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Top 10 Games That Need to Make a Comeback

Comebacks are nothing new to video games.  So far this year we’ve seen Twisted Metal and SSX both make big comebacks after years of being absent and later this year Tomb Raider and Hitman are going to be doing the same, but why stop there?  There are countless numbers of franchises out there worthy of comebacks, so I humbly present to you my top 10 games that need to make a comeback.

10. Elite Beat Agents

Elite Beat Agents was a rythem game for the DS based off of a Japanese game called Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan.  The goal in Elite Beat Agents was to provide moral support to people by dancing and singing to get them through their problems.  The scenarios were absurd but the gameplay was solid which involved tapping various icons that would appear on screen to the beat in a particular order.  While the soundtrack was a bit pop heavy for my tastes it was still a lot of fun.

The Ouendan series was lucky enough to see a sequel made but Elite Beat Agents never did.  While the most obvious place for a new Elite Beat Agents would be the 3DS, another viable option to think about would be bringing it to iOS devices.  The simple tap interface seems like it would be a perfect for iPhones or iPads.

9. Parappa the Rapper

Before Guitar Hero and Rock Band were household names there was Parappa.  Parappa the Rappa was the very first rhythm based game for original Playstation that had you guiding a rapping dog through a series of life problems by rapping about them.

While the story was ridiculous, it was the music and the gameplay that was revolutionary at the time and laid the groundwork for future games in the genre.  2002 was the last time we saw or heard of Parappa and it’s long over due for his comeback. While his games were generally short affairs the Playstation Network seems like it would be a perfect place for Parappa to make a comeback. I GOTTA BELIVE!

8. Lost Vikings

Back in 1992 before Blizzard was making World of Warcraft or Starcraft 2 they made a small game on the SNES called The Lost Vikings.  Lost Vikings was a unique puzzle/platformer where you had to guide 3 different vikings with different abilities to the end of each level alive.  It was an interesting take on the platformer that was both challenging and fun.

Lost Vikings saw one sequel made in 1997 and a rerelease of the original for the GBA in 2003 and after that the Lost Vikings were lost forever.  Digital distribution services like Steam are a great place to showcae unique platform games, so it would be the perfect place for people to find the Lost Vikings once more.

7. Skies of Arcadia

Skies of Arcadia put you in the role of Vyse a young sky pirate sailing the open skies in search of treasure and adventure.  The pirate theme provided unique scenarios, places and characters that helped reinforce a strong story.

While the battles we’re pretty standard JRPG affair what set Skies of Arcadia apart from the rest was by letting you fight actual battles in your pirate ship.  The pirate ship battles we’re completely different from your regular battles requiring you to use more strategy and they we’re a hell of a lot of fun.

Skies of Arcadia was originally released on the Sega Dreamcast in 2000 and later saw a rerelease for the Gamcube in 2002. It boggles the mind that Sega never took this series any further than it did, the pirate theme seems like one that would be ripe for new and interesting story ideas.  So please Sega make another Skies game, I long for sailing the open skies once again!

6. Ristar

Ristar is a game that many might not remember, but it was a little gem of a platformer that was released in 1995 for the Sega Genisses and in my opinion is the best things Sega has ever done.

Ristar had everything you’d expect from a great platformer, a large variety of worlds, good level design and a great soundtrack.  But Ristar set itself apart by using gameplay mechanic that involved grabing and pulling things towards you. This mechanic was used to defeat enemies, explore levels and lead to some very interesting boss fights that were a lot of fun and stand out as one of Ristar’s strongest qualities.

Rocket Knight Adventures, another old Genesis game was recently brought back as a downloadable title in 2010. So bringing Ristar back in a similar fashion would be an ideal method for Ristar’s comeback.

5. Darkstalkers

I’ve never played a Darkstalkers game before but its always been a series that’s interested me.  Street Fighter is one of my favorite franchises so taking that and adding zombies, werewolves and all manner of supernatural beings into the mix is a guaranteed recipe for success.

While there hasn’t been a new Darkstalkers game in ages, the characters have been pretty active over the years making appearances in most of the Capcom Vs. series. We know Capcom hasn’t forgotten about Darkstalkers they just need t get there act together and make a new one happen.

4. Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger is one of the best RPGs ever made, and Square-Enix knows it because they’ve re-released the game more times than I can count.  As great a that game Chrono Trigger is it only saw one true sequel made in 2000 called Chrono Cross but after that there hasn’t been a new installment in the series in over 12 years.

The closest thing we ever got to a “new” Chrono Trigger was Chrono Trigger Resurrection a fan made project that was going to remake Chrono Trigger using a 3D engine.  The game was looking really good, but unfortunately the team got hit with a cease and desist order from Square in 2004 and the project never saw the light of day.

I’m not gonna lie I never really played Chrono Cross, it was a game I could never get into. So rather than a new installment of the of the series staring new characters I’d rather see a direct sequel to Chrono Trigger.  So let’s get Crono and the band back together, punch the Epoch up to 88 mph and go on another time traveling adventure!

3. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

Enslaved was one of my favorite games from 2010, it told a story that was by far one of the best a video game told in recent memory.  The story was strengthened even further by some strong performances from the likes of Andy Serkis that made the characters into living breathing things and not just some polygons on a screen.

Unfortunately Enslaved didn’t sell very well, so the likelihood of a sequel is very low.  That would be fine if the game ended with a sense of closure but there’s still a whole lot left that I feel was left unanswered.

The weakest point of Enslaved was it’s combat, while it wasn’t bad by any means it just got a bit boring and repetitive after a while.  But, Ninja Theory the team behind Enslaved are now working on the new Devil May Cry.  So if they were to take what they’ve learned from DMC apply it to Enslaved’s combat and combine it with a strong story than a new Enslaved would be a sure-fire hit.

2. Earthbound

Earthbound is my favorite RPG of all time, its unique sense of humor and modern day setting really set it apart from other fantasy RPGs.  While Earthbound is the only game we’ve seen in North America it’s actually the second game in a series of 3 called Mother in Japan.

Mother 3 is a game fans have been begging Nintendo to bring over stateside for years but to no avail.  Fans have even gone so far as making a fan translation of the game so people could actually play it.  While it’s nice that there’s a way to play it, it would be great if Nintendo would actually wake up and bring it over officially and give Nintendo fans something they want for a change.

While I’m at it there hasn’t been another Mother game since Mother 3 was made in 2006, so it’s about time we saw another one.  GET ON IT NINTENDO!!!

1. Mega Man (any series)

2011 was a bad year for Mega Man. It was the year that saw Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune leave Capcom, and 2 different Mega Man games: the new IP Mega Man Universe, and the long awaited Mega Man Legends 3 get canceled.  Furthermore the release of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom saw everyone’s favorite Blue Bomber excluded from the game’s roster leaving many Mega Man fans to believe that Capcom was abandoning its most recognizable character.

Capcom has stated that this doesn’t mean that they’re done with Mega Man but it’s hard to believe this with all that’s happened last year.  So now more than ever do us Mega Man fans need a new Mega Man game as reassurance from Capcom that Mega Man isn’t dead.

Doing Mega Man 9 and 10 in an 8-bit style was a great move on Capcom’s part and Mega Man 11 is something I desperately want to see.  They could even do the same sort of thing with the X series bringing it back using the 16-bit style used in the SNES games, or they could just appease everyone and un-cancel Mega Man Legends 3.  Anyone of these would be a viable option to appease the fans and assure us that Mega Man is still alive.

So those are the games that I’d like to see make a comeback, but what about you? What are some games you guys would like to see make a comeback? Sign off in the comments and let me know!

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