#6. Ristar (Sega Genesis)
Ristar was an off-shoot of the design ideas that would eventually lead to Sonic the Hedgehog. The game didn’t sell well, but it is nothing short of a platforming masterpiece. The gameplay mechanics are unique for a platformer game in that Ristar can’t jump very high, but instead uses his long arms to grab things from far away, grab enemies, and fling himself high into the sky. A Ristar sequel would be perfect for a handheld like the 3DS or NGP.
#5. Dino Crisis (PlayStation)
Capcom keeps a steady flow of releases coming from its big series like Street Fighter, Mega Man, and Resident Evil, yet some of their, perhaps more obscure, series have been left alone for quite some time. Dino Crisis originally came out in 1999 and was Shinji Mikami’s first game following his success with Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2.
The game implements a survival-horror atmosphere packed with dinosaurs and places a heavy emphasis on puzzle solving. An updated sequel to Dino Crisis has huge potential considering dinosaurs are a somewhat untapped game element. The last sequel to Dino Crisis was 2003’s Dino Crisis 3 for the Xbox. It was a terrible game and may be part of the reason we haven’t seen another Dino Crisis game since then. Capcom needs to get working on Dino Crisis 4 and make up for the mess of a game they released on the Xbox.