With Age of Empires 4 and Company of Heroes 3 on the way, it seems reports of the death of the RTS were greatly exaggerated. The retro FPS comeback is ongoing, as is that of skateboarding games. CRPGs and even FMV had their turns, and the point-and-click adventure before that. What unfairly forgotten flavor of videogame should rise from its grave next? Vehicular combat games maybe, or rhythm games with peripherals? Lane defense games or rail shooters? Do you want Riders Republic to usher in a new era of extreme sports anthologies? Is Splitgate bringing the arena shooter off life support? You tell me.

What ‘dead’ genre deserves a comeback?

Here are our answers, plus some from our forum.

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Natalie Clayton: Here, whatever happened to sci-fi racers? Y’know, your WipeOuts, your F-Zeros, or (if you were an unfortunate Xbox kid like myself), your Quantum Redshifts. Games that took the best bit of Star Wars: Episode 1 and turned it into a screaming fast genre of ridiculous spaceships tearing around winding tracks at thousands of miles per hour. They kinda faded away in the mid-00s, but in 2021, unrestrained by technical limitations, imagining these games coming back faster, bigger, and more stylish than ever gives me goosebumps. C’mon, game developers. Give us the Redline tie-in we deserve.

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