Go Fanboy - Everyone Has A Favorite

Latest Go Fanboy Features
A new Prince of Persia game is apparently in development. A report from a French gaming website says that the game will be a 2D platformer and will use the UbiArt engine.
Space Engineers – at first glance you might be tempted to say “Look, it’s Minecraft in space!” And I suppose in a way it is, but it’s so much more fun! From the threat of suffocating in your spacesuit to...
There were many interesting games at EGX Rezzed this year, one of which is a new indie title by Mechabit: Kaiju Panic. From its adorable art style to its take on classic tower defense games, it’s an interesting title you...
PlayStation 4Vita prev Super Exploding Zoo Preview at EGX Rezzed 2014 Sarah B. @Sarah B. April 16, 2014 Follow Us to Stay Connected Super Exploding Zoo Preview at EGX Rezzed 2014 Explosive animals. If I didn’t...
A retail copy of Minecraft: PS3 edition is coming next month. Mojang revealed that the smash-hit game is getting a disc-based version on the PS3 on May 16.
Several barbed wire advocacy groups are harshly criticizing Bethesda for portraying this fencing material as a violent and vicious tool.
The annual Xbox Spring Sale has begun. Add-ons for popular games such as Skyrim, Fallout: New Vegas will be up to 75% off.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is getting free DLC today. The update is titled Zomboss Down and adds western-themed character variants, a new map and over 200 customization options.
Reworked Rengar champion review 15 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
Reworking old League of Legends champions seems to be all the rage these days and Rengar is the latest champion to have a full rework as part of the recently released 4.5 patch. According to statistics charts at elophant.com and...
Watch Dogs release date is getting closer and Aiden Pearce's story is finally getting some fresh updates.
Ichabod Crane is wanted by everyone in the third episode of The Wolf Among Us, A Crooked Mile. Not even his deputy days were able to give him as much popularity as now. Sadly, the motives are not the best.
The Evil Within seems to belong to this restricted group, where games seem to lose their initial essence in the wonders of content production.
Three Nintendo 3DS titles will be getting a new lower price, at least in Canada. New Super Mario Bros .2, Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land will be available on April 22nd 2014 for the suggested retail...
The Hindu God Kumbhakarna is coming to SMITE. The free-to-play MOBA game by Hi-Rez Studios is adding the Sleeping Giant as a playable character in a gameplay patch that is scheduled to roll out on April 15. Kumbhakarna is the...
Dragon Throne War is a fantasy strategy game. Hone your strategic skills with this online game. Dragon Throne War will soon launch on kickstarter.
The upcoming action-adventure game Watch Dogs will feature a mobile application, the ctOS Mobile. This software will allow players to directly connect via mobile devices to the world of Watch Dogs. Ubisoft hasn’t specific which features will be subsequently available...
Developer: Orange Pixel Original Price: $1.99 Today’s Free App of the Day is Heroes of Loot Orange Pixel’s game earned a 10 out of 10 when we reviewed Heroes of Loot and now it’s available for free...
Goat Simulator is definitely a title to play if you’re looking for a good laugh or simply an entertaining experience. There’s nothing complicated or deep about it; you’re a destructive goat unleashing chaos in town.
After all these major issues, I am not sure how’s The Evil Within is categorized as a horror-survival game because both terms are far from existent in this upcoming reality.
The Dales are a vast area of Thedas located southeastern of Orlais to the west of Ferelden and it used to be the homeland of the elven race.

Top Five Best Game Franchise Revivals this Generation in Gaming

E-mail Print PDF

When I say series use the word revived, I mean they were good in the first place and either vanished or died off in quality. A bad example of this would be Sonic the Hedgehog as he had the glory and lost it in the Dreamcast era and still hasn't grabbed it back.

Another situation that doesn't constitute a revival is Ghostbusters, while last years title was excellent no other Ghostbusters title was even remotely good in any shape or form.  These are franchises that have reclaimed the gold after falling from grace, these are their stories.

Mega Man
Now Mega Man games come out every year but an addition to the original classic series was last seen in 1998 and we only got that title in English speaking countries in 2003 with Mega Man & Bass. If we go before that it was 1997 when Mega Man 8 was released.

In 2008 the developer behind the Mega Man Zero and ZX series was given the classic bomber to play with. Mega Man 9 offers only old to the table in ways that most gamers forgot such as punishing difficulty, with 9 and this year's Mega Man 10 the blue bomber seems to be back. In another few years gamers will begin wondering what ever happened to Mega Man X, last seen six years ago in 2004.

