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Kick-ass 90s characters who died a sad death

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Raziel

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.


Regina

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.


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52 comments

  • VercettisShirt - June 15, 2010 12:16 p.m.

    If the rumours of Dreamcast games appearing on XBLA is true, then there may be a possibility of Shenmue 1 and 2 being re-released, and drumming up enough publicity for Shenmue III to be viable. SEGA! MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!
  • BurntToShreds - June 14, 2010 11:04 p.m.

    Brave Fencer Musashi. Square-Enix needs to look in their old IP bin and see what they could resurrect.
  • american101 - June 14, 2010 3:42 p.m.

    All those games damn near put a tear to my eyes, now WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO DO THAT? [Sniff]
  • american101 - June 14, 2010 3:41 p.m.

    Personally i would like Donkey Kong to return to its deepest dark void it suddenly dissapeared off to.
  • willyfoureyes - June 14, 2010 10:43 a.m.

    This list needs more Megaman Volnutt. Thank goodness for Tatsunoko vs. Capcom (a game which you should play), which hasn't forgotten about our favorite Blue Digger's existence.
  • HawtKakez - June 13, 2010 10:18 p.m.

    Cheetahmen! What happened to Cheetahmen!
  • Clovin64 - June 13, 2010 7:06 p.m.

    Soul Reaver definetly deserves a new game. It was dark sweeping and epic and Raziel is one of the best videogame characters on PS1 (a high society sophisticated zombie vampire!). I still remember the epic theme music. Dino Crisis 2 was my faveourite game on PS1. Looking at it now, it almost seems like a prototype Resi 4. And the original Dino Crisis was much scarier than any Resi, because fast deadly velociraptors are much more terrifying than slow shuffling zombies. And that bit where the T Rex bursts through the window? YIKES! By the way, Regina could kick Jill Valentines ass. Fact.
  • The_Author - June 12, 2010 8:21 p.m.

    Bring back more Kain... He was soo much more badass than emo boy Raziel!
  • BigBoss824 - June 12, 2010 7:21 p.m.

    yea i completely agree with NotBraze. I feel like I may be one of the very few who played Munch's Odysee.
  • JuliePeesgood - June 12, 2010 4:36 p.m.

    At first glance I thought the picture on the homepage was of VMU's. Lol.
  • Vitoruss1 - June 12, 2010 3:48 p.m.

    Army Men are still there?? I loved those games! The first two were CLASSICS!
  • Cyberninja - June 12, 2010 3:45 p.m.

    slimjim took my comment
  • SenatorPepper - June 12, 2010 2:02 p.m.

    I love this article. So many memories. Lovely last pic. And I see what you did there with your Simpsons reference.
  • egregious - June 12, 2010 12:59 p.m.

    Please stop opening old wounds with Shenmue. :'(
  • AuthorityFigure - June 12, 2010 11:59 a.m.

    The first entry is the only one that I wish to see again, although Shenmue has my best wishes. The rest seem fairly redundant now anyway. Duke is going to be the next anti-cimax of the decade.
  • philipshaw - June 12, 2010 10:42 a.m.

    GEX beceause no one else wants him back
  • Rhymenocerous - June 12, 2010 10:08 a.m.

    Abe...I miss you so much. -sniff-
  • jmcgrotty - June 12, 2010 7:36 a.m.

    I know I'm in the minority, but I would love Crash Bandicoot.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - June 12, 2010 3:49 a.m.

    i'm not sure i understand this article, is it supposed to be about game characters who were awesome in the 90's but now their games suck? I think Crash Bandicoot was Awesome in the 90's when he was with Naughty Dog. I'd really like to see them get the licence back, but maybe they don't want it because it's not like they can't afford it.
  • zastbat - June 12, 2010 3:27 a.m.

    what about conker he died out too no love for the talking alcoholic king squirrel

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