I just finished off playing one of the greatest video game sequels/reboots in gaming history. I am talking about God of War for Sony Playstation 4. If you haven’t picked it up yet, do so now. You won’t be disappointed. However, that got me to thinking, what are some of the most disappointing video game sequels to ever been released. I reached out to my followers on Twitters and I pulled together a list of games from their suggestions.
My Pick: Assassin’s Creed III
At this point, fatigue had set in for me on Assassin’s Creed after playing the first 5 games released in the series. I loved this game, but for me, this game kind of just fell apart. The reworked combat system was terrible. The parkour was somehow even more buggy.
This week's game topic is disappointing sequels. What video game sequels disappointed you? For me, Assassin's Creed III. I liked the concept of the main character and setting, but it just fell flat plus "WHERE IS CHARLES LEE?!?!?!?!" What sequels disappointed you? pic.twitter.com/sefE211Sov
— Geek With That (@GeekWithThat) May 14, 2018
Then there is the story. Oh my goodness, THE STORY… all you have to ask about the story is WHERE IS CHARLES LEE?!?!?!
Thankfully, they did follow up with one of the best games in the series, I feel.. Asssassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
Final Fantasy VIII
See the thing is, Final Fantasy VIII is still a good game. In fact, if Final Fantasy VI and/or VII had never been released, we’d probably all hold Final Fantasy VIII in such a high regard. It was just a bit of a letdown after two excellent entries in the series were just released.
FF8, after 7 was so epic
— Retro Game Brews Podcast (@Retrogamebrews) May 14, 2018
The story goes from dull to completely insane and then back to dull quite often. Squall Leonheart is not the greatest protagonist. The battle and magic system can be quite a bit of grind to use. I probably wouldn’t have felt this way if not for literally every other Final Fantasy up to this point had been released, though.
Sometimes a game can be adequate, and if it didn’t have the weight of the series before it, it would be considered an all time great. Instead, Bioshock 2 was a huge let down comparitively to how amazing Bioshock was. Let us face it, many feel Bioshock had one of the most genius plot twists in history that quite frankly made for people who loved it.
Yes. Liked it and loved Minerva's den (srry for spelling? Manerva?!). But yeah. That was bad compared to 1
— Will work for games! (@BILB0FR4GGINS) May 15, 2018
Bioshock 2 was just more of the same. In fact, I can’t really recall one detail of the plot off the top of my head other than that you are playing as a Big Daddy this time. It also was a victim of a trend at the time to tacked-on dead online multiplayer. It is okay to be the master of one thing rather than the jack of all trades.
Now, to preface this, I have never played either of the Destiny games. However, I know the first game had a huge following for those who like the MMO shooter type game. After all, it was developed by Bungie, famed developers of the classic Halo series.
Played the beta of Destiny and was really enjoying it…kept buying right through to Taken King, but then the constant need to update and keep buying more and more game put me off the series..and then they left the 360 players who invested so much time n cash in the dark, so…
— Ewen Kirk (@Flook666) May 15, 2018
It is my understanding that one of the biggest gripe is the fact that the game fell victim to recent disturbing trend of trying to make players pay money every possible step of the way rather than focus on actually being a fun game. Microtransactions in moderation can be okay. However, this is one of the game that was released last fall that seems like it went too far.
Of course, if you want to ignore all warnings it is included as an early unlock for this month’s Humble Monthly Mystery PC Game Bundle.
Almost Every Single Sonic the Hedgehog Game after Sega Went 3rd Party
Guys, once upon a time there was a Sega Genesis and it had 4 of the greatest platform games ever released. Those were the Sonic the Hedgehog games. Then Sonic came back with 2 memorable 3D games for the Sega Dreamcast called Sonic Adventure 1 & 2.
Sonic Mania is the only Sonic game that truly holds up to the Genesis games and it was technically a fan game.
— Geek With That (@GeekWithThat) May 14, 2018
Then Sega went 3rd party and something just happened. The Sonic the Hedgehog games just weren’t the same anymore.
Some of them were just awful: Sonic Forces, Sonic Lost World, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Sonic Boom, Sonic Unleashed, Shadow the Hedgehog
A few were decent enough: Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II
There were even a few decent spin offs: the Sonic All Stars Racing Games, Sonic Tennis
But many other really bad spin offs too: Sonic the Black Knight, Sonic Free Riders
In fact, the only game that truly lived up to the original genesis games was a game not technically developed by the Sonic Team. It was Sonic Mania, a game that started out as a fan game that Sega formally adopted. In fact, if they could just keep giving us more of these games, I think we would all be happy! No more disappointing video game sequels for Sonic, please!