PlayStation as a name in the gaming industry is nearly 20 years old now, and I decided it was time to take a walk down memory lane and see what great titles of the past that haven’t been so prevalent in recent years could do well with a reboot, or at the very least a continuing of the series on the PlayStation 4. Without further adieu, lets get this started.
1)Heavenly Sword – At one point in time, a trilogy was planned for this title, and it’s a trilogy I’d still like to see today. While there was a bit of a God of War feel to the game, the combat system was amazing fun. There’s much to the story that could be continued with perhaps Kai taking over for Nariko, or some kind of supernatural storytelling as well, so hopefully Sony will give Ninja Theory the green light to bring us a new chapter for this underrated title.
2)Hot Shots Golf – Also known as “Everybody’s Golf” in Japan, this humorous golf franchise has been one of the best golf games on nearly every Sony console to date. EA Sports may have total realism down with Tiger Woods, but this franchise has never disappointed, mixing a cartoon type style with absolute precision controls. Given the previous success and fanbase for the title alone, if Clap Hanz isn’t working on a Hot Shots game for the PS4, it would be a huge miss for Sony.
3)Syphon Filter – One of my favorite franchises of all time, and a game that is desperate need of resuscitation in this writer’s opinion. The original Syphon Filter came out in 1999 on the first PlayStation and is one of the best titles for that entire console. A stealth-based third person shooter isn’t exactly an original idea now, but there’s so much more that could be done with it these days. Perhaps a reboot for this game could also contain an online co-op component.
4)Blasto! – A third-person platformer/shooter that could do well to receive a sort of “ratchet-and-clank makeover”, the title is admittedly a bit antiquated revolving around Captain Blasto and saving the Space Babes so it sounds a bit Duke Nukem-ish. That being said, the game was fun, but excruciatingly difficult, like, old-school Nintendo hard, but the voice acting by the late Phil Hartman alone really helped make this game a great piece of PlayStation’s history, and I think that a total reboot of this game could pay off in spades for Sony.
5)The Getaway – With the success of open-world titles like Grand Theft Auto, Sleeping Dogs, Saints Row, and more it boggles the mind to think there’s only been 2 Getaway games to date, with the third one ultimately being cancelled in 2008. The Getaway was loosely based around British gangland films like Get Carter and Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels and by using that location, I still think there’s plenty of stories to be had.
Bonus Round) The Agency – Yes, I know this wasn’t a title that ever came to fruition, but with the emphasis on the next generation console being around connectivity, I can’t think of a better title for Sony to put back into development than this one. It looked amazing from Day 1 and was a huge disappointment when it was cancelled in favor of keeping DCUO alive as both were being developed by SOE in tandem, and since it seems we’re never going to get Rockstar’s The Agent either, why not roll the dice on this and put it out this time?
Did I miss any of your favorites that have gone the way of the dragon and need to come back for the next gen? If so, let me know in the comments below.
A part time gaming journalist and radio practitioner, and one of the first editors here at Default Prime, Mike has been gaming since birth, starting back with the Atari 2600 and Commodore 64, on through to the PS3, PC, and whatever comes next. He is educated in communications and is a project manager by trade.
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