In this day and age of gaming, it is hard to be original. The market is dominated by sequels to the most popular franchises. Considering that some games cost as much as movies to make, it’s not hard to understand why developers don’t want to spend millions on a game and won’t reap any benefits. The gaming community may cry that they want more original games, but in reality we want to buy a product and feel comfortable with it. Sequels are the standard in games now (ask Activision). Now many believe the 1st in a series is usually the best, but I have composed a list of entries that once played, you can never go back to its predecessor.
5. Soul Calibur
Many people don’t even realize that Soul Calibur wasn’t the first in the series, even though it was followed with many numbered sequels. Soul Edge was released in 1996 on arcades and a year later on the Playstation (under the moniker Soul Blade). It features favorites like Mitsugurgi and Voldo , and the ability to have your weapon destroyed if you blocked too much. The Soul Edge was a fine offering, Soul Calibur was superior to the original in every way. Faster gameplay, improved visuals, more character diversity, and a better soundtrack made you never wanna touch the original again.
4.Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
The Tony Hawk franchise took the world by surprise by featuring solid graphics, fun mini missions, and excellent skate park design. While the original is hailed a PS1 classic, it was it’s sequel that really moved the series forward dramatically. While THPS 2 featured the usual improvements, it was one move they added the increased the depth substantially: the manual. The ability to link combos from rails as you skate was a huge addition. Thousand point scores went to millions, and unfortunately the series would find it’s peak here.
3. Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Bros. single-handedly saved the video market after the crash of 1983. So how could Nintendo follow up it’s classic? By releasing another game and replacing it with Mario characters. Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic was used in place of the original SMB2, because America felt that the original was just a harder version of Super Mario Bros. (they were right essentially). So we wouldn’t get a true sequel until Super Mario Bros. 3 was released in 1990, but boy was it worth the wait. Colorful and vibrant visuals, new power-ups (Tannoki suit FTW), different boss battles, this game had it all. Now I personally thing Super Mario World is better, but the jump from 3 to World wasn’t as dramatic, so SMB3 gets the nod.
2. Super Smash Bros. Melee
During the last cycle of N64 games, the original Smash Bros. was released and surprised many. Featuring all of the Big N’s marquee franchises, players were beating on each other for hours on end. However, when Nintendo decided to launch the Gamecube with no Mario title, it needed another cash cow to milk. Super Smash Bros. Melee was released abot a week after the Cube, and sleepless night endured for many. Add 14 characters, a slew of new stages, mini-ganes, and some of the best visuals and music the system could offer and you have a certified classic. Have you even tried going back to the original after the magic that was Melee.
Oh yea……Brawl is better though.
1. Street Fighter II
Have you ever player the original Street Fighter? Seriously? Was Street Fighter II the first one you played? Case closed.