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Poll: What classic video game franchise should be revived?

Every gamer who has been playing for more than a few years has fond memories of a game or a franchise that they think should have a chance at a revival. Take the poll to let us know what classic game you want to see revived.

Over the last few years, a number of classic video games have gotten a fresh sequel, some with more than a decade since the last installment -- Bionic Commando, Street Fighter, and Punch-Out immediately come to mind. Every gamer who has been playing for more than a few years has fond memories of a game or a franchise that they think should have a chance at a revival.

What classic game would you like to see revived? (Some franchises, including Zelda, Mario, and Metroid, have been creating new games the entire time, so let's only look at games that haven't seen an installment in recent memory.)

Related: Check out the recent photo gallery, Five classic adventure games that need to be re-released as digital downloads.

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261 comments
rcolving
rcolving

Myst Franchise was great. Would like to see more!

mike.smith
mike.smith

I loved the original, and it appears as if it's finally a dead game, since they never managed to release Duke Nukem Forever.

CSI TECHNICIAN
CSI TECHNICIAN

Being a biased lover of all things Whedon - How about a rehash of the Buffy games and a spin-off with Angel? Come on, there's enough fang-bangers out there!

jmdusty
jmdusty

Lake ( came out under EA ) Renigade. Probibly one of the best flight sims ever and if one had both versions 2 and 3 it gave you highly detailed graphics of the whole left coast. One of the few if not only sim where one could actually land (or crash) in the water and realy sink. Ver. 4 (which was to be more area to the east) never came out. Sorry no spell ck here... Dusty

jeff.mott
jeff.mott

it appears there were already some sequels according to Wikipedia. Actually, after reading the wiki, I didn't realize just how popular Pitfall was. Including the best selling game for the Atari 2600. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitfall!

jcommunications
jcommunications

Where is HL3 already?!?!?! after episode 2's cliff hanger ending it is cruel and unusual to make us wait so long....

dpresley_50201
dpresley_50201

One of SSI's best wargames updated to modern graphics. I'd spend the money for an updated revival of this classic.

rs2bush
rs2bush

My favorite has always been and will always be realms of the haunting. I would love to see it updated.

John Larimer
John Larimer

The last installment of Wizardry was Wizardry 8 many years ago but it was a great game as were it's predecessors. I have yet to see a game out there to match it for variety, completeness, and playability. The games contained a nice character generator with (if I remember correctly) 8 races and a similar number of classes, they were solid with very few bugs, and worth hundreds of hours of play time. In games today you are luck to get 15-20 out your $50.00 game. :(

PCCathy
PCCathy

I get exhausted just thinking about it.

alls_adder
alls_adder

I'd really like to be able to play Ultima Underworld and Ultima Underworld 2 again. I still have the original cds but they dont run in Win XP or Vista.

andy
andy

i love x-com, terror from the deep, 3, the star fighter version and x-com enforcer. if they produced a new multi player with all of the old stuff incorparated including flying the fighters it would be great!

iShango
iShango

An astounding game with so much flexibility in game play that I never tired of it. (FPS in 3 dimensions)Follow ups were handed to another developer that turned it into some thing that please the suits and accountants but lost fans. The Instant Action version of it is a slight improvement on Vengeance but Tribes 2 remains as one of the most outstanding FPS games ever

joshua.buhr
joshua.buhr

Master of Magic. Such a great game, it was still fun years after release. And with the editor, so many cool options were added. Buff yourself up & same for the opponents (or not and play at max difficulty if necessary). Plans were in the works but never panned out. I still love the turn-based strategy games, and the genre is down but not out. I want!

jacklbrt
jacklbrt

Killer Instinct. The forerunner of Mortal Kombat, Tekken, etc.

wilhitman
wilhitman

I thik they should bring back the PC Game ELITE.

BeF
BeF

I'm really dating myself with a Windows 2.0 game, but Balance of Power was the very first game I bought, and I simply loved it. If there was a version that ran in a modern OS, I'd buy without thinking twice.

ntaylor1
ntaylor1

Loved the BattleZone series, multiplayer was awesome lots of fun with a few friends back in the LANning Days... I miss it, wish Activision would release a BattleZone 3...

jungjedi74
jungjedi74

Space Invaders and Pac-Man for us children of the 80's.

bthomson1103
bthomson1103

Dunno if anyone's mentioned hime, but surely the Duke deserves a mention? DNF has been canned and now we mourn the evolution of Duke Nukem Forever to Did Not Finish.

ozker5
ozker5

modeled on a game show, but twisted. When you win you get to turn the TV off. yes, sort of an anti-gamer's game, but funny. Early use of video capture. Catch phrases: "...the Wheel of Torture" and "Give peace a chance, what do you say?"

Devonmcnulty
Devonmcnulty

Master of Magic Favorite strategy game for me ever.

flightsuit
flightsuit

The only game mentioned in the poll that's even remotely interesting is Golden Axe. Who the Hell plays crap like Ultima or Double Dragon? Those games weren't even fun when they were current, and they're even less fun now. I say bring back Donkey Kong! And no, all those lame-ass "Mario" games don't count!

