’s how we rolled back in my day). I think the simplicity and overall fun factor is enough to see a 4th installment on the new systems.
While we are on the subject of the supernatural, it should come as no surprise that this SNES classic would find a place on this list. For some older gamers out there, this was where they got their very first zombie kill. (also odds are their first demonic baby kill as well) Originally released in 1993 to minor success, It wasn’t until years later that it gained its cult following. You (and a friend) play as protagonists Zeke and Julie, as the two adolescents attempt to save their neighbors from a multitude of monsters from B horror movie lore. And what arsenal do you wield to aid you on your quest to save your neighborhood (and probably earth) from this creature feature invasion? Squirt guns and soda can bombs of course. Vampires, Werewolves, Aliens and Mummies, they’re all here in this quirky classic. Even if it doesn’t receive a full-fledged sequel, it should at least get an official port to the 21st century.
Like the name suggests, this little psychological thriller was the brain child of the S&M obsessed horror writer Clive Barker. But don’t let the blood, guts, gore and insanity turn you off. (or on, if you’re into that) Below its sadistic torture-filled exterior is… well, even more blood, guts and gore. However, below THAT, is an intricate story that’s laced with entertaining gameplay, and stunning (yet very disturbing) visuals. Enter a team of 6 supernatural soldiers known as Jericho Squad, that has been sent to Al-Khali by the DOW (The Department of Occult Warfare that was created in the 1930s to combat the supernatural and unexplained) to face the powerful being from before recorded history called “The Firstborn”. Each team member possesses a unique set of skills and powers, that (through most of the game) you can freely switch between to solve problems, or just for player preference. This game is action packed and chock-full of morbid carnage that should keep almost any player entertained for hours on end. The only thing that I would request for a sequel is the ability for co-op (something that the original painfully lacked) Hopefully Clive Barker and Codemasters can get on the ball here. I mean it’s only been 6 years.
Champions of Norrath
Set in the popular Everquest universe, this top down adventure RPG had 2 runs on the PlayStation 2 with its inception in 2004 (Champions of Norrath) and it’s quickly released sequel in 2005. (Champions: Return to Arms) This, like the previously mentioned Hunter: The Reckoning, is a Gauntlet style action adventure title, albeit more inclined with fantasy RPG than horror shooter. (although a button smasher none the less) Like many traditional RPGs, you will be fighting the many forces of evil while leveling up your character and gaining better armor and weapons in the process. The campaign will see you take on the role of the greatest heroes of Norrath; either Barbarian, Wood Elf, High Elf, Wizard or Shadowknight. Your duty, (hehe duty) is to band together with your allies and defend your world from the prince of hate Innoruuk and his evil minions. This should go without saying, but this baddy, (like most bent on world domination) is a douchebag, and should be treated as such. But, if you are one to walk on the wild side then the sequel Champions: Return to Arms is a better suit for you. Besides adding two new characters, (Berserker and Shaman) you have the choice to try to rid the world of Innoruuk’s evil for good, OR join the forces of darkness and attempt to resurrect your fallen deity. The sequel adds other minor upgrades as well, but feels more like an expansion then a second edition. One thing that I would like to see changed for future installments, is more dynamic levels and enemy spawns. The way the platform sits now, after a few replays you know exactly where you’re enemies and items will be. Which of course ruins?
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Rogue Squadron was a very integral part of the Rebel Alliance (and a traitor, take her awa….. sorry about that) and that importance carried over well into its video game adaption. The series that spanned 3 installments and crossed 2 console generations was in many ways the spiritual predecessor to Star Wars Battlefront. (a series that would also see a spot on this list if not for the recent reboot announcement) In this Star Wars flight simulator, you would space “suit up” and be recruited as a member of the elite Rouge Squadron. Through your missions, you will visit many key planets and locations made famous by the movie saga, as well as pilot dozens of vehicles and star fighters from the expanded star wars universe. Besides that, there’s not much more to say. The game does what it does, and it does it well. But then again, what more do you need? There’s nothing like shooting down Tie-fighters from the sky and bringing down giant Walkers to their knees. One would have to think that the possibilities of a sequel to the series are slim at best with the new Battlefront remake on the horizon. (which is set to include new gameplay that allows ground war and space battle simultaneously and can be switched between at will?) Though Battlefront would of course be my choice between the two, Rogue Squadron is a great game for its time, and something that I would pick up in a heartbeat if a sequel or port was released.
Stay tuned for Part 2, coming soon…