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The Top 7... games that need prequels

MIRROR’S EDGE

How the story begins: Parkour expert Faith returns to her message delivery job for the underground resistance, but quickly gets wrapped up in clearing her sister's name in a high-profile murder. Along the way, a web of intrigue and danger is revealed as she tries to take down the Fascist city government.

What the prequel would cover: The whole story of Faith and Mirror's Edge comes packed with history worth exploring. How did Faith join her group of freestyle runners? What was this injury she had that was alluded to in the tutorial? How'd her relationship with the shifty Jackknife go sour? And just think of the drama as she has to dodge the police while doing her job, and one of the cops is her sister. There's tons to cover.

But our biggest reason for wanting a prequel to Mirror's Edge, as opposed to a sequel, is the game that takes place beforehand can have what we thought we were getting in the first game: missions involving her delivering stuff. We liked the simplicity of going as fast as possible from point A to B, but found the dramatic reasons for running there pretty unimportant. Maybe the prequel could just give us complex deliveries featuring multiple runners (co-op?) instead of Faith searching empty buildings for clues.


BIOSHOCK

How the story begins: Your plane crashes into the frigid Atlantic Ocean and you are the sole survivor. Fortunately, there’s an island and working lighthouse within swimming distance. Hey, you’re gonna be okay! Unfortunately, the lighthouse leads to a dilapidated underwater hellhole inhabited by murderous, mutated freaks and ego-driven, philosophy-driveling psychopaths... the latter of which seem to know an awfully disturbing amount about you. Oh well, can’t win ‘em all!

What the prequel would cover: Rapture wasn’t always a hellhole. As anyone who’s played the original BioShock knows, the city was once a utopia populated by some of the globe’s best and brightest individuals. It’s only located in the murky depths of the sea to avoid oppressive scrutiny; the citizens are only insane and mutilated because they tried too hard to improve themselves with science. In hindsight, of course, Rapture was always doomed. If you had lived there during its heyday, however – through the glamorous parties and exciting technological breakthroughs – would you really have questioned?

That’s when this prequel should take place: right at the cusp, the turning point, between thriving metropolis and tattered ghost town. BioShock 2 is promising to take us to that moment in the multiplayer, but it’s hard to imagine getting a meaty narrative experience out of a random deathmatch, no matter how cool the maps look. When everything starts to fall apart in Rapture, we want to be in the middle, struggling to make sense of it all. When people start going crazy, we want to have a sense of their personalities already, to view them as tragedies and not boogey men. And when the dream seems altogether lost, we want to escape Rapture in a complete storm of chaos.
 


KINGDOM HEARTS

How the story begins: A trio of pretty-haired pre-teens sit around on a beach, sewing zippers to their clothing and dreaming of worlds outside their own. Sigh… if only some sort of inciting incident could occur that would immediately justify this foreshadowing and fulfill their generic dreams of intrigue, adventure and excitement! Oh yeah, then a portal opens and a bunch of Disney and Final Fantasy characters show up.

What the prequel would cover: Yes, yes, we know that the upcoming Birth by Sleep for PSP is a prequel to the first Kingdom Hearts. Please read on before you write angry missives in the comments section below. That’s not the kind of prequel we’re interested in.

As much as we adore the idea of mixing Final Fantasy characters with Disney characters, we’re not sure how much longer designer Tetsuya Nomura can keep the balancing act up. Already, the plot is dizzyingly confusing and characters often seem awkwardly wedged into the plotline. We want a third game in the main series, but we’re also scared of that game. What if this oh-so-delicate house of cards completely tumbles?

Here’s our preferred solution. Get rid of one of the universes. Stop trying to deliver everything to everyone and, instead, focus solely on the characters and storylines that are unique to Kingdom Hearts. Square’s already got plenty of other games starring pretty-haired protagonists with fancy clothes and delicate emotions... why not make a straight-up Disney RPG with Disney characters alone?

We’re guessing this would be best accomplished with a KOTOR-style prequel, one that goes back thousands of years, to a time when Final Fantasy legends weren’t next-door neighbors with their cartoon counterparts. If such a time never existed according to the canon, change the canon... it’s so convoluted that no one will notice, anyway.

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  • holic237 - April 27, 2012 3 a.m.

    "The path from good to bad is just as compelling, if not more so, than that from bad to good." <-- Second that. Also love the idea of co-op Mirror's Edge, and Rapture falling apart while our protagonist looks on in shock, horror and utter confusion. Oh hey, whatever happened to Andrew Ryan's girlfriend, you know, the one who got stood up in the first recording we find in BioShock? Give her a wrench and some plasmids and let her get to it.
  • ashleymenvielle - November 20, 2010 2:01 a.m.

    Great article. I, too, would love to see a prequel to Gears of War and Bioshock. I would really love to see a prequel to Enslaved: Odyssey to the West; just how did the war start that 150 years later leaves the world a beautiful jungle full of murderous mechs? How did Monkey survive on his own and get so ripped? Questions, questions. Of course, it's not looking like Enslaved will get a sequel let alone a prequel but I hold out hope that it could all still turn around for that game and it's awesome storyline.
  • FanofSaiyan - December 4, 2009 11:20 p.m.

