Following the leaked footage of
Gears of War Remaster that popped online, we here at PlayStation LifeStyle thought it would be the perfect game to feature in our latest Exclusive Envy episode.
Gears of War popularized cover-based shooters, and then some. Sure, one can argue that its story isn’t the best or tightest compared to other games, but when it comes to pure gameplay and fun, the series has it in spades. While a Gears of War PS4 version won’t be happening anytime soon, that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate why we want it on PlayStation platforms. Even if we are a PlayStation-centric site, that doesn’t mean we don’t play games on other platforms. On the contrary, we play — and appreciate — games on every platform.
What PlayStation franchise is a good counterpart for
Gears of War? Would you even want to see Gears of War appear on a PlayStation platform?
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In PlayStation LifeStyle’s Exclusive Envy video series, we take a look at great exclusives which live on other platforms and discuss why they turn us green with envy, and why we want them on PlayStation.
Icons that Could Have Been
10 Characters That Could Have Been PlayStation Icons
While celebrity involvement in games is more of a common occurrence now, that wasn't the case in 1998. The titular Blasto, a space captain, was voiced by the legendary Phil Hartman. It sadly was one of Hartman's last roles as he would pass away two months after the game's release. There was really no way for the series to continue after losing such an iconic voice.
Trash Panic has found its place as a cult classic PSN downloadable title thanks to its challenging but satisfying gameplay. It also featured adorable creatures called the Gomy, who never quite caught on as a mascot.
Despite the praise for the original game, there was never a spin-off that focused on the Gomy which is a real shame. Who wouldn't want to play a puzzle platformer starring these creatures? It doesn't seem it will ever happen though, as aside from some PlayStation Home costumes there hasn't been much of a mention of the Gomy since
Trash Panic released.
The biggest stars of the PlayStation era were not owned by Sony. While a certain dragon and a bandicoot ended up becoming icons, the same cannot be said for Croc.
Croc: Legend of the Gobbos, Croc was the star of a successful Fox Interactive published game. It seemed like Croc was on his way to joining Spyro and Crash until Croc 2 was released to mixed reception.
After that, Croc would fade into obscurity as just another trivia answer.
Few characters are more associated with the PlayStation brand than PaRappa from
. Sadly, the same can't be said for his guitar playing friend, Lammy. Lammy never quite garnered the same attention as her rapping counterpart despite being the star of an arguably better rhythm game. Sadly, she has faded away while her guitar gently weeps. PaRappa the Rapper
This adorable fox swordsman was Sony's answer to the
Legend of Zelda series. Sadly, Kingsley would never go on a second adventure (and his first adventure never even saw release in Japan). It probably didn't help that the PlayStation 2 was released about a half year later, and players were saving their money for the new system.
Genji: Days of the Blade became more known for its giant enemy crabs rather than great gameplay, there is no denying that it featured a pretty awesome protagonist.
Minamoto Yoshitsune, a samurai belonging to the Genji clan, is an action hero capable of defeating thousands of enemy soldiers (or crabs). Sadly, two okay, but not great games killed any chance for Yoshitsune to become an icon.
Behaviour Interactive's 3D platformer was promising enough that it was published by Sony in North America. Featuring a recognizable character of American folklore, the Jersey Devil, it seemed poised to be one of the next platforming stars. The game wasn't a huge success, thanks in part to a terrible camera, and the Jersey Devil was never heard from again.
This is too bad since controlling the Jersey Devil is a pretty awesome concept for a game.
There was a lot of excitement around
Knack, as it was Mark Cerny's PS4 showpiece. The game didn't manage to live up the hype though, as its platforming played second fiddle to its combat. Which made Knack play more like an E rated God of War rather than a Crash Bandicoot game.
Despite the game's shortcomings, the actual character of
Knack showed a lot of promise in the game's many CGI cutscenes. With the ability to grow gigantic or become adorably small, Knack could have been the next great PlayStation icon. There is still time for Sony to get Knack to his full potential, but it certainly had a rocky start.
Never heard of
Jinx? This PS1 platformer was exclusively released in Europe and to make things worse, it came out in 2003. Yes, three years after the PlayStation 2 came out. Despite, a colorful art style and a fun jester protagonist, Jinx just never had a chance.
Mr. Mosquito was a star of a game that was so weird that Sony decided not to publish it in North America. So without the support of its original publisher, our blood sucking hero was destined for obscurity.
Just think, somewhere there exists an alternate timeline where Sony puts all of its marketing money behind
Mr. Mosquito and it became the face of the company.