With each generation of consoles, there are a number of new IPs that release into the market. Some of these IPs are instant hits that spark a number of main installments and spin-off games. However, others tend to fall into the shadows from other games. They may not necessarily be bad, but potential sleeper hits or otherwise overlooked. We’re at the end of this generation of video game consoles but we’re still holding out hope that some of these past generation video game titles will make a triumphant return. These games were first launched in the last generation consoles and while some of them may have been remastered for current generation systems, we’re seeking a new installment or a sequel which will continue on with the narrative journey.
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#10 Sleeping Dogs
Sleeping Dogs puts you in the role of Shen, an undercover cop gone rogue criminal agent who rises through the ranks of the Triads as he takes down the Chinese mob. The video game did come out onto the latest generation of consoles but originally released on the last generation in 2012. While the game reviewed well, we haven’t seen any word on a new installment to the series though a spin-off was in the works. Developers crafting up the spin-off Triad Wars decided to scrap the project feeling it wasn’t right for the fans who loved the IP. Furthermore, there is currently a film adaptation in the works starring Donnie Yen though it doesn’t have an official release date as of yet.
#9 Dead Space Series
Dead Space takes place in the distant future where players control Isaac Clarke, an engineer for spacecrafts. When a ship sends out a distress signal, Isaac Clarke, and a team head out in hopes to fix the ship while bringing the crew back up and running their mining operations. However, various difficulties and mishaps cause Isaac with his crew to be left with a very slim chance of survival. Players are up against a slew of Necromorphs, vile creatures that reanimate dead corpses. To make gameplay a bit more tense and horrifying, developers eliminate the heads-up display, rendering most of the vital signs and other necessary info within Isaac’s suit.
There’s a total of three main installments available along with some spin-off titles, but since 2013, this series has laid dormant. Likewise, this last installment wasn’t as highly received though it’s possible for this franchise to go back into its roots. After all, we have seen the same thing happen with the Resident Evil franchise with the latest installment going back to the same gameplay mechanics that the series started out with rather than being the over-the-top action-packed journey Capcom has been delivering over the past few years.
#8 Left 4 Dead Series
It would be surprising if you haven’t heard or have at least played one of the two Left 4 Dead titles available on the market today. The franchise was brought out by Valve where players can gather together in a cooperative game mode to fight off a variety of undead zombies. Aimed more as a first-person shooter action title, there are several weapons to pick up to take down zombies as you progress through the campaign. All-in-all, the game offers relatively short levels as players are mainly tasked with reaching a certain area to escape the infected city but the online community has made several new maps and campaigns to enjoy after you completely finish the games.
Again, a game that Valve owns fails to have a third installment which is odd as this game series was a huge hit. There’s still active players enjoying the past titles today and a new entry would certainly be welcomed by a fan base. Unfortunately, there’s no news regarding a new entry to the series, but since 2012, there has been a few DLC releases to further add to the Left 4 Dead 2 entry.
#7 BioShock Series
Created under development studio Irrational Games, BioShock was a hit when it first launched into the market in 2007. The game series acts as an FPS though set in cities that are cut off from the world speaking of which, the first installment takes place in an underwater city known as the Rapture which also hosts the location for BioShock 2, an installment that acts as a sequel to the original title.
BioShock Infinite takes on a new story in a city known as Columbia that hovers above the clouds in the sky. All three stories are mature in nature and as of today, there’s no new information set on when we can see the next installment of the franchise. Irrational Games has since disbanded leaving the IP in the hands of 2K Games who have stated in 2014 that the series would continue on. For now, we’ll have to wait and see just if we get a new main installment on the latest generation consoles. However, the first three titles are well worth the pickup on last gen consoles or through remastered editions available on the current generation platforms.
