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Twelve sequels we actually want

Game needing a sequel: Skies Of Arcadia

Original game format: Dreamcast, with an enhanced port on the Gamecube.

Why is needs a sequel: While the Final Fantasys and Dragon Quests of the world are either in or nearing double figures, Skies Of Arcadia remains a single, solitary diamond of a game, gleaming ever brighter the longer it stands alone.

Skies exists in a unique world as well-realised and vibrant as those of any of the RPG big boys. Its epic tale of steampunk air pirates refreshingly side-steps the overblown emo histrionics we see far too much of, creating much more likeable and affecting characters as a result. The production design is as intricate and imaginative as that of any game of its era, and the combat system is simple enough for a novice to pick up but deep enough to provide some deeply satisfying tactical play with a bit of experience. Oh, and did we mention that you can fight in airships? Bloody airships! This game is gold, and you have to play it. Wii owners, pick up the GC version right now.



What we want from a sequel: Don’t mess too much with the concept, but don’t give us a complete re-tread either. Skies Of Arcadia thrives on its world and its charismatic characters, so both need to be preserved in a new adventure. As long as new characters are mixed in with the old ones we love and we get a vast new sky to explore with locations designed with the same imagination of the original, very little else needs to change. The potential of a current gen Skies sequel is all about the little tweaks and improvements that modern technology can bring.

The game looked gorgeous on the DC, and still does, but just imagine the sense of majesty and freedom that would come from sailing through an endless blue sky rendered on a 360 or PS3. Dynamic cloud and weather effects would both add to the spectacle and bring a whole new element of danger and skill to navigating your ship through the stratosphere.

The game world could be massively bigger than the original’s, and DLC would be ideal for expanding a world truly without boundaries by adding new islands and quests after the game’s release. And actually, why not go the whole hog and really latch onto the game’s sense of exploration and endeavour by using Xbox Live and PSN to give Skies’ career elements a kick? If we had the option of meeting other players to trade rare loot, crew members, and even ships, we’d never want to come down.

 

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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