Streets of Rage
Last game in the series: Streets of Rage 3 (Mega Drive/Genesis, 1994)
We remember playing Streets of Rage like it was only yesterday. Well, at least Streets of Rage 2 anyway, which was undoubtedly the best of the series.
Strolling through the streets, beating up goons as Axel or any of his violent like-minded friends was always a blast. And their soundtracks – holy hell their soundtracks – they were sublime. We’ve got Yuzo Koshiro to thank for them, and I doubt we’ll ever stop listening to them.
Unfortunately the series just stopped after 1994’s Streets of Rage 3. There’s been rumours over the years that SEGA tinkered with the idea of taking the series into the realm of 3D but nothing has ever come to fruition. And while countless other side-scrolling beat’em ups have reared their heads, none of them have ever quite matched up to the Street of Rage series’ greatness.
What would we like to see? A 2D Streets of Rage revival with stunning artwork, a brilliant electronic dance soundtrack and maybe even branching paths. It’ll probably never happen, but we can dream.
Last game in the series: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 & PC, 2014)
There’s been a wide variety of Castlevania games over the years. Straight up platformers, 2D action RPGs and 3D adventure games included. And while some of them turned out to be a bit rubbish, most of them were absolutely brilliant.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, for example, is perhaps one of the greatest games ever made, while Castlevania: Lords of Shadow proved to be a great 3D reimagining of the series. Ever since the poorly received sequel to that title, however, talk of any more Castlevania games has ceased.
While we loved Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and its sequel, what we’d really like to see is the revival of the 2D Castlevania games. The Switch would perhaps be a great place for them, with digital releases on PS4 and Xbox One, too. Think Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow or Order of Ecclesia, but darker. It’s unlikely to happen, but at least we’ve got Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night to look forward to.