Games come and go, and sometimes, even good ones, are never heard of again. In an age where cataloging games and creating archives is prevalent, it is time to look back and see what we can bring back. Sequels can do more damage than good sometimes (Dragon Age) but the games I list are titles that I would like to see get a quality treatment. Maybe this is all just a dream for me, but that's alright, gamers need to dream too.
Now, I guarantee that I will not mention the games that you think deserves a sequel, and there are many games that I won’t mention because they were not on my mind, or not as close to my heart. These five games (or series, in one case) are titles that I would love see get another game in its canon. I implore you to write in the comments section (in a nice way) what games you would like to see get a sequel because I love discussion and I hope we can all be thoughtful about it.
There is a whole collection of SNES games that could use sequels, and that is why I avoided them (same goes for Genesis), because I could probably make a whole post on SNES titles that need a sequel. So, don’t worry, I avoided them for a reason. I just hope we can all have fun and wish for games that should be spawned from their predecessors. I would also like to note that these are not in any particular order, this is not TOP 5. Alright, let’s get down to business.
Skies of Arcadia
I never got to play Skies of Arcadia on the Dreamcast when it came out. I never owned a Dreamcast, and by the time I could have been financially able to purchase one, the system tanked. I did get to play the excellent port on the Gamecube (Skies of Arcadia: Legends) which had added features and improved graphics. This JRPG grabbed me right away with its steampunk-ish anime style, and the Blue Rogue pirate, Vyse. Not only could you fly around the sky in your ship, but you could also battle other vessels in the system. These battles were long and exhilarating because it felt as if everything was at stake. I would like to see a sequel because there are more stories to be told in that universe. Overworks was the developer for the game but I don’t believe they are around anymore. I do think they are trying to create an HD version of the original for current consoles, but no release date for that yet.
Yeah, this is one of the two recent games that I am bringing up because I think these games have potential to be even more and they may have been overlooked by the public. Bulletstorm was one of my favorite games of 2011, and not because it was the shooter to end all shooters (it was not), it was due to the fact that it tried something different. In an age where FPS’s are grim, realistic, and focused mostly on the multiplayer, it’s nice to see a game that didn’t take itself seriously and loved to talk about dicks. Not only was the fiction jocular, but the combat system was engaging and it required you to be creative if you wanted to appear on the leaderboards. People Can Fly developed Bulletstorm, but because of lackluster game sales (critics rather liked it, though) the game’s sequel was canned. The team is now working on the next Gears of War title, so good for them, but I want to kick guys into cactuses and rip their heads off with a leash. “Fun” is not something we should forget about as gamers, and that is what Bulletstorm delivered.
Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
I know all you horror-game fans out there are all over this one, and if you are a Lovecraft fan, you probably found joy in this title as well. I played Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem on my Gamecube when it came out in 2002. It scared me, it made me question what video games are, but mostly, it impressed upon me that games could start playing you as opposed to you playing them. The thing that got me was the branching of the narratives and how they all played into one another. The sanity meter was another great feature because as it got lower, the game began to mess with you by saying it deleted your memory card and making your character suddenly die. Silicon Knights created a fiction that was deep and had its own Lovecraftian mythos in its center. It was a hell of a trip, and because of the relics and their background, many more stories could be told. A little fun fact: Eternal Darkness was supposed to come out on the N64, but the dev cycle took too long.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
Yeah, I said it, I went there, and I mean every bit of it. Space Marine is another recent title, but I think it is one that deserves more credit and could use a sequel. I am not sure what Relic Entertainment plans on doing with the franchise, but I think they should add another Space Marine game to their catalogue. Sure, the game had somewhat bland environments, and you were mostly moving from one area of enemies to the next, but it was incredibly fun to play. The mix between melee and shooting was balanced, and it required you to get in there and chop everyone to pieces. I am not acquainted with the Warhammer fiction, I could care less about it, but the game presented its fiction in a way that was accessible and felt full of conviction. It was serious, but it believed in itself, more than most games. I would like to see Relic continue Titus’ story with the Inquisitors and I would like them to improve the environments, but keep that combat steady!
The Legacy of Kain (series)
Yes, I know, there are about five games in the series already, but The Legacy of Kain series needs another game. I always preferred Soul Reaver over Blood Omen and thought the character of Raziel was more intriguing, so if anything, I would like to see him come back. The idea of Raziel being a fallen angel, or “satan” character makes for a good story of revenge. The last game in the series, Legacy of Kain: Defiance, was decent and it left the story open-ended for another take on the franchise. I guess this would be more of a reboot, but a sequel to Defiance would be appreciated. Vampires are hot now anyway, right?
So, there you have it! Those are five games that I would like to see get a sequel or new entry to the franchise. Do you agree with me, or disagree? Sound off in the comments section and list the games you think need a sequel.