Top 10 Most Disappointing Video Game Sequels Of All Time


Disappointing doesn’t always mean bad. So don’t take these choices the wrong way
If you like these games, then that’s fine. However, some may not agree with you so play nice. One game per franchise.  Spin-offs are included!

10: SUPER MARIO GALAXY 2 (WII)

Developed and Published by Nintendo

Super Mario Galaxy was one of the best Super Mario games since Mario 64. It actually does something new while staying true to the Mario formula. And while I was being kinda harsh on the game last year, it grew on me up to the point where I don’t even remember why I didn’t like this game in the first place. So, of course, I tried out the sequel……What happened?

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Super Mario Galaxy 2 is literally the first game only with a few minor differences. Oh look, new power-ups. Yay….fun. Look, Yoshi is in the game! That’s…cool I guess. This was a disappointment to me. I wasn’t expecting anything groundbreaking but if I wanna play the first game, I play the first game. The only reason why this game is so low on the list is because, it’s still pretty enjoyable. Regardless, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is still a fun game despite it being a copy and paste of the first game. But as it stands, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is just Super Mario Galaxy 1.5 in my eyes.

Well…at least it’s not as bad as what Nintendo did with the New Super Mario Bros. series (despite them being good games).

9: SONIC ADVANCE 3 (GBA)

Developed by Dimps and Published by SEGA (JP) & THQ (US/EU)

The Sonic Advance series is one of the best games in Sonic’s history. Personally, I prefer the Sonic Rush games but even so, the Advance games are worth checking out. So why is the third game on the list? Well remember in my top ten best Sonic games (remastered) list where I mentioned that there was a little problem when it comes to the Sonic Advance games? If you do, then you’ll know what I’m talking about. If not, let me explain. The first game balanced speed and platforming really well. Then the second game focus more on speed while giving little platforming. What does the third game do? Focus more on platforming while giving little speed.

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Sonic Advance 3 is honestly the weakest in the trilogy for that and other reasons. There is some speed don’t get me wrong, but there are so many obstacles, bottomless pits, and cheap enemy placement that it breaks the flow of the game. And the team mechanics doesn’t help either. Some levels requires you to use a partner ability, whether it’s Tails’ team flight or Knuckles’ power attack. The reason why this game is at number #9 is because it’s still somewhat playable. Sonic Advance 3 is not a bad game. It’s just a flawed one. It tried to combine the first game’s platforming and second game’s speed while adding a new gimmick. Sadly, it failed at that.

8: DRAGON BALL: XENOVERSE (X360)

Developed by Dimps and Published by Bandai Namco Entertainment

When it comes to video games, the Dragon Ball Z franchise had it’s ups and downs. We had good games like Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and Raging Blast 2 and pretty bad ones like Ultimate Tenkaichi and Kinect. So when I head Dragon Ball Xenoverse was announced, I was pretty hyped. Better character creation, a new and original story, etc. I bought the game DAY ONE. I was ready for the awesome experience and….I was sadly disappointed.

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No this can not be right. This was the most hyped DBZ game ever and I was disappointed with this? No…I can’t believe it. Dragon Ball Xenoverse was a massive let down to me. The game was so repetitive and boring. The story was somewhat good but when you think about it, it’s just a bunch of “what if this or that happened” scenarios and things only get interesting around the Battle of Gods saga. Character creation could have been a bit better. Call it nitpicking but why can’t I customize my character’s fighting style? Why can’t I change the color of my aura? And why doesn’t my character have fully voice acting? These what Ultimate Tenkaichi did better. Okay sure, they can talk, but they only grunt and shout special attacks. The Parallel Quests are cheap too. Especially the later ones.

But as much as I don’t like the game, there are some redeeming qualities: Character creation is still 10x better than Ultimate Tenkaichi’s regardless of the nitpicks I’ve mentioned, the story had some epic moments, gameplay is still solid, and online mode really improved with the patches Bandai Namco released. Still, Dragon Ball Xenoverse is a step back in the franchise. It could have been a lot better.

7: TOMOYO AFTER: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (PC)

Developed and Published by KEY

Clannad; oh man isn’t it the best visual novel of all time? It had a heartwarming story, beautiful art, an amazing soundtrack, and well written characters. While there were a few problems I had with Clannad, they were little nitpicks of mine. So why does Tomoyo After felt like a let down in comparison?

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Tomoyo After: It’s a Wonderful Life felt bland compared to Clannad. The story is about Tomoya and Tomoyo being together. You would expect it to be somewhat decent. But no, it’s really not. The story is bland, the art looks questionable, and the soundtrack is meh. The characters are okay except for Tomo, who have very little personality. She’s just there for plot reasons. Also, the endings don’t make any sense at all. I can’t talk about them because that would be a spoiler. Check them out for yourself if you’re curious.

Hmm….I wonder if they’re gonna make one with Kyou. That would be interesting.

6: NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM GENERATIONS (PS3)

Developed by CyberConnect2 and Published by Bandai Namco Entertainment

The Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm series are great fighting games that stay true to the Naruto series. They have the best visuals, cool special moves, etc. So what’s up with Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations? Simple, it’s boring.

