Altered Beast might not be one of the most popular games on this list and many real old school gamers will probably be unaware that ever became a franchise at all being that there was no less than 14 years between the original 1988 arcade game and the Game Boy Advance only sequel.
Scrolling beat ‘em up games came and went in the late eighties and early nineties but Altered Beast had one very unique concept that kept it fresh. This was the unique ability of your character to transform into a series of different beasts, all with their own unique abilities, by collecting a series of power-ups. Who can forget that classic speech announcing it too?
After the 2005 PlayStation 2 game Project Altered Beast, which took the game into 3D, we never saw the series again. Not really a surprise when you consider how lacklustre that title was however. The main character Neff was one of many classic gaming characters to appear in Walt Disney’s homage to arcade gaming Wreck It Ralph however.
Surely with the transformation element alone Sega have the basis of a great game here, maybe something along the like of Dark Stalkers would work rather well?
At one point in time Shinobi was one of Sega’s hottest properties; from the original 1987 coin-op through the 3 excellent Mega Drive games onto the sophisticated Saturn sequel the series captivated audience everywhere.
The well-rounded mix of fighting and exploring in the Shinobi games always worked well and with each new game came fresh new challenges that kept the series well ahead of the competition. And while the difficulty level was often set quite high, the games could always be mastered if you invested enough time in them.
After 1995 the series seemed to fall away, although nobody is really sure why. We had two games for the PlayStation 2, in 2002 and 2003 respectively, but neither managed to capture audiences as the earlier games had done. A Shinobi reboot was released on the Nintendo 3DS handheld in 2011 to rather mixed reviews and Sega hasn’t gone back since.
So what would Sega need to do to get Shinobi back to the top of people’s most wanted lists? I can’t help but think it of something along the lines of Assassin’s Creed, but with ninjas obviously!
With the advent of proper virtual reality devices finally becoming affordable, everyone is looking to jump on the V.R. bandwagon. While one classic Sega game has already made its way to PSVR, the superb Dreamcast and PS2 shooter Rez, surely the other ideal game from Sega’s back catalogue to give this treatment to would be Galaxy Force?
The original Galaxy Force arcade game first hit arcades back in 1988 and wowed audiences with its 3D graphical effects and custom hydraulic cabinet. An enhanced sequel soon followed and both games were ported to numerous home platforms with mixed results, with only the Saturn and PS2 versions having the hardware to really pull it off.
It wowed audiences once again in 2013 when Galaxy Force II was selected as one of the first games in Sega’s 3D Classics series for the Nintendo 3DS. This iteration was so impressive that it far surpassed the original arcade game in fact.
So can Sega up the ante once more by turning Galaxy Force into a fully immersive VR experience? We can only dream . . . .
Another franchise on that was recently featured, to great effect I may add, in the line-up for the Nintendo 3DS Sega 3D Classics range was Space Harrier. We haven’t actually got a completely new game in this series since the year 2000. Incredible when you consider how popular the games were back in the day.
Space Harrier was one of the first arcade games to show off Sega’s powerful Super Scaler hardware along with titles such as OutRun and After Burner. This coin-op system allowed Sega to produce games with incredibly impressive 3D effects that were ideal for a third person shooter such as this.
A viable model for the enhancement of Space Harrier would be the excellent After Burner Climax from 2010. That title kept all the original gameplay intact from the original while adding in multiple paths, new weapons and nice customisation options too.
Undoubtedly one of Sega’s most famous and spectacular franchises, it just seems like an obvious choice for a reboot doesn’t it?