GameCentral readers discuss the video game sequels theyve given up hope of ever happening, from Soul Reaver 3 to Bloodborne 2.
The subject for this weeks Hot Topic was suggested by reader Franky, who asked whats the one piece of gaming news you never expect to hear? With Gamescom coming up next week whats the one sequel, reboot, or hardware annoucement youre confident wont be made?
We had plenty of different answers, from throughout gaming history, but Valve and Konami got the greatest number of mentions, with many also being pessimistic about the chances of a new Advance Wars.
Every time I hear Valves name mentioned I dont even know what to say. Its like if Steven Spielberg, at the height of his powers, went off to found Blockbusters (or whatever) and then never made a film again. I dont even need to bring that sequel into the equation and the whole, sad existence of the company today not seem like a complete waste of one of the most talented developers theres ever been.
I will say that I would love to see a Portal 3, or some sort of resolution to that whole universe, but more than that I want to see new games from Valve. They gave up making games for the best part of a decade now, so just imagine how many amazing games we couldve had in that time if theyd stayed on their original trajectory.
But as this Hot Topic demands, Ive given up now. Sure, they may make a few new VR games in the future, or maybe some more multiplayer-only games, but Ive stopped hoping therell ever go back to what they used to be.
In name only
Im actually a bit stuck on this one because as this week alone has proven you never can tell what game will come back, even if its never quite the one you want. The one that first comes to mind though is Silent Hill, although I have a feeling that Konami probably will bring it back at some point. The problem is I dont see it ever being as good as it used to be, especially if Metal Gear Survive is anything to go by.
Although if Im honest, Silent Hill has never really been the same since the PlayStation 2 era and I dont see it ever returning fully to its former glories. Silent Hills was their way back and the screwed that one up so much its probably the most famous cancelled game ever.
So yeah, Ive lost hope really. It might come back – probably all the Konami games will at some point – but itll never be what it was.
Prepare to give up
Even now, I feel like its by no means impossible but Ive kind of abandoned hope of a Demons Souls remaster on PlayStation 4.
I think its best chance was this years E3 but, in all honesty, its probably for the best that the next From game to look forward to is an original one.
I never owned a PlayStation 3 and had a decent sized list of exclusives that made me regret that but Demons Souls is now probably the final one Im interested in that hasnt made its way onto the PlayStation 4 (well, maybe Puppeteer too).
I expect if I played it now, Id find it inferior to Dark Souls and Bloodborne at the very least, but Ive encountered a few folk who insist its the best one. So Id still punch the air if news of a remaster came, especially if it brought the game up to current standards to a greater extent than the recent Dark Souls one did. I just think the boat has been missed in it now, though.
GC: It wasnt the best one, but it did have some of the best bits.
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Im not sure this counts really but the one game Im surprised they never made a sequel to was Chrono Trigger. I know theres Chrono Cross, of course, but like a proper sequel that actually has something to do with the original game and characters.
Maybe the original wasnt popular at the time, Im not sure since it never came out here, but its reputation since is that its one of the best Japanese role-players ever made. So how comes we have 10 Unlimited SaGA games but just one, rubbish Chrono Trigger sequel?
Seems mad to be me but I gave up hoping Square Enix are going to do anything about it a long time ago. But who knows, I never wouldnt expected a new NieR game either…
I have finally come to the realisation that I will never get a sequel to my beloved Dropship: United Peace Force. I have waited over 15 years for one but I feel now is the time to let it go.
I still hold out hope for a sequel to The Order: 1886 too. Im not convinced I will be rewarded for my patience!
OldMiley (PSN ID)
Nothing at all
The one Ive given up on hoping for is a new Legacy Of Kain game, particularly a new Soul Reaver. The time for a new one of those was probably 10 to 15 years ago and, well, obviously that never happened. I still dont understand why though because the games were really great at the time and seemed to be popular. But once you got onto the PlayStation 2 the budgets seemed to go down and down and the games got more and more generic.
It was when the Nosgoth multiplayer game got shut down that I realised the game was really up though. I mean, that was a terrible idea anyway, and obviously doomed to failure (another example of seemingly everyone knowing it except the game makers) but you could tell that was the series last chance.
I think theres been some talk of letting an indie team take over, like they did with that rubbish new Fear Effect game, but that doesnt count as far as Im concerned. When Soul Reaver was first out it was state-of-the-art big budget gaming, it needs to be that again or nothing at all. I guess they went with nothing at all.
Okay, this one is as easy as it is unfortunate: Dreamcast 2. I shouldnt have to explain why, right?
GC: Well, you dont have to. But it doesnt make for much of a letter.
Switch it up
I can think of a couple of games that Ive given up hope of being announced but would love to be proved wrong on these.
The first would be Switch Wars, which is of course the Switch entry to, and a new reboot of, the Advance Wars series. I know weve got Advance Wars spiritual successor WarGroove to come this year, which looks amazing, but I have such fond memories of playing Advance Wars back in the day. The more realistic military approach to the series means theres definitely space for a new entry alongside the fantasy based WarGroove.
Id like Switch Wars to either keep the same visual style as the old games, probably with a bit of an update to the animations too, or go all out and have really crisp graphics. They wouldnt have to be amazing, maybe even just having a visual style similar to the Knack games, but I wouldnt want what looks like a PlayStation 2 era Final Fantasy graphics/gameplay as seen in the recent Fire Emblem reveal in the E3 Nintendo Direct.
The other would be a new entry to the Fight Night series. I always enjoyed the analogue stick-based gameplay and it always had a great roster of fighters, as well as a strong story mode and customisation options for your created fighter. Although I seem to remember the story mode having a pretty extreme difficulty spike at times, but maybe that was more a reflection on my ability!
However, with the success of the UFC games and the somewhat decline in boxings popularity (again, thanks to the UFC) I cant see this being announced anytime soon.
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