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Best Video Game Sequels: A Trip Down Memory Lane

Making a sequel to a video game that is loved by many is no easy task. It has served as a driving force for game developers ever since the industry started growing. As such, here are some of the best video game sequels that have been made.

A Look Back At The Best Video Game Sequels

When a video game franchise is released, played with and loved by people who eventually became fans and started a community of players, it can go one of two ways. It can either stay as it is and become revered and loved for a long time or it can release a follow-up sequel if the story isn’t done. For most games, it’s usually the latter.

However, making a video game sequel that is just as, if not entirely, better than the game that came before it is a monumental task and usually dictates whether more games will be made or if the IP will be left in the back room. As such, there have been countless video game sequels that either forgot why the original is so well-liked or just plain bad. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any good game sequels. In fact, there are many. Here are some of them:

BioShock 2

Although it didn’t become as big as the first “BioShock,” “BioShock 2” gained some love from fans in the last few years, who are now realizing that it’s much better than the third installment “BioShock Infinite.” Side-skirting from the first’s theme of objectivism and instead focuses on socialism without restraint, putting the players in control of a Big Daddy looking for the little sister bonded with him. Gameplay-wise, the game improved upon the mechanics that worked in the first game and makes up for a more fast-paced play style.

Halo 2

Does this still need an explanation? We’re sure that you can already hear the chanting in your head just by reading the title itself. Besides being an amazing shooter, “Halo 2” brought what would eventually be a gaming staple: online multiplayer. Simply log on, party up, select your playlist and let the shooting begin. For many gamers, it doesn’t get much better than this (except it did, when “Halo 3” came out, but that’s another story).

God of War II

Before the genre-defining PS4 exclusive that it is today, “God of War” was a hack-n-slash of massive proportions in the PS2. The second installment in the first trilogy is no different, except more brutal, bloodier and overall better.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Although technically a prequel, “Red Dead Redemption 2” is a fitting sequel to Rockstar’s Spaghetti Western-styled GTA. Released eight years after the first game, RDD2 is as immersive as it can get when it comes to classic Western storylines, from cleaning your gun to robbing stagecoaches and trains, paired with a story that is heart-wrenching. Oh, and there’s a lot of gunslinging. Did we mention lots of gunslinging?

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