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Another Top 10 Video Game Sequels

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Script written by Jamie Leslie Originals can be nice, but sometimes the sequel, but there’s always room for improvement. Join WatchMojo.com as we countdown our picks for Another Top 10 Video Game Sequels. For this list, we'll be strictly focusing on second entries of video game franchises directly related to the first. Reboots already have their own list, and threequels are on another list for another day. So, if there’s something you didn’t see on this list, it’s either on our first list of the Top 10 Video Game Sequels, or we felt that the original was better. Special Thanks to our users "jwiking62" "Jack Morris" "mac121mr0" & "slendercookieman" for suggesting this topic on our Suggestion Tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Jamie Leslie

Another Top 10 Video Game Sequels


Originals can be nice, but sometimes the sequel, but there’s always room for improvement. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and join us as we count down our picks for Another Top 10 Video Game Sequels.

For this list, we'll be strictly focusing on second entries of video game franchises directly related to the first. Reboots already have their own list, and threequels are on another list for another day. So, if there’s something you didn’t see on this list, it’s either on our first list of the Top 10 Video Game Sequels, or we felt that the original was better.

#10: “Team Fortress 2” (2007)

With its predecessor starting out as a mod for the game 'Quake,' this title has come quite the way in building its audience. Team Fortress 2 was initially released as part of the video game compilation Orange Box, but has stayed relevant as a standalone, free to play title. The game, like the first, is a multiplayer first person shooter that presents the players nine classes and a variety of game modes. The game is notorious for its comical display and humor, and has spiked in popularity after its Free to Play availability on the Steam network.

#9: “Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest” (1995)

This Super Nintendo title put the previous game's sidekick in the front seat, as he teams up with his trusted partner, Dixie Kong, to save Donkey Kong from the villainous King K. Rool, who’s now Kaptain K Rool. Players are soon immersed in the addictive platformer to save the franchise’s main protagonist. Although it plays quite similarly to the first one, Country 2’s pirate theme produced beautiful art direction and a haunting soundtrack by David Wise, creating the perfect atmosphere for an epic adventure.

#8: “System Shock 2” (1999)

A conversation of the best PC games of all time wouldn't be valid without the inclusion of this influential title. Often described as being ahead of its time, System Shock 2 meshed RPG gameplay with the first person perspective for a level of depth and emersion that was hard to beat. Mechanics aside, the atmosphere that oozed from every facet made this slow burning RPG into one of the scariest games ever made.

#7: “Resident Evil 2” (1998)

Hot on the heals of gaming's premiere survival horror experience came it's sequel, taking place approximately two months after the first entry. We are quickly introduced to the game's main protagonists, Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield, both playable characters with their own unique storylines and endings. Series staples like limited ammo and recovery items, puzzles and tight spaces were all improved with higher production value and much better voice acting, making RE2 into the highpoint of the series for years to come.

#6: “Mega Man 2” (1988)

While the original may have started the legacy, Mega Man 2 is the game that made the blue bomber a household name. In this game, evil scientist Dr. Wily creates an army of his own robot masters to defeat Mega Man. The game adopts the same formula as the first, having players fight an assortment of bosses in their respective levels and then inheriting their powers. Because some bosses were weaker against the powers of others, the order in which you tackled each of the sections became as crucial to your success as your skill with the mega-buster.

#5: “Pokemon Gold/Silver” (2000)

A worthy follow-up to the phenomenon that was Pokemon back in the 90's. When the hardcore fans were done catching them all in the first generation of the game, they were quickly introduced to the 100 new Pokemon species in the Johto region. Players were once again prompted to pick a starter Pokemon to then embark on their epic quest in becoming a Pokemon master. Of course you were free revisit the Kanto region from the first game, and beat all those Gym Leaders too – meaning this game could soak up days worth of your time.

#4: “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves” (2009)

Naughty Dog’s flagship treasure hunter returns for yet another action-packed adventure: one that tops his first outing in every way. Starting two years after the first game, Nathan, joined with newcomer Chloe Frazer, travel across the world to retrieve the Cintamani stone, a magical artifact said to grant wishes. The cinematic franchise makes an effort to not be as limited in its environments like the first, as players will traverse jungles, snowy tundras, and concrete urban areas – running, gunning and scrambling for their lives all the way.

#3: “Assassin's Creed II” (2009)

Although the first game in the series underdelivered when compared to the hype, players finally got what they were promised with the second game. Once again using the Animus to relive the genetic memories of his ancestors, protagonist Desmond steps into the shoes of Ezio Auditore da Firenze to avenge the murder of his family. Taking place in Italy during the Renaissance, the environments are both dynamic and scenic, resulting in a sandbox that felt like an interactive history lesson as well as a amusing playground. Although many a sequel has come and gone, none have managed to dethrone this masterwork.

#2: “Batman: Arkham City” (2011)

This title didn't only redefine the art superhero video game adaptions, but made it fun to be The Dark Knight again. Taking everything that made Asylum a hit and setting it all lose in an open world was almost too good to be true. Incredibly fluid combat mechanics, an endless arsenal of gadgets, and a massive amount of respect for the source material are only a few of the reasons why this game is in a league of its own.

Before we unveil our pick for Top Video Game Sequel, here are a few honorable mentions:

“Star Wars: Battlefront II” (2005)
“Just Cause 2” (2010)
“The Witcher 2: Assassin's of Kings” (2011)
“Gears of War 2” (2008)

#1: “Portal 2” (2011)

While the original was groundbreaking and innovative in it’s own right, the sequel took the amazing concept and ran with it. More revolutionary mechanics, more mind bending puzzles and more hilarious writing, Portal 2 eclipsed the original on every front. And if all that wasn’t enough, there was a fully realized CoOp mode to for you and a buddy to sink your teeth into. Players expected a challenge, they didn’t expect to walk away with one of the most memorable experiences the world of videogames had to offer.
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