Capcom’s Power Stone series is one of their most underrated fighting franchises, and is generally overlooked in comparison to similar brawlers like Super Smash Bros. The frantic 3D arena battles, with shifting and progressive stages, wacky characters, and general madness, make for one of the most entertaining fighters we’ve ever played. We’re hoping that Capcom bring back the series on a next-gen platform for a third installment.
The Onimusha series combined combat and puzzle solving in fun ways, while presenting interesting stories rooted in Japanese history and folklore. Being one of Capcom’s best selling franchises, it is a bit surprising that we haven’t seen an Onimusha title this generation of consoles. A browser based game is launching this summer, and the live-action adaptation is still in the works (although it is currently on hold), so we have hopes that the coming generation will bring a new fully-fledged Onimusha game.
Strictly speaking the Bionic Commando series is not really dead, with Bionic Commando: ReArmed 2 keeping it alive for the time being. However, we’re talking about the 2009 3D reboot. While it received a mixed response from critics, the game’s core mechanics were fun and exhibited a lot of potential to be perfected in a sequel. Not to mention that the game ended on a cliffhanger and a cryptic message basically saying that another game was coming. The poor sales of Bionic Commando probably mean that a sequel in the next generation is out of arm’s reach, even if it is a bionic arm
Mega Man Legends
The Mega Man Legends games never really reached their full potential in many ways, but still managed to strike a chord with Mega Man fans worldwide. Fans had been yearning for a third installment in the series for a long time, only to be disappointed when Capcom announced that the project was being scrapped. However, the series has potential, and we believe that a next-gen Mega Man Legends would be awesome. We’d like to see the series mature and take the blue bomber beyond his adolescent persona of the previous games, and really give Mega Man a more defined personality. One can always hope.
When Dino Crisis debuted on the original PlayStation it was a cool new twist on Capcom’s Resident Evil formula, replacing the undead nightmares of the Umbrella Corporation with dinosaurs. The first game wasn’t all that different from Resident Evil, but Dino Crisis 2 moved the series into more action-oriented territory, which helped to create a more defined identity for the franchise. Sadly, the subsequent spin-offs and Dino Crisis 3 suffered from mediocrity, and the franchise now feels as extinct as the dinosaurs. With the decline of Resident Evil, the coming generation might be Dino Crisis’ chance to make a comeback.