5 series Microsoft could revive to save the Xbox One exclusive issue

Project Dark Zero

We all know the Xbox One is going through a rough patch when it comes to exclusives and the games that are only available on the platform.

So far there are only a handful of games planned for 2018, including Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3 and State of Decay 2.

Let’s take a look at five great former Xbox exclusive series that Microsoft should think about reviving.

Perfect Dark Zero (2005)

Originally released in 2000 for the Nintendo 64, Perfect Dark is seen as many as one of the best video games of all time. It still, to this day stands as a fantastic shooter, one that can even rival the likes of GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark.

After Microsoft bought Rare out in 2002, the series was then put into full production as the team began development on Perfect Dark Zero, a prequel to the Nintendo 64 title. While the game did not meet the expectations of the first game, it was still one of the best shooters on the Xbox 360 and a great launch game for the console.

Microsoft to this day still owns Rare which means Perfect Dark is still a series they can return to whenever they liked to. I strongly believe that with the right team Microsoft and Rare could bring back Perfect Dark made for the Xbox One X. Perhaps they could revisit the “sister” title called Velvet Dark that was originally planned as a spinoff to the series.

Viva Pinata (2006)

I don’t care what anyone says, Viva Pinata is still my favourite Xbox 360 game, bar none. This is yet another fantastic Rare game that was developed as a launch year title for the Xbox 360. The game sees you control a farm filled with colourful pinata creatures that resemble animals. You would have to tame them, and raise them by feeding them and mating them. It was a great game okay!

I am sure I am not the only one who thinks that Rare should designate a team to the series and develop a sequel to the Trouble in Paradise game. New animals, new evil totems and of course a new community-driven system could bring the game into the modern age of gaming. Not to mention the game still stands as one of the most gorgeous titles on the Xbox 360. Imagine what the Xbox One X could pull off?

Ninety-Nine Nights (2006)

While Konami completely destroyed the series after the release of the second game, and not to mention that hot mess of a press conference at E3 2010, there could be some life in Ninety-Nine Nights that could breathe some fresh air into the Xbox One. Published by Microsoft Game Studios, Ninety-Nine Nights is a hack and slash that bears a lot of similarities to the Dynasty Warriors series.

The game can allow up to a million troops on screen at one time and it allowed for a dense battlefield as you mowed down all of them. Unlike Dynasty Warriors and other spin-offs in the series, the game had a much more focused combat system with a limit roster of characters. This way players could invest in their favourite characters without feeling spread too thin.

Yes, the game was not the best in the world but it was a decent exclusive that Microsoft could revisit. Perhaps they could release something similar to what Nintendo did with Hyrule Warriors and have a bunch of Xbox mascots playable in the game. Master Chief, some Gears of War characters and others. That would be a game I would play anyday.

Fable (2004)

While rumours point to Microsoft revisiting the Fable series, I doubt we will see it playable in the next few years even if the reports are true. Regardless, the Fable series was one of Microsoft’s shining stars and knowing that I could only play it on the system pushed me to buy one. I played the first one like there was no tomorrow and while the second and the third one failed to live up to the story and gameplay of the original, they were still decent games.

I even got a chance to play Fable: Legends and it was amazing, so much so that I was quite sad when it was cancelled. Microsoft needs to go back to the roots of the series and work on something hardcore for the Fable series. No more Peter Molyneux fluff. Make it a detailed RPG with real choices and consequences, and something the most hardcore players will get into.

You have a series of limitless fantasy lore and potential. The fact that Microsoft is not tapping into that is truly sad and just goes to show where their priorities lie by creating an annual racing game.

Blinx (2002)

Now many of you might not remember this platformer from back in the day. Blinx: The Time Sweeper originally released on the first Xbox back in 2002 and was published by Microsoft Game Studios. The game was advertised as the first “4D action game”. Players would control a cat named Blinx who was on a mission to prevent the end of his world known as Dimension B1Q64 and rescue the princess from the evil Tom-Tom.

While Blinx was met with average scores, it was a big deal for Microsoft’s platform given that the PS2 did not have the game on it. Ratchet and Clank could have been the counter to Blinx but the success of Microsoft’s game led to a sequel in 2005. Yes, I know that the Xbox platform had way too many platformers but this one was a good one.

Unfortunately, Microsoft abandoned the Blinx trademark in 2015 so chances of us getting a sequel or a remake of the series is slim. However, this is a list of games that could do well as a re-release so perhaps someone will pick it up and reboot it sometime soon.

Other notable mentions:

Nightcaster (2001)

Project Gotham Racing (2001)

Lost Odyssey (20017)

What Xbox exclusive series would you like to see back on the Xbox platform? Let us know in the comments and forum. 

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