There is a serious issue in the games industry with developers releasing countless sequels to games in which sequels aren’t even warranted. It’s a case of corporate greed and lack of originality, and incessant demand from easily-pleased consumers. You see it in the film industry and in even within the music industry too, but I won’t bore you with my bitter rants about how a certain Swedish death metal band released too many albums and gradually regressed into a pop rock band. You are not here for that but you are here to see the other side of the spectrum: the sequels that I actually want to see, from franchises that are either dead or in limbo, but deserve to make a comeback.
Here is my list of 6 sequels that need to happen.
Red Dead 3
A lot of gaming newbies out there are begging for a “Red Dead Redemption 2”. One can only guess that they never heard of Red Dead Revolver, and that is Rockstar’s own fault. They strike gold sometimes and make an excellent game or series, only to then ditch it for a whole generation or forever. At least we can trust them not to milk their franchises too much, eh? Ubisoft should take notes. However, frankly there are too few games set in the Wild West, which seems rather odd as lawlessness and wild, spontaneous violence in an open world are some of the things we gamers cherish! We need a new Red Dead in order to really scratch that itch, and it is possibly our last hope for a quality open world western game, as I don’t see Neversoft reforming and bringing us Gun 2 any time soon.
You can expect to hear me ramble on about Bully a lot because to me, it has always been the pinnacle of Rockstar’s works, and I have felt that way since I picked it up way back on the Playstation 2 under the title: “Canis Canem Edit”. It is head and shoulders above the Grand Theft Auto series because it is so distinctive and so much more immersive thanks to its highly interactive game mechanics, unique NPC’s and excellent world design. The sheer amount of choice given to the player is second to none in this genre and even after completing the game innumerable times, I still cannot get enough of it. In my opinion, it is the best action/brawler/beat ‘em up game ever made and I am distressed and upset that a sequel has not been made yet. When did the urge to punch your nasty teachers in the face stop being relevant?
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is one of the most underrated gems of last generation. It took that cinematic Uncharted and modern Tomb Raider style and brought it into a futuristic, post-war setting, where you play as Monkey, a strong, independent dude that don’t need to wear no shirt (and they say Lara Croft was sexualized). A woman named Trip makes Monkey her slave, forcing him to protect her and guide her to her village. You spend the game climbing, jumping and fighting across a collapsed, verdant New York City overrun by mechs, in your journey for freedom and for answers. The storyline is captivating partly due to the superb voice acting and motion-capture, which I suppose is expected when you have Andy Serkis, the man who is better known as Gollum in Lord of the Rings and Caesar in Planet of the Apes, bringing life to the character of Monkey. The narrative takes some interesting turns and the game ends with an unexpected cliff-hanger that leaves you hungry for more.
Little Big Adventure 3
[Credit for the image goes to Salvatoor from the Little Big Adventure 2 Wiki]
No, I’m not talking about that Playstation platformer where you play as a little walking sack. I’m talking about a franchise whose last iteration was back in 1997! The franchise has had a little revival since GoG.com started selling copies, and since the first game was remastered for Android and iOS devices in 2014. Little Big Adventure 2 (often shortened to LBA2) was like a PC gamer’s alternative to the Legend of Zelda except in something of a sci-fi setting. It had the charm of a Zelda game with its kooky characters and varied weapon-set (cutlass, lazer gun, magic ball, blowpipe, etc) and its vast, varied and beautifully designed universe with so much to see and do. At a time when most releases are either big budget shooters or 2D sidescrollers, I’d love to see a sequel to this unique classic. There’s definitely a market for it.
Bound By Flame 2
Bound By Flame was one of the three biggest let-downs for me this generation thus far, with the other two being; Assassin’s Creed Unity and Dragon Age Inquisition. The difference is, Ubisoft and Bioware are some of the biggest players in this industry and so they have no excuse for releasing a lazy or broken game. Conversely, Bound By Flame was made by a small team of French developers called Spiders and for the most part, the team created an RPG that feels high budget, and reminiscent of The Witcher or Dragon Age. One of the aspects in which the game really shines is the crafting system, which allows you to create some truly awesome-looking armour and weaponry. And as you progress through the game you are faced with the captivating choice of whether or not to succumb to the demon within you to increase your strength. If you do, the sacrifice is you lose your humanity, and your character’s skin turns ash-coloured, his eyes turn red, his voice gets deep and sinister and horns grow out of his head. Sadly, in spite of all its promising elements, the game was ridiculously short, with just a handful of locations to explore and a storyline that was far too short and undeveloped for an RPG. I’m sure a sequel could rectify this issue as it’s very clear the developers have talent.
The Elder Scrolls VI
After the incredible success that was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda would be mad to not bring out another RPG set in the rich, vibrant world of Tamriel. Gamers are begging for more, but a lot of us are not overjoyed about requiring a constant connection to the internet in order to remain in the world. Don’t get me wrong, The Elder Scrolls Online is a nice concept, and having hundreds of active players breathes more life into the world, but it isn’t really the sequel many Elder Scrolls fans were hoping for. Frankly I’d be happy enough with just a high definition remake of the fourth game, Oblivion, which I’d say was the greatest accomplishment of last generation, plus the deepest and most immersive game I’d ever experienced before. Of course we all want a fresh new game set in a brand new location we’ve never seen before, but if I were given a chance to return to Cyrodiil with updated game mechanics, you wouldn’t see me complaining.
Do you agree with any of my choices? Would you buy any of these sequels? Are there any games you would have included? Let me know below.