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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.