When things are looking grim, sometimes a new start is all that’s needed.
After looking at 5 game franchises that never say die, and with the Need for Speed, Devil May Cry and Tomb Raider series all receiving reboots within the next couple months, it’s time to take a look at some of the best reincarnations and re-imaginings that managed to save and restart some of the franchises we know and love today.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)
Whether taking a simulated or arcade route, the Need for Speed series has always delivered something fresh and innovative into the racing genre. Although, one thing that was missing from NFS for quite some was the series defining cop-chases.
With the help of Burnout creators Criterion, the series returned to form with 2010’s reboot of Hot Pursuit. Regardless of which side of the law you played on, you got beautiful cars, big crashes, intense chases, and a solid online mode. What more could you want?
Mortal Kombat (2011)
The Mortal Kombat series needs no introduction. Its blood-splattered history has always been a tale of controversy amongst mainstream critics, yet its addictive gameplay and interesting characters have continually kept gamers coming back for more and more.
However, the franchise seemed to lacking a little something – that was until NetherRealm Studios transfused some blood and hope to pull the acclaimed series back from the drought of gore and put some punch back into the fighting genre.
The reboot, simply titled Mortal Kombat, is one of the best games in the series and couldn’t be more close to the 2D generation, while bringing modern elements for a fusion into one spine-snapping fighter.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (2010)
Castlevania is one of those franchises that despite numerous efforts, never seemed to capture the original game’s essence when it made its jump to 3D. Lords of Shadow changed that, as the game reinvented the series for the sixth console generation.
Lords of Shadow rebooted the series by throwing you into the role of Gabriel Belmont who battles mythical creatures and giant beasts using the Combat Cross, which acts as a whip. Gabriel, the enemies, and the environments are all gorgeously detailed and some impressive camera angles and cut-scenes added that “Wow!”-factor that’s been absent from the series for a while.
Lords of Shadow managed to boost the franchise into a modern and relevant 3D action game, and with Lords of Shadow 2 on the horizon, things are looking bright for the vampire-hunting escapades of the Belmonts.
Prince of Persia (2008)
Prince of Persia is a marvel in video game design, idea, function and execution. It shows even great things can come out of mixing up some traditional features, while holding on to what really makes a memorable experience.
Prince of Persia is one of the most unique and strikingly gorgeous games of previous years, with its vivid water-colour palette and striking contrasts, combined with a cel-shading technique that allowed the characters and extraordinary level designs to shine throughout the experience.
Dialogue and audio is a highlight of Prince of Persia as the interaction between Elika and the Prince is humorously entertaining, while also building up the tension between the two.
SSX (formerly known with the subtitle “Deadly Decent”) aimed to reinvigorate the snowboarding genre this year, with the game doing just that. SSX brought back the sandbox mountain ranges, flowing gameplay, insane tricks, phenomenal soundtrack, and in-your-face attitude that gamers fell in love with in the first place.
Mac and the rest of the crew also made a return, showing that EA Canada are still invested in delivering the unrivalled hero of the mountain in its true form.
What are your favourite reboots? Do you think any franchise deserves a own now?