There is nothing worse than a disappointing sequel. This goes for pretty much any media, but today I am looking at some of the video games sequels that I have been excited to play, but been ultimately disappointed by. I am not saying that all of these games are “bad” but they certainly did not deliver on what their predecessor offered.
Resident Evil 5
Let me start by saying that Resident Evil 4 is my favorite video game of all time so Resident Evil 5 had a lot to live up to. Still, this was one of my most anticipated games of all time, so much so that I went to great lengths to download the Japanese demo for the Xbox 360 so that I could play it early. Resident Evil 5 took the series in an even more action oriented direction than 4 did, but that is not what let me down.
The forced co-op did! Playing this in single player is brutal, Sheva has some of the worst companion AI that you will ever come across and 9/10 she is more of a hindrance than any kind of help. Playing this with another person online or in split screen co-op is actually fun. However, in single player Resident Evil 5 is a huge chore to play through.
Mortal Kombat 3
Mortal Kombat 3 is not a bad game, but it certainly did not reach the highs that Mortal Kombat II did. I first played Mortal Kombat 3 in an arcade while on vacation and then had to wait until it was released on the Sony PlayStation that Christmas to play it some more. It was set on Earth, took out some of my favorite characters and introduced new ones who were for the most part nowhere near as cool as the ones they replaced.
Mortal Kombat 3 plays well enough and the PlayStation version is one of the best arcade to home ports of that generation. However, I have to put it on this list as it felt very meh in comparison to the epic Mortal Kombat II that came before it. Even the updated Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 was not as good as Mortal Kombat II.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
I had so much fun playing the Mass Effect trilogy. I was deeply invested in my Commander Shepard’s quest to save the galaxy that by the time the third game was released I was at the store for the midnight launch to see how it all played out. I actually liked the original and then the “fixed” ending of Mass Effect 3. It was a fitting end to the trilogy in my opinion and I thought the series was done…. But EA wanted that Mass Effect money so Mass Effect: Andromeda was put out.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is one of those games that I wondered while I was playing it “why does this game exist?”. It is not much fun, it was full of so many bugs I had to put a tent around my PS4 and fumigate it and it had no soul like the other three games did. It really ended the series on a sour note for me which sucks as I loved those first three games.
I worked in a video game store when Driv3r was released. It was a game that had a ton of hype as the first two Driver games were very popular on the original PlayStation. Driv3r though was taking a page from the 3D Grand Theft Auto games and trying to be like that. Atari who made the game were in deep, deep trouble at the time and they had to get Driv3r out onto store shelves to get some cash flow.
Well, they got it out onto store shelves, but the game was an absolute mess. It was so unfinished it is crazy that they thought they could get away with it. There was a lot of potential in Driv3r, but I feel that they simply did not have enough time to get the game finished which really sucks as this had the makings of a good game.
Fatal Frame 3
Here in the UK, this is actually called Project Zero, but I will stick with Fatal Frame for you guys. Fatal Frame 2 is one of the scariest games that I have ever played. It was creepy, unnerving and it was very well made. Well, Fatal Frame 3 is also a very well made game and one that really is not a bad game, but for me, it was a huge step down from the terror that Fatal Frame 2 brought with it.
I think a huge part of it is the setting. Fatal Frame 2 had that old creepy Japanese village hidden in the woods going on. Fatal Frame 3 is more modern and it just never clicked with me the way that the second game did. Of all the games on this list, Fatal Frame 3 is the one that I feel could be better if I give it another chance.
This came out on the Sega Genesis and it was a huge step down from the awesome first Strider game. Sega made the Genesis version of the first Strider game and they did not let Capcom down. They did a great job and it was one of the best games of the first couple of years of the Genesis’s life. Look at the NES version and then look at the Genesis version and you can clearly see how much more powerful that blast
Strider II was made without Capcom and it was published by US Gold and the game is horrible. It is super choppy, unfairly hard (due to bad game design) and it is nowhere near as much fun as the first game. A friend of mine rented this when we were kids and we could not get into it and back then when were about 10 every game was awesome, but not Strider II!
Medal of Honor: Warfighter
Before we had Call of Duty and Battlefield we had Medal of Honor. This was the first person shooter series that everyone loved back on the original PlayStation and PC. It even had some good games on the PS2, Xbox, and GameCube. However, Call of Duty and Battlefield came along and did what Medal of Honor did, but did it much better.
EA did try to bring the series back to the mainstream with Warfighter, but it could not have gone any more horribly wrong. They tried to get in on the Modern Warfare craze, but that is not the games problem. It is a broken mess, it just did not work properly and in this same year we had Call of Duty Black Ops and Battlefield Bad Company 2 so this very poor effort did not stand a chance. It is a shame too as many people wanted to see the Medal of Honor series back, but not like this!