Many great video games come out every year and this year is no exception, so much so, that it was nearly impossible for us to narrow down our 20 most anticipated games of 2011. Unsurprisingly, a vast portion of these annual releases are sequels, remakes and spin-offs. A low percentage of worthwhile games are actually completely original new IPs.
While it is great to see creative developers pushing expectations with new IPs, a good sequel that improves upon the acclaimed original is always a treat. That isn’t to say that sequels and remakes can’t be overdone either.
Somehow, even with the constant onslaught of sequels and remakes, there are certain game series that seem like they will never be brought back to life, or at least, brought back the proper way. Often, these games are classics, yet for one reason or another they haven’t had an appropriate modern follow-up. Some of these games had sequels that weren’t any good and some had their successor change up the original’s formula too much, to the point where it just didn’t work.
Because of this strange phenomenon, we have compiled a list of games from earlier console generations that are long overdue for a proper sequel. There are more recent games that deserve sequels, but we focused on titles that we’ve been waiting a relatively long time for. This list won’t include fantastic games like Mirror’s Edge, Half-Life 2, Okami, or Psychonauts. Also, games are automatically excluded if they currently have a sequel in development, no matter how uncertain. This knocks out Knights of the Old Republic, Pikmin, Star Fox 64, and Beyond Good and Evil.
Check out the list below which ranks the top 10 games that need sequels from “needs a sequel” to “make me a sequel now or I’m going to hurt somebody”.
#10. Comix Zone (Sega Genesis)
Comix Zone was released late in the Sega Genesis’ life cycle and not unlike Shantae on the Game Boy Color, was missed by most gamers. Those fortunate enough to play it, got to experience a completely unique world. The game is based on the premise that a comic book creator, Sketch Turner, gets transported into the world of his own comic, Comix Zone.
At its core, Comix Zone is a side-scrolling beat’em up, but there are many touches that take this game to the next level. It is a blast to traverse the comic book panels and fight crazy enemies. Throughout the game Turner has the opportunity to pick up many different items, which open up multiple pathways to complete each level. The game is brimming with style and it would be amazing to see a modern sequel.
#9. Killer Instinct (SNES)
C-C-C-Combo Breaker! Almost all great fighting games have been given a number of sequels. Soul Caliber, Mortal Kombat, and especially Street Fighter have had many sequels and given newer gamers a chance to see what they all the fuss is about. Killer Instinct is the exception.
After the success of the original, Killer Instinct 2 came out, but it has been 15 years since then and there hasn’t been a peep about it. Killer Instinct has always stood out from other fighting games because of its awesome characters and fun combo system. Rare needs to take notes from Capcom and develop a true sequel to Killer Instinct.