Best and Worst Videogame Sequels
What are some of the best and worst sequels you've ever played? Here are a list of my personal best and worst in list form:
-Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
-Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
-Little Nightmares II
-Red Dead Redemption 2
-Mass Effect 2
-Assassins Creed II
-Resident Evil 2
-Resident Evil 4
-Tony Hawks Pro Skater 5
-Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
-Star Wars Battlefront II
-Resident Evil 6
-Dead Space 3
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Resident Evil 2
Silent Hill 2
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
System Shock 2
Dark Cloud 2: Dark Chronicle
Thief 2: The Metal Age
Dino Crisis 3
Simon the Sorcerer 3D
Lunar: Dragon Song
Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
Prince of Persia 3D
I'll possibly add a few more if I think of any.
El Shmiablo last edited by
Dead Space belongs in both categories.
2 was absolutely incredible and a great direction for the series, very analogous to the Aliens movies.
Similarly to the Aliens movies, the third one was a dumpster fire that tried to be too many things at once.
bam541 last edited by bam541
My main factor in this list is how much the game improved and also how well it built off the foundations of their predecessors.
- The Last of Us Part II
- Uncharted 4
- Persona 5
- Gravity Rush 2
- Mass Effect 2
- Dishonored 2
- Uncharted 2
I can't think of many worst sequels mostly because videogame sequels actually tend to be better or at least on par with the previous game(s). So here's all I got for now.
- Dark Souls II
- Ridge Racer Unbounded (more like a spinoff but I'll count it for now)
- Star Wars The Force Unleashed II
@bam541 Wow the hate for Ridge Racer: Unbounded is strong.
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I'm not going for all time, I'll list personal ones:
I passionately love these games
- SOCOM II
- Hitman Bloodmoney
- God of War II (honestly, I played this for the first time in 2009 and I was blown away)
- Skate II
- Tony Hawk's Underground
- GTA IV
- Uncharted 2
- Uncharted 4
- Spyro 2
- Star Wars Battlefront II (Pandemic developed)
Not only bad sequels, but I passionately h-a-t-e these games
- Hitman Absolution
- SOCOM 4
- Dark Souls II (hate is a strong word, but as time goes on, I teeter towards it)
- Star Wars Battlefront (EA reboot)
- Halo 4
Not bad games, but I expected better (or something more different than the prior entry)
- GTA V
- Black Ops
- Fallout 4
- Halo Reach
I think what makes a bad or disappointing sequel is when the game kinda just misses the point. It gets lost in market trends or has little connecting tissue to it's original identity. And a great sequel normally doubles down on an already solid foundation.
Uncharted 4 is so great because it doubles down on the Uncharted bombast while also taking storytelling and pacing lessons from The Last of Us.
Hitman Absolution is so bad because its only connecting tissue to prior entries is Agent 47 and some parts of some levels have sandbox gameplay. It presents new systems that don't work when mixed with old systems (i.e. disguise system is broken in open world sections).
A disappointing sequel, to me, comes from not really deviating much. Or perhaps, rather than doubling down, they make more of the same (i.e. Skyrim and Oblivion aren't all that different. Even lame combat from Oblivion is mostly unchanged in Skyrim 6 years later).
B-Cell last edited by B-Cell
Half life 2
System Shock 2
Deus Ex 2
Deus Ex mankind divided
Scotty last edited by Scotty
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
The Last of Us Part II
God of War II
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
Monument Valley 2
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Deus Ex Go
God of War(2018)
@scotty Oh yes I forgot to add Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number to my worst sequels list. A sequel that tried to do a lot more and did much to compromise the original's brilliance.
Scotty last edited by
It killed a potential 3rd game.
DMCMaster last edited by
Just gonna add to this after just finishing it.
Psychonauts 2- Managing to take all the best aspects of the original, making them stronger and tighter (minus a few weird spots of geometry glitching out) adding a strong dash of emotional story telling (that might be me, maybe) and with worlds that have such a massive dose if creativity you can't help but stop for a second and just admire the beauty and insanity of it all.