AdamB29
AdamB29

Road Rash was the coolest back in the early 90's. What could be better than riding motorcycles and beating people up at the same time?!?!?! And imagine the graphics available today! Oh how I'd love for Sega to remake this classic. Hang On was another of my favorites (I was a Genesis kid)!

skjoldborg
skjoldborg

Super Cars II ... god i miss that game.

mr_lovellette
mr_lovellette

One of my favorite game series was the Gabriel Knight series of games (Sins of the Father, The Beast Within, Blood of the Sacred Blood of the Damned). Think of it as a cross betweek Night Stalker and Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Four-Eyes
Four-Eyes

I just loved that game! Upgradeable cyborg assassins and corporate espionage!

BGunnells
BGunnells

Before there was Rage, Quake, Doom, or Wolf... Apogee's first classic. How about a Keen update with the id Tech 5 engine? ;-) -=B

ScarF
ScarF

I am also (still) looking forward for the sequel of StarCraft.

jtarvin
jtarvin

"Mail Order Monsters" from Electronic Arts - loved that game!

cbadger1
cbadger1

I played that on the C-64 and later on my first PC. Loved the blind hunt for enemies. It was the first game on which I played all levels and all scenarios. It's available as abandonware but the program usually don't work.

giardini13
giardini13

Sadly this game did not succeed when it first was released, yet every kid who played it on my computer became addicted and dragged their buddies over to play. I gave it to a nephew finally who took it with him to college and still plays it occasionally now. giardini

Popoyd
Popoyd

Not much into *those* types of games anymore (mostly play online now), so maybe there are new versions... I used to play the first 3 versions of Mechwarrior, each was way better than the previous one, too short once you finished the missions, but re-playable for a long time anyways. Could never play them again, not even under DOSBOX or other sims, and I have no idea whether there are any new releases *of the franchise* - I know there are copycats all over, big and small, but any news on the original series? Edit: There's a MW-4 from Microsoft back from 2001 - they say it's the same creators and stu, gotta try it I guess, and see if it's still alive...

daward
daward

There was a game I mastered on the Mac (classic) in the 1980's called, I think, "Chrystal Quest". It involved piloting around the 8 inch screen scooping up chrystals (each one giving you a satisfying arcade "ding") while avoiding or shooting down things that suddenly drifted in or shot out from the sides. Little bombs that had seconds before exploding. Things that zig zagged, and bounced off other things. I learned to plot a path in milliseconds to scoop up the quotas of chrystals while dodging and shooting down these things. In addition to the instant path decisions, and the hand eye coordination to follow them, I learned to process an entirely different set of data using my peripheral vision. Never loosing focus on the middle, but using a seperate part of the brain to monitor the sides: sensing the objects there and guaging their proximity and paths and potential for danger. As the difficulty increased, and I found myself dealing with 50 or so seperate objects, and their paths and behaviors, I achieved a numb, blurry state in which I was reacting to the whole pattern without focusing on any one thing. And the score odometer was spinning like a top. Millions of points. I don't think you can't get "there" in a 3-d universe. I doubt you could get "there" anywhere, except that 8 inch hyper-sharp black and white screen. Ever since, I have been unafraid of traffic. I can get through a clump of white knucklers on an interstate without once braking, and without a single suprised horn. People can be merging from both sides at all different speeds as I maneuver through. It doesn't matter: I've got chrystals to pick up.

MomtoJustin
MomtoJustin

Total Annihilation (but not Kingdoms) by Cave Dog and Ascendancy by Logic Factory!

read
read

Thanks. I'm going to see if I can dig up some old floppies to see if they're still viable and get this running again on an old DOS box (the same 386 running my MAME probably). My oldest is 10 now and needs to see what a "real" video game is!

arignote
arignote

For toddlers, Disney should bring back Mickey Mouse ABCs. All the kid had to do was press a letter on the keyboard and Mickey Mouse say a word and perform an action based on that letter. O - he'd open the oven, V - he'd play the violin, etc. It great for kids learning letters.

dpresley_50201
dpresley_50201

Hey, about any of SSI's wargames would be great if updated and re-released.

BiggestDawg
BiggestDawg

Such a great team play game! The single player was lacking but as for online play it is the absolute best ever. In fact ever since the failure of T:V I have not been able to find a game that comes close and thus don't game on line much any more. T2 needs to be brought back to life properly!

Vette95
Vette95

I agree! This game/series remake or update, whatever one would call it was great fun. It needs an update with on of the newer engines and released on a console.

cmagers
cmagers

My boy's and I still play BZ2 on our LAN

dpresley_50201
dpresley_50201

Bring back the whole Apogee/Epic line of video games. Most were great and the rest just very good.

Vette95
Vette95

As you pointed out, they really could not do this one in a 3-D form, so it was re-released with updated graphics and sound in 2006 on the XBOX360 via XBLive and it appears a year later released in the PC format. Take a look here: http://www.gamespot.com/search.html?qs=crystal+quest

Popoyd
Popoyd

On a DOSBOX under XP. And my kids love it too, thay spend hours on that bugger. Immortal, this one...

jaycain
jaycain

Why RPG when you can TnT