Sequels to popular video games can often be a mixed bag. If done right, a sequel can be a great way to continue building a world and characters the developers first introduced us to and made us fall in love with. However, on the other end of the spectrum they can be a cheap bid to cash-in on an already successful property or a lazy attempt at trying to reboot a franchise that people have long forgotten about (I’m looking at you Duke Nukem Forever).
Whilst I’m hoping the games on this list prove to be the former, details on some of these sequels remain scarce. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t get a little excited right?!
Resident Evil 7
After dipping its toe into the pool of mediocrity for its most recent offerings, Resident Evil 7 seems like a welcome return for the horror franchise. The game pretty much had me sold from their 2016 E3 reveal and it’s subsequent playable demos, Beginning Hour and Lantern. Unlike the action-heavy Resident Evil 6, the follow up appears to be focusing more on suspense and creating a sense of terror similar to the early Resident Evil games.
Slated to be released in January 2017 for PS4 and PC, Capcom has been releasing a series of 30 second videos showcasing some of the game’s mechanics. With a release date moving ever closer, I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this game in the coming weeks.
The movie adaptation of Batman v Superman may have been pretty lacklustre but pitting the two heroes against each other in Injustice was a real joy. The follow will see some of DC’s mightiest heroes and baddest villains return to beat eachother to a bloody pulp whilst also bringing a slew of new characters into the mix; including Supergirl and DeadShot.
Based on various gameplay trailers, the mechanics remain largely the same based on the engine that powered Mortal Kombat X. According to reports, they’ve also introduced a new “Gear System” which allows a player to acquire character-specific abilities and costume upgrades throughout the game.
I personally loved the first Injustice and even though the story mode was probably its weakest element, I thoroughly enjoyed facing off against my friends in multiplayer. The addition of new characters and systems may not do much to attract new fans but is more than enough to keep me coming back for more.
Red Dead Redemption 2
At the moment we don’t know too much about the game other than it will be an open-world western that will incorporate both single and multiplayer gaming modes. Based on the promotional shot released through Rockstar’s social media, we can expect the game to star multiple playable characters similar to Grand Theft Auto V. The developer’s website also describes the game as: “An epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland, the game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.”
In the space of a week, Rockstar was able to tease, confirm and reveal their much anticipated sequel which looks set to be just as incredible as its predecessor.
The Walking Dead: A Telltale Series – A New Frontier
I previously mentioned I am a massive fan of the Telltale games and in particular the Walking Dead Series. Therefore it’s no surprise that I am excited for the latest series that is expected to have its first episode released at some point later this month.
Set nearly four years since the series started, A New Frontier follows returning character, Clementine and newcomer Javier. Clem is now in her teens and no doubt a completely different character to the little girl we were first introduced to in 2012.
Details of the storyline have been kept largely under wraps but one of the things I love about the Telltale Walking Dead games is they aren’t afraid to be dark. Similar to the television series and comic book, the games perfectly show regular people trying to make it through the zombie apocalypse whilst forcing the player to make some difficult decisions.
Last of Us 2
Released in 2013 on PS3 and then remastered for PS4 in 2014, The Last of Us is easily one of my favourite games on both platforms. From the characters, storytelling and action. It was one of those games that I couldn’t fault and so I was very excited when a sequel was more or less confirmed by Nathan Drake voice actor, Nolan North.
Whilst details are pretty scarce, the game is expected to be released at some point in 2018. With no official details, the internet has been rife with rumours on the direction Naughty Dog will be taking the survival horror game. Will we get new lead characters? Will they break away from the survival horror genre and go down a more sci-fi or fantasy route as previously hinted by the creative director for The Last Of Us, Neil Druckmann?
It’s safe to say that the developer has a near perfect track record for creating brilliantly immersive games so whilst all we currently have is speculation, this game remains one of my most anticipated.