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This week marks the 10th anniversary of the European launch of the original Xbox. To mark the occasion, here's a hastily-assembled list of the five Xbox series we'd earmark for resurrection – either now, or on the next-gen.

Jade Empire

Jade Empire followed hot on the heels of the Knights of the Old Republic and received a similarly enthusiastic response from critics – no mean feat, given that KOTOR had the Star Wars license to use as a prop. With hindsight, Jade Empire almost seems to share more traits with Mass Effect than with KOTOR - fast-paced real-time combat, and a karma system that has more to do with personal philosophy than with traditional notions of right or wrong.

Either way, how many other martial art-based RPGs can you name? Jade Empire took an unusual setting and married it to a pleasing combat system, all wrapped up with the studio's typically attentive approach to storytelling.

Chance of a revival? Quite likely; Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka have expressed interest in bringing Jade Empire back, and its still a name that people remember.

Midtown Madness

These days there's an unwritten rule that racing games should be serious, realistic, and detail-obsessed. Before everything got so fetish-y, however, there was still a demand for knockabout arcade racers - games where the primary emphasis was on fun, rather than menus that let you balance the air pressure in your tyres.

Midtown Madness was one of the first racers to use a quasi open-world model, allowing you to take any route you could find in a manic bid to reach the next checkpoint. Midtown Madness 3 also threw in a bonkers single-player Undercover mode that let you variously play as a stunt driver, pizza delivery guy, and special agent, among other jobs. It was all quite silly but hugely enjoyable; a next-gen (or current gen) revival would go down a treat.

Chance of a revival? Pure arcade racers appear to be in decline at the moment, but the words "Midtown Madness" tend to still invoke a warm response from gamers who were around last gen. An HD remake or downloadable revival might do well, but it'd involve a lot of work. For the time being, it seems unlikely.

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Clockpunk's Avatar


I agree with all of those picks. Although, I never could get into Jade Empire... I got the the sh'mup minigame, and it just seemed to loose its credibility, for me.
Posted 18:13 on 14 March 2012
scaz2244's Avatar


been some great features of late and they have all been quality!. im game for a dino crisis remake!
Posted 17:53 on 14 March 2012
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MrGloomy@ Wido

Worse case scenerio, Jade Empire (which I love) could be under development by the same team responsible for Dragon Age 2, and considering the negativity, this could be the reason it's gone quiet.

I'd love to see a return to the Jade Empire series.
Posted 15:45 on 14 March 2012
Wido's Avatar


Jade Empire, great pick. Still got the game and thank-god the 360 allows it to work. Really am surprised that Bioware hasn't gone back to the game and deliver us a sequel. Everytime they get asked the question for Jade Empire 2, they tease or shy away from the question! Maybe it is in production but they are keeping it to themselves the bastards!
Posted 14:23 on 14 March 2012


Surely Crinson Skies should be up there at the top? And Mechassault.
Posted 12:58 on 14 March 2012

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