With the release of The Order: 1886 this week, we saw the continuation of what seems to be the way video games work nowadays; a sudden ending with a cliffhanger that is definitely in place to set up a sequel and, in all likeliness, a franchise. With this in mind, I thought of five games, featuring both games that are part of a franchise already and some that are not, that I’d really like to see a sequel too.
Stick Of Truth
I recently wrote an entire article on my latest playthroughs of Stick of Truth, which turned out to be probably my ‘funnest’ game of 2014. There’s lots to say about just how closely this game sticks to the television show, and it makes for an almost perfect game, it’s only down point for me was the slightly easy battles, especially once you’ve reached a certain level. Matt Stone and Trey Parker have both already stated that they’d like to work on another game in the future, once they’d properly recovered from the effort they’d put in to this.
The amount of love that I have for Timesplitters 3 is ridiculous; every game mode on that game was ridiculous. It had the perfect balance between single-player and multiplayer, a story mode that you could play through over and over to unlock additional characters, as well as a great split co-op story. The split co-op also worked well in the local multiplayer and even with four players, you could have a great amount of fun despite the screen size being a bit restricted. There’s unfortunately not much hope for a sequel to this brilliant game in what was a brilliant series, and one of the defining franchises I played as a youngster.
Red Dead Redemption
I struggle to think of a video game that hit the world by storm as much as Red Dead Redemption did – Which means there’s no doubt for a sequel right? Well, surprisingly, we’ve not had confirmation (although there’s a lot of rumours floating around at the moment that it’s in the works) despite it being nearly 5 years since it was released. 13 million sales normally sees the next entry within 2 years (take a look at Assassin’s Creed, which had 8 million), but Rockstar, who are notorious for taking their time between Grand Theft Auto games, have so far kept quiet on their plans with Red Dead, which is seen as a spiritual successor to Red Dead Revolver… interestingly enough, there was 6 years between Revolver and Redemption – should we expect the next addition to be in 2016?! I sure hope so. Also, Rockstar, I’ll try and help with the name… I know you like words that being with R… Red Dead: Reanimated. I want 10 million up front and 20% (Why wasn’t the zombie add on pack called this!). Which reminds me; this game was awesome because the open world played out so well, it was such a change of pace in a world of ‘much the same’ and the add-on zombie pack was out of this world. Nobody expected it when it was first announced, nor did anyone predict that it would be so good. GIVE ME MORE!
Left 4 Dead /Half Life sequels
You knew it would make the list! How could it not?! Left 4 Dead, one of IM PLAYIN’s favourite games ever, certainly in terms of playing through together, released a sequel almost immediately (well, 12 months later in fact). Since then however, we’ve had 5 years of pretty much silence and although everyone believes Valve is working on L4D 3 in some capacity, there’s still not been any official confirmation (JUST LIKE WITH HALF-LIFE 3!). Valve have two absolutely incredible game-changing series awaiting their next sequel, with sales of 13 million games in the Left 4 Dead series and 20+ million for Half Life. L4D is trickier due to the fact Turtle Rock was bought by Valve then dissolved and returned to being an independent company, so a frosty conversation would have to be worked through, yet both games have the audience for it.
Rockstar have another game on this list – LA Noire. This game was a classy crime thriller with great shooter aspects in small doses which I liked – In fact, it was down to LA Noire that I held some hope and optimism that Murdered: Soul Suspect would be a decent game to play. There aren’t many crime games available on consoles, the only other one to note lately is the Sherlock Holmes: Crime and Punishment, but that didn’t reach anywhere near the lofty heights of this game. Which is why they need to work on a sequel. Unfortunately, Team Bondi, the developers of LA Noire are in a weird position and state at the moment, but Rockstar hold the IP of LA Noire. The use of MotionScan technology was what really set this game apart; in 2011, this game looked unbelievably good in comparison to the vast majority of games out there, plus the story kept your attention really well.
Honorable mention: Mirror’s Edge
It’s hard to both mention and not mention Mirror’s Edge; on the one hand, it has been confirmed as having a sequel and thus doesn’t need a mention / the companies don’t need a shove… yet on the other hand, it’s taken such a long time (8 years will have passed between the two games releases), that the first deserves a shout out. There’s never been anything quite like Mirror’s Edge, which had a beautiful view and design that played so well with the platform aspect of the game, yet the action kept you hooked on playing it.
What games would you mention or what games would you say we’ve forgotten? Let us know!