Kick-ass 90s characters who died a sad death


Last known whereabouts: Legacy of Kain: Defiance

Back in 1999, when the brilliant Legacy onfKain: Soul Reaver broke onto the scene, Raziel was being heralded as the new Lara Croft. Just replace the massive tits and sporty backpack with some tattered wings and… eh, the fact he was a decomposing, exiled vampire. Nevertheless, in terms of pure platform ability and grace, he left Croft eating his undead dust.

He was also an interesting chap, too. Oh sure, he loved to suck up demon’s souls and skewer monsters with a giant sword. But he was also the civilised sort who wouldn’t be out of place in Pride in Prejudice. Well, until he stopped saying ‘whence’ and started going for the jugulars of every high society wench in sight. Pity, then that as the series progressed it shifted focus to his fellow blood-sucker Kain, and neither have been seen since 2003.

Above: Raziel always made eviscerations look classy

Chances of being resurrected: Bloody unlikely. See what we did there. Try the Alaskan shrimp. It’s quite delightful.

Unless Kain ditches the nobility in favour of going urban, gritty or just getting a sex change so he can have some mighty melons grafted to his brittle chest, we’d say the market has passed him by.


Last known whereabouts: Dino Crisis 2

A red-haired vixen as comfortable looking hot in 32-bit leather chic as she was at making Velociraptors extinct… er, again. While the Dino Crisis series never took off like Resi (a damn shame considering the second game is ace), Regina was a strong lead. A T-rex-taming sensation, she made Jill Valentine and the rest of S.T.A.R.S. look feeble, taking on Fred Flintstone-scoffing enemies twice as scaly, quick and prehistorically homicidal as any zombie.

But alas, just like Jim Henson’s Dinosaurs, Regina’s stint at the helm of the series ending in soul-crushing fashion. After going out on an epic cliff-hanger in Dino Crisis 2, Capcom decided to ditch the story it had built up over two games and transport the game five hundreds years into the future… on a spaceship… filled with half alien/half dinosaur thingies. We’re pretty sure she got a happy ending, though. Yeah, she definitely didn’t up lining an Allosaurus' stomach. Nah, definitely not.

Above: Regina in all her 'painted on clothes' glory

Chances of being resurrected: About as likely as a Stegosaurus heading in the winner at the World Cup final next month.

Contrary to what Jurassic Park told us about the prehistoric pests, ‘life will definitely not find a way’ in this canned series. So long, Regina.

Ryo Hazuki

Last known whereabouts: Sega All Stars Racing (Oh the shame)

The sad story about Shenmue’s poster boy, is he and us, will never get the chance for closure. First envisioned as an epic five part saga, it was cruelly cut short on a cliff-hanger at the end of Shenmue II. Before this, we’d seen Ryo become Japan’s answer to Inspector Poirot (minus the dodgy soup strainer), as he solved mysteries on the way to finding his old man’s killer.

Resourceful, tough, yet sensitive; Ryo deserved to see his nemesis Lan Di get murdered in brutal style… preferably involving fire ants, loads of honey and the dastard's despicable genitals. Alas, t’was not to be, and thanks to the Shenmue’s titles modest sales and mega budgets, the series has been put on the seemingly never ending backburner for nearly a decade.

Above: He'll be back, right? RIGHT?!

Chances of being resurrected: The same odds as Dreamcast 2 being out for Christmas.

Shenmue is dead. Sega have got way too many Sonic go-kart games to make

Army Men

Last known whereabouts: Army Men: Mobile Ops (unbelievably released this year)

They. Just. Won’t. Die. :(

Above: We feel your pain, bud

June 11, 2010

Any other characters from 90s games you'd like to see make a comeback? Be heard by the interwebs in the comments section.


  • Sandman89 - June 11, 2010 4:19 p.m.

    Last pic perfectly captures my pain :'(
  • Shrimpandwhitewine - June 11, 2010 4:26 p.m.

    Man I miss Shenmue...
  • AnonymouZ - June 11, 2010 4:32 p.m.

    dude, i was so looking forward to play Raziel... bloody Kain and his poor selling games x( Soul Reaver 2 did leave some impact in my life however, as i still own a raziel 2099 email account... xD
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 11, 2010 4:41 p.m.

