Future article suggestion: Top 5 Gaming Sequels We Want To See
I’ve been thinking about creating a “wish list” section in the magazine where authors and readers can post their “top 5 sequels” they want to see made.
If I were to make a personal (I can’t stress that word enough) top 5 gaming sequels I want to see, here’s what my list would look like:
1. Strider 3: The Redemption
After his successful return in the Marvel vs Capcom series, Strider Hiryu appeared in Strider 2 for the Playstation. While it was a very good game, there were a few things that kept it from being outstanding, namely the hardware limitations. Time and again there’d be so much crap on the screen that the game would begin to lag, and that would hamper the fast-paced action that Strider die-hards have come to expect from the series.
With Hiryu’s questionable absence in MvsC3, he needs to be resurrected pronto in a third game for the PS3 and 360 if he is to be saved (again!) from obscurity. If Capcom really did their best to try to get the most out of the current-gen hardware, I’m sure we’d see an adventure so intense and epic that it’d make Ryu Hayabusa look like a white belt.
2. Sewer Shark 2: Escape from Solar City!
I am an avid fan of fmv games, and I consider Sewer Shark to be incredibly underrated. The action is simple yet intense, the acting is incredibly funny, and the characters’ attitudes towards you were directly impacted by how well you played the game. My only major complaint? It was TOO short and left me wanting more! I actually wanted to know why only a select few got to go to the surface, and out of the sewers. What had happened to the world? What had happened to humanity to make people like Commisioner Stenchler think that it’s ok to use their employees as ‘disposable resources?’ It had all the hints of a dystopian cyberpunk future, but never went further than that.
All of this can be explored more in a sequel to Sewer Shark, complete with a fully customizable ‘Hole Hog’ ship. The player can work their way through ‘Top Rat’ academy and earn points and awards as they compete with other players. Once they reach a certain level they join a company and compete with eachother for supremacy of the sewers!
If nothing else, it would be fun to just “shoot the tubes” once again.
3. Double Dragon 5: The Real Fight
Yes yes I know, there technically is already a “Double Dragon V” but let me explain. Ahem…
That game is complete shit.
I refuse to accept it since it’s based off of the silly cartoon show and it’s a poor-man’s “Street Fighter 2” clone.
“Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls,” like “Strider Returns” are half-hearted attempts to capitalize on a classic game and both should be rightly ignored. This is why a sequel needs to be made with the understanding that it is the definitive “Part 5.” It is a tragedy how the Double Dragon series ended so pathetically, and it sorely deserves a fitting “Farewell” title before walking off into the the sunset for good.
For some, it is easy to forget about all of the amazing exclusives on the Sega Genesis, including “Kid Chameleon” This game stood out for it’s incredibly original gameplay and excellent music. It was pretty long, but it kept us playing for hours by making us always wonder what would we see next.
I would love to see this classic reborn on the ps3, xbox360, and even the wii. One of the best parts about this game was seeing our hero change into a variety of different avatars, and then using their special talents to solve each level. With next-gen hardware powering it, there can a dizzying variety of new transformations and, therefore, hundreds of ways to solve each level. New music is to be expected, but let’s hope they keep it sounding the same as the original. Indeed, the original score is just so… “Genesis.”
5. Evil Zone 2: Hey, does anyone remember us?
This is a game I’ve been meaning to discuss in more detail in the magazine. What set this game apart from other generic fighters, and why I’d love to see a sequel one of these days, is the incredibly likable characters. Each character has their own backstory which unfolds as you play the game. Their stories are told in episodic segments, and they progress like in an anime. All the heroes have their own distinct (yet familiar, more on why below) personalities and none of them appear to have been short-changed in favor of more “major” characters, as is the problem in most other fighters.
Part of “Evil Zone’s” charm is how it was a subtle parody of the most common genres in anime, so fans of anime should feel very familiar with each character’s quirks and be able to pick a favorite based on their own viewing tastes. If there is a sequel it would be great if the game pushed the 4th wall barrier a little more and continued in its self-referencing humor. Granted, the gameplay the first time around was a bit shallow, but that could be expanded upon in the sequel.
Again, this is a “personal” list, and of course there are a lot more titles out there. Originally I had this bit as a “Top Ten” but it’s going on 1:30 am and I’m sleepy. So there it is. Care? Don’t Care? Indifferent? Feel free to comment as always, and thanks for reading!