After Suikoden 3 didn't live up to the high expectations set by Suikoden 2, and then me hating Suikoden 4 due to the random encounters at sea and only having 4 characters in combat, Suikoden 5 reminded me of everything I loved about Suikoden 2 again.
Great game. Wish Konami would release a Remastered version some day.
I will have to check both 2 and 5 out. I remember enjoying 3, but finding it very flawed. Always heard great things about 2 though.
OT, God of War is the first game to come to mind. After Ascension, I remember people claiming the IP was dead, there was nothing they could do with Kratos, and SSM needed to move on from the IP. To some, 2 and 3 were the peak of the franchise, and everything that could be done, had been done at that point.
Then we got God of War on PS4, and while it might be debatable when it comes to gameplay preference, it ended up evolving into something more than it already was. The combat was still fun, but it was slowed. The story was deeper and better paced, and it showed just how much untapped potential the IP still had. Like it or hate it, it reached critical acclaim and has the sales to back it up.
Now I am not saying the IP was as dead as some of the others on this list, but from where I am sitting it had one hell of a comeback after the old formula started getting stale.