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Twelve sequels we actually want

Game needing a sequel: Road Rash

Original game format: Mega Drive

Why it needs a sequel: While Road Rash has had various updates and ports over the years, the last one was in the 64/32-bit era, making the potential for a new update huge.

The concept is simple. Ride a motorbike really fast and beat your rivals off their mounts with a variety of nasty melee weapons. But what made the original so cool – aside from the high speed ultra-violence – was the fact that it was one of the first games to provide interactive race environments, resulting in some spectacularly funny crashes.

It also pioneered the idea of reactive AI in rival racers. The more aggro you put out, the more you’d get back in return, and later versions even used biker gangs who dealt out differing levels of whupp-ass depending on allegiance. Taken to the nth degree on modern technology, a new Road Rash would be nothing short of mind-blowingly visceral.



What we want from a sequel: If the above description is putting you in mind of a certain modern racing game series, then you’re probably already imagining what we want from the sequel; Burnout with bikes. A blisteringly fast, HD carnage frenzy is what we want from a new Road Rash, and the later iterations of Criterion’s series should be the template.

In fact the more we think about it, the more Criterion is perfect for this. Before Burnout they actually did an aggressive, high-speed bike racing game for the PC called Redline Racer. It wasn’t too far from being Road Rash without the melee attacks, and it took full advantage of the separation of rider and bike upon impact with wall in order to engineer the hilarious hurling of bodies for miles and miles. If Criterion used Redline as a starting point and then blended it with Burnout-style race environments, upped the number of ways that riders can come into contact with vast amounts of pain, and threw realistic body physics into the mix, Road Rash would have a worthy sequel indeed.

The fact that Criterion is an EA studio and Road Rash is an EA series just makes the idea even more perfect. Of course, the potential similarity to Burnout may be the reason we haven’t had a new Road Rash yet, but we can’t help but dream. We’ve got our fingers crossed for an unlockable RR mode in Burnout Paradise regardless, however unlikely it might be.

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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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