5. Timesplitters 4
Timesplitters 4 is a game that has been rumored for quite a long time. Timesplitters: Future Perfect came out last generation, and the developer, Free Radical, has since been bought by Crytek and re-branded Crytek UK. The last game they made was the disappointing “Haze” back in 2008, and they are currently working on Homefront 2. Free Radical was founded by former Rare employees, and the Timesplitters series felt in many way like the spiritual successor to Goldeneye and Perfect Dark. Timesplitters Future Perfect was the best game in the series, with a fun and funny time hopping plot and solid gameplay with a great multiplayer suite. If Timesplitters 4 is still in the works, it looks to be a ways off, perhaps next generation?
4. Persona 5
I can say without a doubt that the Persona series is best modern JRPG series by a wide margin. Unlike most JRPGs, Atlus knows exactly what they are trying to accomplish with the Persona series, and they don’t compromise that for any reason. They don’t try to “modernize” or “westernize” the games, and that results in games that are very Japanese and have many aspects of classic JRPGs like turn based combat and copious amounts of grinding. However, the reason it works is because the games are extremely well made with very interesting characters, fantastically executed stories, and deep and nuanced combat. I am of the firm belief that the JRPG genre has fallen out of favor not because gamers don’t want traditional JRPGs, but because the quality of the majority of them is simply not what it once was, and also because too many are focusing on convoluted and ridiculous plots while trying to implement bad action and western gameplay elements. The Persona series is great because it is not afraid of what it is. I have no interest in the Persona 4 Vita remake or the fighting game; I just want Atlus to make Persona 5.
3. Star Fox Assault 2
Now, if you recall the list of my most disappointing sequels, Star Fox Assault was featured there. So why, you might ask, do I want to see Star Fox Assault 2? Well, the reason is simple; the concept of Star Fox Assault was sound, it was only the execution that came up short. Basically, I don’t necessarily want a game that follows or takes place after Star Fox Assault or is even called Star Fox Assault 2; I simply want a Star Fox game that is half space combat and half third person shooter. The Wii U seems like the perfect system for this game, and I would love to play a Star Fox game developed by the new Rare; Retro Studios. With their work on the Metroid Prime series and Donkey Kong Country Returns, Retro Studios has established themselves as Nintendo’s best second party western developer, a title once held by Rare. This type of game with space combat and third person shooting has obvious western sensibilities, so Retro is clearly the best choice
2. Chrono 3
Chrono Trigger is one of my favorite games of all time, and Chrono Cross is up there as well, and a Chrono 3 is something I would absolutely love to play. Unfortunately that is something I don’t think will ever happen. With as much as Square Enix has milked the Final Fantasy series, it is baffling to me that they only released one sequel to what many consider to be one of the best games of all time. Whether it would be a sequel following the characters from Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, or an entirely new cast of characters, I really wouldn’t care as long it was another awesome story in that universe. The realist in me says that Square Enix will never make a Chrono sequel, and even if they did ,the current Square Enix would butcher the series with hours of over the top cutscenes and a convoluted plot. However, the optimist in me would really love another 30 hour time traveling, dimension hopping adventure set in the Chrononverse.
1. Half Life 3
Whether it winds up being called HL2 Episode 3 or Half Life 3 I really don’t care, I just want to board the chopper to the Borealis and continue my fight against the combine. It’s been nearly 5 years since HL2 Episode 2, and Valve has said nothing about the next game in the series. What really makes it that much more excruciating is that Episode 2 had one of the best and saddest ending to any work of fiction I have ever experienced, and it was one of those situations where the second the credits start rolling, you want to play the next game. Valve has said they won’t be announcing any new games at E3 this year, and while I hope they are lying, I can’t get my hopes up. For many consecutive E3s, I have been hoping Gabe would show up and announce Half Life 3, and I really got excited the year he showed up on the Sony stage to announce the Portal 2 PS3 features, but I am done hoping for an announcement, when it’s ready they’ll announce it. But maybe this year…