When the second game is the best part of a series.

This is just a list of games that are part of a series that are better than the other games in that series, and happen to be the second game in it. The sequel.

I happen to love the second part (or "dark middle chapter") of a lot of franchises the most. The Empire Strikes Back, The Two Towers, etc. So I figured I'd show that but with video games.

This list is, obviously, not objective. I just think they are the best. You are free to disagree!

I will try to expand this list with games that deserve it, especially as more games in this series come out. Candidates: Half-Life 2, Arkham City, etc

Honorable Mentions: Super C

List items

  • The best paced Sonic game with the best levels. Casino Night music is incredible. Much better difficulty level than Sonic 1, and a shorter, less boring game than Sonic 3. Every zone rewarded you for going fast if you knew the layout, even Aquatic Ruin.

  • I think a lot of people would agree with me on this. I actually think that this game is BARELY better than 1, but is still probably the best of the trilogy. The pacing was sometimes a bit off ("I know the Reapers are going to destroy the galaxy, but I am having issues with my father/sister/all of the krogans") but it's still the best of the three.

  • This is specifically referring to Super Mario WORLD, not bros, where it is the best of the Super Mario Worlds. I am aware there is not a third one of these. Yoshi's Island is my favorite game of all time, so go #TeamYoshi. also #TeamBoneless.

  • This one really gets at me, and I'm still not sure if I actually like it more than BioShock 1 overall, but this game definitely plays better and has much more appreciable level design than the first one. Obviously the introduction to Rapture is legendary, but between Minerva's Den and actually having a storyline that dealt with Rapture instead of this personal struggle inside of it, I really enjoyed that. Infinite's really good too. But I like Bioshock 2 the best!

  • The best part of the Assassin's Creed series, and maybe the best moment in all of video games, is the last hour or so of this game. But that is not the only reason this game is here. I love Assassin's Creed, or at least did, and people always say Brotherhood is the highlight. But while that game was also fantastic, this game really did it with the storyline. It's so long, but never boring, so much stuff to do, and somehow I did it all. This was the definition for that series of meaningful content (well except for the feathers) instead of just putting chests in the world and saying good enough. Ezio is the best character in that series (well, other than Aveline), and this is the best game.

  • I used to like Snake Eater the best, and this game the least. When I finally did a replay of the whole series this year, this took the cake. It is so much better than I remember, and it still looks sharp and clean. So much good stuff here, and although Metal Gear Solid is legendary, this game really ups the ante while still being so technically competent. A PS2 breakthrough.

  • Portal 2 is the funniest video game I've ever played. And I've played Stanley Parable.

  • I didn't like Uncharted 1. I got it with my PS3 years after it came out, and after loving Jak & Daxter I just was disappointed by the game, even though it looked incredible. Uncharted 2 showed me why they did what they did, and how good a totally linear, scripted, rollercoaster of a game could be, even if the main character handles like jelly. An instant classic.

  • The only game in that series I actually enjoyed at all.

  • The hardest of the 3, but also the best. Fantastic levels, good bosses and really the epitome of SNES platforming for me. I played DKC 1 the most, and beat it the most times, and I think DKC3 is awesome as well, but it really just creates the most cohesive whole in DKC2.

  • If we count this as the second 3D mario game, then it is the best of the 3D mario games. Awesome platforming, cool open-form goals in levels that could actually support them with their size, awesome boss animation, and hard as hell no-FLUDD levels. So, so good.

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  • Hell yeah.