The sequel. Something that is often highly anticipated, and can often be a letdown. Today I’ll be looking at ten video game sequels that either equalled or improved the first game. I won’t be including reboots, just direct sequels. In no particular order, except for number one. Without further ado…

10. Age of Empires III

I’ve never been a big strategy game player, but I spent a lot of time on the Age of Empires games as a kid. My brother and I would spend hours amassing our armies. And who could forget the incredible cheat codes such as “tuck tuck tuck” which gave you a monster truck and “o Canada 2005” which spawned a Lazerbear.

9. Spider-Man 2 

Spider-Man was a pretty good game, but Spider-Man 2 improved vastly upon its predecessor. You could spend hours just swinging around the city. The plot is partly based on the film, but it adds a lot of other villains and side missions. I lost count of the amount of times I climbed the Empire State Building and jumped off, only to swing away from the ground at the last second. You truly felt like you were Spider-Man in this game, and could continue to explore the city after completing all the missions.

8. Fallout 3

The original Fallout games were top-down RTS, but Fallout 3 was a pioneer in open-world games. There’s a plot, and you could finish that relatively quickly, or you could mess around for endless hours exploring the wasteland and (probably) dying a lot. Open-world games are pretty common nowadays, and Fallout (along with Elder Scrolls) paved the way for that.

7. Starfox 64

Note: for some reason this game is called Lylat Wars here in Australia. This is technically a reboot but continuity was kind of vague back then. 

The original Starfox for the SNES had great gameplay, but Starfox 64 took it further and  is still some of the best space battling I’ve ever played. The level designs are all unique, and the characters being anthropomorphic animals makes for a colourful game. You play as Fox McCloud, and the wingmen system gives you allies that help you out (but you also have to protect them, and if they are defeated they’re out of action for the next stage). It also features a branching level system, so you can take a few different paths to the end boss, Andross. You also can’t save, so if you want to beat it you have to sit down and dedicate yourself (it’s not too long though).

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