With Capcom reviving Marvel vs. Capcom with Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, we take a look at 10 other franchises the Resident Evil studio should bring back from the dead.
As one of the oldest gaming companies, Capcom has amassed an impressive library of franchises that embody many different genres. Unfortunately, it neglects many of its franchises in favor of churning out sequels for its most popular series, like Monster Hunter and Resident Evil. With endless sequels to its biggest games, it's a rare treat when Capcom decides to revive one of its forgotten IP.
That's why fans were especially excited when Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was officially unveiled at PlayStation Experience 2016. After such a strong response to the new entry in the Marvel vs. Capcom series, Capcom expressed interest in reviving some of its other franchises, and we think these 10 games should be first in line.
10 Devil May Cry
An innovator of the Extreme Combat sub-genre, the Devil May Cry franchise has managed to sell over 10 million copies total, yet Capcom hasn't so much as announced a new entry in the series since 2013's DmC. While 2013 may not seem long enough ago to call for a franchise's revival, Devil May Cry is a special case in that Capcom attempted to reboot it, only for fans to reject many of the changes, especially Dante's new look. As a result, DmC didn't meet Capcom's sales expectations, casting the future of the reboot saga, and the series in general, in doubt.
9 Dino Crisis
There's no denying that Resident Evil is Capcom's premiere survival-horror franchise, but Dino Crisis also earned high marks back in the day. Sporting multiple story paths, traditional survival-horror gameplay and trading Resident Evil's zombies for an assortment of deadly dinosaurs, the original Dino Crisis was a fan-favorite for PlayStation owners. Its sequel upped the action and was met with a generally favorable response as well, but the third game's outer space setting derailed the franchise's momentum. Perhaps Capcom could revive Dino Crisis in the same way it plans to do for Resident Evil – by bringing the series back to its roots.
8 Final Fight
As far as side-scrolling beat 'em ups go, few are as iconic as Final Fight. From memorable characters like Mike Haggar to its respectable co-op implementation, the Final Fight franchise is beloved by many, yet hasn't seen a completely new entry in the series since Capcom first attempted to revive it in 2006. 10 years seems like enough time for fans to forget about that ill-conceived revival, so Capcom should try again with a modern take on the beat 'em up genre.
7 Ghosts 'n Goblins
Games in the Ghosts 'n Goblins franchise are notable for their insane level of difficulty, often pushing players to their limits. While that kind of gameplay seemed to fall out of style for a few years, there seems to be a resurgence in fans looking for especially challenging experiences – just take a look at the Dark Souls franchise for proof. Considering this, the time seems right for Capcom to bring Arthur out of retirement.
6 Lost Planet
One of Capcom's newer franchises, the Lost Planet series has struggled to find its identity. The first game was story-driven, with large-scale battles between mechs and huge monsters. The sequel ditched the story focus in favor of a multiplayer approach, which was met with mixed reception from critics and fans alike, but it still earned strong sales. Lost Planet 3, meanwhile, is generally considered a failure, releasing to negative reviews and sporting slower, less imaginative gameplay than the first two games. Maybe Capcom can recapture the Lost Planet magic with a revival that combines the engrossing story of the first and the multiplayer chaos of the sequel.
5 Mega Man
Out of all of Capcom's dormant franchises, Mega Man has arguably been treated the worst. It's true that the Blue Bomber has recently made an appearance in Super Smash Bros. and will soon be battling the likes of Iron Man in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, but there hasn't been a new entry in the main Mega Man, Mega Man X, or any of the spin-off series in six years. The success of the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter, a blatant Mega Man clone, is proof that there's an audience for this flavor of action-platformer gameplay, so it's puzzling why Capcom has thrown the franchise by the wayside.
4 Power Stone
One of the more unique franchises in Capcom's library, Power Stone and Power Stone 2 are 3D brawlers with a heavy focus on multiplayer gameplay. The games became cult classics on the Sega Dreamcast, with fans waiting patiently for Power Stone 3 for the past 16 years. With hero-based multiplayer games all the rage nowadays – thanks to titles like the 2016 Game of the Year Overwatch and the wildly popular League of Legends – it seems like now is the perfect time for Capcom to revive Power Stone.
Capcom's Clover Studio made magic when it infused Zelda-style exploration gameplay with a heavy dose of Japanese culture and gorgeous cel-shaded graphics to create Okami. Okami and its followup, the handheld Okamiden, are both critical darlings, and a couple of the most visually unique games out there. There hasn't been a new game in the series for five years, but series creator Hideki Kamiya has expressed interest in collaborating with Capcom to make Okami 2; for the sake of the fans, hopefully that unlikely partnership comes to fruition.
Set in feudal Japan, the Onimusha series expertly blends elements of the survival-horror genre with the Extreme Combat of games like Capcom's own Devil May Cry. Praised for its fast-paced action and engaging story, the original Onimusha holds the distinction of being the first PlayStation 2 game to surpass 1 million copies worldwide. Luckily for the millions of fans that enjoyed the Onimusha games back in the day, it actually stands a better chance at being revived than the other games on this list, as Capcom has confirmed that a new game in the series is actively being discussed at the studio.
1 Viewtiful Joe
There once was a time when Capcom seemed to have a lot of confidence in the Viewtiful Joe franchise, commissioning a sequel, two spin-offs, and even its own anime series. Sadly for fans of the series, the titular Viewtiful Joe has been relegated to minor cameo appearances and fighting games, not seeing a proper game in his own series in over a decade. Joe has been rarely seen since his stint in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, but one has to imagine he will show up in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, and maybe if he is one of the game's more popular characters, Capcom will be convinced to finally move forward with Viewtiful Joe 3.
From Devil May Cry to Viewtiful Joe, these 10 franchises are the ones we'd most like to see Capcom revive. However, the company has amassed a number of other beloved franchises over its decades of history, and we wouldn't turn down a revival of any of those series either. With Capcom's policy of focusing on remasters and its newfound willingness to revive dormant franchises, chances are good that at least a few of its classic franchises will be revived, so eager fans should keep their eyes peeled for any announcements.
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