8 Videogame Sequels that Surpass the Original Game

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8 Videogame Sequels that Surpass the Original Game

Sometimes sequels get looked down upon, but these eight games overshadow their predecessors.

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Saints row 3 only surpassed in goofiness in everything else the 2nd game is better most notably the customizing of your character.

No Fallout 2? I mean sure, before Fallout 3 came out people pretended it killed the franchise, but it's still a better game.

I also have to say that Borderlands 2 really seems out of place to me. I just never had the same 'click' with it Borderlands had.

I'd also like to nominate X3: reunion after the fact, though it's so small I can understand people not being aware of it.

I personally enjoy sr2 more than the third game, having played through it multiple times across multiple systems. I'm guessing this list is only counting base games, not mods, if that were the case I may have to nominate Battlefront 2.

1. Horseshit! Everyone knows Asylum is the best of the entire series.

2.Yeah alright that's fair.

3. Absolutely!

4. Never played them. No idea.

5. I guess? Borderlands 2 still bored me to tears!

6. Yeah fair enough.

7. Sure? None of them aged well, but I guess.

8. Meh...Saints Row 2 was amazing.

...that's it? Where's Diablo 2? Mass Effect 2&3? Mario Kart 64! Ocarina of Time! Hell, Riven was better than Myst! Left 4 Dead 2! Fallout 3 and New Vegas!
Come on guys! You're not even trying!

I think the only part of Asylum that managed to outshine City was the story, and even then only by a bit. Asylum's story felt more structured and contained, where City's, being set in an open world, suffered just a little bit from the open-world story problem. Everything else though, City blew Asylum away in. Plus Catwoman. Best character to play as in the whole franchise.

Resident Evil 4 was actually the first RE game I ever played because X-Play gave it a 5 out of 5 (back in the day when that meant something) and all of my friends praised it. I admit I've never played any of the first 3, but wow was 4 an experience. Good times.

Half-Life 2. A shame Valve is sitting on their hands for the next game. 2 was amazing and I still enjoy it, but the whole series is sort of tainted now because of the cloud of, "They're never going to finish this, are they?" that hangs in my head.

I would like to add Silent Hill 2 as my contribution. Because nightmares. Terrifying nightmares...

I gotta agree with Borderlands 2 and Assassin's Creed 2.

AC2 instantly became my favorite in the series and I love how the opening with Ezio and his brother set things up for the rest of the game. Very bittersweet and touching.

And with Borderlands 2, I've had a blast playing that one. I enjoyed the first one well enough, and you can see where they wanted to go and what they wanted to do in the DLC. The sequel was fun and it's great to play with other people. And dat loot. :D

Honestly video games do MUCH better the sequels department than most other media, to the point it's kind of weird to write an article about it. Gameplay is usually improved by seeing what they did wrong in the first game. obviously not all the time and not for everyone.

also, you missed the greatest example of the idea

Street Fighter 2

SF2 pretty much codified what all modern fighting games are

Borderlands 2 and Saints Row 3 were inferior,

Borderlands 2 never knew when to shut up, why have key conversations in the middle of a fight with many explosions and screaming enemies (and on top of that have 80% of dialog be useless banter and the "oh so quirky" jokes). Also the weapons were worse then in the original.

Saints Row 3 is the worse of the series (not counting Gat out of Hell), SR4 actually made its humor and mechanics work, in the end feeling like a break up letter to the fans remembering of what it once was (SR1 and 2). SR3 on the other hand was lost in its sea of useless story moments and poor pacing.

josemlopes:
Borderlands 2 and Saints Row 3 were inferior,

Borderlands 2 never knew when to shut up, why have key conversations in the middle of a fight with many explosions and screaming enemies (and on top of that have 80% of dialog be useless banter and the "oh so quirky" jokes). Also the weapons were worse then in the original.

Saints Row 3 is the worse of the series (not counting Gat out of Hell), SR4 actually made its humor and mechanics work, in the end feeling like a break up letter to the fans remembering of what it once was (SR1 and 2). SR3 on the other hand was lost in its sea of useless story moments and poor pacing.

Really BL1 was alright but the second just build on top of everything. More guns, crazier guns and for the compliant about the dialogue, I love that people were actually talking. The first had an interesting world but no one rememberable in it. Jack was an amazing villain and I don't even know who was the villain in the first. I can understand having found memories because of the experiences you had with your friends but the second was better in every single way. Well, not ever way. Hand cannons were great and I missed them in the second. Meh, I guess people like what they like.

In the Pokemon franchise, I think the Gen2 games were superior to Gen1. Gen2 had everything Gen1 had, while adding enough to make it more than a rehash type sequel. Gen2 added day/night cycles, breeding, new methods of evolution, branch evolution, two new types, held items to name a few. Arguably the best addition is that you can go against the Gen1 protagonist in an epic battle atop the highest peak in the land.

