We heard some really great news this month. Sega wants to revive some of its major IPs. You know, the great series that have been missing in action for the last five or ten years. It is good for people who were around when these games were new and exciting, as well as for people who never had the pleasure of seeing such series in their prime.
The problem is, Sega didn’t actually announce any of the series it was considering bringing back. This is a pretty big omission, considering just how many game franchises it has. Fortunately, I have some ideas as to which ones should show up again.
Space Channel 5
Don’t you feel like it is time for Ulala’s Swinging Report Show again? I sure do. Rhythm games have picked up in popularity since the original two Space Channel 5 games, and both of the games have been ported to multiple platforms. The Space Channel 5 VR: Ukiuki Viewing Show experience has been announced, but hasn’t appeared anywhere. Ulala’s even made cameos in Sonic Riders, Sega Superstars Tennis, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, and Project X Zone 2. Let her take the stage again!
Jet Set Radio
Jet Set Radio is one of the most loved and influential skate boarding games ever released. Plenty of other titles attempt to copy its style. It is this gorgeous, cel-shaded game with all kinds of style. While we’ve seen ports of the original two games, we deserve a new, multiplatform installment.
Panzer Dragoon is a series of rail shooters that had you and your dragon facing off against the world. Since we aren’t getting Scalebound, what better time to bring this series back? While we would be find with a standard, post-apocalyptic world filled with dragons, we probably wouldn’t object to a new entry that is an RPG like Panzer Dragoon Saga.
When I say Phantasy Star, I am not talking about the Phantasy Star Online MMORPGs or the Phantasy Star Monster Hunter-likes. I am referring to the original turn-based RPGs that appeared on the Master System and Genesis. Phantasy Star I-IV were these incredible space operas that mixed fantasy and technology. It would be wonderful to go back to that setting.
This entry is the most important. Sakura Wars needs a second chance. Strategy games are popular again, thanks to titles like Disgaea and Fire Emblem. Visual novels are finally recognized as a valid genre outside of Japan. Also, dating sims aren’t such a foreign concept. Sakura Wars games combine all three of those things in the best possible way. We need to see this series again.
Are there any other Sega IPs you’d like to see again? Let us know in the comments!
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