    Huh, never played any of these. Man, am I young...
  • Embolado - June 11, 2010 4:41 p.m.

    Aww man your missing some of my favs :( Fei Fong Wong - Xenogears Ashley Riot - Vagrant Story Fwank - Loaded Chaos - Primal Rage
  • Embolado - June 11, 2010 4:44 p.m.

    The picture for the article, I was imagining their pictures trapped in the Dreamcast VMU
  • ColonelKc - June 11, 2010 4:46 p.m.

    I was rofling after the last pic...
  • JaySherman - June 11, 2010 4:47 p.m.

    Shadow Man. The first game for N64 was AWESOME.
  • Spacegrass - June 11, 2010 5:01 p.m.

    It doesn't really have any characters that stand out, but if there's one game series from the 90s that deserves a comeback it's Freespace. I never played Shenmue or Dino Crisis, but I'm still mad about Freespace II's eternal cliffhanger.
  • DaBadGuy - June 11, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    They still make Army Men games....holy shit. The last one I played I believe was Sarge's Heroes 2. I loved the series on the original Playstation, the hell do they still have money to make more?
  • AgentHonor - June 11, 2010 5:07 p.m.

    Its a same that Crystal Dynamics keeps pumping out Tomb Raider games while their Soul Reaver IP is on the shelves just waiting to be made. Same with Dino Crisis, then Capcom teases us with a Rathalos armor in Lost Planet 2 while the Wii enjoys a full blown Monster Hunter game.
  • NotBraze - June 11, 2010 5:12 p.m.

    Wouldn't Munch's Odyssey be the last known whereabouts of Abe? That was a great game too, and he may not have been a title character, but he was just as important as Munch.
  • LaffPiranha - June 11, 2010 5:14 p.m.

    MegaMan Legends definitely needs a comeback, since they left 'ole Rock stranded on the friggin' Moon! Hell, if Capcom doesn't want to sink all of their financial resources on an HD-laden successor then they should just release a third installment on the DS or PSP. But I digress; such a thing will surely never transpire. As for another 90s character due for a comeback...perhaps another Tomba game, maybe?
  • russman - June 11, 2010 5:31 p.m.

    I dream daily of a reviving of Toejam and Earl. Oh the happy Megadrive memories of 1 & 2. Yes there was a #3 but it didnt have the same 16 bit magic.
  • revrock - June 11, 2010 5:45 p.m.

    Any of the characters from Killer Instinct, too...
  • d0x - June 11, 2010 5:56 p.m.

    I would kill for a new Legacy of Kain game. Sadly the lady who wrote the amazing story from Soul Reaver on (except blood omen 2) left for Naughty Dog a few years back so even if they did make another game her original and twisted vision would probably be killed. Oh Amy Hennig please send me the end of the story PLEASE!!!! The LOK games have some of the best voice acting in gaming and the stories were so damn involving and epic. Of any game series thats not dead that I could bring back it would be that one. I would even sacrifice Shenmue to see the end of Legacy of Kain.
  • Kipper - June 11, 2010 6:31 p.m.

    "Before this, we’d seen Ryo become Japan’s answer to Inspector Poirot..." Poirot was a private detective, not a policeman. Perhaps you are thinking of Inspector Japp.
  • jakery22 - June 11, 2010 6:44 p.m.

    :O. Sarges heroes 2. How much i loved that game. I could never play it, but i loved it. I'd love to have a go on a next gen console. If it coming out this year i might just buy it. I may be the only one but I'm going to buy it. :D.
  • theyouthcard - June 11, 2010 7:01 p.m.

    Soul Reaver was without a doubt the reason I fell in love with games!! The first one was so vast and enjoyable that I would still play it today if my PS3 was backward compatible! Soul Reaver 2 was a let down and Defiance was pretty cool but I didnt like the emphasis pushed onto Kain!! Bring back Raziel PLEEEEEEEASE!!!!!
  • slimjim441 - June 11, 2010 7:47 p.m.

    Sonic the Hedgehog

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