5 Classic Video Games In Need Of Sequels [MUO Gaming]

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classic video gamesIt’s an unfortunate truth that the best video games aren’t always the ones which make money. Essentially there is little correlation between critical reception and commercial success. The same goes for movies and music as well, though sites such as Metacritic have helped mainstream consumers make informed decisions in the entertainment field.

This means some of the best classic video games ever released haven’t generated sequels, or, if they have, not for a long time. Meanwhile, there’s a new Call Of Duty game (aren’t you sick of this series yet?) released every 12 months, and at least six franchises were awarded sequels when they should have been left well alone. So, which games need to be brought back to life?

Viewtiful Joe

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Viewtiful Joe was a classic video game developed by Production Studio 4 and published by Capcom. It was originally created for the Nintendo GameCube before being ported to the (gone but never forgotten) PlayStation 2. The game is ostensibly a side-scrolling beat ‘em up, but it intermixes 3D cel-shaded graphics and employs a number of other clever effects to lift it above others in its genre.

The gorgeous visuals, unique concept, and challenging gameplay combined to make Viewtiful Joe a fantastic experience. Thanks to its small budget it was considered a commercial success, but not enough of one to warrant any sequels beyond 2006. A new Viewtiful Joe title would make for one hell of a strong digital game for both the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Store.

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Missing Since: 2006

Bully

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Bully (or Canis Canem Edit) is a Rockstar game that, for whatever reason, didn’t quite get the attention the company’s other titles have done. It follows the Rockstar standard of being an open-world sandbox game, with the setting being a boarding school, and the objective being to sail through the lessons while causing mayhem during your downtime.

It was a brave move by Rockstar to portray bullying as a lifestyle choice, but there are consequences to every bad action you undertake in the game. Bully looked great, was highly entertaining to play, and thoroughly deserves a sequel. Sadly, a new school year has never arrived. Rockstar has indicated it would like to revisit the series in the future, but Grand Theft Auto V is, for the time being at least, all it cares about.

Missing Since: 2006

Ecco The Dolphin

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Ecco The Dolphin has to be one of the strangest games ever released. Not only was the main character a bottlenose dolphin, his arch-enemies were a group of hostile aliens. And yet it somehow worked. It’s amazing how much a video game dolphin is capable of, with swimming skills the tip of the iceberg. The series ended in 2000 with a Dreamcast reboot; when the Sega console died, so did our friend Ecco.

The Mega Drive originals have, in recent years, been re-released on digital platforms. Which means a whole new generation of fans will have taken these demanding games to heart. A brand new title is surely overdue, especially with ecological issues meaning a classic video game starring a dolphin trying to protect its watery homeland would make more sense now than it ever did previously.

Missing Since: 2000

Psychonauts

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Psychonauts was created by Tim Schafer and his company Double Fine Productions. It was originally released on PS2 and Xbox, with subsequent releases on a variety of platforms meaning the title gained a considerable number of fans. The game was fantastically unique and original, telling the story of a boy with psychic abilities who, along with other kids with extraordinary powers, exposes a sinister plot.

This is a fun and humorous game that is still infinitely playable. Unfortunately, though Schafer has expressed interest in making a sequel, one has never materialized. While the original game was something of a cult hit, a sequel would, with the right marketing, have the potential to make it big with a more mainstream crowd.

Missing Since: 2005

Shenmue

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Shenmue is the final game on this list because, quite frankly, it’s the one title that had to be included, no questions asked. Shenmue was originally conceived as being (at least) a trilogy of games, with a storyline that continued seamlessly throughout the chapters. When the Dreamcast failed, so did Sega’s reasons for pouring money into development, hence Shenmue II ends in an unresolved cliffhanger.

At the time of its original release Shenmue was a revelation in terms of size, scale, and gameplay, with QTEs (Quick Time Events) having since become pretty much standard. There have been various petitions and appeals designed to politely persuade Sega to finish the series off with a third game, but all to no avail. There’s still hope, but it’s dwindling over time.

