It is quickly becoming a welcome trend in video games that sequels are far surpassing the scope and design of their predecessors. Assassin’s Creed 2 brought together the problems the first had in it’s mission structure and story. Mass Effect 2 made grand improvements on the series’ linearity and combat. Crackdown 2 looks to improve on nearly every single aspect of the first, despite being from a different developer. Whereas the film industry (and granted, the past ten years of the games industry) suffers from a great deal of cynicism towards sequels due to the greediness of key “Hollywood” figures looking to cash in on success, resulting in inferior or downright lazy additions to a series, we are now being gifted with a number of ever expanding and ever improving franchises.