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Submitted by PockyKing 627d ago | opinion piece

Three Franchises Microsoft Should Revive

OnlySP: Platform-exclusive games have been a mainstay of the hardware marketing strategy for some time now. Each company dangles them in front of gamers like a worm on a hook, waiting for us to bite. Technology mega-giant Microsoft is no stranger to this practice and has always been willing to unload the buckets of cash necessary to keep specific titles solely on their Xbox 360. Fortunately for us as gamers, near-infinite amounts of funding and development resources can often translate into some pretty damn good games. In Microsoft’s stable alone, franchises like Halo, Gears of War, and Forza Motorsports stand as some of the most well-received titles in their respective genres. However, not all titles exclusive to the Xbox 360 have managed to stay in the limelight and, as a result, seem to have been all but forgotten. Somewhere, in a back office in Redmond, Washington, some tragically under-appreciated franchises are sitting on a shelf collecting dust. (Fable 3, Project Gotham Racing 3, Project Gotham Racing 4, Viva Pinata, Xbox 360)

MultiConsoleGamer  +   627d ago
1. Crimson Skies
2. Crimson Skies
3. Crimson Skies
user3915800  +   627d ago
Killer instinc
Phantom dust
Perfect dark

FABLE LOST ITS WAY, PROJECT GOTHAM ITS NO LONGER ANY FUN AND viva pinata? well poor choices, they have so many first party or second party that they can use.
Dms2012  +   627d ago
Best air combat game ever for being arcadey.
Bathyj  +   627d ago
YES!

This is what pisses me off about MS.
They spit out game after game of some of their series till they lose the magic that made you love them in the first place, but they have a fantastic franchise like Crimson Skies just sitting there doing nothing because theyre not the money making machines that Halo is.

I also wish they'd bring back Brute Force. The first one wasnt all it could have been, but thats why you have sequels to refine it. You dont need to just give up on it right away. The concept was great, it could just use a bit more polish and better design.
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3-4-5  +   627d ago
Yes!

Still the best multiplayer experience ever.

* It had awesome maps, every plane was fun and unique, it was smooth, 16 players in online dog fighting was awesome and it never got old......ever.

This game was released at the Beginning of LAST GEN....and nobody has even touched it or came close.

That is pathetic.
Bathyj  +   627d ago
The controls. I loved the controls.

The planes were all great and because they were all different each one had their uses.

The game had a great charm to it as well and I loved the universe it was in. Propeller planes with jets and blimps. Awesome.
Eyeco  +   627d ago
Jade Empire anyone ?
DOMination-  +   627d ago
Owned by EA
UnholyLight  +   627d ago
THE OUTFIT!!!! So much fun. Early Xbox 360 exclusive game
zerocrossing  +   627d ago
Out of all the franchises MS is letting rot away right now.

Fable
Project Gotham Racing
Viva Pinata

Are the best you could choose to revive?...

What about.

Otogi
Lost Odyssey
Perfect Dark

Im clueless as to why these titles haven't spawned any recent sequels.
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PockyKing  +   627d ago
Lost Odyssey will be getting it's own piece from us, didn't want to include it here.
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zerocrossing  +   627d ago
Oh OK, I'll be looking forward to that :)
A7XEric  +   627d ago
In all fairness Otogi was published by Sega and developed by From Software. Not really in Microsoft's hands.
Upbeat  +   627d ago
lost odyssey what a game!
onyoursistersback  +   627d ago
Killer Instinct and Project Gotham
funny....with Kinetic support, you would thank a game like Viva Pinata would be out.
wait....2 of my list are Rare's games... :/
Belking  +   627d ago
Brute Force
Mech Assault
Phantom Dust
Shadow Man  +   627d ago
i gree mech assault with hd graphics would be the bomb
Cueil  +   627d ago
Phantom Dust was underappreciated game... what was the one where you had like a super arm and start in some kind of lab some chick comes to get you and you have to fight crazy super powered guys with bear hands
spicelicka  +   627d ago
dark sector?
Belking  +   627d ago
Breakdown?
Cueil  +   627d ago
Breakdown! That game had a ton of promise
Conzul  +   627d ago
Freelancer.
Relientk77  +   627d ago
Kameo: Elements of Power
Brute Force
Lost Odyssey
Blue Dragon
Perfect Dark
Too Human
Mech Assault