Missing Since: 2001

Conclusions

It’s likely that not all of the above games will appeal to you equally. I suspect, instead, that one or two will have given you a pang of nostalgia and longing for the past… when video games were made for purposes other than to make money, or at least in addition to that ambition.

Personally I would love to see sequels to all of these classic video games. If David Braben can fund a new Elite game through Kickstarter then why can’t the developers who worked on these games do the same?

Would you like to see sequels or reboots to any of these games? If so which one(s)? Is there another classic, long-forgotten title that you feel we all gave up on too easily? As always let us know in the comments section below.

Image Credit: Matteo Paciotti

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Austin Halsell

Viewtiful Joe did have a sequal! Though I don’t remember it being quite as good as the first which is probably why it hasn’t become a franchise.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viewtiful_Joe_2

Dave Parrack

Oh, I know there was a sequel, hence the line, “warrant any sequels beyond 2006.” I was referring to the series. Ecco and Shenmue had sequels too, but it made more sense to refer to the series rather than an individual numbered game.

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William Lewis

Though I agree it would be great for some classic games to come back with a squeal or two, I can’t seem to imagine that the new squeals would be as good as the originals because of the current quantity over the quality of current produced games. It’s not that I wouldn’t want them, I just don’t want a potential great series to end because a game production company was seeing dollar signs instead of the true gameplay/story potential of the classics. In the right hands squeals could be as good or better than the original, but the challenge is finding the hands that should mold the game for quality over quantity.

Dave Parrack

Of course, I wouldn’t want sequels to be produced for the wrong reasons. But in the right hands all of these games could make great fodder for reboots.

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Gregg Cameron

Machinarium is a fantastic game that really really needs a sequel.

Dave Parrack

Thanks for the suggestion. The original was only released in 2009, so there’s still plenty of time :)

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Alberto Lerma

No Chrono Trigger?? really?? Son, I’m disappoint.. Also, VJ had like 3 sequels.

Seppe

chrono cross?

Alberto Lerma

If you call that a sequel you obviously didn’t played them. Nah just kiddin IMHO Cross sucks and it’s no sequel.

Giovanni Effio

Cross was amazing IMHO, but I too wouldn’t call it a true sequel to Trigger. More like a parallel story based on a similar yet greatly adapted background.

So yes, Chrono Trigger should have been here!

Dave Parrack

I never played it so it never crossed my mind. This list could run to hundreds of games.

Dave Parrack

Viewtiful Joe had one sequel, but I was referring to the series. Shenmue had a sequel but the same rule applies.

Alberto Lerma

Oh man, forget about all your new Android/iPhone/Whatever games and play it now!! (IF you like RPG’s).

“but I was referring to the series.”

-Viewtiful Joe 2
-Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble
-Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble
I think they all are related and in the same timeline. So.. Am I counting wrong??.

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Mar Viv

I agree with Ecco the dolphin.. Our buddy has to make a comeback. Since Sega is bringing games to the iPhone, they should think about Ecco.

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Kannon Yamada

Great article. But man, I feel bummed out now.

Shenmue was probably one of the greatest games ever made. It holds up well, even by today’s standards. It’s a shame that part III doesn’t look like a possibility. The license probably won’t ever be released back to the original owner.

Fortunately, the gameplay pretty much got a sequel.

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Anonymous

The games that were listed were generally more popular titles. If you have ever played Psi-Ops, you’ll probably scratch your head as to why this game didn’t get a sequel. The game had amazing use of psi-powers long before Force Unleashed could borrow from it. The control of telekinesis was way above par for the game’s time. Even the story had a level of intrigue.

The end of the game was both epic and made a very strong case for a sequel. Sadly, Midway (now Warner Bros) didn’t see the sales numbers they wanted. As a result, no sequel ever hit the stores. It’s pretty sad, since this game was an underground-epic title.

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Vaibhav

I am eagerly waiting to play Bully 2…
Besides Warriors 2 would also rock

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