10 unannounced games still on our wishlist
We can tick Metroid Prime 4 and Beyond Good and Evil 2 off our ultimate wishlist but there are still a few games left in the dark.
If last year's E3 was all about surprising new announcements, like Death Stranding, Days Gone and Spider-Man for PS4, a big part of this year's show was putting to bed some of the biggest video game demands in history.
For the first time in 13 years we are getting a sidescrolling Metroid game (a remake sure, but a ground-up remake), the 10 year silence on Metroid Prime is over, and after 14 years of waiting, a Beyond Good and Evil prequel is coming.
Not only that, but the age old request for a core Pokémon game on consoles has been seen to, with Game Freak bringing a Pokémon title to Nintendo Switch.
Let's not forget that last year Rockstar announced the sequel to Red Dead Redemption, bringing an end to a seven-year wait that felt like a lifetime. Sure, it's going to be a long time before any of these games are released (Red Dead being the exception) but confirmation is better than total silence.
So with all these loose ends being tied up, you would think that we would be pretty content with the current state of affairs. Well, you'd be wrong. Despite some of our most wanted games being announced, there's still a whole list of games we still hold a candle for.
Bloodborne 2: 2 years
FromSoftware's Gothic variation on the Souls formula didn't manage to muster quite the same audience as its Medieval brethren but it still has a diehard audience hungry for a second serving of pain.
Admittedly, it's only been two years since Bloodborne so call us impatient if you like but we'd give our weight in Blood Echoes for a sequel.
- In the meantime: If you've waited two years to play Bloodborne, you've waited two years too long. Do yourself a favour and check it out.
Pikmin 4: 4 years
Pikmin might not be Nintendo's hottest property but it's one that, so far, has a near faultless track record. Sure we're getting Hey! Pikmin for 3DS is on the horizon but what we're really begging for here is a core title for Switch.
Imagine co-op Pikmin with split Joy-Cons on the go.
- In the meantime: If you're still rocking a 3DS or 2DS, you can pre-order Hey! Pikmin ahead of its 28 July release.
Skate 4: 7 years
After Tony Hawk's heyday came and went, Skate was there to pick up the pieces. EA Black Box introduced to the innovative "Flick It" control scheme where all jumps, grabs and flips were performed by flicking the joysticks in sequence. It also had some pretty lousy physics that resulted in some of the best glitch videos on the Internet.
The seven-year grind since Skate 3 has taken its toll on fans who insist it's exactly what EA needs right now, so what's the holdup?
- In the meantime: The only thing that will come close to scratching the Skate itch is OlliOlli.
Mother 3 in the West: 11 years
The Mother series has a checkered history with the West. The first game, Mother 1, only made it to the West in 2015 (21 years after its sequel was released) as Earthbound Beginnings on Wii U. And don't even ask about Mother 3, which still hasn't been localised.
After an 11-year wait that's been peppered with rumours of a Virtual Console release, we'd give our own Mother for a localised Mother 3 (Earthbound 2?). But that's just in English-speaking countries. Don't forget that Japan has been left in the lurch for 11 years too, holding out hope for a fourth instalment (even though the series creator says it's never happening).
- In the meantime: The closest thing we'll get is the eventual release of the fan-made Mother 4 (which to be fair, is looking amazing).
Bully 2: 11 years
Whatever happened to Jimmy Hopkins? The ugly little brat from 2006's schoolyard hit Bully (or Canis Canem Edit here in Australia). Did he turn out okay? Maybe head to Bullworth University to further his education? Or did those deadly pranks end up getting him in a spot of bother? For 11 years we've wanted to continue the troubled youth's story but Rockstar won't budge.
- In the meantime: The original was recently released on smartphones but that's just there to distract us from what we really want: Bully 2: The College Years.
Ōkami 2: 11 years
Around this time every year, when E3 has come and gone, I lay in bed at night and think "where the hell is Ōkami 2?".
Ōkami took the action and exploration of Zelda and popped it in a world of Japanese folklore that looked like an animated ink wash painting. It was stunning then and it's stunning now.
We did get the adorable DS spin-off Ōkamiden but it just didn't have the same scope as Ōkami. Come on, Capcom. Do the right thing.
- In the meantime: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a bit alright. But that doesn't mean we've forgotten about Ōkami, Capcom.
Half-Life 3: 13 years
Possibly the most wanted game on this list when it comes to the wider gaming community, Half-Life 3 also has the biggest question mark on hanging over its head. Episode 3's history is so muddy and convoluted it would be impossible to tell the whole story in one paragraph but these days Valve will neither confirm or deny the game's existence and even trolls its fans with pranks that tease the game's release.
When, if ever, Half-Life Episode 3 is announced, a collective sigh of relief will resound across the globe.
- In the meantime: Light three candles and chant Gabe into the mirror until Episode 3 is announced.
Knights of the Old Republic III: 13 years
Bioware's Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) was the first game to ever truly make you feel like a Jedi, like you were truly a part of the Star Wars universe. The second, The Sith Lords, followed in kind albeit with some technical and graphical issues along for the ride.
Four years after KOTOR's intitial release, Bioware went on to improve upon their brand of RPG/Space Opera with the successful Mass Effect series and came back to the Star Wars universe in 2011 to bring us the Star Wars MMORPG The Old Republic.
The Old Republic is still running to this day, but want we really want is a single-player follow-up to KOTOR II. Imagine a contemporary single-player Star Wars RPG with the graphics of Mass Effect: Andromeda - okay, bad example - a single-player Star Wars RPG with the graphics of Horizon Zero Dawn.
- In the meantime: Revisit the Mass Effect trilogy. Reconnect with old friends.
Banjo Threeie: 13 years
While Yooka-Laylee didn't quite live up to the hype in our opinion, its insanely successful Kickstarter did prove one thing: People are itching for a platformer with some of that classic Rare charm.
When Rare was purchased by Microsoft in 2002, they went on to release Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts on Xbox 360. Though that game is said to have used some ideas from what would have been Banjo Threeie it failed to hit the mark with old-school fans.
Rare are now hard at work on Sea of Thieves (which is looking mint) but once that's done and dusted, we'd greatly appreciate it if they got back to making Banjo Threeie.
We're not saying it alone could pull the Xbox One from its slump but it certainly wouldn't hurt. Because if there's anything Xbox needs right now it's games. In the meantime: Give Yooka-Laylee a shot. While you're at it, check out Snake Pass.
Pokémon Snap 2: 18 years
Pokémon Snap 2 might not seem like the most necessary sequel, but I know I'm not alone in thinking Nintendo missed a goddamn golden opportunity by not releasing a sequel on Wii U.
Now that the Switch has cemented itself as a runaway success, it's time the Pokémon Company starts thinking about bringing back Snap for a whole new audience. The Switch's motion controls would lend themselves nicely to the unique gameplay element of framing the perfect shot, and the bestiary of Pokémon has grown by 443% so there would be plenty of fauna waiting to be caught on candid camera.
- In the meantime: Get up to scratch with Pokémon. No better place to start than the fantastic Sun and Moon.
Admittedly, we're being a little needy here. With everything coming to Nintendo Switch, including Super Mario Odyssey, Kirby, Yoshi and Fire Emblem Warriors and the PlayStation 4's future still looking bright we're spoiled for choice but these are the game's we'd have under the Christmas tree this year if it were up to us.
What's on your ultimate wish list? Let us know in the comments.
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