Game space

10 Video Game Sequels Better Than The Original

It’s one of the hardest things to do in any medium: create a worthy sequel to the original work. When an original work is sufficiently popular, profitable, or critically acclaimed, a sequel can quickly receive the green light. Rushing into a video game sequel, however, can be problematic as quality can suffer, whether in terms of story or gameplay.

RELATED: 5 Video Game Series That Need A Sequel (& 5 That Need A Reboot Instead)

First impressions are important, but second impressions can dictate whether or not a franchise has a future. If sequels don’t take off, it could mean the premature end of a franchise, before it even takes off. Luckily, some sequels mark when a franchise took off.

ten Silent Hill 2 doubles down on fears and fog

Maria and James Sunderland in a foggy place from Silent Hill 2

The horror video game genre has a surprisingly good track record when it comes to second entries. Series ranging from resident Evil for dead space managed to produce worthy sequels. One of the best horror sequels, however, comes from the silent Hill series.

Silent Hill 2 was released for PlayStation 2 and Xbox in 2001, two years after the original silent Hill was released on PlayStation. SH2 improvements to the camera and controls are complemented by beautiful yet unsettling graphics and a story that keeps players invested until the credits roll. Nowadays, SH2 is cited as one of the best games of all time, as well as one of the scariest.

9 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is one of the best video games of all time

Nate escapes from a helicopter

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was one of the first interesting PlayStation 3 exclusives. Drake’s Fortune served as a showcase for what the PS3 was capable of, whether it was Nathan Drake’s pants getting wet in the water or cutscenes captured by the voice actors themselves. What reviewers and gamers didn’t expect was how far Naughty Dog would push the Unexplored series just two years later.

RELATED: 10 Games That Should Be Remastered While Waiting For The Sequel

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves improves on Drake’s Fortune in every way, whether it’s the gorgeous visuals or the huge leap forward in the narrative stakes, building on Unexplored’summer blockbuster feel. among thieves went on to receive a Metacritic score of 96 placing it in exclusive company, and even managed to land numerous Game of the Year awards.

8 Assassin’s Creed II provided an early revival for the Assassin’s Creed series

Ezio dives into Italian waters in Assassin's Creed II

the original Assassin’s Creed was one of the first major AAA cross-platform hits of the seventh console generation. The concept of Desmond Miles exploring the Third Crusade via the Animus to train as a deadly assassin was an easy hook for players. Despite this, Assassin’s Creed’s the gameplay proved too repetitive and disappointing.

Ubisoft took much of this criticism to heart during production. Assassin’s Creed II. ACII takes Miles and players to Renaissance Italy to explore the life of Ezio Auditore da Firenze. ACII, and Ezio, became so popular that Ubisoft produced two direct sequels in what is now dubbed “The Ezio Trilogy”. Besides that, Ezio also appears as a guest fighter in SoulCalibur V.

7 Pokémon Gold & Silver Was So Big It Practically Included The Original Game

Ho-oh and Lugia from the Pokemon Gold and Silver intro

Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue (Where Green) are one of the toughest acts any video game sequel has had to keep up with. There is more to Pokemon than just the games: there’s an animated series, movies, a trading card game, and an unfathomable amount of toys.

What Game Freak succeeded with pokemon gold and Pokemon Silver is nothing short of stunning. Gold and Money didn’t just add 100 new Pokemon and call it a day. They introduced new features such as Pokemon farming, new quality of life improvements, such as the improved inventory system, and the entire Kanto region, playable after defeating the Elite Four. Gold and Money are as perfect a sequel as possible.

6 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior and its many updates set the stage for the fighting genre

Ryu takes on M Bison in Street Fighter II

When playing the original street fighter, it’s hard to believe it was followed by one of the most iconic, influential and influential games ever made. This was the case when Street Fighter II: World Warrior was released on the arcade in 1991.

RELATED: 6 Things From The Street Fighter 6 Trailer You Missed

Beyond introducing iconic characters like Chun-Li and M. Bison, SFII also introduced the combo system – albeit accidentally. The combo system was initially an unintended bug that was left behind due to the high level of execution required to remove it. Capcom extended this combo system later SFII updates and later SF securities.

