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Feature: Five Forgotten First-Party Franchises That Should Be Resurrected for PS4

Posted by Sammy Barker

Trawling through the archives

Reboots are all the rage right now. With development budgets rising, publishers are opting to browse through their back catalogues in pursuit of bankable brand names that are ripe for re-imagination. However, short of Eat Sleep Play’s recent Twisted Metal revisit, Sony’s not been particularly accommodating of the practice. But with a list of first-party properties longer than the Bayeux Tapestry, which forgotten franchises deserve a second shot in the spotlight on PlayStation 4?

Jet Moto

One of many futuristic racing franchises produced for the PSone, the brilliant Jet Moto never quite got its just deserts. Despite spawning three entries in just under three years, the franchise failed to make the transition to the PlayStation 2. Two additional sequels – Jet Moto 2124 and Jet Moto: SOLAR – were in development behind the scenes, but never saw the light of day. Now, with almost 14 years between releases, we reckon it’s time that the hovercraft franchise made a comeback on PS4.

The combination of aquatic and land environments would prove the perfect companion for the next generation platform’s power, while the fast-paced ultramodern arcade action would offer an alternative to the seemingly disbanded WipEout series. What’s more, it’s been a tragically long time since we last got a water-based racing game on any platform, and while a Jet Moto reboot wouldn’t quite fill the same void as a new Wave Race or Hydro Thunder, we’d take it over nothing at all.

MediEvil

Developed by British outfit Studio Cambridge, the tongue-in-cheek MediEvil was one of the PSone's stronger action adventure games. The title’s crude sense of humour and surprisingly deep swordplay made it one of the platform’s more popular first-party releases, selling almost a million units and spawning a sequel in early 2000. The first game was later re-imagined for the PlayStation Portable, boasting heavily reworked stages and plot points. However, despite strong rumours hinting at MediEvil 3 for the PS3, the title never emerged.

Studio Cambridge has since merged with Guerrilla Games, where it’s working on Killzone: Mercenary for the PlayStation Vita – but we still think that there’s room for a new entry in the developer’s historical hack-and-slash series. With Jak & Daxter out of favour and Ratchet & Clank’s popularity dwindling, the PS4 is in need a good family friendly action game – and judging by the response to Sir Daniel Fortesque’s inclusion in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, a new MediEvil could fit the bill.

Pursuit Force

One of the early standouts on the PlayStation Portable, the brilliant Pursuit Force and its sequel put you behind the wheel of a number of different high-speed vehicles – boats, cars, etc – and challenged you to take out a series of crooks in high-octane, er, pursuits. While the series was as hard as nails, its chief mechanic – allowing you to hijack other cars by jumping on them – has still yet to be accurately imitated in any other title, making the series ripe for a comeback.

While developer BigBig Studios is no longer around to handle the development, we’re pretty confident that any competent racing studio could pick up the reins. Switching production to the PS4 would pave the way for more impressive set-pieces, allowing the series to finally realise the Michael Bay-esque action it clearly always coveted. Imagine bombing down gridlocked highways, hopping between cars, and shooting down overhead helicopters along the way. Yeah, sounds amazing, doesn’t it?

Syphon Filter

Arguably one of the more popular PSone franchises, Syphon Filter was very much the Uncharted of its day. Fusing stealth action with third-person gunplay, the series was fairly innovative for its time, prompting the production of a whopping seven titles in the span of just eight years. However, since the release of Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow in 2007, the brand has been on hiatus, with developer Sony Bend turning its attention to spin-offs Resistance: Retribution and Uncharted: Golden Abyss.

There have been rumours of a PS3 reboot, but none of them have come to fruition yet. With the PS4 on the horizon, though, we reckon that it’s a perfect time to bring back Gabe Logan (he’s so not dead) and crew. The new hardware would facilitate fresh gameplay ideas, such as advanced AI routines and cooler gadgets. Plus, we’re eager to get a glimpse of supporting character Lian Xing in dazzling HD.

The Getaway

The brainchild of Brendan McNamara – who later went on to create L.A. NoireThe Getaway was a love letter to British gangland films such as Snatch. The PlayStation 2 exclusive was one of the first titles to truly strive for a movie-like experience, boasting a fairly minimalistic HUD and some impressive animation routines. Despite this, its bland gunplay and unbalanced difficulty prompted criticism from some corners of the gaming press – an issue that was accentuated in its 2005 sequel.

Nevertheless, a third entry was planned for the PS3, but was cancelled in 2008 in order to allow developer Studio London to focus on more casual projects such as EyePet. However, with Sony seemingly targeting core gamers with the PS4, we reckon that The Getaway deserves another shot at seedy superiority. Its sordid London setting offers a distinctly different tone to the tongue-in-cheek silliness of Grand Theft Auto, and with the additional processing clout of next generation hardware, there’s no reason why the series couldn’t finally achieve its cinematic ambitions.


