Much like films and TV, the video game industry has become dependent on milking long-running franchises to their very limit, to the point where the majority of big-budget releases are sequels, prequels, remakes, remasters or reboots and only rarely will a publisher take a chance on something completely new.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing – if a franchise is successful and well-loved then gamers will embrace it whole-heartedly. Just look at Nintendo, pretty much every first party release is a continuation of a series that’s been going since the late 80s or early 90s, and almost every one is a smash hit.
That being said, when something fresh comes along, introducing new characters, worlds and concepts, it can feel truly special. There’s a buzz in the gaming community whenever something new captures imaginations and a palpable excitement after release at the thought of what this new property might become.
So, for part four of our review of the console generation gone-by, we celebrate the five best new Intellectual Properties to grace our screens.