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I have been gaming since I was three-years-old. Throughout that time, there have been numerous titles that I have played and adored. Some of them never got the sequel they deserved, or never got one at all. The following are 5 sequels I would love to have, but unfortunately their inception is looking unlikely. Check them out below:
5) Psi-Ops 2 – The original game, Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy, was developed and published by Midway Games for Xbox, PlayStation 2, and PC. It was released on June 14th, 2004 and was receptive of great praise. The game was a 3rd-person-shooter but was unique in having psychic powers that can rag doll enemies around. Psi-Ops featured an interesting and long story and had set up a sequel with their ending. With Midway’s closure I highly doubt we’ll see this great franchise return.
4) Streets of Rage 4 – The Streets of Rage trilogy was developed and published by Sega for release on the Sega Genesis as early as 1991 for the original and 1994 for the 3rd one. Streets of Rage was always a side-scrolling beat ‘em up series with their story focusing around a crime boss named Mr. X and his syndicate controlling the city. Despite having great reviews, and sales and a kicking community, Sega has not created a sequel in about 19 years! There were rumors that several different developers have tried to make a SoR4 for Sega but were turned down by the publisher.
3) Brothers in Arms 4 – Brothers in Arms is a World War 2 first person shooter series developed by Gearbox Software and published by Ubisoft for PC, PS2, Xbox, PSP, Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360. This series differs from most other first person shooters in that it focuses on tactics and using your two 3-man teams to complete missions. This is also one of the first games I myself have played to feature a cover system that switched views to 3rd person and an aiming down the sights feature. It also featured suppressing fire from enemies that messed with your aim that even now most games don’t feature outside of Battlefield 3 and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Gearbox and Ubisoft had shown off a game titled Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 at E3 2011, which had gotten comparisons to Inglourious Bastards and Bulletstorm and less like the tactical game it shared its title with. Since then the game has been retitled Furious 4 and is removed from the Brothers in Arms series and I still await a true sequel.
2) Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 – The Marvel: Ultimate Alliance series was developed by Raven Software and Vicarious Visions and were published by Activision for the PS2, Xbox, PSP, Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360. These games had a top-down view and were action role-playing games. Players were allowed to create teams of four from over twenty-four playable characters as they visited many locales and fight many villains within the Marvel Universe. The games were deep, story-driven, and packed some nice visuals at the time of their release. The roster was great as well as it included the likes of Spider-man, Wolverine, Captain America, Elektra, Thor, Dr. Strange, Blade, Ghost Rider, and even Green Goblin and Venom in the sequel. I liked the original more than the sequel and would love to see Raven Software return to their roots, unfortunately after the poor reception to their games Singularity and Wolfenstein they have been relegated to churning out DLC packs for the Call of Duty Franchise.
1) SOCOM Legacy – The SOCOM Franchise is a third-person-shooter tactical franchise developed by Zipper Interactive and Slant Six Games and published by SCEA for the PS2, PSP, and PS3. SOCOM 1 was the game to introduce online gaming on home consoles and was released on August 27, 2002 with a network adapter included. It also introduced voice commands in the single player campaign. You could command a specific team or everyone to move to a certain waypoint, or to go stealthy, or go trigger-happy. The SOCOM series also spawned a clan-war website known as SOCOMbattles and since then is now known as GameBattles. Unfortunately, going next-gen to the PS3 has led the series astray. A new developer and changes to the core of the game resulted in lots of bugs and an unhappy fanbase. SCEA seemed to have noticed the anger and had brought Zipper back on board to make a true sequel known as SOCOM 4. This game however drifted even farther from their roots and got even worse backlash. Before Zipper was shut down, their Community Manager-turned Designer Jeremy Dunham had spoken to the fans on what kind of game he would like to make for the community. He entitled it SOCOM Legacy and it would be online-only and feature the best of the best from the series with a few new maps included. This is the dream game most SOCOMers await and it appears it’ll continue to be just that…a dream.
There you have it, my 5 most wanted sequels! Of these, a true Brothers in Arms 4 seems to be the only one that will see the light of day while Marvel, SOCOM, and SoR are up to their respective publishers. I do not know if anyone bought up the rights to Psi-Ops, but this long without a sequel leads me to imagine the answer is, “no.” Some other notable mentions include, a new Ecco the dolphin, Shenmue 3, The Suffering 3, a new Battlefront, Delta Force, Manhunt, Gun 2, and bring back another round of Bully. In addition, with the downfall of THQ and certain IP’s in limbo, I can only hope the Darksiders IP gets picked up or that can end up on my list in the future.
So you saw my top 5 – What are some of the games you want to see come out? Sound off in the comments below!