5 Batman: Arkham City was the hero the superhero genre deserved

Batman fighting enemy grunts in Batman Arkham City

Superhero games have long been a mixed bag. For every Spiderman 2there are countless Superman 64s. It’s only Batman: Arkham Asylum in 2007 that gamers would enter the golden age of superhero gaming, with the batman arkham series becoming the poster child for how to adapt a popular IP.

How Rocksteady Studios Could Be Ahead arkham asylum? By bringing Batman to the very heart of Gotham. Batman: Arkham City takes the fundamental core of arkham asylum and sets it in a vast open-world iteration of Gotham while also introducing many of Batman’s allies and the villains of the rogues’ gallery. In an incredible 2011 filled with great titles such as Uncharted 3: The Drake Illusion and Portal 2, Arkham City stands beside The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as the highest rated game of 2011 with a Metacritic score of 96.

4 Super Smash Bros. Melee maintains its dedicated community to this day

While some second entries are later overtaken by the third or fourth title in a series, Super Smash Bros. Melee spent almost two decades as the first competitor Super Smash Bros. Title. While much of the current attention is on Super Smash Bros Ultimatethere is still a strong and dedicated community, centered on Melee.

Melee refine the project Super Smash Bros. creating a more technical fighting game than its predecessor while more than doubling the number of characters. Melee is also distinguished by the introduction of the fire emblem series outside of Japan with the inclusion of Marth and Roy.

3 Borderlands 2 proved that there is no rest for the Borderlands series

Handsome Jack standing tall as background chaos ensues in Borderlands 2

the original Borderlands was a fun game. With its colorful cel-shaded graphics and hilarious, immature humor, Borderlands left its bloody mark on the video game industry when it was released in 2009. One of Borderlands’ central themes were “kill or be killed”, and 2K Games provided players with a bountiful arsenal of weapons and abilities to ensure that it was the player who killed the most.

2012 Borderlands 2 improved on an already solid foundation by adding even more weapons, quirkier characters, and a much deeper story. B2 features Handsome Jack, a villain who has been well received by critics and fans alike for his evil, rambunctious, and narcissistic nature.

2 Horizon Forbidden West solidifies Horizon as one of Sony’s best exclusives

Horizon Zero Dawn captured the imagination of gamers with its apocalyptic setting filled with animal machines. zero dawn was so well received that when the PlayStation 5 was initially revealed, its sequel in Forbidden Horizon West was considered by many to be the console’s most anticipated exclusive.

RELATED: 10 Harsh Realities Of Life In Horizon Forbidden West

west forbidden would live up to that hype by expanding the world of Horizon both in size and tradition. Shortly after his victory over the rogue AI, Hades, Horizon’s Outcast turned champion, Aloy heads west to seek a solution to a mysterious plague and an even more mysterious group of people. On her final journey, Aloy is equipped with new items such as the Shieldwing glider, which makes traversing the vast world even more exhilarating.

1 Halo 2 turned a console-selling game into a console-selling franchise

A Red Spartan fires turret fire at opponents in Halo 2 Multiplayer

Few games truly deserve the title of “system vendor” like Halo: Advanced Combat. The first one Halo was the killer app for the original Xbox, and not only defined the trajectory of Microsoft’s adventure in gaming, but first-person shooters and multiplayer gaming as a whole.

The first one Halo success resulted in Halo 2 becoming one of the most anticipated sequels ever made. Its release saw massive rows and frequent local news reports. Halo 2 has been the hot spot of 2004, and every bit of that attention was warranted. Halo 2 not only provides a deeper story about the war on the Covenant, but would usher in the console-based online multiplayer revolution that dominates the video game landscape to this day.

NEXT: 10 Franchises That Would Make A Great Warriors Game

shared image of Pain from naruto and Naomi from Death Note

10 Anime That Killed Their Best Character Too Soon

About the Author