You would be forgiven for thinking that you have gone back in time over the past five years or so, with a number of gaming characters from the 90s being reborn thanks to the graphics offered by the next generation of consoles. Spyro and Crash Bandicoot have been the two most successful characters that have been reborn in the modern era, with both recent releases of the games focused on the characters achieving huge success.
Before the re-releases, the only places to enjoy retro gaming experiences were the unique bars such as Arcade Club. Meanwhile, NQ64 is a venue that offers this kind of experience too. But, which characters would we love to be given a second chance in this modern day of gaming?
Jak And Daxter
While Jak and Daxter are two characters, it would be very hard to separate them, which means that they need to come as a pair. With the success that Crash Bandicoot has achieved, it could up the ante for Naughty Boy to bring back some of our other favourite characters.
Jak and Daxter were pioneers in one of the most popular games in the early years of the PlayStation 2, with Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy being one of the most sought after titles. The characters did also achieve later success with the re-release of the game on PlayStation 4 in a bundle format, but fans of the franchise are still hoping that we could one day see a completely new game starring the characters.
If there was ever a title that could excel in this modern era and show the ways to deal with mental health issues, then Alice: Madness Returns may be it. The title was released in 2011 on the PS4 and Xbox 360, and saw the main character looking to overcome the grief that she suffered following the loss of her parents.
The story follows Alice as she is released for a psychiatric clinic, and in order to overcome the trauma that she has suffered she needs to learn the truth about the past. However, the Wonderland where she will get all the answers that she needs has fallen into corrupt hands. The game may not be for the younger demographic, but tackling harder and more serious issues through gaming could have been argued as pioneering.
One character that we would desperately like to see make a return to the gaming world is Croc. The character was a mainstay in the early years of console gaming on the PlayStation, and was a huge success. The first release of Croc: Legends of the Gobbos was a major success, and was the most commercially lucrative game for Argonaut, as it sold over three million copies on the PlayStation 1.
However, following the release of Croc 2 a couple of years later, the character appears to have fallen off the face of the earth. A return to the gaming sphere looks to be way overdue for Croc, but whether our dreams will over be answered remains up for debate.