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:
    BEST
    -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
    WORST
    -Tony Hawks Pro Skater 5
    -Bioshock 2
    -Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
    -Star Wars Battlefront II
    -Resident Evil 6
    -Fallout 76
    -Dead Space 3



  • BEST

    Resident Evil 2
    Silent Hill 2
    Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
    System Shock 2
    Half-Life 2
    Dark Cloud 2: Dark Chronicle
    Thief 2: The Metal Age

    WORST

    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.



  • 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.



  • My main factor in this list is how much the game improved and also how well it built off the foundations of their predecessors.
    Best:

    • 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.
    Worst:

    • 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.



  • I'm not going for all time, I'll list personal ones:

    BEST

    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)

    --

    WORST

    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

    --

    DISAPPOINTED ME

    Not bad games, but I expected better (or something more different than the prior entry)

    • GTA V
    • Skyrim
    • 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).



  • Best:

    Half life 2
    System Shock 2
    Doom Eternal
    Hitman 2
    Titanfall 2

    Worst

    Deus Ex 2
    FEAR 2
    Crysis 2
    Quake 2
    Deus Ex mankind divided



  • Best:
    Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
    Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
    The Last of Us Part II
    Infamous 2
    God of War II
    Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
    Monument Valley 2

    Worst:
    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.



  • @jdincinerator

    It killed a potential 3rd game.



  • 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.