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video game sequelsLast week, I attended the Eurogamer Expo in London; a geek fest of smelly teenagers, scantily clad booth babes and insanely long queues. For the most part, I was disappointed; I don’t know what I expected really, but it wasn’t that.

There were a few unique indie titles on show, but nothing truly compelling. Some titles simply reeked of individuality for the sake of it – like Prison Architect – really? Most of the show was dominated by sequels; Microsoft staff wriggling around to demonstrate Dance Central 2 to a small group of disinterested onlookers that only ended up there because they were trying to find the toilets; while hordes were glued to the big screen for the PES2013 tournament (someone tell me exactly how a football game changes from year to year?). Anyway – here’s my pick of sequels that I am actually looking forward to this and next year.

Company of Heroes 2

Taking the series into the Eastern Front this time, Company of Heroes has always been a historically accurate and realistic, real time strategy game – and this time around looks set to continue that winning formula without introducing any groundbreaking changes.

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Visually, the original was already pretty stunning and ahead of it’s time as far as I’m concerned, but the sequel dutifully ups the special effects. In fact, the cold ice and snow not only adds a visual depth, but changes gameplay too, with soldiers dropping out and critical decisions being made over whether to fight and fire or stay concealed.

I lost many many hours to the original campaigns; I’m confident I’ll be losing more when the beta opens in a month or so and the final version is released next year.

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SimCity

Eschewing accepted naming practices, the next in the SimCity line will just be called SimCity; though technically, it’s somewhere around number 5. The original stretches as far back as DOS and Windows 3.1, so it’s a franchise held dear by millions. What’s new? First off, the graphics look extraordinarily good, and adapt dynamically to the kind of city you create – whether that be a barren wasteland led by an industry that exploits the poverty line citizens or a lush green enviro-town of happiness.

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The individual Sims are now reflected at a more granular level too; each sim is an agent – one who goes to work, produces goods, consumes, and might lose their job and have to live homeless in the park. The point is, each sim matters; they aren’t just representative of traffic. Add in a modular construction system that let’s you upgrade key buildings, and you probably have a recipe for success. As a fan of the series from the original, I’m really hoping the balance is right; from what I’ve played so far, it should be. Expected February 2013.

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Xcom: Enemy Unknown

With an almost 20 year gap between this an the original, it’s almost given that someone is going to be upset.

The game flits between third person, top down squad management for movement; entering fire mode puts you into a first person view for an action sequence. I’m not entirely convinced the first person view is at all necessary but it does add some variety; the camera transitions make the whole experience more dramatic.

Another challenge lies in the console compatibility, though apparently it’s been developed as console-first. I played through the intro mission on the Xbox, and the controls didn’t seem too slow or detracting, but part of me pined for a mouse.

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The base view is also pretty neat, with a pseudo-3D underground cross-section that you can customize and upgrade as the game progresses – the core elements of capturing alien technology and choosing research paths remains unchanged.

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Although I was a big fan of the originals, I must admit I was never actually able to finish one; it was just too difficult. You won’t have to wait long though – this one is due October 9th 2012 (12th in Europe).

Black Ops 2

The original remains the world’s best selling game for a reason; it’s fun. Hate on it all you want, but Black Ops 2 is going to be just as successful. With a revamped loadout mechanism and focus on tournament play and live events, the game heads squarely into the future this time around, leaving us with armed quadro-copters and other mechanized silliness. The excitement however was not great enough to compel me to queue for 2 hours to play the thing; especially when it’s out November 12th anyway. Expect this one to top the Christmas lists.

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Perhaps I’m just getting old and skeptical, but I don’t have the time or money to spread around on 20 different games nowadays – so I stick to what I know and love. How about you? Any video game sequels you’re really looking forward to in the coming months? Or perhaps you’re a fan of the original and really not looking forward to a sequel for some reason. Sound off in the comments!

  1. kendall sencherey
    October 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    i will be going for the black ops tooo, will really like to try it out.

  2. Raja Pradeep
    October 8, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I am waiting for Need For Speed: Most Wanted - 2012, which will be released in November

  3. Daniel Johnson
    October 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    MEDAL OF HONOR: ADVANCE WARFIGHTER

  4. Dimal Chandrasiri
    October 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Black ops 2 will be awesome. I've seen it's trailer and it rocks. Need for Speed Most Wanted is the real GEM I'm waiting for. According to EAs trailers & gameplays it rocks the world... :D

    Sim City has become more open world and amazing to play. but I think it'll be hard to become a good city builder... any way an awesome game!

