As a longtime Sega fan, it’s depressing seeing how many of the developer’s former flagship series have fallen to the wayside. Few studios have the wealth of memorable properties that the former hardware giant has accumulated over the years. While the company has made some smart moves over the past several years as a publisher, not the least of which being the acquisition of Atlus, we’d still like to see Sega take the initiative and revive some of these long forgotten franchises. 5. Panzer Dragoon Sega and Team Andromeda’s high-flying rail shooter wowed gamers when it launched alongside Sega’s under-appreciated 32-bit Saturn. Featuring fast-paced shoot em’ up action in a stunningly realized fantasy landscape where strange, crustacean organic life and mechanical creatures coexist to create a striking alien setting that is just begging to be explored. The game’s use of 360 degree shooting and on-rails action brought an exciting roller-coaster ride that many Sega stalwarts fondly remember. Garnering an incredible sequel, Panzer Dragoon Zwei, that builds upon and hones to a razor’s edge the game’s solid shooting action along with an absolutely sublime RPG spinoff, Panzer Dragoon Saga, this is one gem that badly needs a reboot. While the 2002 original Xbox exclusive Panzer Dragoon Orta succeeded in rekindling this dragon’s flames, the series has since gone dormant. The Xbox One launch title Crimson Dragon was directed by series creator Yukio Futatsugi, but largely lacked the spirit of this soaring epic. 4. Phantasy Star Growing up in a house where Sega consoles dominated my gaming landscape, I was well accustomed to my SNES-owning friends proclaiming their system offered the most memorable role playing games. Sure, Final Fantasy III was stunning, and while the garishly pastel-painted The Secret of Mana looked like it crawled out of some nightmarish Easter basket, it was a swell action adventure well worth undertaking. However, my heart rested firmly in the Algol Star System, the home of the Phantasy Star series. Featuring political intrigue, magic, interplanetary exploration and self-aware AI’s, these gargantuan space epics were some of the finest RPGs of their time. Phantasy Star IV: The End of The Millennium in particular deserves this distinction for its emotional storytelling and gorgeously drawn anime-inspired cutscenes. While Sega has kept the series alive since the Dreamcast days with the series’ online-enabled entries Phantasy Star Online and Phantasy Star Universe, this is one series that demands a proper, story-focused revival. 3. Beyond Oasis Known outside of the US as The Story of Thor, this excellent action-adventure from legendary game composer Yuzo Koshiro’s studio, Ancient, was supposed to be Sega’s answer to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. While it may not have dethroned Nintendo’s green tunic-clad adventurer, Ali’s adventure offered an exceptional action-RPG experience unrivaled on Sega’s 16-bit powerhouse. With fast-paced action and exploration aided by the unique use of your traveling elemental companions, Beyond Oasis was a thrilling addition to Sega’s relatively small stable of adventure games. While Beyond Oasis did receive a sequel for the Saturn known as Legend of Oasis, the series has all but been forgotten since the 32-bit era, save for being featured in Sega’s collection discs and a Virtual Console release. If I ever stumble across a magic lamp in my travels, one of my first wishes is to see this sand-swept epic revived in 3D glory. 2. Streets of Rage Sega’s answer to Capcom’s beat em’ up juggernaut, Final Fight, is widely regarded as one of the Japanese studio’s most beloved series. With vibrant graphics, fast and fluid fisticuffs, and a heart-pumping euro-dance inspired soundtrack courtesy of Yuzo Koshiro, Streets of Rage defined itself as an instant classic. Ex-cops Axel Stone, Adam Hunter, and Blaze Fielding bottled pure, unadulterated gaming lightning as they punched and kicked their way through hordes of syndicate thugs, phone booths, and pipe-wielding maniacs in their pursuit of truth, justice, and succulent phone booth turkeys. While Sega hoped to resurrect this beloved brawler during the Dreamcast era, Sega’s management at the time were unaware of the game’s past successes and left the series’ 3D reboot on the cutting room floor. Independent developer Bombergames released an amazing remake a few years back that was promptly greeted with a cease and desist order from Sega, though it’s still out there somewhere if you know how to look hard enough. We’d love to see Sega reboot this franchise with a full, HD facelift, and the company has listed the game on numerous surveys of titles fans would like to see get the reboot treatment, but so far all calls for a sequel have been met with the bare-knuckle smack of deafening silence. 1. Shining Force Climax and Camelot Software Planning’s Shining Force series marked my first foray into the world of strategy RPGs. I remember my first time experiencing the game’s tactical brand of grid-based combat first on the long-gone Sega Channel service. Instantly pulled in by the game’s overwhelming charm and cerebral combat, Shining Force and its sequel Shining Force II stole countless hours of my childhood as I guided my force of legendary heroes against the Greater Devils in their pursuit of world destruction. After multiple sequels on a variety of Sega consoles, as well as a stunning three-part epic for the Saturn (of which, US and European gamers were only treated to the first chapter), the series has since been relegated to mostly mundane hack-and-slash titles since the Playstation 2 era. After the stunning success of Valkyria Chronicles, we’d like nothing more than to see the dusty franchise rebooted with a similar combat system. Are there any games you think deserved a spot on this list? Let’s hear about them in the comments below.
Five Classic Sega Franchises In Need Of A Reboot
Frank has been the caffeine-fueled evil overlord of HeyPoorPlayer since 2008. He speaks loudly and carries a big stick to keep the staff of the HPP madhouse in check. A collector of all things that blip and beep, he has an extensive collection of retro consoles and arcade machines crammed into his house. Currently playing: Chorus (XSX), Battlefield 2042 (XSX), Xeno Crisis (Neo Geo)