7 gaming sequels potentially better than Assassins Creed 3
Confirmation of Assassin’s Creed 3 arriving this October got us thinking about what super gaming sequels we’ll see hitting the shops this year. Turns out there are loads!
The best thing about them is that far from publishers milking it, the majority of this year’s sequels are reinventions of a successful series, bringing new experiences to our favourite video game franchises. From Mass Effect 3 to Halo 4, here are some of the best.
Mass Effect 3
Few games series combine action, storytelling and raw emotion like the Mass Effect games do. The third part in the trilogy is sure to pull a few heartstrings, as Commander Shepard makes what could be a last stand for the sake of humanity. Mass Effect 3 is the first game in the series to launch across multiple formats and have multiplayer, leaving us with even more reason to look forward to it.
Unlike Halo: Reach (which was a prequel), Halo 4 is a direct follow-up to the events of Halo 3, where legendary protagonist Master Chief once again finds himself faced with a serious evil that threatens the fate of the universe. Halo 4 is the beginning of a new trilogy. It could be special.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
OK, we admit to knowing next to nothing about this one, but a Black Ops 2 sequel has pretty much been confirmed. Given the record-breaking success of the last Call of Duty game, we just couldn’t leave it out. You’ll be hearing lots more about this Black Ops 2 in the coming months.
Max Payne 3
Late last year we paid a little trip to Rockstar Games’ London office for a sneak look at Max Payne 3 in action for the first time. We can report that Max Payne fans will be very pleased with how it’s coming along. As the premise goes, Max ends up in Brazil where as usual, trouble finds him. Rockstar Games is keeping the main story details a secret here, but what we can say is that Max Payne 3 looks like being a lot of fun.
We’ve already played this one, and can safely say that, even after just a couple of hours play, it’s already looking better than its predecessor. Just read our hands-on Prototype 2 preview to see what we mean. Prototype 2 delivers more weapons, better missions and a story that certainly keeps us in suspense.
Far Cry 3
Far Cry 2 was a prime example of sandbox gaming done properly. It provided miles upon miles of gaming freedom to do almost anything you wanted. We’ve still to see any Far Cry 3 gameplay footage, but a recently released trailer had us as pumped as we’ll ever be for a game. Few details have been revealed, but we do know that players choice of actions will impact on the story. It’s the consequences of these actions that we’re most looking forward to discovering for ourselves.
Resident Evil 6
If Resident Evil 6 can deliver upon the same shock and awe provided by its official announcement trailer we could be onto something special here. Protagonists Leon S. Kennedy and Chris Redfield return to face another biochemical disaster that, yep, you guessed it, has left the undead roaming cities across the world. China, in this case. Resident Evil 6 combines the action of recent Resident Evil games with the slow horror gameplay of the originals.
There are of course plenty of more games that we just don’t have the room (or time) to mention. Which sequels are you most looking forward to?