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Old December 22 2014, 04:42 PM   #1
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Game sequels that are better than the first game

I know, I know, the answer is probably "most of them" (because unlike movies, the second game in a series usually takes the winning formula of the first and tweaks it to perfection; whether that follows for multiple games remains in doubt).

But I was wondering, I guess, which game sequels do you think are among the best at this?

I was inspired to this line of thinking by the realization recently that I think Ms Pac-Man is on the whole a more satisfying game than Pac-Man. It doesn't mess with the fundamentals too much, but it makes improvements (like multiple screen exits) and generally tidies up the gameplay a bit.

Another one that springs to mind is Tomb Raider. The original Tomb Raider was great, but the sequel added exterior scenes and this led to a general widening of what the game world can do. Really, each Tomb Raider was technically better than the last, but it just fell victim to falling further and further behind as technology advanced and they were still using the same game engine five years later.

I remain unsure if Quake II is really better than Quake. I liked the original Quake's gothic/tech mixture in the level design, and found Quake II's antagonists had less variety. Doom 2 on the other hand is generally a better all-round game than Doom, largely because of it's devious levels and vastly expanded roster of enemies. Going back and playing the original Doom after the sequel always made me feel that Doom was like a prototype and that Doom 2 was the real deal.

What say you, fellow gamers?
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Old December 22 2014, 05:00 PM   #2
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Mass Effect 2. ME1 wasn't bad, but it got extremely tedious with the driving stuff. Some people prefer it over the planet probing, but I actually liked that. ME2 also had a better story (although ME1's was good, too) and better companions and gameplay (although, again, ME1's weren't bad, except for the driving gameplay stuff).
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Old December 22 2014, 05:20 PM   #3
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Re: Game sequels that are better than the first game

TIE Fighter. Many gameplay reasons, but also for adding in difficulty levels.
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Old December 22 2014, 05:26 PM   #4
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Re: Game sequels that are better than the first game

Assasin's Creed 2 was a huge improvement on the original...
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Old December 22 2014, 05:34 PM   #5
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Re: Game sequels that are better than the first game

Most of the Final Fantasy games are better than the first, which I suppose is not a huge accomplishment.

Same for the Ultima series.

Wing Commander 3 and 4 are the best games in that franchise.

Civilization II is easily much better than I, no matter what you think of the later entries. (I think 4 and 5 each make a good case for being the best in the series, personally.)
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Old December 22 2014, 06:01 PM   #6
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Mario Kart 64 was better than the first, and DS was better still. Hell, putting nostalgia aside, they're all (except Super Circuit) better than the original just by virtue of 3D tracks.
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Old December 22 2014, 06:06 PM   #7
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Wing Commander 3 and 4 are the best games in that franchise.
You misspelled Privateer.
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Old December 22 2014, 06:12 PM   #8
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Re: Game sequels that are better than the first game

Assassin's Creed 2 is probably the poster-boy for this... Just Cause 2 and Red Faction 2 also spring to mind.
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Old December 22 2014, 06:41 PM   #9
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Assassin's Creed 2, for sure. Also Uncharted 2. The first one was great, but the sequel just blew it out of the water.
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Old December 23 2014, 02:16 AM   #10
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Uncharted 2 vs Uncharted. Enough said

Also agree on ME2, although I found the probing rather tedious and pointless.
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Old December 23 2014, 02:58 AM   #11
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Re: Game sequels that are better than the first game

Mega Man II
Castlevania III
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
WarCraft II
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Super Mario Bros. 3
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals
Phantasy Star IV
Super Metroid
Final Fantasy IV

These would be my top ten. All of these games took a decent (or maybe even great) original game and elevated the franchise to a whole new level.
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Old December 23 2014, 05:06 AM   #12
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Freespace was pretty epic, but Freespace 2 was epic-er.

Galactic Civilisations 2 was in every way better than GC1.
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Old December 23 2014, 05:52 AM   #13
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Re: Game sequels that are better than the first game

Maybe it would be more interesting to name bad sequels.

I doubt any are as infamous as Duke Nukem Forever, though.
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Old December 23 2014, 07:04 AM   #14
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^ Master of Orion III is a close contender.
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Old December 23 2014, 11:36 AM   #15
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Street Fighter II

But was it a sequel or wasn't it?
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