This generation hasn’t been kind to Microsoft’s Xbox One. The console launched with a terrible marketing plan and original concept of being an entertainment first than a gaming console. The lack of exclusives also pushed gamers to the PlayStation 4 and recently the Nintendo Switch thanks to titles such as God of War and Super Mario Odyssey. Microsoft does have a lot of incredible IPs they can revive to boost the Xbox One’s exclusive library. Here are the top 5 franchises Microsoft should revive.

5. Perfect Dark

Back in 2000 Perfect Dark was praised by critics and fans for being one of the best first-person shooters of all time. Incredible action and a massive step forward for video games thanks to beautiful graphics and intelligent enemies that encouraged creative thinking each playthrough. Its sequel, Perfect Dark Zero, didn’t match the quality of the original due to flimsy hit-detection and weak enemy A.I.. Regardless, the series has gone dark for too long and should be revived.

4. Fable

The Fable series does have an infamous reputation thanks to creator Peter Molyneux who actively promised more than the games delivered. Despite this, the Fable series is still well renowned for its fantasy world. The games weren’t particularlly challenging but those who invested time into the games found a beautiful world waiting to be torn apart and give proper direction could become an outstanding fantasy franchise promised by Molyneux.

After the release of Fable 3, Microsoft has released what can only be called gimmick titles that featured titles focusing on motion controls and card-games. This series deserves better, maybe it’s time for a reboot.

3. MechAssault

Back in the early days of Xbox Live the games that properly utilized the service were limited. Many gamers simply played Halo 2, since it was the primary reason to get the service, but those looking for something fresh found it in MechAssault.

As the title states, this game was all about using giant robots to destroy your opponent. It was done well, having players control deadly mechanical weapons and lots of explosions. Its sequel, MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf, would not sell enough to warrant a sequel but perhaps it’s time for this series to return.

2. Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge

Like MechAssault Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge gained its cult reputation from its Xbox Live fanbase. It was one of the first games to properly utilize the online multiplayer function by providing one of the best dogfighting games in the genre. The game’s focus on arcade shooting instead of offering deeply customizable planes allowed players to just jump in and start shooting. Sales wise, the game did not perform and was sold alongside bundles with Xbox Live Starter Kit that helped boost the player base and reputation.

  1. Banjo-Kazooie

This is probably the number 1 franchise a lot of veteran gamers wants to see return. Banjo-Kazooie is regarded as one of the best platformers ever made. Unfortunately, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts would become the black sheep that broke the hearts of many fans. The game was a departure from the originals focus on colorful levels and exploration for building vehicles. Despite this, many want to see Banjo-Kazooie return and if done correctly it can capture the whimsical atmosphere the first 2 games had.

What franchises do you want to see Microsoft revive? Let us know in the comments below!

About The Author

Adam S
Sr.Staff Writer

Adam is a Senior Staff Writer for GAW with over 15 years of experience in writing and is completely obsessed with video games. He holds a BA from Brooklyn College and lives in NY.