5 Sequels We Want


Have you ever played a great game that you thought deserved a sequel? Even worse, have you ever been promised there would be a sequel, but then something interrupted it from happening? It’s a situation many gamers have been faced with, some situations becoming more of a cult hit than others. I’m sure you’ve already got a couple in mind.

Here is a snapshot of some of the sequels the gaming community would love to get their hands on. Out of these games listed, you’ll probably be familiar with a few of them. Whether you’re rooting for their continuing screen time or wish the hype would just die out, there’s something to be admired by their value for others to see it happen. Without further ado, here are 5 sequels we want.


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1. Half Life 3

I know I’m beating a wall with this one, but we all knew it was going to be on the list. So instead of saving it for later, it had to be done and over with.

Half Life 3 confirmed” is a phrase you might have heard around the internet, and you might even be getting sick of hearing it. The fact is that many gamers are dying to see what happens to our silent protagonist, Gordon Freeman, after his last endeavors in Half Life 2: Episode 2. It’s been 7 years since we last saw Mr. Freeman, pushing some of us to even attempt a fundraising campaign to get Gabe Newell’s attention.

Either way, people are desperate for a confirmation, going so far as to find internal company memos to show that it is being worked on. Even a former employee of Valve helped confirm our suspicions. Minh Le, who previously worked on Counter-Strike, stated that Half Life 3 is being worked on.



2. Megaman Legends 3

megaman legends 3 promo artJuly 18, 2011 was a sad day for the community when the highly anticipated Megaman Legends 3 was cancelled. We were only given about a year’s worth of excitement for the title after details were released at New York Comic Con in 2010. Fans were outraged by the announcement that it was no longer being developed, leading many of them to start a Facebook page to show their continued support.

Even Keiji Inafune, MegaMan‘s creator, was disappointed by this decision, and he tried his best to continue working on the game after his split with Capcom. He offered his specialties as a contractor, but this offer was turned down. If it’s any consolation to the community, however, Inafune went on to create Mighty No. 9. Funded entirely by Kickstarter, it is said to be the spiritual successor to MegaMan Legends, and it is set for release in April 2015.



3. Shenmue 3

shenmueThis list can count up to three (unlike a certain company we all know and love), which brings us to Shenmue 3The Shenmue series is credited to helping the Dreamcast flourish during its peak times. It was expensive to develop, however, costing around $70 million to create. Due to a flux in its sales and continuous high costs of production, the series was cancelled.

There is some hope, though. Creator Yu Suzuki has expressed interest in continuing development of Shenmue 3 with the help of a Kickstarter campaign. While he stated he is researching the opportunities Kickstarter provides, he made it clear that he is not committing to anything just yet. Based on the success of Mighty No. 9, it’s not a laughable idea.

If that wasn’t enough, Sega renewed the trademark for Shenmue shortly after in May 2014. This continues spectulation about the series finally being able to pick up from where it left off.


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4. Banjo-Threeie

No, not that one game where you build and customize vehicles so that a big bear can drive around and crash into things. I’m talking about Banjo-Threeie. The real deal.

Ever since the ending sequence in Banjo-Tooie hinted that there would be a third installment, fans have been anxiously waiting. What we got was a poor finished piece of game development, something that didn’t resemble or feel like the previous games at all. Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts was far from what we wanted, which caused the game to receive bad ratings.

Former Rare employee, Grant Kirkhope, even had a say about it. In the article, Kirkhope states that the decision was made to change the schematics of the game based on the decreasing popularity of platform games. He believes that the former Rare employees should team up and approach Nintendo with the offer to make Banjo-Threeie the way it should have been done.


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5. Psychonauts 2

Surprisingly, the last installment on our list isn’t a third in its series. We’re finishing off the list with a first sequel, Psychonauts 2.

Psychonauts 2 is something Tim Schafer, designer for the acclaimed game, hears a lot about from fans. Schafer has been onboard with the idea of making it happen, but he stated that money is a big issue with making it doable. There would have to be at least a couple million in the bank to make it happen.

There was a time when this wasn’t an issue. Markus “Notch” Persson, the famous creator of Minecraft, tweeted to Schafer to express his support with making this happen. However, Notch was only expecting to invest around $2 million for the game when he was told it’d be more like $18 million. He took his response to Reddit, indicating he would no longer be able to fund the sequel based on the amount of money asked for.

Based on all this, maybe Tim Schafer would have been luck trying to start a funding campaign. With the amount of fans willing to contact him regarding the sequel, they might even be just as willing to shell out a couple bucks to see it happen.

About Adam Watson

Adam Watson was addicted to video games way back when he was a wee kid, pretending to be sick just to stay at home from school and play on the SNES. Now at the age of 24, he's found a way to study for his Physics degree and play video games in the same day. He's acquired enough Lifetime Happiness Points to get the Meditative Trance Sleep reward so that he has more time in the day to do all of this.

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