Creating a sequel to a beloved game can be a tough proposition, yet some games get it so right that they not only outdo the original but eclipse the predecessor entirely. After much discussion, here is OGN’s definitive list of the greatest video game sequels of all time.
10. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City:
While its predecessor, Grand Theft Auto III, featured guns, Vice City was the first installment in this franchise to introduce ammo for said guns, thus completely changing the way one played the game.
9. Assassin’s Creed 2:
The Assassin’s Creed series finally took off after removing the controversial feature of having Alan Alda narrate each and every action the player is performing.
8. Everquest 2:
This sequel taught a generation of Everquest 1 veterans that all progress—no matter how hard-earned—is ultimately meaningless and washed away by time.
7. Pokémon Gold and Silver:
Game Freak solidified their franchise as a series of must-play games by introducing new types of Pokémon and a mechanic that allowed two Pokémon to have sex while an elderly couple watched.
6. Bioshock 2:
Honestly, compared to the other Bioshock games, this sequel came up way short. But the developers demanded that we include it on this list or else they would stop sending advance copies. So here you go.
5. Alan Wake 2: The Fall Of Night Springs:
Appears every night in our dreams, taunting us, teasing us, filling us with hope and excitement, only for us to awaken and remember that no such pleasures are afforded us in real life.
4. Super Mario Bros. 2:
This sequel satisfied the legions of fans who complained that the original blockbuster title contained no turnip-based combat.
3. Jak II:
The sequel to Naughty Dog’s Jak and Daxter was met with critical acclaim despite its misleading title, which suggested the developers had done away with the disgusting and grotesque sidekick known as Daxter.
2. Sims 2:
Still the gold standard when it comes to drowning Sims in the pool.
1. Half-Life 3:
The sequel was praised for its beautiful rendition of the Borealis research vessel and a satisfying conclusion to Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance’s long-running storylines. Oh yeah, you didn’t hear? It came out last year. You should check it out.