God Of War (2018) – How To Revitalize A Franchise
God of War is an established and Iconic game series. Many fans who were first introduced to Kratos in 2005 fell in love with the Greek anti-hero. The series was well known for its hack-and-slash gameplay, gory kills, and an incredible story set in the Greek mythos.
When God of War (2018) was first announced and that it would be set in Norse mythology, there was a heavy amount of skepticism regarding the game. This is because the reboot veered from the original gameplay design and was set in a completely different world. However, upon release, the game was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews, and many now anticipate the long-awaited sequel.
Mortal Kombat – The Classic Went Back To Its Roots And Came Out Better For It
A historic franchise that had resulted in the establishment of the ESRB in 1994, the first game was released to arcades in 1992 and has captivated players with its over-the-top action, corny storylines, and graphic gore. The series was a huge success for some time, though when it made the jump to a more 3D style, it has started to dwindle.
Cut to 2011. The game was rebooted to its classic 2D fighting style with updated graphics and gameplay. In addition, this title had a greater emphasis on the story, creating more fleshed-out lore for players to enjoy and an update to the classic fatalities that were even bloodier and gorier than ever before.
Ratchet And Clank- The Iconic Duo Was Welcomed With Open Arms
Playstation fans are at the very least familiar with Ratchet and Clank. First Introduced in 2002, the heroic duo was an instant hit. The gameplay was an action platformer emphasizing weapons and gadgets set in a unique and amazing space environment.
The series was rebooted in 2016 and had adopted a slightly more family-friendly style and tone. Nonetheless, the series was reinvigorated, and old fans returned to the classic series while new fans came in droves.
Shadow Warrior – A Hidden Gem Of A Rebooted Series
First released in 1997, the Shadow Warrior game was a Doom Knock-off for all intents and purposes. It was a simple game centered around a bodyguard who learns of the deep corruption of the Zilla company and fights waves of enemies in futuristic Japan. Nothing more, nothing less.
Then in 2013, Shadow Warrior was rebooted to a modern audience as another first-person action game. This reboot was met with amazing reviews. The combat was fluid, the environments were beautiful, and the writing was downright hilarious. A surprise hit and a massive improvement over its predecessor.
Ninja Gaiden – A Surprise Gem Of An Arcade Classic
One of the more punishing titles from the arcade days, Ninja Gaiden was originally released back in 1988 and spawned several sequels afterward, all of which were punishingly difficult. As an arcade game, its punishing difficulty made sense. But compared to other difficult games, it was one of the more challenging titles.
Fast forward to 2004, and Ninja Gaiden gets a reboot in a third-person hack-and-slash action-platformer game. The game maintained its renowned difficulty but brought its art style and mechanics into the modern-day. The reboot had spawned a bit of a cult following and remained popular enough to spawn a master collection in 2021.