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Submitted by Pozzle 34d ago | opinion piece

10 Perfectly Crafted Video Games That Never Need Sequels

Some games are simply built with multiple entries in mind, whether it’s the yearly onslaught of Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed titles or games that are tied to the creative vision of their director over a period of several years. Over-saturation is a real problem in the video game industry, as the countless recycling of old properties on a yearly basis only serves to diminish the quality over time.

Indeed, the first game in the Thief series is a moody, calculating experience that seems to be slowly diluted with each subsequent release. The creative fire seems to fizzle out with each new game in a successful series, running the severe risk of franchise burn out. It is infinitely better to give the first game a satisfying conclusion than continue to warp the ideals of the series over time.

To that end, there are certain games that produced a title that was so contained within itself and executed in such a precise manner, that a sequel often seems like a cash grab. Be honest with yourself, is a sequel to The Last of Us really necessary? And do you really want to see another game set in the Heavy Rain universe? These are games that told such a complete, satisfying story, that another entry seems completely pointless and mundane.

So, let’s take a look at ten games that we hope never get a number two next to their name. (Alan Wake, Gone Home, PC, PS3, Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Of Us, The Swapper, Xbox 360)

cfc78  +   35d ago
In most cases if the games good enough and the story allows it there should always be a sequel,The Last of Us is the perfect example.
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Septic  +   35d ago
Well yeah, if ND can somehow completely surpass what TLOU delivered then why not have a sequel to it?

But the problem is, the bar was set incredibly high with TLOU and ND would have to decisively better that game with the sequel. I guess its a good problem to have but still, I hope they don't feel pressured into creating a sequel.
incendy35  +   34d ago
I would love a sequel to Last of Us with Ellie older and having her own child to take care of.
xHeavYx  +   34d ago
That would probably be the storyline for TLOU 3, on TLOU 2 she would be around 20 years old
JimmyDM90  +   34d ago
I think it would probably be easier to make another game in TLOU universe if it didn't star the leads from the last game. It would probably have cameos but by having different protagonists it would free up Naughty Dog creatively and draw fewer direct comparisons.
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Scark92  +   34d ago
I personally think the world of TLOU could be of use for different stories and characters of that universe, but I think they should leave Ellie and Joels story up to the imagination of the player (let it go)
DarkOcelet  +   35d ago
Alan wake dlc's were the writer , the signal . American .nightmare was different and felt like a filler , but it was not by any means bad , about Gone home , they could make a sequel with a different characters and setting would be great , but aside from that great list .
incendy35  +   34d ago
Great list of games. I wouldn't mind them all having sequels though :D
-Foxtrot  +   34d ago
Alan Wake....REALLY?

<Spoiler>

It left it totally open for a sequel

"It's not a lake...it's an ocean"

As for the Last of Us, it has too much story content for other characters and even the main ones to not do a sequel. I want to know what will happen next and what other characters got up to in the last 20 years.
Spotie  +   34d ago
I'd go as far as saying MOST games don't NEED sequels. However, some warrant them, even when they're perfectly good as standalone titles.
crazysammy  +   34d ago
Another World has a sequel called Heart of the Alien. There is a 2 pack on the Sega CD. Great games.
ThatEnglishDude  +   34d ago
Can't believe the ignorance in this thread. Any sequel to TLOU would undermine the originals brilliance, regardless of what story it followed (if any).

Even if it was a whole new story with new characters, it would constantly be compared to the original. There was an additional ending scene on TLOU that was cut at the last minute because they wanted the impact of that final scene to remain in peoples minds to form their own conclusions and actually THINK about what they just experienced. It was designed DELIBERATELY to end this way, and was purposely made to leave a resonating taste in the players mouth that had them reminiscing over their experience for years to come. Don't spoil this with a sequel. We don't need EVERY question answered. It's a smart game with an incredibly talented and intelligent writer. I hope he doesn't cave to fan demand and instead decides to work on something as original as this was. If we had sequels to every game that was great, we wouldn't have TLOU in the first place. Not to mention that even if a sequel WERE to be announced, it'd NEVER reach the hype that would surround it. No matter how good it may be, it'll still not be as good as people may hope for - which would then leave a blemish on the series' name.

Creating a sequel to this storyline would be spoonfeeding the audience, and I would like to think Druckmann is smarter than that. So many intricate details and decisions went into making this game as real and as convincing as possible. A sequel is just NOT necessary. Why can't we just leave it alone and leave the rest to the fan fiction?

All you people want is more, more, more. Your logic is "I thought this game was good, and so it's absolutely crucial we get more." Just because something is good, doesn't mean you need more of it. Why can't you just appreciate the value and lasting impact of a single experience? Yes, the characters are well developed and among the best (if not THE best) we've seen in this medium. Just because of this fact, we don't need to see a sequel. The wizards at Naughty Dog are more than capable of delivering us a fresh new experience in an exciting new world. Stop being a bunch of vultures, desperate to milk, have some imagination and leave The Last of Us to stand proudly as one of the single most masterful videogame experiences ever put on screen.
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ziggurcat  +   34d ago
my only thing with a sequel to TLOU is if they happen to actually do that, it should be a completely different storyline without Joel/Ellie.
Dynasty2021  +   34d ago
Another pathetically console-biased article on N4G.

What about Half Life?

What about Knights Of The Old Republic?

What about Dragon Age?

What about Company of Heroes?

Guild Wars?

Shogun Total War?

Starcraft?

Unreal Tournament?

Planescape Torment?

Divinity Original Sin?

Deus Ex?

Fallout?

Eve Online?

All far better than any console game these days.

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