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Submitted by Boysangur 1244d ago | opinion piece

10 Forgotten Games That Should Have Been Franchises

Howdy, once again, pardners! AlienLion counts down ten pretty random games that should have been franchises, as in series, as in they should have had sequels. These are all epic titles that were mostly overlooked and forgotten (well ok, not ALL of them forgotten) for no damn good reason. If you are not familiar with some of them, get off the Internet and get to installin’! Or at least, read about them here to find out if you really should. I wish some of them got remakes as well but they’re worth a few splinters as they are. Anyway, of course, this is not a complete list, and a bit of a sequel is coming up next, but for now, enjoy: (Arcanum, Bad Mojo: Redux, Casual games, Dev, GAME, GameCube, Industry, Jade Empire, Jade Empire 2, PC, PS3, Retro, Snatcher 2, Xbox 360)

Relientk77  +   1245d ago
Ristar and Comix Zone

edit: I'm looking up that Landstalker game, it looks fantastic and will probably pick that up
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PhantomTommy  +   1245d ago
Landstalker is my favourite Megadrive game, It's every bit as brilliant as A Link To The Past.
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doogiebear  +   1244d ago
Isnt it by the same ppl who made Alundra? Or am I mistaken? (Seriously)
AlienLion  +   1245d ago
If you like old school Zelda, you really should. They have it on Steam.
jony_dols  +   1244d ago
Psi-Ops was one of my favorite PS2 games,
& we never got the damn sequel cuz Midway went belly-up...
Unbornkirkster19  +   1243d ago
unreal game! bubbles up for you sir.
prototypeknuckles  +   1245d ago
kya dark lineage
sphinx and the cursed mummy
coomix zone
ristar
mirrors edge
ABizzel1  +   1244d ago
sphinx and the cursed mummy

I had it on PS2, it was a pretty good game, but also the first to give me gaming fatigue (feeling sick while playing a game) so I never went back to it afterwards.

:(
Hasanhastam  +   1244d ago
I know its wierd but RUSE WAS GOOD.And sequel can great hope ubi make it
Xperia_ion  +   1244d ago
God Hando!!!!
AlienLion  +   1244d ago
Second list is coming ;)
bubblebeam  +   1243d ago
@AlienLion

Are you the one who wrote this article? If so, congrats.

Very well written and hilarious. You are the kinda guy I'd like to sit and talk to over a few drinks talking about games.

Great article. Like to see a Bulletstorm 2, so long as they either go full funny, or full serious, not half half.
AlienLion  +   1243d ago
@bubblebeam

Thanks and I NEVER turn down a few drinks. Appreciate the comment.
SnakeMustDie  +   1244d ago
C&C Renegade. Easily one of the best multiplayer I've ever played.

Damn EA for canning Tiberium.
KMCROC54  +   1244d ago
I still wait patiently for for MS ,Bio-ware to come together for a follow up of Jade Empire for Xbox 360 or next gen Xbox.
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Boysangur  +   1244d ago
You and me both man. You and me both.
Captain Qwark 9  +   1244d ago
halo wars
too human
psi ops
the suffering ( got 2, needs more )
mortal kombat shaolin monks
jade empire
river city ransom
agree with alpha

megaman legends ( i realize it got two as well but come one capcom! get your head out fo your *ss, this was one fo your best series )

last and most importantly, a true sequel to castlevania symphony of the night. remains to this day, my fav game ever ( tied with dark souls of course )
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Mikefizzled  +   1244d ago
I still think there will be a Halo Wars 2 just for the next gen consoles if Microsoft continue the yearly release of some form of Halo. I would also add the Saboteur to your list just because of the setting.
maximaz  +   1243d ago
Well, then I guess I'm gonna have to check it out, won't I?
maximaz  +   1244d ago
Too Human? Really?
Captain Qwark 9  +   1244d ago
yeah i put 90hrs into that game. it had its issues i will not deny that lol but once you got the combat system down it was a riot. co-op was a blast too.

some issues....
-level design was very bland almost uninspired
-sp story got cut way short just as it was starting to get engaging
-needed more loot
-could have used some more variety in the gameplay

but what was there was a solid foundation. with proper time to refine and add new things it could have been something great. assuming it had no more production issues. overall the first is prob a 7ish game but believe me, there is much fun to be had with that game
No Way  +   1243d ago
maximaz -
I for one actually enjoyed Too Human, so did my buddy I played co-op with.
Like Captain Qwark 9 said, it had it's problems, but it was still a blast..

