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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.
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
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
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