It’s fair to say that the ‘next-generation’ of consoles hasn’t been the golden age of gaming that many gamers hailed it to be. Still, it’s early days yet, and despite the slow start, I’m certain that they’ll be many great games released in the years to come, and I’m equally sure that many of those great games will be the sequels of great games released during the previous generation. Working on that premise, here are five next-gen sequels that I’d love to play.
Just to clarify, by sequel I mean either direct, indirect or spiritual sequel.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
I am 100% certain that we’ll get another entry into the acclaimed Deus Ex series, and if Human Revolution is anything to go by, it’s something to look forward to. The series is emphasised by its multifaceted gameplay allowing for multiple approaches (but mainly stealth) and it’s living, breathing world of morally-grey corporations and genetically-altered super agents. The worlds portrayed in Deus Ex have always been about the fine details – from the complex forces that subversively control society to the vending machines in the office – imagine the kind of world Eidos Montreal could craft using the improved power of the new consoles. I’m rubbing my hands with glee at the prospect.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Despite being a little bloated in length, Ni no Kuni was the best JRPG released during the last generation. Beautifully crafted by Level 5 and Studio Ghibli, it was a wonderful game, complete with an easy-to-learn/hard-to-master combat system that can only be described as Final Fantasy meets Pokémon. I’m aware that it was released towards the end of the last generation, so there probably won’t be a sequel in the near future, but with sales in excess of 1.5 million, I’m sure they’ll be another Ni no Kuni game at some point. The world in Wrath of the White Witch was a little pokey once flying was on the cards, so if the sequel provides more awesome adventuring and anthropomorphic animals, but with the added bonus of a vast and colourful world to explore, I’ll be a happy man.
After the absolute disappointment of the latest instalment of Thief, stealth fans are now putting all their eggs in the Dishonored basket. It notched up impressive sales, and Arkane Studios have already made it clear that a sequel is on the way, with the rumoured name ‘Dishonored II: Darkness of Tyvia’. The popular stealth game was acclaimed for its grim, industrial world and its host of powers, adding an extra dimension to typical stealth gameplay. However, the story left a lot to be desired and it had one of the stupidest moral choice systems ever implimented. With the improved capabilities of the new consoles, Arcane Studios could craft even larger levels in a more detailed and defined Dunwall, but hopefully the emphasis will be on creating a more interesting story with a far more interesting central character.
My love for Rockstar’s epic detective game is no secret, and I’d say with confidence that is was one of the best games released on the last generation of consoles. It’s story was ripped unapologetically from L.A. Confidential, but in gameplay terms it was one of the most original games of recent memory. I was completely engrossed from start to finish, and what a finish it was! Despite the liquidisation of the game’s developer, Team Bondi, Rockstar haven’t ruled out a sequel, and the possibility of more sleuthing but with a fresh story and characters is an exciting prospect indeed.
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Much has been said about The Stick of Truth, with accolades like ‘the first actually good licensed game ever’ flying around. Well, they’re absolutely right. As a fan of the show, I was delighted by The Stick of Truth. As a fan of RPGs, I’d say that it was a little bare-bones and a little easy, but as a roast of video games and popular culture as a whole, it was a complete success. Rumours abound that The Stick of Truth is only the beginning of Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s involvement in the game’s industry, and if there is a sequel, rather than simply making The Stick of Truth 2, i.e. sticking to medieval, Tolken-esque themes, I’d love to see a game based on the exploits of ‘The Coon’ and his superhero friends. So here’s hoping for South Park: Mysterion Rises.
A jaded horror enthusiast, I get my kicks hiding in cupboards from whatever hideous creatures happen to be around. However, I'm more than happy playing a wide range of genres on both consoles and PC. Apart from writing for Z1G, I'm also a History student.