    Some other games that need prequels: Sly Cooper, Metroid series, Ratchet and Clank, Jak & Daxter, and Wild Arms to name a few.
  • w40kfanatic - November 27, 2009 6:52 p.m.

    Im pretty sure that bioshock 2 IS a prequel. You play as the first big daddy during the rapture civil war, dont you? Also, i would love a gears prequel!
  • CARLINNIT - November 26, 2009 1:06 a.m.

    Grim Fandango = simply the greatest videogame of all time.
  • ReaperD23 - November 23, 2009 1:05 a.m.

    "Since he’s obviously not available after Modern Warfare (spoiler?), a prequel will have to do; fortunately, his previous life could be the perfect time period for Infinity Ward to tackle." what? Last time I checked, That BAMF was still alive.
  • Vader999 - November 22, 2009 2:47 a.m.

    How has KOTOR not been mentioned? from the Mandalorian Wars to the rise and fall of Exar Kun, to the even onlder fall of the Sith Empire, there are a lot of backstory in Kotor that would make great games.
  • AaronTheGamingGeek - November 8, 2009 8:22 p.m.

    i would like to see a Uncharted Prequal
  • deathrebellion - November 6, 2009 1:24 p.m.

    u guys didn't mention DMC3 as on of d best prequels??!!! Mirrors Edge DEFINITELY needs a prequel AND a sequel (abt the ppl who hired Jacknife) it has soooooo much potential and anyway the game wuz waayyyyy short -_-
  • franklin11 - August 24, 2009 2:07 p.m.

    CPT. Price isn't in MW2 the new CPT. int that game is CPT. (SOAP) McTavish CPT. Price died at the end of the first MW
  • lorchan - August 24, 2009 1:26 a.m.

    I think Mirror's Edge needs both a prequel and a sequel. I hear a small team is working on Mirror's Edge 2... but I don't know anything more. It needs a prequel for all the reasons listed in the article, but, if those looking to avoid spoilers would stop reading this comment right now, everyone Faith knew was either killed or betrayed her, as far as we know, except Kate. Sure, it's all because of Icarus, but if Faith had just let Kate go... would things be so bad? There's a lot of potential for a sequel story wise... minus the fact that we have a grand total of two characters left over: Faith and Kate. I wouldn't mind seeing Celeste brought back as a villian, though!
  • blademage20 - August 23, 2009 7:33 p.m.

    if Too Human wouldn't take years to make one game in the trilogy, a prequel would be nice. Too find out how the war began and how the "gods" came to be. One can only dream though...
  • Woods - August 21, 2009 5:13 p.m.

    he has got one hell of a point
  • Anbu204 - August 20, 2009 7:01 a.m.

    I want prequel for Left 4 Dead. It would be awesome to see how the infection went around instead of being put straight in the middle of the infected planet. But i guess the developers chose so that you don't know how the infection happened and you are meant to feel confused as to what is happening. But saying that. i love consistency and i would REALLY love to know how it happend :)
  • CountFenring - August 20, 2009 4:39 a.m.

    I always wanted a Quake II prequel. NOT QUAKE WARS. I want the attack on Station Armstrong. You'd play as the same guy as Quake IV.
  • Zeipher - August 20, 2009 3:35 a.m.

    Do you guys really need to pump 4000 characters into these comments? No one reads them. Keep it concise, kids. I'll agree to any Infinity Ward creation. Secondly, the reason Kingdom Hearts is great is because its a hybrid. Sacrificing that makes it into another average series.
  • adadadad - August 19, 2009 7:04 p.m.

    MAY THINK HALO NEED THE PREQUEL. THEN MASTER CHEEF WAS JUST MR. CHEEF. WORKED AT POST ORAFICE. MUCH DULLER. ANYWAYS, ANOTHER /WIN FOR SUPERDUPER XBOX. END SURMON. AX
  • wcatdoor - August 19, 2009 4:58 p.m.

    wow now that i think about it, bioshock before the havock could be like a underwater GTA, or oblivion
  • adadadad - August 19, 2009 8:20 a.m.

    @ HEXAR - THANKS FOR WALL OF TEXT (NOOB) @ MRS LURCHER - PLZ, MAY NOT FAN BOY, MAY TROTH BOY. ONLY SPEEK TROTH ABOUT AMAZZING AND GREET XBOX 360. THE PAIR OF UZ AEE SILLY BILLYS. GO PLAY "SIM FARM" ON PS-CRAP, LEAVE GAMING TO XBOX BROOTHERS /OWNED AX
  • magicwalnuts0 - August 19, 2009 2:06 a.m.

    I would only play the Grim Fandango prequel, otherwise the only reason why you want a prequel is because the the stories were presented crappily.

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