Top 10 Games that Need Sequels or Comebacks [Best Recommendations]

Introduction:

There’s always that game that we played growing up that blew us away and then the years slowly went by as we waited for the next of the series to come out. It never did and now nostalgia fills our days with what could have been and should have been. This list is dedicated to those games that came into our lives, made a huge impact, and then simply faded. Some of these games are lucky in that perhaps they got a spiritual successor or a remake or maybe a sequel that was directed on a different platform. Still none of those are great fates, because generally it becomes hard for fans to track such new additions or they simply don’t feel as authentic. So you will see a mix of games on this list. Some that simply hit and disappeared and others that have some sort of legacy, but it is a legacy that has dulled since the original.

10. Jet Grind Radio

  • System: Dreamcast
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Developer: Smilebit
  • Release Date: Oct. 30, 2000

In Jet Grind Radio we wade our way into a gang war. This gang war requires us to tag, grind, and trick our way through Tokyo as we mark our territory and anyone who tries to trespass on our turf.

Jet Grind Radio is simply one of the most addictive and colorful games, and it deserves a plethora of sequels. It has the type of play that allowed games like Tony Hawk, SSX and so many more extreme sports type games to have a number of new additions over the years. The main reason that it was not blessed with such a legacy is perhaps that the game was set for the Dreamcast, which is a system that received little love from the masses.

Thankfully, fans have been granted the game on various new platforms, but simply having it on the GB, and now on PC, has made it even more clear that the game needs more love. Its creative style and artistic premise would thrive well in today’s gaming culture. It has a flair to it that captures the imagination and makes even the simplest of moments enjoyable.


9. The Legend of Dragoon

  • System: PlayStation
  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Developer: SCE Japan Studio
  • Release Date: Jun. 13, 2000

The Legend of Dragoon follows the extremely tough and unfair life of Dart. The video game starts out with him returning from his mission to defeat the monster that killed his parents. Upon his return though, he finds his home town destroyed and his childhood friend, Shana, has been kidnapped. Now, he is setting off once more to defeat an evil that is threatening the entire kingdom that he lives in.

This is one of those cult games that people have been waiting for a sequel to for ages and no one really understands why nothing came about. It had enough support and had a large enough world to create more stories with. Its scope was equivalent to that of the Final Fantasy worlds, and it had the added benefit implementing a unique time-focused combat system. At this point, even a remake would be appreciated, because the transformation process was definitely a unique one and one that deserves upgraded graphics.


8. Ristar

  • System: Genesis
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Developer: Sonic Team
  • Release Date: Feb. 16, 1995

Ristar follows the adventures of the son of a legendary hero, who has suddenly been captured by the space pirate Greedy. As the universe’s last hope, Ristar must travel to seven planets to restore peace to the solar system.

Ristar needs to be remade, because so few people actually know about it, and it is one of the best platformers that ever came out. The graphics were exceedingly well done for the time, the character was unique, and the overall experience was enjoyable. Perhaps it is due to the existence of powerhouses like Sonic that the game was unable to garner enough support, even though the gameplay was on par with the greats like Kirby, Sonic, and Mario.


7. Vagrant Story

  • System: PlayStation
  • Publisher: Square EA
  • Developer: SquareSoft
  • Release Date: May 15, 2000

Vagrant story follows the adventures of Ashley Riot as he pursues the cult leader Sydney Losstarot in his home of Lea Monde. In this city, which has been around for centuries, civil war is brewing and just as Losstarot is trying to incite more bloodshed by kidnapping the son of royalty, Ashley is trying to uphold the peace.

To have played Vagrant Story is to essentially experience first hand why video games can be played at any age. The story and its characters were mature and brought a unique spin to what a video game can actually tackle. It is not necessarily alone in producing such an affect on the gamer, but it is one of the few that did not receive recognition and never got a sequel to push the envelope. This type of injustice must be corrected and everyone needs to become familiar with the dark themes and tones that influenced Vagrant Story.


6. Radiata Stories

  • System: PlayStation 2
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Developer: Tri-Ace
  • Release Date: Sep. 6, 2005

Radiata Stories brings us into a world where human and fairies have been able to coexist peacefully for centuries. However, this peace has shattered and war is raging. Our job is to guide two heroes across the land in hopes of restoring peace.

How Radiata Stories never received a sequel, is beyond logic. Why wouldn't people want an interactive story that spans a thriving continent with multiple different environments? Why wouldn’t people want a game that allows you to recruit up to 175 unique characters to fight with? Do you know how many sequels Suikoden has gotten over the years? There are at least five. Well, Radiata Stories is on par with the Suikoden series and its only game arguably outperformed the Suikoden games that found their home on the PS2. It’s just not fair.


5. Shadow of the Colossus

  • System: PlayStation 2
  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Developer: SCE Japan Studio
  • Release Date: Oct. 18, 2005

Shadow of the Colossus drops us into a beautiful natural world that is practically devoid of all human life. The main character and his deceased love are the only two humans in this region. The man has come in order to revive his love, and to do so he must destroy the colossal beings that roam the land.

Shadow of the Colossus finally got a spiritual successor thanks to The Last Guardian, which is indeed a great game. However, it is not quite the same. Shadow of the Colossus was such a massive and quiet environment that gave us a whole world unto itself. The Last Guardian provides a great environment, but you know it has its boundaries. It is more of a labyrinth than an endless plain, which is the overall feeling that Shadow of the Colossus leaves you with.