Gotta really diagree about SR 3. 2 was amazing because it tried to be somewhat grounded and even had actual serious moments that just made the wackness stand out more and deliver more impact.

SR 2: Holy Crap! A minigun!

SR 3: Well I guess they just gave me a free tank less than an hour into the game. Neat...Sorta...

Veldie:
Saints row 3 only surpassed in goofiness in everything else the 2nd game is better most notably the customizing of your character.

Saints Row The Third was just a new game, the franchise basically died with 2 for what it was ( they could have improved on it without going overboard like they did in the end).

Kyle Winston:
In the Pokemon franchise, I think the Gen2 games were superior to Gen1. Gen2 had everything Gen1 had, while adding enough to make it more than a rehash type sequel. Gen2 added day/night cycles, breeding, new methods of evolution, branch evolution, two new types, held items to name a few. Arguably the best addition is that you can go against the Gen1 protagonist in an epic battle atop the highest peak in the land.

Eevee was the original branch evolution though

Given how much it's been in the news lately I'm surprised you didn't mention how Star Wars Battlefront 2 was better than the first one. From the things I've seen it's even better than Star Wars Battlefront thought of course even Star Wars Battlefront is better than Star Wars Battlefront.

The Real Sandman:
Why do I come here anymore? The Escapist has been going downhill for a good year now, and these cheaply cobbled together articles and bits of click bait are part of the problem. Apart from Yahtzee and Shamus, The Escapist is several cow skulls and tumble weeds away from being a barren wasteland.

Not even gonna bother commenting on this post in particular, because the users above already quoted most of my thoughts verbatim.

You're always welcome to move on to greener pastures, pilgrim. No malice intended just saying if you're not gonna contribute to the discussion, and are gonna echo the "this place is dead" sentiment, you may have no more business here. Sorry but I don't see why you wasted time posting that when you could just close the tab and find something else to do, nothing of what you said is constructive or furthers any conversation/discussion.

OT: There were a lot of great games that surpassed their first entries. I'd agree with most of these, though Arkham City was great it missed a few things that Asylum really nailed. I'd say that City is a half-step behind Asylum in terms of relative greatness.

Ehhh, some of these are debatable at best:

Batman: First game had the better story, atmosphere and pretty much everything other than an open world and some cool new mechanics. It's certainly a worthy sequel, but I'd hardly say it's straight up better.

AC2 is in a similar boat, but I would say it's better on the whole. The story, setting and the atmosphere were generally better in the first game for me, but the gameplay was so dull and repetitive in the first game that the second one just wins out on pure polish.

SR3 I just find straight up worse. The "silly" level of SR2 felt just right. SR3 took it too far for me and made it boring and/or annoying for the most part. The world also felt (probably is) smaller and the game is far more repetitive. The story length is a lot shorter and even just judging on the amount of time I've had fun with the game after the story, SR2 easily wins out. Hell, I've reinstalled the game at least twice and played it through, then messed around in the open world. SR3 I played, got through the story, tried to mess around in free roam, got bored with it pretty quick and just never played it again.

Silentpony:
...that's it? Where's Diablo 2? Mass Effect 2&3? Mario Kart 64! Ocarina of Time! Hell, Riven was better than Myst! Left 4 Dead 2! Fallout 3 and New Vegas!
Come on guys! You're not even trying!

ME2 was good (nice polish, great all around), but the first game was still pretty damn good and the story's on point. ME3 was just cinematic garbage - not even talking about the ending, there's virtually no choices to be had, long ass talking cutscenes and the story's shit compared to both earlier games.

L4D2 was good, but I still somehow always preferred the first game. Both are good though. Fallout 3 and New Vegas were completely different games from the old ones and if you're comparing the two of them, F3 had a miles better story and setting, F:NV just polished out some shooter mechanics really.

Nonono, Arkham City is worse than Asylum.
Asylum feels like a real place where something happens. Gameplay sections are properly paced, they feel distinct and different, some areas of the game are very memorable.
City is just flying and silly repetitive combat in samey urban environments. For me it was meh.

I like SR3, but I actually think 2 and 4 were better for various reasons. 3 was a lot of fun(and I still go back and replay it every so often), but SR2 had a lot more meat and a better story while SR4 took the new engine for SR3 and improved upon it in every way.

Gat out of Hell was just disappointing.

josemlopes:
Borderlands 2 and Saints Row 3 were inferior,

Borderlands 2 never knew when to shut up, why have key conversations in the middle of a fight with many explosions and screaming enemies (and on top of that have 80% of dialog be useless banter and the "oh so quirky" jokes). Also the weapons were worse then in the original.

