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)
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?
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)
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.
8: DRAGON BALL: XENOVERSE (X360)
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.
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)
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?
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)
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.
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)
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.
Alright…what’s number #4?
4: SHINY DAYS (PC)
3: MORTAL KOMBAT 3 (SNES)
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.