5 Popular Playstation Franchises that need a Comeback


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I have decided to list my top 5 picks of Playstation franchises that need a comeback, because ever since the first generation of the Playstation, or PSOne as we call it these days, there have been several good games that came out along the way, some have spawned sequels while others, unfortunately, remained dormant, leaving fans wanting for more.

So, here are my choices of games that already had sequels, but we have not seen or heard from again in the past years even decades in some cases.

Twisted Metal

Screenshot of Twisted Metal: Black
Twisted Metal: Black

Another fan favorite is Twisted Metal, a free for all destruction derby where you need to be the last one standing or rolling depending on how you see it.

Those insane vehicles armed with a multitude of arsenal going head to head in car combat put Super Mario Kart’s balloon battle to shame.

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with some balloon action, but it is not as enjoyable as this one. Needless to say, this game was a blast as a multiplayer.

This franchise had multiple developers throughout the years. It all started with SingleTrac in 1995 for the PSOne and was last seen in the hands of Eat Sleep Play in 2012 with their game for the Playstation 3 console.

I have to admit not all titles did equally well, some more than others, but the last one did very well, so there may be hope for another title in the near future.

Although Eat Sleep Play closed down in 2017, Sony would have to find yet another developer for the next generation title of this beloved game. Here is hoping.

Killzone

This is another great first-person shooting game series that had much success in the past but that we haven’t seen in a while. It was first ported on the PS2 in 2004, and had several games in the following years, passing through every Sony console including their handhelds, making its way to the PlayStation 4 with their last title called “Shadow Fall”, released at the end of 2013.

As in any shooter, this shoot ’em ups game is filled with a variety of weapons and maps and their campaigns are quite good. The plot is set in the 24th century, so we get to play in a futuristic environment fighting against robots, drones, and hi-tech soldiers.

The visuals are there, graphics-wise the game is gorgeous and one can imagine what they could do with the PlayStation 5’s capabilities.

As for reviews, the games did rather well throughout the series, although more ups than downs, it has been a rollercoaster of mixed reviews.

Screenshot of Killzone Cutscene
Killzone Shadow Fall

Hopefully, they will reconsider and give Killzone a second chance it deserves as it should be one of the Playstation franchises that need a comeback.

Their strengths were mostly in the visuals and the multiplayer mode, while the AI was mostly criticized as they “fell” short, which is ironic given the name of their latest entry “Shadow Fall”.

Sadly, Guerilla Games seem to have retired the Killzone franchise putting their efforts on the “Horizon” series.

Resistance

It has been too long since we saw some action from Insomniac Games regarding this first-person shooting franchise.

The first of the series has made its appearance on the PS3 as one of the launch titles of the console. Since then there were two others on the same port, while there were two titles released on Sony’s handheld consoles, one for each device with the last one being launched on the market in 2012.

Screenshot of Resistance Gameplay
Resistance 3

Resistance is basically the last line in the human race versus a race of aliens conquering the earth. The game has a post-apocalyptic feel to it, which is great. It has every component that makes an FPS game fun and exciting.

It is fun for the whole family, provided they like violence and are 18 years and older as they are rated M for Mature.

Review-wise the franchise did very well averaging a score in the mid 80%, but that latest entry on the PS Vita did not do so well, which probably sealed the fate of the series.

With the latest hardware being the PS5, this could be awesome, fast-paced action with amazing graphics. There is great potential here, hoping Insomniac Games sees it too.

Infamous

This game was provided by Sucker Punch, which is also known for its “Sly” series and the more recent hit “Ghost of Tsushima”.

Infamous had three games in its series, two of them were released on the PS3 and the third one on PS4. They were published by Sony, which is why they were exclusive to the PlayStation.

The latest we have seen of the Infamous brand was in the form of a DLC their last title “The Second Son” which dates back to 2014.

In this game, you are in an open-world setting with the main storyline while having access to a ton of side quests.

Screenshot of Infamous Gameplay
Infamous

Long story short, the game protagonist gains superpowers that can be upgraded and gain new abilities throughout the long hours of fun action-packed gameplay.

What is great about these games is that you can choose if you want to use your powers for good or for evil. In my opinion, this is great for replayability as you can play “good” on your first playthrough and “bad” on your next one.

Shame that it has been 7 years since the last game and there is no sign of any new game in development.

It is not like it did badly review-wise as two out of the three titles were re-released under the Playstation “Greatest Hits” red label.

So much potential with the latest platforms, which is why it is one of many PlayStation franchises that need a comeback.

Although, you can play “The Second Son” at 60FPS on the PS5, which is somewhat of a compromise.

Any Konami Games

For a while now, Konami had stopped producing video games and concentrating their focus on pachinko or arcade machines.

Although Konami is not exclusive to Sony and its PlayStation, it has been a long time since they came up with new titles for their famous and fan-favorite franchises such as Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid, and my personal favorite, the vampire killing series Castlevania.

Screenshot of Metal Gear Solid 5 Cutscene
Metal Gear Solid V

The last time a Metal Gear game came out was in 2018, it was called “Metal Gear Survive”. It is ironic that it had “Survive” in its title as it came short with negative reviews, which would be in part due to the fanbase being unhappy with the company’s indifference towards them, also the departure of a key player in Hideo Kojima from the team didn’t really help as well.

As for the Silent Hills title, they started their success back in 1999 with their first entry in this survival-horror genre. It has spawned multiple sequels with the latest being outed in 2012 on the PS3 and Xbox 360.

They had a project in the making for the PS4 but was later canceled, due to Hideo’s departure. There was a demo of what would become the latest entry, it was titled P.T. as in “Playable Teaser” and was available on the PlayStation Store until the project got canceled and the demo was pulled off the store.

Last but definitely not least, the Castlevania came a long way having a wide variety of games spread out on multiple generations of consoles starting on the NES in 1986. The franchise is also celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.

With Symphony of the Night, for the PSOne, they defined their own genre which the fandom calls “Metroidvania”, which is a mix of both Metroid and Castlevania SOTN that emphasizes exploration and collecting items, equipment, or abilities to progress further into the map. Their last game was released on the PS3 in 2014 with their reboot of the series called “Lords of Shadow”.

Hopefully, with the success of the Netflix animated series, Konami will use that momentum and produce another great quality sequel to the series, as we expect no less from them.

In recent news, Konami has outsourced the three previously mentioned franchises to external developers in order to create new installments of their popular series. This is great news for the fanbase out there, but let us not hold our breaths, because it may take a while as they are in the early stages and it may be a few years before we see the light of day on these games.

Rest assured that we will keep a close eye on any further development on their part if any.

For more information about this, read this article by GamingBolt.com :
Konami Reportedly Plans To Outsource Properties, Including Metal Gear Solid And Castlevania.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it, my top 5 list of Playstation franchises that need a comeback.

Let us keep our fingers crossed that at least some of these great names will actually wake up from their slumber and deliver quality gaming that we know and love.

With this I say, let’s keep on hoping, but most importantly let’s keep calm and game on.


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