Ah, sequels. You gotta love ’em. I’ve written about bad sequels before, and now I’m going to do the opposite in a way, and talk about five upcoming sequels that I’m hoping won’t suck.
Yeah, yeah… I know this game likely won’t see release this year (although a calendar 2010 release has not been confirmed). But still, it’s coming out, it’s BioShock, and it’s important. I’ve actually spoken in depth about the prospects of a BioShock sequel. To sum it up, I have high hopes, but I acknowledge the fact that they could very likely be shot down. Aaaand my thoughts really haven’t changed since then. Seeing the multiplayer mode in action really did nothing to convince me that it wasn’t a cheap gimmicky add-on that has no place in the BioShock universe. The number of development studios at work on the game is rather shocking, and a little unsettling, with a fourth having been added to the mix recently. But in spite of all this I’m hoping for the best with BioShock 2. And I EXPECT the best.
Assassin’s Creed 2
The original Assassin’s Creed was by far my favorite game of 2007. I know not everyone had the euphoric experience I did, and there are quite a few gamers out there who loathed the game. I can certainly understand some of their issues, but nonetheless, I had a blast with the game from beginning to end. The beautiful, intricately detailed world drew me in immediately, the plot kept me glued to the screen, and while the gameplay could become repetitive, the fantastic mechanics were enough to win me over.
Frankly, I’m far more confident in Assassin’s Creed 2 than BioShock 2. First of all, the ending to Assassin’s Creed is hardly conclusive, all but informing players that the story was far from over. Also, as well-designed as it was, there were more than a few issues with Assassin’s Creed that a sequel is just dying to fix. And, if the details we’ve received are any indication, it seems they WILL be fixed – which, ideally, will result in an even greater experience than before. I’m excited.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Yes, the official title includes the Call of Duty prefix. They (finally) made up their minds with that one.
I’ll be up front and admit that my experience with Call of Duty is rather limited. I’ve done a few hours of Modern Warfare‘s campaign, and spent a decent amount of time in deathmatch modes in both Modern Warfare and World at War. I’ve seen more of it than I’ve played, but in my opinion, they feature some of the most intense, realistic campaign modes ever seen, as well as possibly the best multiplayer gameplay of this generation. Now, I don’t think Modern Warfare 2 will blow anyone away, to be honest; for the simple reason that most of it has been seen before. But nonetheless, it’s sure to be a solid addition to the franchise, and a must-buy for any fan of the series.
Mass Effect 2
I still haven’t finished the original Mass Effect. I should probably get around to that sometime, because I do have hopes that Mass Effect 2 will make some improvements. Sure, there are a few mechanics that could be tweaked. And a new menu system would be… ah… nice to have. But most of all I hope they maintain a sharper focus on the main plot this time around; as I’ve stated before, the pacing of the original game was its biggest flaw in my eyes. I have to say, though, I’m really digging the darker look of the sequel, as well as some of the additions to the (already awesome) dialogue tree. I’m really questioning BioWare’s judgment in revealing so many aspects of the plot to the general public, but they have indeed succeeded in making me want Mass Effect 2 in spite of my issues with the first.
Valkyria Chronicles 2
This one might catch a few of you by surprise. Don’t believe me? Check it out. Valkyria Chronicles 2: The Gallia Royal Military Academy is coming, and it’s a PSP game. Other than that… well, not much is known. It’s due out “this winter” in Japan, which means we likely won’t see it in the states this year, if ever. A bit of a shame that it’s on the PSP, but I’m just happy the franchise is being kept alive in one form or another. Let’s hope for some more details soon. And a North American release.