Sometimes in the fast-paced world of the gaming industry games come and go. Great video game series often go one of two ways. Whether this is through a roar or a whimper really depends on the situation. While some titles are shot down in a blaze of glory, others seem to fizzle out in such a way that it does not attract as much attention. Regardless of the reasons why this happens, it is undoubtedly an interesting phenomenon. Below are our picks for 5 great video games series that went quiet.
5. Silent Hill PT
Silent Hill PT took the gaming world by storm when it was initially released as a demo. The brainchild of Konami released many players being scared out of their wits by this title. Along with the scares, however, was a then-innovative looping mechanic that added to the tense horror of the game. It was this commitment to quality as well as the quality of the scares that made the game stand out. And just when it seemed that the gaming world had fallen in love with Silent Hill again the demo was pulled by Konami for unknown reasons.
Altogether the game garnered as much attention as it did due to its absorbing and creepy atmosphere as well as the novelty of the looping mechanic within the game. The title being this solid made a lot of game fans question why Konami had decided to pull the game in the first place. While the game was removed from stores, players who were lucky enough to still have the demo on their machine were able to sell them for exorbitant prices. making SIlent Hill PT a great game that went quiet.
4. Metal Gear
Now the reasons why the Metal Gear game series went quiet have become quite known. Following creative differences between developer Hideo Kojima and Publisher Konami, the two quickly severed ties. This timing was unfortunate as well because the fifth installment of the Metal Gear series Metal Gear V: The Phantom Pain had just been released. With fans of Hideo Kojima remaining loyal to him. As well as Konami failing to capture the essence of the series in their follow-up title, called Metal Gear Survive the game series at least for the moment has gone quiet.
This PR blunder has been seen in recent timers as one of the most divisive decisions in all of gaming. Many players see Hideo Kojima as the heart and soul of the Metal Gear franchise. So any subsequent games made without Kojima would simply be viewed as empty husks of a once-great game series. While Kojima has parted ways with Konami in favor of his own gaming studio Kojima Productions, many fans still wish that the newest iteration of Metal Gear would live up to its predecessors.
3. Sly Cooper
Sly Cooper is a sensational stealth game from the PS2 era of gaming. The series features the titular character Sly Cooper. A thief with a heart of gold accomplishing various missions. Along with a ragtag group of companions. Being one of the PS2 games that had a lot of charm and soul players have been missing this series for a long time. With the latest installment of the series being released in 2013, many players have become impatient in anticipating a new title.
With a cast of wonderfully quirky characters as well as a novel gameplay design. Sly Cooper is simply a treat to play through. It is likely for this reason that players miss the game series so much. Revitalizing the series would simply make a lot of series for the developers as a new iteration of the Sly series would no doubt do well. As we have seen games make a similar comeback such as Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon. It is for this reason that a new Sly title would be welcome with open arms.
2. Banjo Kazooie
Banjo Kazooie is a beloved title that holds a special place in the hearts of a lot of gamers. The charming platformer is remembered fondly for its cute and quirky art direction as well as its memorable soundtrack. One of the gems of the Nintendo 64 era this game showed that it isn't necessarily graphical fidelity that makes a great game but heart. Players were able to use a wide range of abilities to help Banjo accomplish its goals. With an instantly recognizable cast of characters, this title truly shines.
In conclusion, a new iteration of Banjo Kazooie would be fantastic. While there was a spiritual successor called Yooka-Laylee garnered a lot of attention but failed to capture as much attention as Banjo. One of the staple platformers from yesteryear it would be great to see how this game would do in the current market. With many fans wishing for the return of the series, it is surprising just how quiet the series has gone. Therefore, if a new iteration of the series was released it would undoubtedly be a hit among retro platformer fans.
1. Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia is a series that served as an innovator in the stealth action genre. The series made the way for many games to follow in its silent footsteps. Games in the series, such as Prince of Persia Sands of Time being lauded as one of the best games of all time. It is no secret that this game series is full of potential. With a new iteration undoubtedly being able to capitalize on the technological advancements in the industry it would be a no-brainer.
In conclusion, a Prince of Persia remake or reboot would be fantastic. It would be much better than the relative obscurity that the lack of updates has done to the series. Prince of Persia is a game that finds much of its DNA in the newer action stealth titles. Such as the Assassin's Creed series. A fantastic game series that players should no doubt play if they haven't already, Prince of Persia is a game series that deserves not to fade into relative obscurity.
So, what do you think of our list of the 5 great video games that went quiet? Do you agree with our top five picks? Are there any games we should know about? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.