Saints Row 3 is the worse of the series (not counting Gat out of Hell), SR4 actually made its humor and mechanics work, in the end feeling like a break up letter to the fans remembering of what it once was (SR1 and 2). SR3 on the other hand was lost in its sea of useless story moments and poor pacing.

I disagree on Borderlands 2. It was more interesting story wise and the conversations added to the fun of the original. I loved the first one but hated reading the mission descriptions.

I liked SR3 but SR2 was the pinnacle of the series. SR4 was just plain fun.

As for the Batman fans. Asylum was superior in every way. The open world of City took away from the magic that Asylum was. There were many great aspects to City but Asylum just felt like a better game.

As someone said, I can't believe there was no mention of Diablo 2. That game was just an insane leap in quality over Diablo 1.

I actually preferred the original God of War over 2. I like how you started off not really knowing anything about Kratos or what was going on, but the story fed you small snippets throughout the game that explained his backstory. I also thought it felt more grounded and had more of an "adventure" feel to the whole thing.

But definitely disagree with HL2 being on there. I still like the game a ton, but I don't think it held a candle to the original. The original was a game-changer for FPS games, and while 2 was excellent, it also suffered from vehicle sequences that went on too long, uninspired weapons, AI that was actually a step backwards from HL (oddly), and a plot that left way too many questions unanswered. Also, why would requiring online activation be considered such a positive? Ok, yes, Steam was a positive, but I'm not sure I can credit HL2 entirely for that.

Some of these are a complete absolute load. Half Life 2 especially, even though I love the game (except some parts).

Besides things like the story giving little motivation and some of the forced cut-scenes (yeah, I said it) becoming stale quick (especially the ones where it feels like Gordon is a mute or is treated like a child), the game and boss design is really lacking in a lot of area's.

Also Half Life has been called the greatest by many as well, including I'm not sure if being the first game to require online activation is a positive.

Secondhand Revenant:

Kyle Winston:
In the Pokemon franchise, I think the Gen2 games were superior to Gen1. Gen2 had everything Gen1 had, while adding enough to make it more than a rehash type sequel. Gen2 added day/night cycles, breeding, new methods of evolution, branch evolution, two new types, held items to name a few. Arguably the best addition is that you can go against the Gen1 protagonist in an epic battle atop the highest peak in the land.

Eevee was the original branch evolution though

Apologies for my faux pas. I should have known better.

Another sequel that I think is better than the original is Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward to Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. Zero Escape had more puzzles that were more varied and had multiple solutions. The characters had a bit more depth to them and the story seemed bigger.

Daikatana... FOR GAME BOY.
No seriously Daikatana for game boy is a significant improvement over the original game in almost every way, if you don't believe me you can look it up.

SR3 all the way. SR2 looked like shit and played accordingly.

I will never understand the love for SR2. Not only did it still reek of me-too GTA clone, the limited "humor" clashed so garishly with the gritty brutality that it actually made me uncomfortable. It almost felt like half the team wanted to make "GTA but 1000% edgier and more shocking" and the other half wanted "GTA but wacky" and the result is a grotesque parody of humor, like seeing a clown at a distance only to get closer and realize its a murder victim with their eyes gouged out and a clown mask crudely sewn to the face. SR3 certainly lost some thing, but as far as I'm concerned it was a worthy trade off for the series finaly having a unique identity and consistent tone. I would still put SR4 over SR3 by quite a bit however.

Only thing on the list I would disagree with is Half-Life 2. I love HL1, but almost everything about the sequel felt worse. The sense of atmosphere was totally gone, the guns somehow had even less weight and impact, the excellent pacing and tight level design was replaced by huge swaths of meandering pointless vehicle sections, and the already not amazing enemy variety was made even worse. It has always been very weird having the game that, for most people, cemented Valve as gaming royalty be what killed my interest in them as developers.

Lack of Silent Hill 2 is puzzling. And after reading some of these comments, I'd also add Diablo 2. I realize you could only choose eight games, but with all the gossip around Silent Hills these days, I figured Silent Hill 2 would have been the highlight of the list.

Was glad to see Borderlands 2 though!

My personal 8:
1. Silent Hill 2
2. Diablo 2
3. Borderlands 2
4. Master of Orion 2
5. Dynasty Warriors 2
6. Postal 2
7. Half-Life 2
8. Team Fortress 2

Nope. Saints Row 2 was the highlight of the franchise. Better story, better gameplay and better character customisations.

Doom 2 > Doom
Fallout 2 > Fallout
Descent 2 > Descent
Monkey Island 2 > Monkey Island
Diablo 2 > Diablo
Master of Orion 2 > Master of Orion
Dungeon Keeper 2 > Dungeon Keeper
TIE-Fighter > X-Wing

Wow, this 'bashing out a subjective list in under five minutes' thing is a real breeze!