Shadow of the Colossus also has a much more cryptic story that leaves fans with so much desire for a new game. In its quiet manner, some could argue that the game does not desire a sequel, and this is partially true. However, what if we were given a prequel? A prequel that shows us more of this world, the events that led to our hero needing to save his love would be such an emotional journey for fans of the game.


4. Muramasa: The Demon Blade

  • System: WII
  • Publisher: Ignition Entertainment
  • Developer: Vanillaware
  • Release Date: Sep. 8, 2009

Muramasa: The Demon Blade takes us into feudal Japan, when there was massive unrest as different factions warred with one another. We take on the role of two heroes you are journeying across the country to collect cursed swords before the shogun can.

To be honest, any old game by Vanillaware deserves a sequel or remake. Games by Vanillaware have had some of the most unique and gorgeous graphics. They are the type of the artistic works that really grab at the imagination and show how much the actual artwork can have on the impact of a game. They also prove how much love there is for the JRPG style. If you need proof of this, then just look at how much love the remake of Odin Sphere has been getting.

Let’s get into the specifics of Muramasa: The Demon Blade. This game had enough fascinating characters and lore behind the story that it could easily handle a sequel. The game at the very least deserves a remake on the different platforms, because it is another one of the great games that very few have played due to its exclusive nature.


3. The World Ends With You

  • System: DS
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Developer: Jupiter Corporation
  • Release Date: Apr. 22, 2008

In The World Ends With You, a game that NEEDS a sequel, we play as Neku, a teenager who was suddenly killed and is now residing in a territory between life and death known as the Underground. He’s been chosen to play in a game, where he must partner with another player and complete tasks in an allotted timeframe. If him and his partner can successfully complete the tasks and beat out the other players, then they will be revived.

The World Ends With You is one of the most under-appreciated JRPGs. It gave users a unique after-death premise and a complex battle system that worked really well with the DS touch pad. Admittedly, the simple fact that it was on the DS might be one of the reasons why this game is not well-known. That aside, the artistic might of the characters, modern-day world of Tokyo, and overall story are all exceptional and prove that TWEWY deserves a sequel or at least a larger screen.

There is even a plethora of opportunities for spin-off games that incorporate different elements of its combat system. Creators could focus on the dueling tops side game or focus on implementing co-op/multiplayer mode, which would create a wonderful experience. In the end, it is one of the few games that has enough unique features that could be tweaked and played with in order to create something just as good as the original.


2. Chrono Trigger

  • System: SNES, PlayStation, DS
  • Publisher: SquareSoft
  • Developer: SquareSoft
  • Release Date: Aug. 22, 1995

Chrono Trigger brought us into a world full of magic and possibilities. As the main character we find ourselves travelling through different time periods of the land we live on in hopes of stopping the end of the world. During our travels we meet a host of new friends with special abilities who are more than happy to help us along our way.

Some of you might be thinking that Chrono Trigger already got a pretty solid sequel. You would be semi-right. Chrono Cross was made as a sequel of sorts and had the added benefit of being remade on a proper console. It even held onto some of the key experiences that Chrono Trigger gave us: ridiculous characters and an enthralling story.

However, Chrono Cross developed its own combat system that was decent, but strayed way too far from Chrono Trigger. Its story also lacked a truly expansive world. For a proper sequel to Chrono Trigger, we need the time-oriented turn-based tactics as well as a setting that demands exploration if you want to truly understand the world that you have been brought into. That’s actually the main thing. We need a world that is brimming with history and lore of its own.


1.Okami

  • System: PlayStation 2
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Developer: Clover Studio
  • Release Date: Sep. 19, 2006

For those of you who do not know Okami, SHAME. Okami takes us into an ancient period of Japan, where an evil force has been stealing the color and life from the land. We become the sun goddess Amaterasu in wolf form and our job is to bring harmony back to the world. To do this we must collect various gods, each having a majestic power that will help Amaterasu overcome the evil and regrow the land.

Okami is one of those rare games that some fans might actually not want a sequel of. The game is pretty close to perfection, and it already gets remade (in HD) for about every single new system. The game even has a sequel, Okamiden, that was made for the DS! However, that’s where the need for a real sequel comes from.

Okamiden was absolutely delightful and made us realize that the heritage line of the characters is something we want and are indeed excited about. So clearly they need to recreate Okamiden or perhaps simply an entirely new world for Amaterasu that is on a console rather than a handheld. The simple fact that the only sequel to this game has been kept to a DS screen is unacceptable. The game’s glorious artwork needs to be on the big screen.


Final Thoughts:

An injustice is being done to us each year that these games don’t receive a new development. Each of these games have strong gameplay, great characters, and an impressive story that leave enough room for expansion. Why these games are not receiving their proper due does is beyond comprehension. It is time they go the treatment they always deserved and hopefully an even larger fanbase will discover the glory of these beauties.

Yoko Dev

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Author: Yoko Dev

Hello, my anime peers. I’m from the states, but have taken an indefinite leave to travel while freelancing. Outside of a deep admiration for anime that started long ago, I love to read, write, and play video games. The main issue of traveling so far has been not having a console.

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