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Twelve sequels we actually want

Game needing a sequel: Zombies Ate My Neighbors

Original game format: SNES/Mega Drive

Why it needs a sequel: More like “Why is needs a proper sequel”. Zombies Ate My Neighbors was a brilliant little top-down shooter, dripping with a twisted sense of humour that stemmed from a deep-felt love for schlocky horror movies. It had a screwed-up, ‘50s kitsch atmosphere all of its own, genuinely unique production design, a sublime B-movie soundtrack, and a level where you had to fight a 50 foot killer baby with a rocket launcher. In short, Zombies was bloody brilliant. So good that it even gets referenced in Shaun Of The Dead.

Unfortunately, when the sequel, Ghoul Patrol, arrived, it turned out to be a castrated, soulless mess. Gone were the movie references. Gone was the atmopshere. Instead we got a big pile of generic monster shooting and a complete lack of creatures from the black lagoon and giant ants. We were ensaddened. Zombies Are Still Eating My Neighbors (You can have that title for free) would find a perfect home in Xbox Live Arcade, and its appearance would put right a mighty gaming injustice that we still haven’t forgiven. Lucasarts, get to it, and we promise we’ll stop banging on about Monkey Island on the DS.



What we want from a sequel: We want a genuine follow up to the original, packed with the insane retro-horror styling that can only come from a genuine affection for the genre. We want detailed 3D monster models using the same lunatic art style. We want crazier weapons (The original let us mulch zombies with a garden strimmer, but let’s go even sillier). We want bigger levels and more epic boss fights (Bring back the baby and give us a giant kitten of death!). We want vehicles to mess around in (A golf buggy with a cannon please). And to really perfect it all, we want a whole bunch of online game options including co-op, a victim-rescuing Vs. mode, and a huge, multiplayer, humans against monsters free for all. But keep it top down. Present it any other way and we’ll be upset.

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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