Surprised Bioshock 2 wasn't on there. 1 had the twist, and it was a very good twist, but 2 not only had dual-wield, but multiplayer. Added to that, its story had more of an emotional impact - simpler, yes, but it packed a greater punch. And to be honest, it didn't feel like you HAD to know what happened in 1 to enjoy it.

From Best to Worse Saints Row in my opinion.

Saints Row 2
+ Better Driving Controls. The right trigger was still a gun. It had auto drive so you can focus on shooting instead of worrying about how fast or slow you were going.
+ 3 Different gangs plus Ultor with there own unique stories.
+ Rewatchable Cut Scenes.
+ Vehicles that can spray water, steam, & sewage! Rare Vehicles you can steal in certain missions. And Monster Trucks, but they couldn't flatten vehicles.
+ You can taunt 2 different NPCs into fighting each other.
+ A promise we'll get to kill Dex in the next game. (Based on a DLC.)
- A Bug that can permanently remove hair.
- If you play in co-op escort as a guest you'll be the prostitute. This negative probably doesn't effect you if you're bisexual but it can be uncomforting for everyone else who isn't attracted to a particular gender.

Saints Row The 3rd
+ Female Russian Accent was awesome! So was the orange Cheetah Leopard Face Paint that I used with Orange Skin! Basically their was some customization I really enjoyed for a Female Character I made.
+ The RC Gun was fun to use while robbing your own stores. Also some very amazing Gun DLCs like The Shark Gun & that Genki Gun with the mind controlling octopuses that can explode.
- The 3 gangs are technically 1 gang.
- The story makes nudity mandatory during a mission. This turned me off on the idea as replaying as a male. And made it confusing as to why my female would object if she was already nude.
- There wasn't a Vagina Weapon to go with my Dildo Bat. Like a Vagina Gun that shoots out ping pong balls.
- No hidden islands. (That I know of so discard this negative if you know any.)
- We didn't get to kill Dex. (Like a Saints Row 2 DLC implied.)

Saints Row 4
+ I enjoyed it regardless of all of the negatives.
- Once again mandatory nudity so I didn't replay as a male again.
- Female Russian Accent replaced by a French one.
- Powers while enjoyable made most vehicles unnecessary.
- No Boats.

- A negative for all of the above is DLC vehicles. Because they couldn't be customized, took up slots, & made stealing vehicles kind of pointless.

Saints Row
+ I kind of enjoyed creating a Male Character. The lack of Female Character Creation wasn't a negative for me.
- I have to dress the way the game wants me to if I want to gain respect. And some of the clothes I rather wear give me negative respect.
- Man, this game is really hard. (Discard this negative if you think I just suck at playing the first Saints Row.)

Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell.
+ I enjoyed the endings.
- You have to play as Gat in the final boss fight in you aren't in co-op.
- No option to play as your created character after beating it.
- Least scary version of Hell I've seen. Maybe it could've looked more hellish if it weren't for all the paved roads. And they replaced the vehicles with mounts like The Raptors in Saints Row 4. Or even the Tiger that was in The 3rd & a cut scene in 4.
- Not enough cameos & even then they were reduced down to Husks.
- Ultor Tower doesn't look like it did in Saints Row 2.
- So bad I hope that if there is another Saints Row its a reboot.

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As for Resident Evil 4 it ruined Resident Evil. And those encouraging Capcom to make more sequels like Resident Evil 4 continue to destroy this series.

Imperioratorex Caprae:

The Real Sandman:
Why do I come here anymore? The Escapist has been going downhill for a good year now, and these cheaply cobbled together articles and bits of click bait are part of the problem. Apart from Yahtzee and Shamus, The Escapist is several cow skulls and tumble weeds away from being a barren wasteland.

Not even gonna bother commenting on this post in particular, because the users above already quoted most of my thoughts verbatim.

You're always welcome to move on to greener pastures, pilgrim. No malice intended just saying if you're not gonna contribute to the discussion, and are gonna echo the "this place is dead" sentiment, you may have no more business here. Sorry but I don't see why you wasted time posting that when you could just close the tab and find something else to do, nothing of what you said is constructive or furthers any conversation/discussion.

Fair point, guess I was in a mood that day.

The Real Sandman:
Fair point, guess I was in a mood that day.

We all have those days, its well understood. I've had the sentiment as well, I just reserve it to other spaces where it doesn't possibly derail a discussion. Have better days and goodwill to you and all.

Sequels I would have included are:

- Pokemon Gold/Silver (and to an extent, HeartGold/SoulSilver)
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (shit, that game went on to change pretty much all military FPSs and multiplayer)
- Mass Effect 2/3 (they surpass the previous game[s] in very different ways however, 1 is still the best story and size wise)
- Fable 2 (maybe it's because I was only able to play Fable: Anniversary, and it was pretty buggy when it came out, but I just don't get how so many people insist it's the best in the series)

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