The second one was better! 10 video game sequels better than the originals

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Who doesn't love a good sequel? Since you awesome readers responded so well to my last post on sequels, I proudly present a sequel to my sequel post!  (The irony is thick with this one.)

As with the last one, the sequels here made improvements over the originals, and in some cases, blow the original completely out of the water. I have also tried to limit the games to direct sequels or else this would go on forever. So shall we begin the sequel to the sequel? (Seriously, I’m making my head hurt with this).

Published May. 19th 2015
  • Kris_3351
    Fairly nice list. I have to admit that despite all the hate for Bioshock 2, I really enjoyed the game. The story was different, but I enjoyed it none the less (I got the good ending, and it still makes me really sad at how it had to end). The new plasmids, especially the one that let you summon Eleanor being my favorite, were quite fun. The multiplayer isn't honestly too bad either. I have to admit, with how the second one ended, I really wish a sequel to it would be made or something, I'm just not entirely sure how one would go about it. It'd be pretty awesome to play as Eleanor.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    Hear hear!

    Join the crowd of Bioshock 2 fans!
  • Tom Keech
    While I agree that many of these games changed technical aspects of the game for better, such as controls, camera, responsiveness, etc. I think that many also had weaker stories than the first, which is a shame.

    ME2 played much better than the original, but it lacked the same character development, and had me care less when faced with the life and death situations.

    Bioshock had an amazing story, but there were flaws with the gameplay that Bioshock 2 addressed. However, as you stated, the great idea behind 2 was never reached and the story was lacking the feel of the first one.

    The same thing can be said for AC2, although the story turned out to be well done once later games came out and connected the series. But alone, and at launch, it felt lacking.

    And I will let the Jedi Knight II thing go, but Dark Forces was better than any of the sequels in my opinion. But I do enjoy that whole series because Kyle Katarn is one of my favorite characters from the Star Wars EU.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    I would argue ME2 had moire fleshed character development than the first, and even managed to tie it to mechanics since party members who ere not loyal would die.

    The story of Bio 2 was good, just a different beast than the first one. Rather than having a twist and being a commentary on choice in games, Bioshock 2 just delivered a solid tale in Rapture.

    Honestly, all of the AC games I have played have felt lacking and underwhelming in the narrative department. However, AC II allowed us to watch Ezio develop and grow, which helped players connect with him more than Altair.

    Dark Forces is one of the best Star Wars games, but has not aged gracefully. Jedi Outcast delivered a good villain with Dessan, great action and lightsaber combat, and interesting characters to meet.

    It really comes down to personal taste and preference for a lot of these titles, as with anything.
  • Tom Keech
    Yea, a lot of this is personal choice. All of the titles listed are worthy for something, although I personally would not say they are all better than the original.

    I do agree the AC II was better than the first and that ME 2 had better mechanics behind the party member system. But with ME 2 I just felt that there were too many characters and by the end if one or two died I was not broken. In ME 1 though, I felt connected to the characters on a deeper level.

    And Dark Forces will always be on of the best Star Wars games, but the series following that game experimented a little on gameplay. But as you said, the game has not aged gracefully (although, few from that time do).

    I know a few games I think that would have been worth adding to this list would be Borderlands 2 and Gears of War 2. While the first Borderlands was enjoyable, the second had a much better flow, and in my opinion, story (along with color palette). For Gears, the first did so much in terms of gameplay, and basically making cover a must have in many games, but GoW 2 had a better story and better gameplay.
  • Amanda Wallace
    Former Staff Editor
    I have a soft spot for Mass Effect 1, but Mass Effect 2 IS a better game. Especially that opening.
  • GameSkinny Staff
    I have to say, I much preferred ME 1. The tactical combat just felt like it had a more balanced weight to it.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    It's really close for me. I enjoyed the first one immensely, and I did not like all of the changes made in the second one with regards to simplifying and mechanics. At the end of the day though, I have more fond memories and discussions regarding 2, so I give it the edge.

    Also, the Mako. -_-
  • GameSkinny Staff
    Fair, the Mako was terrible. A bit charming in its awfulness, I'll admit :P
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    Bioshock 2! Here here!
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    Happy now?

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