The first installments lay the foundations and lead the way, but in some cases they are overcome by their sequels
Sometimes it seems that the originals are insurmountable, maybe because of the excitement of something new, the beginning of a story. But on many occasions, those titles are overcome by their sequels, especially in the world of video games.
Even though it’s all a matter of taste, it is obvious that there are numerous sequels that have surpassed their original works throughout history. We could spend hours collecting games, but here is a selection of 10 video games sequels that surpassed their original.
The adventures starring Nathan Drake had a high level in all their deliveries, but without a doubt, Uncharted 2 was the definitive turning point to devote to the Naughty Dog franchise. Its development, combining excessive action with a plot that caught from the first moment to the last, are the key to the charisma of one of the best series of action in the world of video games.
Probably we will never see Half-Life 3, but of course, there is no doubt that Half-Life 2 far exceeded the already high standards of the original delivery. The depth of the adventures starring Gordon Freeman in City 17 and the antigravity weapon provided us with moments of fun that few first-person shooter games have achieved even so many years later. The best FPS of all time.
We must recognize that the first The Witcher it wasn’t the best and it was not complicated to finish it. The second version was more than good, but The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, plays in another league and is one of the best games of the current generation. With this delivery, CD Projekt RED has brought to light the work of Sapkowski to many people who did not know him.
Another saga that we miss much is Silent Hill, due to the cancellation of the game led by Hideo Kojima. But, looking back, it is inevitable to remember the huge leap in quality that Silent Hill 2 involved. Konami knew how to give greater depth to his work, with elaborate puzzles, an immersive plot and terror as we had rarely seen in the sector.
Again we talk about one of the best games of all time. Castlevania Symphony of the Night is the inescapable reference when speaking of the metroidvania, a style that caused a rage between the eighties and the nineties. An authentic masterpiece that confronts us with Dracula himself and that everyone should play once in life.
Rockstar hit the mark with many aspects of Red Dead Redemption 2, and the bar was already very high with the original work. With a lively world, full of possibilities, love for detail, charismatic characters, misguided action and much more, Arthur Morgan and company have earned a place in our hearts.
Street Fighter II is probably the historical reference of fighting video games. A game that caused an authentic revolution and that brought the sector even to the less usual people. A number of hours of 'vice' to the recreational bars thanks to a dynamic combat system, variety of characters and possibilities. A milestone.
The first Portal was conceived as a kind of technical demonstration of short duration in which the puzzles were the main axis of the adventure. But Valve created an exceptional sequel in Portal 2 that left its mark. His gun of blue and orange portals is the weapon to solve the tricky puzzles that he proposes to us. All of this without lacking humor through Glados, the antagonistic robotics. Rarely so much charisma come off from such an apparently simple concept.
Although it received some criticism for focusing more on the action than the RPG offered by the original, Mass Effect 2 is the definitive turning point of the Bioware saga. For several reasons, although the main one may be the development of his characters, both personally and the relationships between them. And, of course, a final that takes the breath away. The suicide mission is probably one of the most epic sections ever created in the world of videogames.
With Resident Evil 2 Remake so recent, it is not hard to remember what for many is not only the best game of the saga, but also one of the best survival horror ever created. The adventures of Claire and Leon have left their mark, in a delivery that made us deepen by the police station trying to solve the incident created by the T-Virus. A work capable of putting fear into the body and a narrative quite elaborate for its time.
We know there are more, but we leave that for the comments section, which one is your favorite?