Unlike Watch Dogs' Aiden Pierce and his baseball cap, some characters truly are iconic. These guys are at the forefront of the industry, trailblazing the way forward and watching others following behind them. Or at least, they were.
The original series and franchises they came from are considered classics, must plays, essential for any gamer worth their salt to get their hands on. But now? Now most of these series haven't seen the light of day in several years - and that absence is beginning to grate.
These are characters you know and love, but at the same time, will make you realise how long ago it was that you played their respective games. They're series that everybody's familiar with, and yet haven't seen a release in for years. Certain classic old games will still always have that feel-good nostalgia factor, but at the same time, there's nothing quite like seeing a much-loved series getting the update, reboot and general polish it so desperately deserves.
What happened, then? If such fantastic games were industry-defining masterpieces, how could they just be consigned to purgatory?
Well, the only people that can answer are the companies behind them. We can only lament the lack of new titles and hope that somebody, somewhere, decides to finance a revisit to these exceptional games.