In what seems to be a trend in the gaming community, most big name franchises are scrapping everything and starting from scratch. The point of a reboot is to change what we know about the character, setting and story yet keep it some what familiar so you don't lose your core fan base. But how often does this change really work and what constitutes the term reboot in some franchises?
By my definition, every Final Fantasy is technically a reboot of the franchise , with the exception of Final Fantasy X-2. Each installment is completely different from the last one in every way, and we've grown accustomed to it. Sure, we all would love to see a remake of Final Fantasy VII (I still watch that trailer and swear it's coming out), but that's just what it is: a remake. Not once have I heard gamers complain when a new FF is announced that they wished they had kept the same cast of characters. We learn their story, we love or hate (Vaan sucked) them, and we move on. IT works for this franchise.
Well we ever get to fight as Cloud again?
Now it's hard to mention this topic and not discuss the new DMC game, with its Twilight influenced take on Dante. The Devil May Cry games have been some of my favorite action games (I even like 2), yet when I saw the trailer for the new DMC, I found myself saying “huh”? When a big part of the reason why your game is so popular is because the main hero is just that cool, you shouldn't change him. I kill demons in a lot of games I play, but Dante did it in a style that we've never seen before and now just when the original cannon was getting interesting with the addition of Nero, you decide to take that all away and start fresh? What were you thinking? I'm pretty sure if you showed the same exact trailer, but named the game “Devil Killer” and the main character's name was “Tanis”, we'd all be interested in the new IP. Instead we get one of our most beloved franchises rebooted for no apparent good reason. It just makes this Spring's upcoming Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 that much harder yet sweeter because of iconic Dante will be kicking ass and taking names.
Guess we better learn to love him
Remember when Shigeru Miyamoto debuted his vision of his first Zelda game on the then brand new Gamecube. We were all expecting the adult Link we saw from the Tokyo Game Show earlier that year, and instead we got this cel-shaded, big eyed, cartoon, kid Link. Boy, I remember the out rage that went out through out the community. After the darker tone both N64 predecessors presented us, now we have to play with pre-school Link? Arrrghhh!!!!!! Then we played the game, and realized that this is a Zelda game we're talking about. It was absolutely awesome and won many Game Of The Year awards. So maybe we shouldn't judge DMC yet, and we should wait for the game to come out before we bring out the pitchforks and torches to Capcom's door.
And we got to play as cool Link in Twilight Princess you crybabies.
Tomb Raider and Ninja Gaiden are getting the reboot treatment as well, as well as some of our favorite movie franchises such as Spider-Man and Jurassic Park. So I guess we have to put our trust in developers hands and see what they'll churn out. Will the new look DMC somehow be better the the originals? Will we start to see more reboots in the future. We would love to hear your opinion, so leave a comment and tell us what you think.