Hear ye, Hear ye: The Sequels are Coming! The Sequels are Coming!

After a fantastic array of games were released and keeping us all poor (yes, remember a time when you could choose to be poor!) throughout 2007-2008, the games-well started to dry up with people claiming they had nothing they were really looking forward to in 2009. Where were all the sequels to amazing games that we were promised? Bioshock, Mass Effect, Assassins Creed and Dead Rising just to name a few, were massive hits with sequels promised and until recently there was not even a whisper.

assassins-creed-2But now, as I’m sure you’ve noticed if you haven’t been hiding on a distant planet, the time has come –  Dead Rising, Bioshock and Assassins Creed have all been releasing teasers for their sequels, with Bioshock 2 dominating most gaming magazines regardless of format this month too. It is an exciting time for all of us, unfortunately a time when we must also be patient as we all know that a teaser tends to mean 6+ months before any game hits the shelves, but it’s started.

Are there good games to look forward to in 2009? Most definitely, if only to see if the original hits can carry themselves smoothly into a captivating sequel. The ideas behind Bioshock 2 and Assassins Creed 2 make me wish they’d just hurry up and finish so I can get my dirty little paws (ok, clean littleish hands – no dirt allowed near the controllers!) on them. Both games (spoiler-free guarantee if you have been hiding) have shown such twists from the originals as far as story goes, with Bioshock potentially winning my most inventive sequel storyline award already. It’s a tricky line to walk if you’re going to release a sequel but I really think there will be little disappointment with these two titles. As for Dead Rising… well after so long since the original I can’t wait to get back into a room with hundreds of zombies in it. Now where’s my bowling ball? Oh ok, an electric guitar will do.








6 responses to “Hear ye, Hear ye: The Sequels are Coming! The Sequels are Coming!”

  1. markB0SS avatar

    Im usually one to sigh for the incoming sequel in favour of a new I.P. but these recent instalments have got my gamer thumbs twitching with anticipation.
    Top of the pile- Dead Rising 2. From someone that considers the first as the best current gen game, this sequel has been a long time coming thanks to George Romero and his crack team of lawyer.

  2. markB0SS avatar

    Oh yeah and Modern Warefare 2 is probably going to rock my socks off thanks again to Infinity Ward.

  3. Celeste avatar

    BioShock 2 – oh man, the anticipation. I don’t think anything has managed to excite me this much… ever!

  4. MrCuddleswick avatar

    Bioshock 2 has a long way to go to convince me that it’s a worthwhile project. The gameplay wasn’t revolutionary or even that fresh, and the plot and themes of the original were almost faultlessly executed without any need to revisit or re-jig. Expanding on that story strikes me as cashing in for the sake of it. Hopefully I’ll be proved wrong.

    Assassins’ Creed and Dead Rising – now there are two games calling out for sequels. I loved both of those so much for their fresh gameplay ideas, but the execution was far from perfect in both cases. Their sequels could absolutely nail concept and execution, and then you’d have two contenders for Cuddleswick GOTY (the most prestigious award in games).

  5. Chummp Change avatar
    Chummp Change

    Looking forward to Dead Rising 2 and Bio Shock 2, not fussed about AC2 though.

    Would love to see a Battlefront sequel for the 360 platform though.

  6. Lorna avatar

    It is indeed year of the sequels, though hopefully there will be some good originals in the mix too 🙂

    This just means that I will have to bump Assassin’s Creed and Overlord to the top of my ‘to play’ heap now…

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