In order to have a successful launch for their new systems, hardware companies often have to pull out their best bag of tricks to attract players when it comes to their very first games. Here are three games that could really generate some huge interest for the PS4 and propel it to new heights in terms of hype at launch. And we’re not only talking about business here – those are 3 series any true longtime PlayStation fan can’t live without!
Crash Bandicoot Reboot
A real, monumental and successful Crash Bandicoot reboot would be huge for the PS4. Crash did spread out over all platforms in recent years, but releasing a game closer to the original on the PS4 would definitely help revive the Playstation fanboy in all of us. It’s time to reinstate that Crash Bandicoot is truly the Playstation’s original mascot! The latest Crash of the Titans multiplatform game wasn’t really up to par with what was delivered in the past and the cast of characters lost a bit of its personality in the process, so something closer to Crash Bandicoot 1, 2, 3 would be required for the PS4 – classic levels, terribly hard to get gems and the original visual charm of the series. To me, Crash Bandicoot has always been the underdog of all game mascots and one aimed at a more mature audience, and I’m looking forward to seeing that old Crash come back instead of the more cartoonish versions of him that were made recently.
TimeSplitters is a very special series that some people still don’t know about. Released in 2000 on the Playstation 2, TimeSplitters was the first definite answer to Nintendo’s famous GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark shooting games. It delivered fast-paced action with extremely fluid controls, an unbeatable cast of characters and a humorous style that is still hard to describe. With memorable maps and epic multiplayer gameplay with little drop in framerate, it doesn’t get any better for an arcade shooter, even to this day. Unfortunately, despite two successful sequels that did live up to expectations (TimeSplitters 2 and TimeSplitters: Future Perfect), the series was still somewhat kept under the radar compared to the big AAA titles out there.
People miss TimeSplitters so much that, after the development for TimeSplitters 4 had been postponed indefinitely (a sad announcement that was made in september 2011), a Facebook campaign was started by a former Crytek employee uniting with fans in order to convince the company to finish the game. 2012 is coming to an end and TS fans are still waiting in despair… but what would be a better time to put out TimeSplitters 4 than at the PS4 launch! (hell, even the numbers align!). If you haven’t tried any of the TimeSplitters games, do yourself a favor and go discover why Playstation fans are still angry for not getting another sequel, be it only by watching the YouTube video below.
Final Fantasy VII HD remake
What better way to exhibit the power of a new console than to redesign an old classic with new awesome textures! And like it has been said several times, the next-generation consoles are going to have to find ways to generate more hype to motivate people to buy new consoles after spending seven years with the same systems… and Final Fantasy VII is the absolute synonym of hype! Fans have been asking for a Final Fantasy VII remake for years now and nothing would prove to be more satisfying than a version showing off the brand new graphics of the PS4. Besides, launch games for new consoles generally aren’t that good anyway… so let’s sleep outside the stores to get our PS4s and then play FF7 around the clock until better titles come around! Final Fantasy VII alone would certainly make the PS4 an essential purchase by default for a lot of us!
In conclusion, Playstation really isn’t out of options when it comes to making the Playstation 4 a success. In a lot of ways, Sony simply has to look in the past and look at what has previously worked for them. Let’s see what they have in store for us at the PS4’s launch!
Article by - Marc-André Messier
Insert Date: 12/21/2012