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Submitted by IamTimO 483d ago | opinion piece

Prequels, Are They Worth A Story To Be Told?

Super PolyPixel - Prequels. Instead of a continuation of a video game such as Batman: Arkham City, we get a prequel; a back-story to an entire franchise, story, and or character. With the announcement and hype of the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins I couldn’t help to wonder how yet again a third entry into a video game is a prequel instead of a continuation. (Batman: Arkham Origins, Culture, Devil May Cry 3, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, PC, PS3, Retro, Wii U, Xbox 360)

ltachiUchiha  +   483d ago
Of course. We always wonder how certain things came to be in story based games. I hate playing games that try an tell a story but leave u thinking wtf was there even a story to begin with. I think it changes as u get older. When u are young stories dont really matter. U just want to play the game. As u growup & mature stories play a big part of games because like a movie, u will either remember it as a bad movie, an ok movie, or it was good, or just plain out a masterpiece. U never forget those things. Thats just my opinion.
GameSpawn  +   483d ago
I think it depends on the depth of story writing in the game. If a game was written in such a way that there is already this big background story to a character/faction than a prequel is possible.

The best examples of this are Metal Gear and God of War and they've been done...successfully. In both cases the canon took on a life of it own and you had entire timelines built (MGS) in which to work from.

Now with some games the story is too shallow (games that concentrate more on gameplay rather than story, characters, or plot) and would not lend well to a prequel. The prequel would end up as shallow if not more than the game it was preceding. So in these cases it would just be pointless and you might as well just make it a "reboot".

Also, another thing to consider is how much a game's story has been drawn out. If we've already stretched the story over five, six, or seven games making a prequel may come off as beating a dead horse. It really comes down to how the people are playing the sixth, or so, iteration of the game. Are they in it for the mythos that has been created or just the gameplay? I can only give Star Wars as an extreme example in this case of the top of my head.
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creatchee  +   483d ago
Depth of story is definitely important. The problem is sometimes they don't go far back enough.

Perfect example is Gears of War: Judgment. Don't get me wrong - I have been having an absolute blast with the multiplayer, despite its huge difference from past games (I know I'm in the minority on that, but whatevs). But my biggest problem with it was that it didn't delve deep enough into the backstory in terms of time.

They could have actually gone into the Pendulum Wars instead of immediately afterward. Heck - they could have had an entire prequel trilogy if they did that. There's a ton of story out there that would have to be a prequel to the prequel at this point if they wanted to tell it, which is silly.

Also, the timing was bad. Gears 3 was only out for about a year and a half when Judgment was released. People weren't ready for another trip into the Gears universe. Add this in with the lack of depth (or rather, the lack of delving deep enough into an existing story) did nothing to serve the game or series as a whole.
Pillsbury1  +   483d ago
Prequels tell an important backstory, example: mgs 3.
creatchee  +   483d ago
MGS3 definitely did it right, but it kind of defied being a prequel in a way by being part 3 in the chronology. A technicality to be sure, but a point nonetheless.
AznGaara  +   483d ago
Yeah, prequels have been getting a bad rep lately but if the world is big enough then a prequel could be a big deal. Like you said MGS3 was a great game. Another example of an amazing prequel is KH: Birth by Sleep.
crimsonfox  +   483d ago
When I finished metal gear solid 3... All I wanted was a prequel with The Joy and the cobra unit. maybe ending when she meets Jack and is an instructor. metal gear would be a great television series. there are alot of prequels to be told haha
Brazz  +   483d ago
Metal Gear Solid 3, the best of all metal gears!and a prequel... Prequels can be great for sure!
TongkatAli  +   483d ago
No way man MGS on the PS1, best soundtrack, boss cast and storyline. Kojima still hasn't topped that game to this day.
GameSpawn  +   483d ago
I really liked MGS3, but combined with the story of MGS:PW (Peace Walker) and the back story mentioned in MGS4 you have a whole new understanding of Big Boss as REALLY begin to like the guy. I really think MGS3 should always be taken together with Peace Walker as they are Big Boss's "saga" or "story arc". Combine with that the soon to be released (hopefully) Ground Zeroes & MGSV.

With MGS1 Big Boss was always portrayed as this big antagonist, but as the "Solid" series' canon became more and more complex, so did the protagonists and antagonists to the point that there really is no one single "bad guy". Everyone is human and has their own agenda, ideals, and means to an end. Zero and Big Boss wanted the same thing in the end, but they just over time diverged in the means to achieve that end. (If you haven't guessed I'm trying to phrase all this to minimize spoiling the series for those who haven't played.)

God I love Metal Gear.
Sketchy_Galore  +   483d ago
I used to love prequels. I love to actually see some legendary event that I had only heard about in the previous game or get some new important perspective on a character I hadn't fully understood before. Sadly it's hard to deny most prequels these days are nothing like this and have become more a case of, 'Hey look, it turns out that this character went on another adventure before or between the big meaningful quests you heard about and just never mentioned it in either of those games despite the fact that it was an even bigger scale adventure than the ones you've seen before.'.
pr0t0typeknuckles  +   483d ago
there wer only 2 prequels i played that i actually felt were good and those were obviously DMC 3, and MGS 3,because they actually showed how those characters came to be in the other games,but prequels like god of war ascension for example wasnt needed,if anything it would have been better had they had kratos before he became a servant of aries,fighting the wars and how it affected his families fellings for him that would have been a better prequel than what we got.
Dmd  +   483d ago
Oh yes they are! the MGS prequel is my favorite part of the whole franchise! Human Revolution is another awesome prequel. Devil May Cry 3 is yet another case of a game that, not only suceeds in being a great prequel, but is also considered by many the best in the series.
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