Weekend Open Forum: Best and worst video game sequels?

By Jos · 69 replies
Jun 15, 2012
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  1. For better or worse, the gaming industry has made it standard practice to create sequels and spin-offs of popular titles year after year. While it's easy to blame it on a lack of originality, the truth is sales suggest that…

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,319

    Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts.
    halo reach
    Doom 3 didnt live up to possible potential, not worst though

    Halo 2
    Donkey Kong Country 2 and 3
    Battlefield 3

    Theres a bunch I dont feel like listing in both categories.
  3. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,737   +3,757

    Duke Nukem: Forever. 'Nuff said. (worst)

    Now, for a couple of great sequels I have to list Dead Space 2 and Pokemon Silver. I thought DS2 really smoothed out some of the original's rough parts (mainly a tinge of clunkiness that exists in DS1) and added some much needed substance to Isaac Clarke. Pokemon Silver... What can I say? I thought the game improved greatly upon what Red and Yellow brought to the table.
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,737   +3,757

    This is an interesting one for me. I found D3 itself go be pretty lackluster, but the RoE expansion I thought exploited a lot of the potential the initial game missed. Not enough to get it on a best list, but not among the worst in my book (if you include the expansion).
  5. fear 3 worst sequel and the best is not a sequel but always the 1st in the series
  6. Best: Freespace 2 hands down

    Worst: Duke Nukem
  7. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +344

    I'm going to have to be the first to say Fallout 2. Fallout one had the better antagonist, but Fallout 2 had superior gameplay.
  8. Worst: DRAGON AGE 2. huge letdown

    Best: Mass Effect 2. Crysis 2. Skyrim (not really a sequel but owell) ALL the Half Life's, Pokemon silver and gold, AND DIABLO 2 with LOD. maybe Diablo 3
  9. tkeys356

    tkeys356 TS Rookie

    I gotta agree with the Dragon Age 2 being one of the worst. I also thought Mortal Kombat 3 was horrible.

    Legacy Of Kain-Soul Reaver
    Mass Effect 2
    Halo 2
    Pokemon Silver/Gold
    Battlefield 3
    Diablo 2
    Starcraft 2
    Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  10. Ma_ga

    Ma_ga TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Let me see...

    Best Sequel....Secret of Mana (Seiken Densetsu II), danm, the music, the graphics.
    Also Terranigma (Soul Blazer>Illution of Gaia>).

    Mass Effect 2 & 3, from Action RPG to Gears of Wars, and #3 ruin the whole saga for me.
    Fable 2 & 3, with every game the saga get worst, just like ME.
    Modern Warfare 2 & 3 (same as above)
    Dragon Age 2, from ActionRPG, to Action.....something XD.
    Deus Ex Invisible War, this one "hurt" the most, from fantastic RPGish to mediocre FPS.
    Super Metroid 3 to FPS metroish-like-game, metroid prime (hasn't played 2 or 3, planing to).
    The Legend of Zelda a Link to the Past to Ocarina of time (yup, I get bored with oot).
    Final Fantasy 6 to Final Fantasy VII (wasn't a bad game, but wasn't half good as 6).
  11. tkeys356

    tkeys356 TS Rookie

    """Dragon Age 2, from ActionRPG, to Action.....something XD.""

    So true
  12. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Worst would have to be Dragon Age 2. FEAR 3 being a close second.



    Batman: Arkham City

    Battlefield 3

    Portal 2

    Max Payne 3
  13. tkeys356

    tkeys356 TS Rookie

    O on another note.....

    Game of Thrones PC release was the biggest disappointment in the history of games. Especially if you watch the show.
  14. best: halo 2 (mp)
    worst: halo 2 (sp)
  15. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    For me as a kid/teenager Rollercoaster tycoon 2 was the best sequel. Looking back it is still an excellent sequel to the first.

    Halo 2 was awesome but it was a totally different awesome than the first Halo which is why it made a good sequel. I. The first Halo there was this great mysterious-ness about everything and a sort of awe. Halo 2 was great in that it really fleshed out the Halo Universe in a believable and interesting way. It answered a lot of questions opened by the first without giving everything away.

    Best modern sequel I would say is Assassins Creed 2

    Best "old" sequel would be Age of Empires 2
  16. aspleme

    aspleme TS Enthusiast Posts: 56

    Have to agree with you there... given that Deus Ex basically reinvented the modern RPG, Invisible war is possibly the most epic fail in a sequel.
  17. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,041   +678

    Best: Battlefield 3

    Worst: Far Cry 2, Crysis 2
  18. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Posts: 392

    Dead Space 2, Mass Effect 2&3, Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings, Batman Arkham City.

    Duke Nukem Forever
  19. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    The only dizzying sequel that I played was Duke Nukem Forever.
  20. I disagree that the first is always the best. The Hitman Series got WAY better with time and the last one was the blast compared to some of the earlier in the series.
  21. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +859

    First of all, an excellent topic. As for my vote, I thought Bioshock 2 was significantly better than the original Bioshock, so that would get my "best sequel" vote.

    For worst sequel, there are a brazillion of those. I don't begrudge companies for trying to follow up with a hit (and score more big bucks) with a sequel, but more often than not, it's a total dog. Guess I'd have to settle for something current like Dragon Age 2 where there were millions of dollars invested and hundreds of programmers/staff involved. If you can't follow up with a decent sequel with that kind of backing, then you deserve "worst of" voting.
  22. Best sequel ever... Resident Evil 5!

    The addition of co-op (amongst other things) to RE5 makes it the best game I've ever played. The graphics were simply stunning at the time when it was released. Also, it could run extremely well on even value segment computers. I could go on for hours about how good RE5 is, and how much fun me and my friends had while playing it... but I won't. ;)

    Worst sequel... Diablo 3.

    Don't gimme the stinkeye... D3 is a nothing but a moneymaker for Blizzard. Always online is crap. Real money auction house will ruin any game, including this one.
  23. Best :

    GTA series
    Half Life Series


    Duke nukem forever
  24. Best - Mass Effect 2
    Worst - Deus Ex Invisible War
  25. Qrox

    Qrox TS Enthusiast Posts: 52   +12

    Best: BF3, Portal 2, Batman: Arkham City

    Worst: Crysis 2, Fable 3

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