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Twelve sequels we actually want

Game needing a sequel: Freedom Fighters

Original game format: Xbox, PS2, Gamecube

Why it needs a sequel: Freedom Fighters was a vastly overlooked squad shooter from IO, the makers of Hitman. Not only a brilliant play, FF had an epic alternative history plot that took in a full-scale Soviet invasion of the USA and followed the player’s character as he developed from lucky survivor to self-made military tactician overseeing an entire resistance army.

As the player’s experience grew, the game’s scope grew with it, greater success providing new recruits to the cause and an ever bigger team to play with. Battles eventually became full-scale military assaults on fortified bases, requiring intelligence as well as brute force, and making the player take the role of foot soldier, field marshall, and leader of men all at the same time. Relentless, tactical, a bit satirical and a lot of fun, Freedom Fighters was one of the best shooters of the last generation, and we want more of it. And besides, IO owes us a decent squad game after Kane And Lynch.



What we want from a sequel: A new storyline for a start. Alternative history stories are always fascinating and thought-provoking, and if handled deftly enough, can be absolutely terrifying in a “What if?” kind of way. In short, they’re brilliantly involving and motivating places for a videogame to inhabit, so Freedom Fighters 2 would do best to explore a whole new one rather than following on from the first game or using real world events as a jumping-off point. History is full of emotionally-charged wars, from WWII to Vietnam, so IO should just pick one, flip it on its head, and make us think. That latter example in particular could make a brilliant jungle combat game, especially if played from the perspective of anti-American forces fighting off a successful invasion.

As for gameplay, we just want what we got before, but moreso. Tenser, more tactical fights in brand new environments would be a must, as would a bigger, more varied arsenal to master. And with current gen technology, the scale of battles could now be truly epic, making use of much bigger and more complex indoor and outdoor skirmish areas and genuine army-sized squads as the game’s storyline progresses. Larger battles could even make use of a stripped-down hot-swapping mechanic to allow control of multiple commanders at once.

Throw in a decent cover system, slightly more detailed squad commands and online multi-player co-op, and we’d finally have the worthy sequel we’ve always wanted to the worthy game we’ve always loved. And hopefully the resulting positive karma points IO would earn would be enough to actually erase all evidence of Kane And Lynch from history.

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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