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Weekend Open Forum: Best and worst video game sequels?

By Jos ยท 69 replies
Jun 15, 2012
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  1. Best - Thief 2, System Shock 2

    To a lesser extent the Max Payne and Hitman series got better which each sequel, until the Max Payne 3 and Hitman Absolution that is.

    Worst has to be Deus Ex Invisible War as other posters have mentioned, I think if you were to conduct poll it was definitely be first on the list of worst sequels ever.

    In more recent years most game sequels seem to be fairly disappointing. Not bad games in their own right, just failing to live up the predecessor(s). I'd include Doom 3, Half-Life 2, BioShock (I'm counting it as spiritual successor to SS2) , Deus Ex Human Revolution, and Thief 3 in that list off the top of my head.
  2. I'm given to believe that most of the gamers here prefer MMORPG and FPS games. For me, the worst "sequel" ever (which is really a spin-off) was the Lost and Damned from GTAIV DLC.

    The best (which had a crowded field) was the OTHER one -- TBOGT.

    As for the entire series, which has taken a life of its own (people don't think of them as "sequels," as much as chapters in a long-running story or universe, like comic books or serials from the 30s and 40s) I loved IV -- with Nico Bellic. But it wasn't the BEST -- which is, by most people's standards, San Andreas. I still have a huge soft-spot for Vice City, although I have never gotten to play its "...stories" variant, which took place two years earlier in the saga and was called "VC Stories."

    The worst of THOSE kinds of games was definitely "Liberty City Stories." It was a waste of thirty bucks that I paid to buy it for PS2 -- because I didn't own a PSP and didn't want one.

    I also love Hitman 2: Silent Assassin and Hitman: Blood Money. I've never played Codename 47, but I DID once own a hard disc of Contracts -- and that game still remains my absolute utter favorite of the entire Hitman series to this point. We'll see if I ever get to play the Absolution game, which looks interesting, but there was something neat about the quirkiness of the older technology. The Glacier 2 engine looks like a remarkable feat, but it remains to be seen whether it is TOO slick, or whether it imparts even more realism and therefore better gaming.
  3. daweimon

    daweimon TS Rookie

    Worst: Final Fantasy X-2
    After the true epic of a game that X was, X-2 was mindless, didn't tell any more story and had crap gameplay.

    Best: Portal 2
  4. Best:
    Mass Effect 2

    Mass Effect 3

    Mass Effect 2 was a fantastic upgrade on ME1. ME3 was still a fantastic game, but no matter what choices you make, you still get the same ending. The control of your ending is out of your hands (Unlike ME2 and ME1)

    Note to person who says Halo Reach was the worst sequel, it's actually a PREQUEL. It was stet before Halo 1. Therefore should not be judged as a sequel.
  5. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,269   +224


    Mass Effect 2


    Everything after COD4
  6. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,992   +178

    wow I had no idea so many people bought DNF, I really liked it, the multiplayer is fun on a bun

    im really hating d3, all I do now is browse the ah and forums

    best sequels
    war2 war3
    mario 2 3, snes mario super mario bros
    super punch out
    zelda a link to the past
    tekken 3
    twisted metal 2
    street fighter 2
    turok 2-3 (not sure which)
    fallout 3
    fallout 2

    worst for me I know a ton of ppl love them
    modern warefares\cods mad in the last 4 years
  7. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    I think COD4 was probably my favorite sequel.

    And I like every GTA game more than the previous, starting with III until present. And I'm really psyched about the next one.

    Same can be said for the Elder Scrolls series, which I also joined on III. Have yet to try Skyrim, but I'm hoping to check it out in the summer.

    I recall being pretty disappointed by Panzer General III, having played 2 to death.
  8. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,634   +946

    I thought skyrim was a pretty bad sequel..Gameplay was "better" but the questlines were mediocre and many were WAY to short compared to oblivion.
  9. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,533   +48

    My list for best would include: Saints Row 2, Metal Gear Solid 3, Final Fantasy VIII, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Red Dead Redemption.

