It can be both frustrating and sad to watch a video game franchise in dire straits, especially if it's something you have spent most of your life following. You contrast the unbelievable highs of yesteryear with the unfortunate reality, that the series you love has found itself spinning its wheels.
It's seemingly quite easy for a franchise to become mired in mediocrity, with entries that do little to please longtime fans or series newcomers. The longer in the tooth a series gets, the harder it is to both grow the brand and satisfy a hardcore audience. It's a tricky balancing act that many franchises have not quite mastered.
Sometimes, however, a developer will do more than just go "back to their roots" and instead, will produce something remarkable. They'll find the heart of a beloved franchise and tap into it, healing the long-neglected wound and allowing it to flourish once more.
The scars of yesterday begin to vanish, breathing new life into a series that once felt lost.
So let's take a look at ten franchises that dusted themselves off and found new life. Sound off down below and let us know which franchise returned the best, or which one you'd like to see come back with a vengeance.