Riding a unicorn, photographing the Loch Ness monster, winning the
lottery - there a lots of impossible things in this life, but a sequel truly better than the original?
Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror was excellent, but was never
going to overshadow the superb Shadow of the Templars. Star Wars:
Knights of the Old Republic II was hurried and unfinished. Heck, even
the incredible Dragon Age: Origins managed to take a giant step
backwards with Dragon Age 2.
And yet, just as people do win the lottery, so are developers
capable of releasing sequels that not only match the series original,
but surpass it. While graphics are almost only ever going to move in
one direction, video game developers do there best to take the
winning formula of a popular title, and add new characters, story
depth or gameplay options.
Sometimes they get it wrong and mess with
a winning formula, but every now and then they take a golden title,
and make it platinum...
10. Halo 2
Halo: Combat Evolved was the Xbox's most successful launch title,
proving to the world that the next generation could match PC gaming
for first-person shooters. The controls were slick, the environment
enticing, but the real icing on the cake was the split-screen
Halo 2 did what any good sequel should do. Keep the positives and
polish the rest. Halo 2 offered a great story campaign which not only
allowed the player to return as Master Chief, but this time Player 2
could join them locally for the ride as betrayed enemy elite, The
Once again, the real gem that catapulted Halo 2 ahead of it's
predecessor was the multiplayer. Local and System Link multiplayer
was still available, this time with more maps and better balanced
weapons and vehicles. But Halo 2 also introduced online multiplayer
via Xbox Live, including the first attempt at online matchmaking and
playlists on console gaming.
Halo 2 was the game that told the rest of the world you didn't
need a PC for online gaming.
Writer, aspiring author, and I won't stop travelling until I've seen it all. Whilst I might take a break now and then to rant about politics or muse over philosophy, I'm not afraid to roll up my sleeves, buckle down, and spend some solid hours gaming!