Sequels are often a good thing as thet expand the world and story which we loved originally. Saying that however, sometimes a sequel, and even a prequel and spin off of a series, ruins the entire thing.
Some of these games listed below should have just stayed as they were, instead of the studio releasing an unnecessary chapter that failed to provide the same impact as the original.
Sonic the Hedgehog
The next generation of gaming was here, and everyone could not wait to see how the latest Sonic the Hedgehog played on Sony’s PS3 console. What we got however, was a hot mess.
Bland environments, a terrible camera system, and a forgetful story made this so called “Sonic the Hedgehog” reboot something we wanted to forget.
Let us not forget to mention the weird relationship that Sonic formed with the human princess in the game, that almost seemed a little illegal.
The game brought new characters into the mix, and focused heavily on Silver and Shadow, but the reception of the game was so bad that SEGA recalled it in 2010 in an attempt to increase the value of the brand.
To be honest, the series has not been the same since, apart from Sonic Generations.
Duke Nukem Forever
Those who grew up playing Duke Nukem 3D would know just how amazingly epic the series was. Fast forward into the early 2000’s and we all dreamed of playing a modern version of the game.
Unfortunately, it seemed that the 90’s version of the series was the best it was going to get, as Duke Nukem Forever was one of the worst games ever made.
Outdated visuals, a cheesy script, and forgettable gameplay made it a giant mess. There was nothing “wow” about anything the game had going for it, and it took our favorite womanizing action hero and turned him into a has-been.
Duke Nukem Forever hurt the series so bad, that I don’t think it will ever recover, and 2K has better luck re-releasing the 3D version every generation rather than work on a new game.
Final Fantasy XIV – Before a Realm Reborn
If you think that Final Fantasy XIV was always as great as it is today, then think again.
The game originally released as a so-called “World of Warcraft” rival, but soon after release, fans and critics realized that there was nothing fantastic about the game at all, and rather its gameplay, shoddy UI, and overall engine limitations, resulted in a game that was truly forgettable.
It turns out that Square Enix did not invest in a new engine to build the game, and rather worked on the game using an old engine. All this then resulted in buggy gameplay, and limited capabilities, which in turn was an epic fail.
Square Enix had to shut down the game and destroy the world in order create A Realm Reborn, which is the game we all know today.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
After the huge success of the original Force Unleashed, EA did what EA do best, milk things dry. The original game was praised for being so out there, while still bringing to the table all Star Wars love we all enjoy.
Unfortunately, the sequel was basically a copy-and-paste scenario, but with a significant drop in overall quality.
The game included terrible cameos from the series’ most popular characters, a boring combat system which felt that it was not tweaked at the slightest from the original, and a story that failed to live up to the magnitude of the series.
It was a complete let-down, and something we wish had never happened.
Medal of Honor: Warfighter
In a world of Call of Duty and Battlefield, there is no room for a military-driven game unless you are able to knock both of these heavyweights off the podium.
Sure, the Medal of Honor series was one of the best back in the day, but it slowly died out, and when EA tried to revive it in 2010 it was met with average reception.
The 2010 reboot was unremarkable. Two years later , EA released Medal of Honor Warfighter which just failed terribly.
Yes, Medal of Honor: Warfighter had to compete with Call of Duty Black Ops II, but given that the game had a terrible story and rehashed gameplay from the original, it was a losing battle.
We doubt we will ever see another Medal of Honor game, but we hope someday that EA will release a classic remastered collection that we can all enjoy again. Just please, not another reboot.