  5. Dave Parrack
    October 8, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I rarely buy PC games but the new Sim City looks unmissable.

  6. Igor Rizvi?
    October 8, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Xcom looks nice,ill give it a try

  7. Ted Wolf
    October 8, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Sim City looks cool, however the best sequel of all time was Duke Nukem 3d.

  8. Avi
    October 8, 2012 at 10:07 am

    What about Devil May Cry??

  9. Akshay Ganesh
    October 8, 2012 at 8:55 am

    What?No half life 3??how come black ops?its so mainstream and boring

    • Muo TechGuy
      October 8, 2012 at 9:01 am

      Never been a fan of half life. Also, I gave up caring about the word "mainstream" a long time ago; if something is enjoyable, who the hell cares how many other people like it?

  10. Sanat
    October 8, 2012 at 7:57 am

    SimCity, GTA V and Football Manager 2013. But next year I start college so I'm a bit put off by the fact that I might not get enough time. :-(

  11. druv vb
    October 8, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Black Ops 2 for the fun! Company of Heroes for keeping the mind busy! Need for Speed Most Wanted for insane speed chases! My top 3 for holidays.

    • James Bruce
      October 8, 2012 at 7:19 am

      Sounds like a pretty awesome holiday season to me...

      • druv vb
        October 8, 2012 at 8:37 am

        Yep. November & December. Gaming and movies time!!!

  12. Karin Holmqvist
    October 8, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Don't think we can resist SimCity

  13. Hinesmdc
    October 8, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Can't wait for Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Halo 4!

    • James Bruce
      October 8, 2012 at 7:19 am

      Not my thang, but good call

  14. Eserpess der
    October 7, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Maybe to sim city one you know for nostalgia purposes... but that's it. Is it so hard to ask for originality in gaming these days?
    its just more of the same stuff that's designed for casual gamers... i am sick of it...the only really good ones we got this year was skyrim and diablo 3 and even then their not original concepts...god i wish it would get better

    • James Bruce
      October 8, 2012 at 7:18 am

      Hang on, both skyrim and diablo are sequels; very little originality there.

      Besides, how much "originality" do you think is really original? Every story has already been told many times before; the only way to make a unique storyline would be to run it through some kind of nonsense generator - which is what a lot of games seemingly do, in an effort to distinguish themselves as unique.

      I dont think any of the games I mentioned are for "casual gamers" either. I've always thought the yearly minor update to mario was the most disgusting game sequel ever; hordes of idiots buy it though ;( That I'll admit makes me sad.

      Help me out here; what do you consider original then?

  15. Edwin Williams
    October 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Aye, Black Ops 2 looks pretty good!

  16. Austin
    October 7, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I'm looking forward to the new Need For Speed Most Wanted. I loved the original one on Gamecube, and I also love Burnout Paradise. This game looks like an awesome combination of the two, given that it's made by Criterion (the creators of Burnout), and that sounds great to me :) I also am looking forward to the new SimCity you mentioned. I absolutely loved all the other ones, and have been playing them since I was a kid, and still to this day play SimCity 4. I hope the new one can meet my (pretty high) expectations :)

    • James Bruce
      October 8, 2012 at 7:21 am

      Forgive my ignorance, but isn't NFS Most Wanted an old game? Like, 5 years ago or something? Good game, driving around avoiding police and doing missions, a little like GTA but not quite as cool? ... Are they *remaking* it?

      • Vipul Jain
        October 8, 2012 at 8:43 am

        yep, they actually are :D
        And it looks sweet!
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-Imb_hTVmw

      • Alex Perkins
        October 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm

        It was but it has been re-done by the people that made burnout and it looks awesome.

      • Austin
        October 8, 2012 at 7:56 pm

        New game, same name. An annoying trend that's been going on. They did the same thing with NFS Hot Pursuit a couple years ago, and are doing it with SimCity too. Maybe it's just an EA thing, I dunno. But this o e comes out I think Oct 30, and is made bt Criterion, makers of Burnout which I love, so this one sesems promising.

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