Which classic PlayStation franchise do you think deserves a next generation reboot? Let us know in the comments section and poll below.

Which of the listed franchises would you like to see rebooted? (48 votes)

Jet Moto

8%

MediEvil

46%

Pursuit Force

  4%

Syphon Filter

19%

The Getaway

15%

None of the above

8%

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User Comments (29)

CrazyOtto

#1

CrazyOtto said:

If Namco makes a Namco Museum collection on the PS4, they better bring back the Museum from the original PS1 series.

get2sammybAdmin

#2

get2sammyb said:

There's so many candidates feel free to have a field day in the comments. I left off games like PaRappa the Rapper because I feel like they still have quite a strong following. In case you're curious, Blasto and Jumping Flash were next on my list.

3Above

#3

3Above said:

I love that the majority of votes are for Medievil. I think it should as Sammy says, take the place of family friendly games like Ratchet Jak and IMO Sly. These series need a break, especially Ratchet. I could see Medievil and Knack sitting peacefully next to each other on my shelf,

JayArr

#4

JayArr said:

I was just thinking of The Getaway a few days ago. Glad you mentioned it.

As long as they leave Crash Bandicoot in the grave its all good, in my opinion.

BlueProxy

#5

BlueProxy said:

Tourist Trophy. There are no motorcycle emulators on console that I've seen. MotoGP series doesn't fit the bill. Funky controls, bad AI, no variety with tracks, only race bikes...

hydeks

#7

hydeks said:

I chose Medievil, but Jet Moto is great, same as blasto, I loved the game, hard but fun.

Lionhart

#8

Lionhart said:

My vote lies with MediEvil. I'd like to see a new MediEvil game with cross-play between the PS4 and PSVita. I did enjoy the Daxter game that came bundled with the PSP 2000 and I so I wouldn't mind a new Daxter title. I also enjoyed Ratchet and Clank Size Matters but I certainly agree that Sly Cooper needs to go away. I don't like the Sly Cooper franchise anyway, but Uncharted, Daxter, MediEvil and Ratchet and Clank are my favorites. Another, Sony property that needs to return is Fat Princess which needs a new game on PS Vita and PS4.

charlesnarles

#10

charlesnarles said:

I'd love a giant, intricate Harvest Moon for PS4. Or Rune Factory would be fun, too. I'd also really enjoy a console/Vita Sims game that doesn't suck compared to the PC version.

BornOfEvil

#11

BornOfEvil said:

I would love to see a new Medievel and Kinetica. Medievel was the first game I played when I got a PS1 and Kinetica was my first racing game on PS2, both left very strong impressions on me.

Valky

#13

Valky said:

I Loooooooooooooooved Medievil. I still remember every single part of it. :D

FullbringIchigo

#15

FullbringIchigo said:

i would love a new MediEvil game on PS4 or even PS3

also if Sony and Naughty Dog could get back Crash and make it good again that would be great too

Gamer83

#16

Gamer83 said:

I'd like to see all these make a comeback but Syphon Filter easily tops my list, they were my favorite games on PSP, the PSone efforts were solid back in the day, I'd love to see what they can do with PS4.

jer18

#18

jer18 said:

Wow, I was a deprived child - never played MediEvil.. My vote for SF which was one of my first shooter games for PS1.

ohhaime

#19

ohhaime said:

Ape Escape
Crash
Jet Moto
War of the Monsters

Rocket: Robot on Wheels( Actually an N64 game but it was made by Sucker Punch which is now owned my Sony.Ubisoft was the publisher and they probably own any rights to it but if SP was somehow able to retain the rights I'd love to see it happen.)

OmegaSpear

#22

OmegaSpear said:

Bloody Roar! it may not be first party it would be awesome if sony co-developed a new bloody roar with konami for Ps4.

get2sammybAdmin

#25

get2sammyb said:

Ape Escape got an entry on PS3. Granted it wasn't a true Ape Escape, but it still happened! :)

Anzac

#27

Anzac said:

I'd want to see a return to the G-Police, Destruction Derby and Colony Wars series.

DHW

#28

DHW said:

I swear, Medievil NEEDS a complete trilogy. Enough with all the other games. People who complain about Jak not getting any action in a while, how do you think us Medievil fans feel?

KALofKRYPTON

#29

KALofKRYPTON said:

@Anzac Yes! Colony Wars could be a 'go to' franchise to return to. Space shooters are having a little resuregence on PC, huge games on the horizon. Hopefully the spce sim doesn't get as overlooked as it has been on PS3.

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