Last game in the series: Shinobi 3D (3DS, 2011)
We remember playing Shinobi on the Master System when we were just young’uns. But it was Shinobi 3: Return of the Ninja Master on Mega Drive that truly planted the series in our hearts, though.
Since then there’s been a few Shinobi releases, such as the series’ first foray into 3D simply titled Shinobi for PS2, and also Shinobi 3D for the 3DS, but none of them have captured the magic of the earlier games.
For a modern day revival we’d like to see Shinobi go open world. Imagine, you could play once again as Joe Mushashi, using his ninja skills to scale buildings, sneak around undetected and eliminate foes with well-aimed shurikens. And when the shit hits the fan, you could call upon your magic abilities to give you the upper hand. That’s something we’d certainly like to play.
Project Gotham Racing
Last game in the series: Project Gotham Racing 4 (Xbox 360, 2007)
At one point in time, Project Gotham Racing was Microsoft’s premier racing title, but then Forza Motorsport came along and it was quietly sidelined. Plus, Bizarre Creations, its developer, was acquired by Activision.
In the Project Gotham Racing games, finishing ahead of the pack wasn’t the be-all and end-all – it was about earning Kudos by driving with style. In fact, many of its events weren’t even races; rather, obstacle courses. All of the Project Gotham Racing games were visually impressive, which makes it a shame that none of them are currently playable on Xbox One. Though it’s probably because of licensing issues.
With Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon both currently being churned out once every two years, there’s probably no place for a new Project Gotham Racing game in Microsoft’s eyes. But hopefully the series will make a return at some point.