Mega Man Franchise
Sam & Max
Sam & Max Hit the Road was a one off title based off the 80s comic series, it released in 1993 and was one of the bigger Lucas Arts hits. A foul mouthed insane rabbit and a calm dog in a detective suit are the Freelance Police. Sam & Max's world is our world turned on its head and the dialogue was hilarious in 1993 and still is today.
A sequel was in development from 2002 to 2004 but was eventually canceled, two years later the wait for a sequel would come from TellTale. Sam & Max since 2006 has seen two completed seasons which has gamers play 11 adventures of the dog and rabbit. A third season has just started and will be another 5 adventures.
Sam and Max Franchise
Shin Megami Tensei / Persona / Digital Devil Saga
Whatever is your preferred brand Atlus long running RPG series about death, religion, demons and high schoolers has been around since 1987. Picture that, Final Fantasy and Megami Tensei have both been around for 23 years. The only difference aside from subject matter is Megami Tensei never found an audience in the states during the 80s or 90s. Dragon Quest suffered the same issue but later on in the series life as early NES Dragon Quest titles were popular.
When Persona 3 hit shelves it became an overnight hit, the critics loved it and so did gamers. The issue was most gamers didn't play it until the special edition came out due to a low shipment of Persona 3 copies. What exactly suddenly had audiences eating up the series is a mystery as for the most part the games didn't make drastic changes from the insanity laced inside each CD or cart.
Since Persona 3 the entire series has really benefited, games in the series aren't held back and people know of them. Hell maybe it was the whole summoning demons by shooting yourself in the head bit. Regardless it seems Megami Tensei after years of searching has found its home in the states, this summer Persona 3 will be ported to PSP and Strange Journey was released on NDS last month.
Shin Megami Franchise
PC gamers will list off if you let them some of the best games ever and Fallout 2 will always be mentioned. While purists of the franchise will say Fallout 3 is “Oblivion with guns”, the general public has embraced the title. Bethesda mixed apocalyptic humor of the best variety with gun play and the thrill of exploring the truly unknown. The game ends up being as deep as an Oblivion while not turning off those afraid of RPG titles. PC gamers still may want to set the world on fire but most gamers are satisfied with the revival of this franchise. This fall though PC gamers may get their wish as the remains of Interplay return to develop Fallout: New Vegas.
Fallout Franchise
Street Fighter
I'm pretty sure a Street Fighter title on some system releases almost every year and yet the series has been dead in the minds of gamers since Street Fighter Alpha 3 in 1998. The EX series took the series into 3D where it didn't belong and Street Fighter III felt too much like Alpha except without most of the series staples. When Street Fighter IV was first shown off gamers were skeptical as the art showed everyone was doing massive amounts of steroids, those fears still kinda accurate but the point was the game was amazing. Instead of moving to 3D where the series didn't belong, Capcom kept the series in 2D and used 3D models. The fighting wasn't as turbolicious as before but was still pretty fast and Capcom wasn't relying on the same sprites they made in 1996.
Super Street Fighter IV just builds upon this adding more characters and the classic beat up the car mode from the second game. Capcom is bound to keep adding onto this as they know when they have a cash cow as Street Fighter finally has regained its status as the serious fighting game (more simplistic would probably be Brawl for those wondering).
Street Fighter Franchise
Honorable Mention:
  • Shock: System Shock 2 is respected in the way Fallout is and Bioshock revived this franchise, but Bioshock 2 took the series down a peg as the before hand laughed at multiplayer ended up being the best draw of the title. Prominent and a #6 if you put a gun to my head.
  • Monkey Island: While the first two were excellent after that the series starts to pidder off into mediocrity, TellTale again is the helper of its revival remastering the original and launching a pretty well liked new game Tales of Monkey Island.
  • Ninja Gaiden: While different from the original NES series the series was revived this past two gens and for a brief period people cared once again about Ryu Hayabusa.



#1 RE: Top Five Best Game Franchise Revivals this Generation in GamingPibo47 2010-05-13 13:21
:D Very nice man. I pretty much argee with everything besides the bit about fallout 3 being deep as oblivion. But its all good haha. Great read

THOR: God of Thunder - Teaser

Go Fanboy's Mii Creator

Latest Article Comments


Girls Dressed as Game Characters are ...

Fanboy Syndication

As Featured on News Now-GoFanboy RSS Feed

-GFB Feedburner