This morning I came across a forum topic that asked a question that I've been asking since 2008 but many more people have been asking since 2006: 'Where is the sequel to Bully?' This got me thinking about other games that either deserved a sequel or maybe could use a sequel to "Get it right" the second time. So without further ado, I present my personal list of of game that should have a sequel.
Back in 2008 the PS2 title Bully managed to get a HD re-release in the form of Bully: Scholarship Edition for the XBOX360 and Wii. I had never play the original but Jeff Gerstmann's Gamespot review and the fact the game utilised the same amazing combat mechanics as The Warriors, I was onboard to play it on the 360. What I discovered when I put the disc in the tray and opened the doors to Bullworth Academy was how the interactions of NPCs (which the GTA series has used to bring the various cities to life) were applied in a school environment, to my amazement I immediatly saw a bully run up to a girl and smack her testbook out her hands for her to then run away crying, a prefect then went in pursuit of the bully and a kid got thrown into a bin. Over the next 15-20 hours, I wedgied bullies, put fire crackers in the toilets, bunny hopped on my bike, hid in lockers, befriended the various cliques and my personal favourite; throwing marbles in front of the dormentory doors, pulling the fire alarm and letting mayhem ensue. This game in one word is delightful (although that can't be said about some of the characters you come across) it oozed with charm, humour and mischief and I haven't even mentioned the gadgets you recieve, the seasonal changes, the town area and the INCREDIBLE soundtrackjust play it if you haven't and if have then keep on asking that question "Where's the sequel?!?"
Now I'm not going to lie I didn't enjoy Mirror's Edge as much as most people did but I did see the one great thing about Mirror's Edge, the exhilarating sense of speed and movement; chase sequences have never been more thrilling but a couple of big issues got in the way of enjoyment mainly because they cut up the momentum. This includes the terrible, clumsy, frustrating combat to the mediocre story that didn't really give me a "carrot on a stick" incentive but the parkour movement from a first person view was like nothing you had ever played before especially when I was running to the tip of a crane to then leaping and sliding down another in a facist, squeaky-clean world to escape pursuers was just, well, exhilarting. It's the only word to describe it, I was hopeful that a sequel would improve things although that seems to look extremely doubtful at this stage it's just the potential was there, it's a real shame (as with any video game) that the execution was not.
In 2008 we saw a the reboot for the current generation of consoles of probably my favourite trilogy of the last gen, Prince of Persia. The reboot would sport an all new Prince, love interest/sidekick, new combat mechanics, gorgeous visuals but the same unforgettable platforming and all this was met upon by critical success. Most reviewers did agree that it was too easy, it was still a great game in it's own right with likeable protagonists, interesting combat and in my mind a great way to start this rebooted series. It's been three years now and apart from DLC released shortly after launch acting as an epilogue, we have yet to get even a smidgen of news of the prince's continuing adventures. More troubling is the fact the team went on to design a movie tie-in (understandable) to the Prince of Persia movie but weirdly enough they used the Prince from the last generation fitting it into the timeline of the previous trilogy. It just seems messy to end a trilogy on the last gen consoles to then put effort into making a successful reboot, to then go back to the old trilogy for a movie tie-in to then not even follow the story of the film, (although I think it's smart not to follow the films plot and try to go for a completely different story) why did they not use the new prince? Better still why did they not make a sequel to the 2008 Prince of Persia and market it with the film? I just feels messy and bewildering to me but hey, maybe one day we'll see this reboot get the sequel that will make it an interesting and hopefully successful trilogy.
So these are just 3 games that I hope will get sequels one day and if you have any games you wish had sequels tell me which and why in the comments.