The Daily Five: Characters That Would Look Badass Next-Gen

April 26, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

Every generation of gaming brings a new visual experience to gamers that improves upon the last. Through this, we get to experience characters we’ve grown to love like Lara Croft look newer and better than ever. We even get introduced to new characters like Nathan Drake that look amazing from the get go. However, there are a bunch of characters that are in dire need of being re-designed for next generation consoles in order to truly blow us away from a visual standpoint. We’ve gathered our list of five as usual and have included them below.

Let us know if you have any characters you’re fond of that you’d like to see in next gen technology.

Ryo Hazuki

Fans have been begging for Shenmue III for years now and it’s just never come to fruition. Despite that, I think it’s safe to assume that Ryo Hazuki would look like an entirely new character going from the Dreamcast to one of our next generation consoles. It’s unfortunate that we haven’t been blessed with a third installment already, but hopefully with the new abilities of consoles, it’ll give those guys at SEGA the smarts to muster up a plan to finally develop Shenmue III for the masses. It goes without saying that it would be a masterpiece — obviously.

Cloud Strife

Cloud has looked incredible in both the tech demo for the PlayStation 3 and Final Fantasy Advent Children, so it goes without saying that he’d look incredibly badass if developed for next generation consoles. You’d think with Square being unsatisfied with great sales for Tomb Raider and Hitman that they’d turn to a sure fire money maker like Final Fantasy VII and just green light the project. Unfortunately, that doesn’t look like the case and it may never happen at all. However, we, and the majority of the gaming community, stand by the belief that this would be a great idea and we’d be asking them to take our money immediately.

Crash Bandicoot

Naughty Dog has delivered onto us great new IPs like Uncharted and the upcoming The Last of Us, but we’ll always remember them from our PlayStation days when they introduced us to Crash Bandicoot. It’s kind of sad that we’ve never experienced another Bandicoot game developed by Naughty Dog, but perhaps next generation we’ll get lucky. It’s not surprising that the Crash series wasn’t the same once other developers jumped into the mix, so if they do decide to make a new game, hopefully Naughty Dog can bit the bullet and give creating new worlds a slight break to feed our love for nostalgia. After all, a new age Crash would look fantastic.

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  • Reneid Klein

    I was totally with you on the first two but Crash isn’t something that I think would lend itself well to next gen tech. He would either have to look realistic and thus a bit scary as a humanoid animal or he’d have to be really cartoonish and cell shaded and thus negate the point of the article.

    Fox is a Nintendo mascot and aside from Link from Twilight Princess or Samus from Other M, they never really seemed to care about making their mascots look cool or realistic. They prefer to keep up a kiddy image that I used to love as a child but now have grown tired of as an adult.

    Gordon is a bit of a mixed bag with me. He is a human character that had experiences this gen so a next-gen leap wouldn’t likely be big enough. While I can see developers re-imagining a character like Laura Croft this gen as realistic (makes sense seeing as she was created two gens ago), I can’t imagine a character from this gen having a huge change. For example, I couldn’t see someone like Nathan Drake being a revamped character on PS4. I’d think he’d look like a bit more detailed version of his current self.

    In any case, nice article. It got me thinking and I’ve been waiting Shenmue III since the moment Shenmue II’s credits rolled.

  • d sar

    Shenmue 3 YES Please make this game SEGA, A lot of people want it, make it this gen if you want, would be cheaper and better, use the Yakuza games programmers, they are similar games, but Shenmue>>>>>Yakuza