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Twelve sequels we actually want

Some people say you can have too much of a good thing, but we say they can bugger right off. A cake is good, right? But are two cakes bad? No, they’re just more cake, and we like cake so we’ll take all we can get. Om nom nom.

In gaming terms, the only thing better than a great videogame is a great videogame that acts as the start of a great franchise. Final Fantasy, Burnout, Super Mario Bros… We love them not only because they’re great but also because of what they later gave us. The only problem with sequels is that too often we get the wrong ones. Did anyone really look forward to Bubsy 2? (Note: If you did, kill yourself) Does anyone actually have a shelf stacked with a complete collection of FIFA? (Note: If you do, kill yourself twice) Did you, in fact, rush out to pick up both Ty The Tasmanian Tiger sequels on launch day? (Note: Yep, you know what to do, but this time use fire and power tools)

But the real tragedy is that while many a sequel is as appetising as a herpes sandwich, the games we really want more of frequently get overlooked. Gaming’s dusty archives are filled with titles that scream out for a sequel but find their hopeless yelps echoing to a silent death in the empty darkness of the vaults. Some didn’t fulfill their full potential the first time round. Some have concepts just begging for a current gen retool. And others were just so damn tasty good that we could gorge ourselves on them all day until we puked, and then use the resulting extra stomach capacity to go back for more.

To put right this continuing miscarriage of gaming justice, we’ve compiled our list of games that absolutely, positively must have follow-ups announced in 2008. Developers and publishers, pay attention, for not only are we right about these, we will demand only a small slice of the profits and a nod of thanks in the credits when you get them off the ground.

14 comments

  • freezi42 - November 18, 2010 2:35 a.m.

    i think that a game that needs a sequel is ssx tricky. they could make a new version on the wii with the balnce board. i think the game would kick ass. and to push you shove with the wimote and numchuck
  • RedOutlive10 - February 10, 2009 4:07 p.m.

    I'd add Little Big Adventure to the list, the last game of the series is more than a decade old and there is still a community supporting modifications for it, fan made content and so on. Just youtube it and you'll see for yourself. LBA fans scream for a sequel more than anything else around.
  • Ash1138 - December 27, 2008 2:17 a.m.

    One game that really, really needs a sequel? So much so that it spawned it's own imitation series in the wildly acclaimed Fallout (because then developers Interplay couldn't get the rights to the actual IP). That game? Wasteland. Unless you've been gaming since the Apple II and the x86, you might not have heard of this, but rest assured it is one of the greatest RPG's of all time. As previously mentioned Interplay (and now Bethesda in their footsteps) created a legendary RPG series that many felt was the spiritual sequal to Wasteland, but as great as Fallout is, it's not the same. EA has been sitting on the rights to this game for decades. Why they haven't done anything with this IP I'll never know. One thing I do know? EA owns one of the greatest RPG development studios in history (Bioware). They own one of the most classic RPG's ever made. Someone over there needs to put two and two together!
  • skyguy343 - December 21, 2008 11:23 p.m.

    Shadow of the Colossus would be INSANE on the PS3, so im adding that to this already awesome list
  • barrage7667 - December 20, 2008 1:34 p.m.

    omg!!!! I LOVE ROAD RASH i still play it today!!!! MAKE A SEQUEL FOR IT PLZZZZZZZZZ GOD PLZZZZZ
  • noobeater - December 18, 2008 8:02 p.m.

    your really onto something GR...zelda oot ...banjo kazooie...mario kart ...goldeneye....supermario 64 were all legendary and have all had sequals as such (i use the term loosely...im sure people will find faults with that statement...im no expert) but no blast corps wtf nintendo! i for one would love to see it lets face it there not much else on the wii
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - December 18, 2008 6:17 p.m.

    loved kid icarus on the original gameboy =)
  • TheCorpulent1 - December 18, 2008 6:16 p.m.

    Road Rash, Zombies Ate my Neighbors, and Earthworm Jim all desperately need sequels. Those games gave me some of my best memories from the Genesis. I'd throw Gunstar Heroes in there too. Take a Castle Crashers-style approach and make a top-notch 2D game that recaptures the feel of the original with HD textures and online co-op.
  • LordRevan111 - December 18, 2008 6:16 p.m.

    wow, when was this made? Gears 2 wasnt even confirmed yet
  • Shank - February 18, 2009 12:52 a.m.

    I comepletely agree on Road Rash. But I have to agree with Spokes350Z, Republic Commando needs a sequel. It almost breathed out a sequel! The end of the game was a start to a new mission. WTF!?!
  • Spokes350Z - December 30, 2008 3:34 a.m.

    what about Star Wars: Republic Commando. That left off on a cliff hanger and it came out in 2005.
  • EvilInkarnate - December 21, 2008 10:58 p.m.

    Kid Icarus, of course, would be awesome, but I'm amazed they put Blast Corps on here. I swear I thought I was the only person that played that game. I loved it though, so I'm stoked to see it on the list. Too bad Microsoft owns Rare now though, it woulda been cool on the Wii. Zombies Ate My Neighbors was cool and I'd love a sequel, but I've been talkin about a new Killer Instinct for a while and I still don't know why they haven't done it.
  • PittsburghPirates - December 18, 2008 7:14 p.m.

    Well, you kinda got your wish with bikes in B-Out.
  • clever123 - December 18, 2008 5:17 p.m.

    First! I really do hope they make a new kid icarus and road rage. I loved those games.

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