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This isn’t a bad game by no means, but it almost has the same issue Super Mario Galaxy 2 had: It’s the same as the previous instalment. Sure the other games in the series are technically the same, but at least they add something new to spice things up. Storm 3 let you knock out characters in certain stages and gave us the charge attack, Revolutions gives us team attacks, and Storm 4 added new things as well like armour damage and team awakenings. The only thing this game has that is unique, is the ability to play classic and modern Naruto characters. That’s kinda it. Overall, there’s nothing much to this game.

5: DEVIL MAY CRY 2 (PS2)

Developed and Published by Capcom

I may not be a big fan of the franchise, but I like the Devil May Cry games. My favourites are 3,4, and the reboot. I played the first two games on the HD collection (along with 3 of course). The first one had a cool story and awesome bosses, though the controls took some time to get used to. The second game was a bore to play. I’m not kidding, this game is not good at all.

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Devil May Cry 2 is downright boring. There is nothing redeemable about this game whatsoever. The story is bland, the weapons are bland, the graphics are bland, the music is bland, oh and Dante himself is bland. That’s what this game is in a nutshell, bland. Thank goodness the third game fixed all the problems this game had.

Alright…what’s number #4?

4: SHINY DAYS (PC)

Developed by Overflow and Published by JAST
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No…please no! Why did I touch this one? Anyway, School Days, while not the best visual novel, is pretty entertaining. The story and character may not be good, but the music and endings are the selling point. Who doesn’t like that one ending where Sekai pushed Katsura to a train or where Katsura sliced Sekai’s neck? Cool yeah? So I guess you’re asking, what’s wrong with Shiny Days? Two things: one, the story is not as good. Two, Makoto banged Katsura’s sister. Who is 8 years old! WHO IN GODS NAME THOUGHT THAT WAS A GOOD IDEA?! What make things worst, I played the uncensored version! I cringed everytime Kokoro let out a moan of some sort. And you know what else is worse? There’s 4 h-scenes with her. 4!! WHY 4?!

Oh god…

3: MORTAL KOMBAT 3 (SNES)

Developed and Published by Midway Games
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Mortal Kombat is one of my all time favourite fighting game franchise with the newer games being the best ones. Mortal Kombat 3 is a great game as well. It just felt a little disappointing compared to the the other two games. The graphics look pretty ugly, the fatalities felt kinda downgraded, and the controls didn’t feel as tight as the second game. They feel a bit more slippery in comparison. What I like about the game are the Animalities. They were awesome. Why didn’t they bring them back? I have no idea. The music is also not as good as MK2’s. I could barely even hear it.

Mortal Kombat 3, while still a fine and enjoyable game, is probably the weakest in the franchise. That and 4. Deadly Alliance is also not as good too.

2: MEGA MAN X6 (PS)

Developed and Published by Capcom

I love the Mega Man X games. They’re more fast paced, had a darker story, and had epic music. You may already know I downright loved Mega Man X4. I praised that game like crazy. I even claimed it as one of the best Mega Man games of all times. So I decided to try out X5. While it’s not as good as X4, it’s still very enjoyable with a nice story. Mega Man X6 however, falls flat on it’s face.

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Mega Man X6 has to be the second worst Mega Man X of all times. The game felt really rushed. The story tried to combine the good and bad ending of X5 but it didn’t make any sense at all. How the heck did Zero survived? It explained that he hid somewhere and rebuild himself. I don’t buy it. The level design is very cheap. It has horrible enemy placement, too many bottomless pits, and poor gimmicks. The Mavericks are not as good either. The only good thing about this game is the music. It’s not the best but it’s not bad either. I am highly disappointed with this instalment. Mega Man X4 and 5 were great games. What happened here? It wasn’t until X8 that things came up good again.

Oh yeah….what about X7? Well…..

1: METROID: OTHER M (WII)

Developed by Team Ninja and Published by Nintendo

Metroid is a franchise I could never get into. It’s something that I really want to love but, couldn’t get into it. I tried out Zero Mission which is pretty good, I played the original and….it was pretty bad, and I tried out Fusion but never finished it. Then I saw Other M. When I saw gameplay footage of the game, I thought it was interesting. It looked pretty awesome. When it was released, it was pronounced as one of the worst Metroid game of all times. What? That’s impossible. So I tried out the game and…I can see why people don’t like it.

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But I will tell you this, even though I was disappointed with the results of this game, it’s honestly not the worst Metroid game of all times. Let me explain. Metroid Other M had some problems that most of you already know. For starters, the control scheme felt awkward. You play the game with the Wii controller sideways. You would expect it to use this control scheme in a 2D game, not 3D. Another is that using the missiles is also pretty weird to pull off. You have to move the Wii remote upwards. So, if I go up to a boss that requires me to use the missiles, I have to quickly move my Wii remote upwards? That’s not awkward at all. The graphics, while great, looks a little questionable. That’s the only problems I have with the game, the controls. Everything else is alright. The music is pretty good, the CG graphics are amazing, and the story is passable to me.

Metroid: Other M may not be a great game, but it’s certainly not the worst. I personally think the first game on NES is the worst. But that’s my opinion.

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