edit @ PockeyKing

Well, these are the unique IP's I think are great and/or have potential

also Conker too which ujean69 pointed out
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DasTier  +   627d ago
Conker!
Midtown Maddness!
Crimson Skies!
A7XEric  +   627d ago
Now that George Andreas is gone from Rare, I don't see a sequel to Kameo happening, despite the somewhat cliffhanger ending it had.
PockyKing  +   627d ago
Kind amazing at how many IP's Microsoft has, and unique ones too, but doesn't do anything with them. No clue what's going through their heads.
Knight_Crawler  +   627d ago
Battle Toads
http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Black and White
http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Banjo Kazooie (Done right this time)
http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Crack Down (Done right this time)
http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Jet Force Gemini
http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Killer Instincs vs Tao Feng vs Kakuto Chojin
http://www.youtube.com/watc...
http://www.youtube.com/watc...
http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Conkers
http://www.youtube.com/watc...

PHANTOM DUST....PLEASE MS MAKE THIS HAPPEN.
http://www.youtube.com/watc...
http://www.youtube.com/watc...

This game was very unappreciated and has the potential to compete against Fall Out and Final Fantasy.
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Relientk77  +   627d ago
^Also good additions
ZeroX9876  +   627d ago
you got one impressive list there buddy. If all those titles we`re coming to the next xbox, I would buy one for sure, but seeing what microsoft did with conker on the original xbox and banjo on 360, the chances are low for those two.

Battletoad as a XBLA game would be awesome!
r21  +   627d ago
Woah, phantom dust looks awesome! Make a sequel for that please MS!
maniacmayhem  +   626d ago
That Phantom Dust looks like Psychic Force on steroids. Man I wish an update/reboot of that game would get greenlit. It's perfect for Live now.
from the beach  +   627d ago
Definitely agree with Viva Pinata on Kinect, lot of potential there.
thebudgetgamer  +   627d ago
Jade Empire.
IronFistChinMi  +   627d ago
That belongs to Bioware and EA.
hazardman  +   627d ago
High Heat Baseball
Crimson Skies
PGR5
Perfect Dark
Bring RTS catalog to XBLA(Age of Empires, etc.)
Killer Instincts
PS4isKing_82  +   627d ago
Crimson skies
Project Gotham racing
HD remasters of panzer dragoon orta and crazy taxi 3 and shenmue 2
Next gen sequel or reboot of wreckless: yakuza missions
Gun metal
SonyStyled  +   627d ago
is everyone but me forgetting about Conker??? Conkers Bad Fur Day was the shit back in the day. then again, it was a Rare game. thats a story for another day
BigStef71  +   627d ago
The true Banjo Threeie, Conkers other Bad Fur Day( Chris Seavor would need to come back to Rare for this to happen though), and a true crackdown sequel by the former Realtime Worlds employees
Haze18  +   627d ago
Crimson Skies
Kotor
Banjo Kazooie
Funky_Homosapien  +   627d ago
why not focus on fresh new ip's rather then reboot games that nobody bought in the first place. Im just glad people at Microsoft don't think like this.
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Bathyj  +   627d ago
A good publisher should do both.
Bathyj  +   627d ago
Seems I'm not the only only thats been hankering for Crimson Skies all these years. Many still remember in here and are looking for some love from the franchise.

Are you listening MS?
Hicken  +   627d ago
Nobody ever mentions Blood Wake....
hazelamy  +   627d ago
imagine Perfect Dark as a sort of sci fi version of Tomb Raider or Uncharted.

i'd play that.
slugg  +   626d ago
Killer Instinct
Crimson Skies
Jet Force Gemini

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