    My list for worst would include: Saints Row 3, Red Faction 2, Max Payne 2, Driver 3 and The Getaway: Black Monday.
  10. Best -- Assasins creed 2 Hands Down

    worst -- Duke Nukem Forever.
  11. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    Best: MGS2

    Worst: MW2
  12. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    BF3 (Feels like CoD)
    Crysis 2
    Starcraft 2
    Duke Nuken ffffffuuuuuu
    Supreme Commander 2
    Age of Empires 3
    Stronghold 3
    Empire Hearth 2
    F.E.A.R. 3 (worst port ever)
    The Sims 2
    Almost any FPS sequel (Yes my life is full of deceptions :p)

    Portal 2
  13. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 700   +60

    Best: BF2 (hands down just an amazing game)
    Worst: Diablo 3 (Huge disappointment)
    and Duke Nukem Forever Blah!

    Other good: Skyrim, or Morrowind.
    Uncharted series had some pretty good sequels that also stayed true to the game, and were exciting.

    Other bad: Dragon age 2, Max payne 3, ghost recon future solider

    I don't own a 360 so can't add them to the list but I own a PC and a ps3, im a pc gamer at heart.
  14. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Guru Posts: 336   +97

    Batman Arkham City
    Diablo II
    Tekken 3
    Street Fighter II
    Resident Evil 5
    Crysis 2
    Assassin's Creed II
    Splinter Cell Conviction
    Battlefield 3

    Tekken 4
    Street Fighter III
    Dragon Age II
  15. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Worst: FF X-2

    Best: L4D2
    Hands down one of the best when it comes to scary. Also great DLC
  16. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 724   +177

    Best: Half-Life 2, Mass Effect 2, Counter-Strike: Source, Portal 2

    Worst: Halo 3, Crysis 2, Mass Effect 3, Modern Warfare 3
  17. Worst sequels: Crysis 2, Dragon Age 2, Deus Ex: Invisible War, Far Cry 2 (though, the first one was also terrible), Mess Effect 3

    Fifty-Fifty (had some good points and some bad points compared to the first): StarCraft 2, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings /EE/, Mass Effect 2, Skyrim

    Good (they were a huge step towards the good way, but still not the best): Kane & Lynch: Dog Days, Call of Duty 2

    Best: Neighbors from Hell 2, Half-Life 2, Stalker - Call of Pripyat

    Won't explain them, it would be just TL;DR
  18. Best sequels:

    Black and White II
    Civilization 2 & 4
    GTA Series
    Mafia 2
    Just Cause 2
    Max Payne 2
    Mount & Blade Warband
    Portal 2
    Railroad Tycoon II
    Stalker CS & CoP
    Spellforce II
    Wonderboy in monster land
    Street Fighter II
    Trine 2
    The Witcher 2
    Call of Duty World at War
    Fallout New vegas

    Worst Sequals:

    Max Payne 3
    Mount & Blade Fire & Sword
    Call of Duty 2
    Call of Duty Modern Warfare II
    Call of Duty Black Ops
    Civilization 5
    Crysis 2
    F.E.A.R 3
    Hitman Bloodmoney
    il 2 sturmovik cliffs of dover
    Never Winter Nights 2
    Dragon Age 2
    Cities XL series - worst ever tech support I ahve come across and bug ridden game
    MOTO GP 2
    Saints Row 2
    Soldier of Fortune 3

    These are the ones that come to mind.
  19. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    Worst: Devil May Cry 2, Mass Effect 3 (and not because of the ending), Fallout New Vegas (which should have been an expansion to Fallout 3), HALO ODIOUS I mean ODST

    Best: Final Fantasy VI, Zelda: Twilight Princess, Skyrim, Modern Warfare (which is and isn't a sequel, but who's counting).
  20. aspleme

    aspleme TS Enthusiast Posts: 56

    This is a bit of an old one, but what about System Shock 2? I think that might be one of the best games of all time. A challenging game with a complex plot, surprise twists, all the RPG elements we come to expect from AAA games today, and put together so well that it can still creep you out playing in the dark late at night, even 13 years later.

    System Shock 2 deserves best sequel... and certainly more attention than it's gotten so far.
  21. Ashdude

    Ashdude TS Rookie

    Best: Final Fantasy IV

    Worse: Sonic 3D Blast (and Sonic still hasn't fully recovered!)
  22. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 438   +27

    Best :Assassin's Creed 2
    Batman Arkham City

    Worst : Dragon Age 2

    The NFS series began well but now its just trash after trash.
  23. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

  24. worst:
    Mass Effect 2 and 3, Dragon Age 2, Splinter Cell Conviction, Crysis 2,
  25. killeriii

    killeriii TS Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    it's been almost 20 years and they still can't bring back the original feel of the game. I figured 4 might do it, but it was a disappointment. Kinda sad on Sega's part.

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