Though, Captain I think it ended short cause it was(?) supposed to be trilogy.
And, I agree about the loot. At least, coulda used a wider variety of loot, anyway.
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kma2k  +   1244d ago
Never heard of most of those, but i do have to agree 100% about gun, one of my favorite ps2 games! I really wanted a gun 2 & would still be stoked if one was to come out.
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1244d ago
Killer Instinct.
ToZanarkand86  +   1244d ago
Shenmue...
TheRacingX  +   1244d ago
In no particular order.....

Black
Kill.Switch
Brute Force
Darkwatch
Project: Overkill
Einhander
Heavenly Sword
Kameo

Thats enough.....I could keep going
Relientk77  +   1243d ago
Some good games on that list

I think like Kill.Switch may be the most underrated shooter of the PS2/Xbox/GC generation. Like that shooter was actually amazing.
bubblebeam  +   1243d ago
Wasn't Killswitch the game that inspired the Gears Of War games?

Love to see Heavenly Sword continued, one of my first ps3 games lol. Brute force, while a pretty bad game, was such a blast playing as the dinosaur with the shotty.

I never really cared for Black to be honest (DONT HIT ME, PLZZZZ!!!!!!!)
TheRacingX  +   1242d ago
No probs bro, everybody has their opinions on games, I thought the story with Black was hokey, but the action and the graphics ( especially for a PS2 game ) were top notch, it reminded me of modern warfare before modern warfare..... Kill.Switch was the game that started the cover system...
Pintheshadows  +   1244d ago
Freespace, Homeworld and Planescape Torment.

And Alpha Protocol, Freedom Fighters and The Saboteur.
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maelstromb  +   1244d ago
Freespace and Planescape Torment, for sure! I absolutely LOVED those games!
Boysangur  +   1243d ago
Loved Planescape as well but I feel like it worked great on its' own. It's a very complete story with a satisfying ending.
BitbyDeath  +   1244d ago
Wacky Wheels.
Would love to play a new version of that.
Conzul  +   1244d ago
Heavenly Sword
Mirror's Edge
Freelancer
mr.selfdestruct  +   1244d ago
PSYOPS is truly one the best forgotten games ever. It was released on the PS2. The game was truly a work of art. That game if any is one the deserve a reboot and sequels.
RandomGamer  +   1244d ago
Would love to see a Jade Empire sequel, and a Alpha Protocol sequel feel like I'm one of the only people who actually liked that game.
yodawins  +   1243d ago
mirrors edge 2 is basically confirmed by now.
bangoskank  +   1243d ago
Skies of Arcadia and Vagrant Story.
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Relientk77  +   1243d ago
Both

I really loved Skies of Arcadia
ajax17  +   1243d ago
Spider! for the PS1
Bathyj  +   1243d ago
Silent Bomber and Psi Ops.

Games that need to make a comeback
Crimson Skies
Colony Wars
Rollcage
Siphon Filter
Relientk77  +   1243d ago
I wish more people knew about, and played Silent Bomber

amazing game
Bathyj  +   1243d ago
It would make a great PSN game.
Axecution  +   1243d ago
Mirrors Edge and Heavenly Sword, nuff said haha
Run_bare  +   1243d ago
What I really want is a sequel to Folklore.. I wish someone will take up the challenge and create a sequel.
BlackIceJoe  +   1243d ago
I agree with Snatcher & Landstalker both need sequels.

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