Often after finishing an especially good video game we say to ourselves: “I can’t wait for a sequel!”. We don’t want to leave the world that charmed us from the first moments we entered it, filled with characters we’ve grown to love and gameplay that kept us glued to the monitors for hours. Of course, we can replay the game, but it’s not the same as experiencing a new story and seeing what the developers have improved upon in part two of the series.

In this article, we will present some of the games that deserve a sequel to continue their stories, introduce new gameplay features, and please the fans of their initial installments.

10 Video Games That Deserve A Sequel

Brütal Legend

Release year2009
Genreaction-adventure
Developer/PublisherDouble Fine Productions, Electronic Arts

Brütal Legend took the gaming world by storm with its unique setting and story. Eddie Riggs, a roadie for a heavy metal band, dies during one of their concerts. He is transported to the world based on metal music and has to stop the apocalypse that threatens both worlds.

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What made BL different from other action-adventure games was definitely the setting. References to heavy metal music and the subculture surrounding it could be noticed everywhere, from level design to gameplay mechanics – even one of the characters was voiced by Ozzy Osbourne, lead vocalist of Black Sabbath. The gameplay combined action and RTS elements, creating a unique mix one that we would really love to see again. Maybe this time with country music?

Key features that warrant a sequel:
  • Unique setting based on heavy metal music genre
  • A thrilling story featuring cast voiced by musical legends, including Ozzy Osbourne and Jack Black
  • An interesting mesh of gameplay features, blending combat, transportation, and RTS elements

Grim Fandango

Release year1998
Genrepoint-and-click adventure game
Developer/PublisherLucasArts

An absolute classic of its genre, Grim Fandango is a game that could change the current state of adventure titles, as it did back in the late 90s.

The setting based on the Mexican Day of the Dead, the huge cast of memorable characters, the breakthrough mechanics – these are only a few of the reasons GF could use a part two to introduce it to a new generation of players. And while LucasArts is no longer around to make it, Grim Fandango 2 could be the perfect title for a small indie studio to make a name for itself on the market.

Key features that warrant a sequel:
  • Gameplay mechanics that were groundbreaking for their times only waiting to be updated
  • A cast of lovable characters would draw in the players with their quirkiness
  • An otherworldly setting based on Mexican culture

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Release year2013
Genreaction-adventure, hack’n’slash
Developer/PublisherPlatinum Games, Konami Digital Entertainment

Konami took a huge risk with Revengeance, and it is still disputed if it was worth it. The spinoff of the Metal Gear series featuring one of its most popular characters – cybernetic ninja Raiden – was a far cry from what the players were used to.

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Instead of stealth and careful planning of each action, the game focused solely on action. It had some solid mechanics – nearly any object could be cut with Raiden’s sword and Blade Mode allowed for precision strikes that would shred the enemies to pieces. These and other gameplay features, as well as the lackluster story campaign, could be improved upon and expanded in the potential sequel.

Key features that warrant a sequel:
  • A completely new gameplay mechanics, focusing on action instead of stealth
  • The protagonist who could carry an entire series of games
  • Highly destructible environment – almost anything can be cut to pieces

Shadow of the Colossus

Release year2006, 2018
Genreaction-adventure
Developer/PublisherTeam Ico, Bluepoint Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment

Shadow of the Colossus was one of those games that stirred the discussion of whether video games can be considered a form of art. Set in a mysterious land inhabited by enormous beings, the game was a critical and commercial success. Due to the open character of its ending – which we will not spoil here, go play the game – the sequel would not be amiss.

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However, seeing how long it took Team Ico to deliver The Last Guardian and how basically all of their games are in some way continuations of their predecessors, we might wait quite some time for another colossus-hunting adventure.

Key features that warrant a sequel:
  • An awe-inspiring setting, ripe for further exploration
  • Unique gameplay mechanics, that focused solely on defeating the colossi
  • Brilliantly told story left open-ended for a potential continuation

Bioshock: Infinite

Release year2013
Genrefirst-person shooter
Developer/PublisherIrrational Games, 2K Games

Bioshock: Infinite’s ending left us with our jaws on the floor. The ending to Burial at Sea DLC, made us cry tears of sadness. However, the opus magnum of now-disbanded Irrational Games gave as a loophole which could lead to a potential sequel.

