Editor: Darryl Linington
Over the past few days, I have been running through my collection in order to experience some great classics that I have either finished multiple times, or didn’t finish at all. Among the masses, I found 5 video games that desperately need sequels … Whether created for this gen or the next-gen, these games really deserve some form of continuation.
Now, in no particular order, here are the 5 games that desperately need sequels:
Red Dead Redemption:
I think all gamers will agree with me that Red Dead Redemption needs to make a triumphant return to the land of video games. With Rockstar’s success with GTA V, surely there has to be something in the pipeline for one of the best gunslingers in town?
In Red Dead Redemption you play as John Marston, a former outlaw looking to turn over a new leaf, after the gang he rode with left him for dead. John starts a new life, but the government then forces him to track down his old gang and either capture or kill all of them. You might be thinking right now, “How do they force him to do this?” Well, the government has some collateral, which will not be mentioned as that just spoils it for those who haven’t played the game. The characters you will end up meeting really drive the story along, although John Marston’s character seems somewhat inclined to help anyone and everyone he meets despite the fact that he has his own problems to deal with. Other than that, the story is fantastic.
While a direct sequel may not be entirely possible (due to spoilers which I will not divulge here), it would be interesting to see the world and its characters in a different context. Whether in a situation before the events of Red Dead Redemption (that led to John’s gang leaving him for dead) or a while after Red Dead Redemption, either through his son’s eyes or through the eyes of an unrelated character who witnessed the events of the first game, the options for an extension to Rockstar’s excellently crafted depiction of the dying days of the Wild West are plentiful.
Not many folks enjoyed Juliet’s chainsaw wielding epicness; however, there are many folks out there that did, which is why Lollipop Chainsaw definitely needs a sequel; a much longer sequel than the original game that is.
Lollipop Chainsaw follows the story of Juliet Starling, a mild-mannered 18 year high school student by day, and an ass kicking zombie hunter by night (or whenever the situation calls for a few severed heads). On her way to San Romero High School Park, to meet up with her boyfriend Nick Carlyle, Juliet discovers that a massive zombie outbreak has occurred, which leads up to Juliet whipping out her much loved chainsaw and jumping straight into the action. When she eventually reaches the park, Juliet discovers that Nick has been munched upon by a rather hungry zombie. Desperate to save his life, Juliet decapitates Nick (odd I know) in order to save him from turning into a mindless, people chomping zombie.
Rage was visually stunning; however, it seemed to lack its own identity, a stable storyline and memorable characters. Granted, the game has many faults, but if the developers actually focus on correcting these issues we could have a game of the year contender on our hands.
The events in RAGE take place one hundred and six years after the asteroid Apophis has collided with Earth, destroying life as we know it. You take control of an Ark Survivor, a man put into cryogenic stasis in a pod underground along with others in order to preserve the human population. However, when you awake, you find that everyone else in your Ark has been killed, probably from the impact of the asteroid. You set out to reinvent yourself, with no memory of who you once were.
At base, RAGE had everything it needed to be successful, but fell well short of the mark. Nevertheless, it would be interesting to see a sequel from a developer who, by now, will have surely learnt from their mistakes to some extent and may be able to make a far better title in the future, much like what has happened with the Killzone franchise.
L.A Noire is a great example of a game that tried to make a difference in the world of video games. It was a fresh idea and a brave one at that (considering that this was Team Bondi’s very first game and they are now bankrupt). We hope to see a sequel sometime soon from another developer.
L.A. Noire is based in the City of Angels, Los Angeles during 1947; a city that is well known for fame and fortune but where crime and corruption is also a big factor. You play as Cole Phelps, a man who joins the Los Angeles Police Department (L.A.P.D.) after fighting in and surviving World War II (WWII). Cole is a cop (later a detective) and a good one at that. He is determined to fix the problems that arise on the streets of L.A. without any stains on his reputation. In addition we also get to know more about Cole before he joined the L.A.P.D through little flashbacks of his time in the army during WWII.
The reason a sequel would be interesting for a title like L.A. Noire is because of the depth of character that the game showed. The characters you interrogated often seemed to have their own issues and lifestyles behind the case in question, and this is a theme that could be applied across any time period with any combination of main characters, side characters and suspects.
Condemned 1 & 2 were great examples of survival horror games… so great, that gamers actually went as far to create petitions to have the 3rd instalment made. However, we are still waiting for a sequel, which will hopefully be announced sometime in the near future.
Condemned: Criminal Origins is set in the fictional American City of Metro. The player takes on the role of Ethan Thomas, a crime scene investigation agent with the FBI’s Serial Crime Unit, as he traverses the seedier sides of the city. His journey takes him through a number of condemned buildings as he searches for the one who framed him for murder, the evasive Serial Killer X. Along the way, Ethan must use his investigative intuition and technology to examine evidence left behind by SKX, all the while fighting off the violently psychotic denizens of Metro City, who seem to be driven to such madness by a mysterious, yet seemingly extraneous force.
As these titles are my personal preference, let us know yours in the comments section below.