#6 Portal Series
Portal has been an iconic franchise for a number of years which for the most part acts as a puzzle type video game where players must figure out a means to overcome obstacles. There is certainly a bit of thinking with some trial and error involved to complete the level. Much like the running joke that goes with Valve, there has yet to be a third installment but we’re still wanting to jump back into the franchise in very near future. Portal launched all the way back in 2007 but arguably the better entry is Portal 2 as it provides cooperative gameplay. Though we don’t have a third installment officially from Valve, there has been a number of fan developed titles along with spin-off titles.
#5 Fight Night Series
The Fight Night series was big during the early to mid-2000s where it received a total of four main installments. This was a boxing simulator franchise that focused on putting players in the role of a new upcoming fighter working their way to becoming the greatest of all time. Over the years, the games received positive reviews from critics though none of the video game titles including the Fight Night Champion installment was released on current generation consoles. We’re not sure just why EA Sports decided to quit the franchise but we’re hoping it’s going to pick it back up in the near future.
#4 Dead Island
Techland’s survival game may be most remembered for its fantastic first trailer, but we can’t forget that all of that zombie killing and open-world roaming is set in the middle of the ocean on a fictional island called Banoi, off the coast of Papua New Guinea. Four survivors wake up to find out that everyone else on the resort island has been infected and turned to creepy-crawlies by a plague. The game’s heroes then bash lots of zombie parts with baseball bats and axes. While it can easily be argued that Dying Light is a better iteration on Dead Island, the tropical island resort setting definitely made Techland’s first major project interesting.
Oddly enough, the sequel to this title has been announced and revealed to the public a number of years ago, but it’s been in limbo. There have been a few developers who have been working on this project and it’s currently in the hands of Dambuster Studios who have worked on Homefront: The Revolution. As it stands, the sequel is still in the works, but it’s anyone’s guess as to when or if this game will ever come out.
#3 Deadly Premonition
If you’re a fan of the cult TV series Twin Peaks, then chances are you’ve come across the video game Deadly Premonition. It’s quite easy to see where developers Access Games received their inspirations when creating the game narrative. Within the game, players become an FBI agent who is sent to a small town within the United States in order to solve a murder. While investigating the murder it becomes obvious that there’s an otherworldly presence taking control of the town. Sure this game may be a bit niche, but it proved that there is a market of players interested in this title as it managed to hold its own against other big title releases such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
#2 Eternal Darkness
In Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, players control a girl named Alexandra Rovias as she investigates the murder of her grandfather. Through exploring his mansion, Alexandra discovers a book bound with human skin and bone which tells of a horrible past filled with godlike beings that attempted to destroy the human world. Quickly within the game, players learn that they must stop these creatures before they extract their plot on the world by means of solving several puzzles. However, one aspect that keeps Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem on the top of our list is the Nintendo patented sanity meter which allowed the developers to play with the gamers mind. This included small little effects within the game such as hearing sounds such as children screaming, rattling chains, and doors slamming.
However, developers also tossed in effects that broke the fourth wall such as a fake television volume indicator on the screen to technical failures making players believe something is wrong with their console. Unfortunately, the game has only released on the Nintendo GameCube and has yet to release another video game installment since. We could definitely see new ways for Nintendo to toy with gamers with the latest Nintendo Switch platform.
#1 Alan Wake
- Developer: Remedy Entertainment
- Publisher: Microsoft Studios
A long time in the making, this game, originally a timed exclusive for the Xbox 360, was developed by Remedy. Alan Wake features the eponymous writer, who has to unravel the dark secrets lurking beneath the surface of Bright Falls, a small town in the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Things go bump at night, Alan’s wife ends up missing and he finds himself on the wrong end of a police manhunt. While the game’s plot is steeped in mystery, the gameplay is strongly focused on action and surviving whatever supernatural entity that ends up in Alan’s way. Remedy Entertainment is currently working on a new third-person shooter called Control with a series following known as CrossFire. Unfortunately, there has been any word on if Remedy will ever pick back up the Alan Wake franchise despite the growing cult following to the game.