What would we see in it – more adventures of Booker and Elizabeth, new intimidating settings, genre-blending mechanics or maybe something completely different? That question is still up in the air, as is the fate of this highly popular series.

Key features that warrant a sequel:
  • Gameplay mechanics blending first-person shooter and action-RPG game
  • An intriguing plot twist at the end which opens the door for a sequel to be made
  • Well-written characters we’d love to see return in new games in the series

Bully

Release year2006
Genreaction-adventure
Developer/PublisherRockstar Vancouver, Rockstar Games

Bully answered the question “what if GTA was set in a private school”. The adventure of Jimmy Hopkins in Bullworth Academy was full of creative features, bringing the feel of Rockstar’s flag series into a completely new environment.

Bully gameplay

The sequel could continue the story of first Bully or introduce a completely new setting, drawing more from real-world issues as the modern games tend to do. Bully 2 dealing with rampant racism, homophobia, maybe even a school shooting – the list of options is as long as the wait for the next installment of Grand Theft Auto.

Key features that warrant a sequel:
  • The unique setting of a private school
  • Opportunity to explore various social issues inherent in the environment
  • A cathartic experience of getting back on the bullies from one’s school days

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Release year2011
GenreMMORPG
Developer/PublisherBioWare Austin, Electronic Arts

The latest installment of TOR came out way before anyone dreamed of the sequel trilogy. With new Star Wars media popping up left and right, revisiting the Old Republic – a thriving society, with the Jedi Knights at the peak of their strength and the Sith lurking in the shadows could be a good idea.

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TOR had some very solid gameplay mechanics and an excellent story to back them up. Seeing how most of the Star Wars games seem to falter in both these aspects, The Old Republic II could bring back the faith in the story from a long time ago and a galaxy far, far away…

Key features that warrant a sequel:
  • A story told during one of the most intriguing periods of the Star Wars saga
  • A chance side with either the Republic or the Sith Empire
  • Moral choices that influence the character’s position on the Light/Dark Side of the force spectrum

Mafia III

Release year2016
Genreaction-adventure
Developer/PublisherHangar 13, 2K Games

The Mafia series opened the world of organized crime to the player. While the Grand Theft Auto series focused on a single mercenary working for assorted gangs, Mafia I and II featured the Italian Mob operation based on their real-world counterpart.

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Mafia III moved he timeframe from the 1940s and 50s East Coast into the late 60s Louisiana, focusing on the player building their criminal empire from the bottom up. What could we expect from potential Mafia IV – London gangs of the 60, West Coast street gangs in the 90s or maybe Eastern-European crime scene? That and more questions will be answered when and if the game is announced.

Key features that warrant a sequel:
  • Building the players’ mafia enterprise
  • The untapped potential of gangs from different periods and places
  • Open world mechanics allowing the player to experience the zeitgeist of a given era

Horizon: Zero Dawn

Release year2017
Genreaction-RPG
Developer/PublisherGuerilla Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment

Horizon: Zero Dawn introduced the player to a unique setting – a post-apocalyptic world where the animal-like machines and humans living in tribal settlements coexist in a delicate harmony. The setting was one of the main selling points of the game – who wouldn’t want to hunt down a robo-tyrannosaurus or a towering giraffe-like creature.

horizon zero dawn cyber t-rex

The gameplay mechanics were also solid, featuring equips that influenced different stats when combined. What we would like to see in Horizon: Zero Dawn? Maybe more different creatures, a new story set in a different part of the world. Some of these were explored in The Frozen Wilds DLC expansion, but it is clear that the world of H:ZD still has much to offer.

Key features that warrant a sequel:
  • Open world environment with plenty of unexplored regions
  • A chance to hunt massive robotic creatures

Bloodborne

Release year2015
Genreaction-RPG
Developer/PublisherFromSoftware, Sony Computer Entertainment

Bloodborne is the first spiritual successor of the Dark Souls series. Set in the Gothic city of Yharnam, the game features the player character – the Hunter – as they scour the location fighting humans and monsters alike. The game was praised for its atmosphere, combat mechanics and level of difficulty.

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While FromSoftware made several games with similar gameplay premise, the most recent being highly successful Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the unparalleled atmospheric feel of Bloodborne still makes the player long for the continuation.

Key features that warrant a sequel:
  • Gothic setting and atmosphere
  • Demanding gameplay with increasingly difficult enemies
  • Cooperative multiplayer features that could be expanded in future installments