Following the jubilant news of a Wolfenstein reboot, it has got us thinking here at FPSGuru: which series should make a triumph return to the realm of headshots and health packs? Here are our five most wanted:
Arkane Studios are the masterminds behind the excellent Dishonoured, but they also created the, now, little known FPS/RPG Dark Messiah of Might and Magic. This early Source Engine entree was a an interesting morsel of food, presented on a plate of broken glass, combining visceral melee combat, pulsating magical attacks, and more than a few environmental hazards to deadly effect. Although by no means perfect, it would be interesting to see how the develop would handle the series, and lore, with more experienced jangling behind their belt, and a few Dishonoured mechanics to lean back on.
One of the most influential dungeon crawls ever to grace the VGA screen, Ultima Underworld set the standard for a genre that is still going strong with Bioshock Infinite. Set in the world of Britannia, this epic feast of early FPSing had you trying to escape the Stygian Abyss, whilst honing your avatar's skills and bustling inventory. Primitive by today's standards, but it laid the groundwork for the Shock series, and many more. Now that EA are showing the Ultima series a brief pat of recognition, it would be terrific to see an Underworld revival.
The SiN series has always been one of missed opportunity. The original PC shooter was a revelation of high octane action, while the second episodic instalment failed to impress. Touted as part of Valve's shift to incremental expansions, SiN received the same treatment as the Half-Life 2 games, and neither has seen a continuation of their content passed 1 or 2 instalments. Will Steam show SiN some love? Does anyone remember it enough to care? Please say you do.
What with all of these Call of Duty games, Battlefield games, and Halo games, it's hard to remember a time when Quake and Unreal Tournament ruled the roost of online deathmatches. It has been seven long years since the last revision of Epic's landmark shooter, and I've felt every single one of them. Give us back the exhilarating thrill of shooting a chain gun whilst hurtling through the air in a space station. Please Epic, oh please.
No One Lives Forever
Nobody quite knows where the license is, or who owns it, but by god would it be great to see Cate Archer don leathers and head back out into the world of international espionage. Released in 2002, No One Lives Forever was a super spy thriller, with its tongue firmly set in cheek, and its gameplay set all the way up to the fabled 11. While Monolith have busied themselves with F.E.A.R in the past few years, seeing them return to our favourite female agent would warm the cockles of even the most indifferent gamer.