Fans weren't pleased with the direction some of these sequels took, but WWG points out the five big ones that ended up being way better than expected.
Knack 2 really shouldn't be on this list since it still turned out to be an average game. Better choices for a list like this would be The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, Doom '16, Watch Dogs 2, Killzone 2, Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Kong: Tropical Freeze, Street Fighter 2, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Red Steel 2, Just Cause 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Spec Ops: The Line, Borderlands 2, Devil May Cry 3, Final Fantasy XV, & Mortal Kombat 9 just to name a few that proved the haters wrong.
I found Doom (2016), to be much more true to Doom, than Doom 3. The combat was fast, and the levels had plenty of exploration to them. I am not sure if Doom (2016), is a sequel to Doom 3, or just a follow-up to Doom 2, that ignores the 3rd game.
Red Dead Redemption is a conceptual reboot, and is not a sequel to Red Dead Revolver.
Red Dead Redemption is a thematic sequel in the same way that Final Fantasy II, Shadow of the Colossus, Secret of Mana, Far Cry 2, Tales of Destiny, Fallout 2, Grand Theft Auto 2, & Xenoblade Chronicles X are.
How?, Red Dead Redemption has no connections to Revolver, and the gameplay is very different. Far Cry 2 is set in the same universe as the first game, and has similar gameplay. Also Jack Carvier, may in fact be the Far Cry's Jackal.
Do you even know what a thematic sequel is? They don't tend to share the same main characters that regular sequels do, although some side characters may appear as references. For example Red Dead Revolver's story gets mentioned in Redemption and you can play as a Revolver character in Remdemption's. Far Cry 2 does not share a common story, main characters (only a few secondary characters), and settings as its predecessor. The only real common thing is the theme of men's ventures into the savage wilderness. Every thematic series such as Red Dead has a common theme.
Assassin's Creed 2 (& Brotherhood), Dark Cloud 2, Uncharted 2, Wolfenstein The New Order, Witcher 3, Persona 5, various Zelda and Final Fantasy games
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