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Top Tuesday: 3 IPs we want to see in the next-gen


After last weeks PlayStation 4 reveal, and a rumoured Xbox 720 reveal for April, its undeniable that the march to Console Generation 8 is pushing forward at full steam. For the gaming faithful this is a time of giddy excitement and I can practically already hear the credit cards swiping as we swallow the R4000 plus bullet to get our gaming fix.

Of course getting our new PS4 or Xbox 720 (and yes, even Wii U's for some) is but step one of our new gaming journey. Ultimately it comes down to the games. A number of games were already shown off at the PS4 reveal, but this year's E3 will likely be the big showcase for the actual next-gen game libraries come launch time. So for now, we can only guess and pray for the games we hope the consoles launch with.

One thing that is for sure, given the industry's desire for guaranteed sellers, is that we'll see at least a couple of reboots and sequels to existing franchises. With that said, not every franchise needs to find it's way on to the next generation, so here's our picks for the franchises that we wouldn't mind seeing come around again (and two that need a break).

3 Franchises that should come back
Def Jam Series
Developer: syn Sophia, Inc., formerly AKI Corporation
Last Seen: Def Jam: Icon (2007 on PS3 & Xbox 360)

The Def Jam fighting/wrestling games should not have worked. It was one of those ideas that you really wonder how they got greenlit. The premise of the series is that most, if not all, of this generations rap icons were part of a semi-secret underground MMA-style fighting ring. So you'd create your own character and then battle the likes of Ice Cube, Ludacris, Flavor Flav and Snoop Dogg. Yes really. As dom as the premise sounded, the gameplay was solid, featuring a great mix of martial arts, wrestling and submission fighting, plus interactive arenas. The series took a bad turn with it's third outing Def Jam: Icon, which had a new developer and used a new fighting engine that wasn't as smooth or intuitive. If EA still has control of the franchise, they need to reach out to original developer syn Sophia (formerly known as AKI) to get these fighters back in the ring. With the current popularity of MMA, Def Jam would make a great arcade style alternative.

Dark Cloud
Developer: Level-5
Last Seen: Dark Cloud 2 (2001 on PS2)

Awesome RPG is Awesome. And that's saying a lot for game that came out on the PS2, a console that was awash in RPGs. Dark Cloud was all that was good about Japanese RPGs, but added some innovative concepts that were unique to the series, like object crafting and the Georama mode, where you literally rebuilt the world. Now that Level 5 has finished up with Ni No Kuni, now would be the perfect time to give this franchise a re-look. Or failing that, a Rogue Galaxy sequel would make us happy too.

Dino Crisis Series
Developer: Capcom
Last Seen: Dino Crisis 3 (2003 on Xbox)

In 1999, Resident Evil director, Shinji Mikami made a Resident Evil with dinosaurs, instead of zombies. Why? Because dinosaurs are cool, that's why. The first two games in the series were simply brilliant, the sequel edging out it's precursor by the thinnest of margins. However, the Xbox exclusive Dino Crisis 3 effectively ruined the franchise, featuring dino-hunting in an abandoned spaceship and spitting on the rule that everything is better in space. It was just too much of a departure from the first two. A new game would benefit greatly from what Capcom is currently doing with Resident Evil, since Dino Crisis was basically a more action oriented Resident Evil anyway. Make sure to bring back series protagonist Regina and you have a guaranteed hit on your hands.

... and 2 that shouldn't
Ratchet and Clank
Developer: Insomniac Games
Last Seen: Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault (2012 on PS3)

There's been a steady decline in the quality of the Ratchet and Clank games that started roundabout with the forth installment, Ratchet: Deadlocked. From that point onward the games just seemed to get tired. As a product of the PS2 era Ratchet and Clank need to take a long now or possibly just retire completely. There's nothing inherently wrong with them, but I think we've all had enough.

Call of Duty
Developer: Lotsa People
Last Seen: Just look around

Call of Duty going away is not going to happen any time soon, since these games just keep selling. But really now, COD needs to take a nice long break. Or at the very least a complete overall, both technically and gameplay wise. Chances are that will happen, since new consoles mean technical standards will have to met and no one is going to buy COD if everything else looks better. To be honest though, the franchise needs to take a break, even if its just for 2013/2014, and then make a killer comeback in 2015 with a brand new game engine.

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