The video game industry is all about sequels. They live and breathe them. So much so that sequels often turn into trilogies. Trilogies turn to quadrilogies. Quadrilogies morph into quintilogies, and quintilogies eventually become one with the Assassin’s Creed series. So it’s rare that we’re dished up a juicy plate of prequel. That got me thinking – out of all my favourite video games, which would I most enjoy a prequel of? So in the spirit of lists, here’s that list.
When you first dip your toes into Bioshock, you’re launched into a world full of chaos. An underwater city that’s descended into madness. You’re tasks are somewhat related to the aftermath of Rapture’s downfall – but you’re given little to go on. It’d be nice to play a game chronicling the downfall of the underwater city – perhaps something similar to Telltale’s take on the Borderlands world? More of a narrative, and less of an action game. It’d be different, sure, but incredibly interesting.
We’ve had a Halo prequel – Reach. It was alright, sure. But it wasn’t the prequel I’d like to see. Give me something further back than that. Something chronicling the rise of the Covenant and the beginnings of the downfall of humanity. I’d like to see humanity at its peak, and then at its downfall.
3) Red Dead Redemption
The game starts with former outlaw John Maston being taken from his family. From there, you’re expected to help the Bureau bring your former gang to justice. Red Dead is a fantastic game, but I’d quite like to play as John the outlaw. Robbing trains, holding up banks, and getting into the occasional bar brawl would be pretty awesome. Plus, it’d help fill in a few blanks. Like where’d he get that gnarly scar?
Pokemon Red / Blue were the best Pokemon games ever released. So I’m glad we could get that out of the way. Subsequent iterations of the series have been a bit hit and miss, but if there’s one thing that I dislike about all of them – it’s the inclusion of more new Pokemon. Every game, there’s a plethora of new pocket monsters to catch, and they’re becoming increasingly weird. My perfect prequeal would probably feature a young Professor Oak, as he sets out on his quest to create his Pokedex. Alternatively, a game exploring the lore could be cool. Perhaps how early civilisations interacted with Pokemon as humanity advanced – they can’t have always caught them in Pokeballs, surly!?
1) The Last of Us
The game begins in 2013, as you’re fleeing the start of the virus outbreak. If you’ve played the game, you’ll know what happens next. If you haven’t, I won’t spoil it for you. But, straight after the opening five minutes, you find the main character and the story flung decades into the future. There’s around 20 years of free story there – where you could watch the descent of humanity into chaos, and the slow rise of a phoenix from those ashes. Albeit a slightly deranged, unhinged and totalitarian phoenix. I’d love to see a Last of Us game set within that 20 year time-frame. To see how Joel recovers from the initial trauma, and builds his life in a decaying world.
So there’s my list. What prequels would you like to see? Let me know in the comments below!