I’m continuing my tradition of making a list about books and then turning around and making a parallel gaming post by discussing sequels that I need to play. While I am generally better about committing to video games than I am to books when it comes to series, there are still a number of times where I meant to pick up the next title immediately and it somehow got lost in the shuffle. For now, I will only be discussing titles that have already been released because I have enough upcoming sequels I’m eagerly awaiting that they deserve their own list. Additionally, using the term “sequel” is a bit misleading, as I sometimes started off with a later entry, fell in love, and then decided that I should go back and play the earlier experiences.
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1. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Revelations
I played Assassin’s Creed II last year and fell in love with the one and only Ezio Auditore. In fact, he’s one of my favorite protagonists of all time! Unfortunately, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey came along before I had a chance to play the rest of Ezio’s story. Since there aren’t any new games in the franchise scheduled for 2019, I hope to get to the remaining Renaissance-era titles later this year.
2. Fallout 3
I have a weird relationship with Fallout 3. It is a neat game from a lot of perspectives, but at the same time, I have a lot of trouble getting into it. The problem likely stems from watching my mom play around 100 hours of it before I ever gave it a try, meaning that there weren’t any surprises left. Every location and quest had a “been there, done that” vibe to it, so I didn’t make it very far. It has now been years since I last attempted to play it, and since both of the titles that came after it, New Vegas and 4, are personal favorites of mine, I feel that I owe it to the irradiated wasteland to at least give it another chance.
3. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
I discussed Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel recently regarding games I believe I will fall in love with, but it’s hard to discuss sequels I haven’t played without at least mentioning it. My memories of both of the previous entries in this franchise are quite fond, even if I don’t love the second game quite as much as the rest of the world. Playing as Claptrap seems like a lot of fun and I can’t wait to give it a try as soon as I can round up my friends in order to play it together.
4. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
Mirror’s Edge is the perfect example of how stellar music can completely change my opinion of a game. Through my entire experience of doing parkour across rooftops, I enjoyed the fast-paced action, but wasn’t emotionally invested in the story enough to say I was in love. When I reached the end, however, everything changed. The song that plays during the final cutscene, “Still Alive” by Lisa Miskovsky, immediately hooked me to the point where my opinion on the entire game changed from mild enjoyment to utter adoration. Since I know that my enjoyment of this series basically hinges upon how much I enjoy the song they intend to center the title around, however, I haven’t been in a huge hurry to pick up the sequel. Still, since I have EA Access, I plan on getting to it sooner rather than later.
5. Scribblenauts Unmasked
When I played Scribblenauts Unlimited for the first time, I had a smile on my face from start to finish. In a game where I can summon nearly anything I can think of by typing its name, I spent endless hours experimenting with the different items that I could spawn. I picked up Scribblenauts Unmasked as soon as I could, but I haven’t gotten very far in it yet. The problem is that I’m ultimately not a huge comic books fan, and this is a D.C. Comics spinoff. There are so many jokes that I’m sure would please longtime readers, but as someone who barely knows who most of these characters are, the charm of Scribblenauts is not enough to overcome that confusion. Over the years, however, I feel that I have picked up a better functional knowledge of D.C. heroes and villains, so I hope that I can go back to it soon with a better understanding of the plotline.
Well, I guess I should probably be getting off the blog and playing some games now, right? What sequels have you put off for one reason or another? Let me know in the comments below!